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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 11 APR 2022 (19H00)

April 11

ANGOLA – 11 APR 2022

  • LUBANGO – 11 APR 2022 (15H20) The Police have announced an arrest following a search operation in Lubango. The suspect is expected to be an ex-military officer from the Armed Forces of the Liberation of Angola (FALA). The arrest followed after the National Police (NP) identified the suspect walking on a public road in Nambambe and discovered counterfeit cash of approximately US$23,700 in his backpack. The suspect noted that he received the cash to deliver to another suspect for Kz1 million. The Police are expected to launch a search operation regarding the alleged second suspect.

 

BOTSWANA – 11 APR 2022

  • GABORONE – 11 APR 2022 (14H50) A new COVID-19 variant has been identified in Botswana. The new variant is expectedly an Omikron sub-variant. The Minister of Health and Wellness, Christopher Nyanga, has reported that four civilians are expected to have the virus. The four cases are set to be monitored and relayed to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Furthermore, investigations are underway regarding the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccinations against the new variant. The public is advised to remain watchful for any further updates

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 11 APR 2022

  • RUTSHURU – 11 APR 2022 (01H20) March 23 Movement (M23) rebels have announced their retreat from villages recently captured in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following armed clashes with Government forces in the Rutshuru region. Clashes reportedly ensued between M23 rebels and DRC Army troops after the rebel group recently seized control of an estimated 12 villages in the Rutshuru territory in the North Kivu province. M23 leaders have stated that the decision to withdraw aims to allow for their concerns to be addressed through open dialogue with the Government. The group has also expressed intentions to hand over all soldiers captured on the frontline to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • KINSHASA – 11 APR 2022 (10H45) The former Chief of Staff of President Félix Tshisekedi and leader of the Union for the Congolese Nation opposition party, Vital Kamerhe’s, trial is expected to take place at the Constitutional Court today, 11 April 2022. Kamerhe has been charged with embezzlement of public funds of $50 million, sentenced in June 2020 to 20 years in prison and was further reduced to 13 years on appeal. The court is scheduled to deliver its ruling over the Constitutional Court’s judgement over its reduced sentence. Meanwhile, Kamerhe is currently detained at the Makala central prison and has been admitted to an emergency care centre at the Nganda hospital centre. This comes as Kamerhe had been living in exile in Paris since January 2017.
  • GOMA – 11 APR 2022 (12H00) Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde is expected to arrive in Goma, the capital of North Kivu, today, 11 April 2022. This visit is part of the Congolese Government’s plan to assess the province, which has been under siege since 06 May 2021. Thereafter, Lukonde will visit the city of Bunia, the capital of the Ituri province. This comes after Lukonde chaired an emergency security meeting at his office in Kinshasa on 29 March 2022 over the evolution of the security situation in the province of North Kivu.
  • GOMA – 11 APR 2022 (16H10) The Congolese National Police (PNC) has announced the results of a recent operation in collaboration with the Military Police (PM). The operation has been held from Saturday 09 April 2022 until Sunday 10 April 2022 in the Bojovu district. During the operation, the Officers confiscated approximately three AK-47s and four motorcycles. Additionally, the Officers arrested approximately five Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldiers, 25 suspects and 11 Rwandan nationals. The Higher Urban Commissioner of the PNC city of Goma, Colonel Job Alisa, stated that the operation is expected to continue in additional districts of Goma.
  • KINSHASA – 11 APR 2022 (17H45) The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Ministry of Infrastructure and the Agence Congolaise des Grands Travaux (ACGT) have announced the finalised 25-year infrastructure agreement with GED Africa. The agreement outlines the development and requirements of the GED African routes DRC segment. The project has expectedly been divided into a build-operate-transfer project between GED Congo and GED Zambia and the Governments of the DRC and Zambia. GED Africa route is set to construct and improve roads from Kasomeno, DRC, to Mwenda, Zambia. Additionally, the road is expected to include a 345 metre (m) cable-stay bridge across the Luapula River. Furthermore, the project is expected to construct one-stop border posts in each country. The project is expected to create trading links to Zambia and the International Port of Dar es Salaam and aid sectoral mining and agriculture developments. Civilians residing near the GED African Route are expected to receive improved access to healthcare and educational institutes.

 

ESWATINI – 11 APR 2022

  • HLOHLO – 11 APR 2022 (02H30) Protest expected at the Matsamo border post between eSwatini and South Africa in Hlohlo from 09H00 on Tuesday, 19 April 2022, by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Swaziland (EFFSWA). Participants are expected to protest in demand for democracy and the release of political prisoners in eSwatini. Motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions during the demonstration. Authorities are expected to be deployed in the area to monitor the event.

 

ETHIOPIA- 11 APR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 10 APR 2022 (22H10) The United States (US) has raised concerns regarding reports of ethnically motivated atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has released a statement indicating that information has been received regarding Ethiopians of Tigrayan ethnicity that are reportedly being detained arbitrarily in deplorable conditions in western Tigray. Price has further raised concerns regarding recent findings of a joint investigation by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which has found evidence of ethnic cleansing in the region. The report indicates abuses by forces from the Amhara region, aided by Government troops and militia groups. The US has urged the immediate release of people detained arbitrarily in western Tigray and demands that international monitors be granted access to all detention facilities in the region.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 11 APR 2022 (10H15) An Israeli humanitarian mission is expected to arrive today, 11 April 2022, under the auspices of the Society for International Development Israel (SID Israel). Member of the Knesset, and political member of the National Liberal Movement (Likud), Gadi Yevarkan, will be leading the mission,  together with Labor MK Emilie Moati and MK Vladimir Beliak from Yesh Atid. Members of the delegation, including senior health professionals, will be in Ethiopia for four days as part of the mission. The delegation will assist with medical assistance and conduct urgent operations, including in Gondar.

 

GHANA – 11 APR 2022

  • MAMPON – 11 APR 2022 (08H00) The Former First Lady Emily Akuffo, the wife of Ghana’s former Head of State, the late Frederick William Akuffo, has reportedly died at the age of 88 years on Friday, 08 April 2022. This comes after the death of former Second Lady Hajia Ramatu Aliu Mahama. Akuffo had been First Lady of Ghana from 01 July 1978 to 04 June 1979.
  • AKATSI – 11 APR 2022 (08H10) Two people have been reported dead following a protest by the youth in Akatsi in the Volta Region on Saturday, 09 April 2022. According to reports, the youth were protesting against Police brutalities in the municipality. During the protest, the youth torched the Akatsi Police Station and clashed with the officers near the Akatsi Training College. Military officials have been deployed to maintain law and order in the municipality.
  • APPIATSE – 11 APR 2022 (11H15) The Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy has called on the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to expedite works on the reconstruction of the Appiatse community in the Prestea-HuniValley municipality in the Western Region. The Vice-Chairman of the Committee, Elvis Morris Donkor, has appealed during a site visit to the community to assess preparations for the reconstruction of the Appiatse community. Meanwhile, a mining company, Future Global Resources (FGR), has offered an old resettlement camp for use by the victims until the reconstruction project at Appiatse is complete.

 

KENYA – 11 APR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 11 APR 2022 (14H30) The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), in collaboration with Uganda, has announced that they are expected to increase measures against the smuggling of goods along the Ugandan border. The measures are set to focus on businessmen who use illegal routes to evade tax payments. Furthermore, the measures are expected to complete the connecting loop road between the One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) and Uganda for increased flow of inbound and outbound tracks and vehicles. Additionally, a transit shed is expected to be constructed at the border to transport goods via the Nakuru-Malaba Meter Gauge line.

 

LESOTHO – 11 APR 2022

  • MASERU – 11 APR 2022 (16H55) The Minister of Health, Semano Sekatle, announced the expected launch of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) vaccination for girls between nine and 14 on 19 April 2022 in Butha-Buthe. This follows after the Ministry identified approximately 500 patients with cervical cancer, of which an estimated 346 cases were fatal in 2020. Sekatle stated that Lesotho received approximately 13,000 vaccines valued at M939,510. The Director-General of Health Services, Dr Nyane Letsie, noted that the public should wait approximately two weeks after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine before receiving the HPV.

 

MADAGASCAR – 11 APR 2022

  • MAROANTSETRA – 11 APR 2022 (02H15) The United States (US) Geological Survey has confirmed a 4,4 magnitude earthquake at approximately 02H16 local time on Monday, 11 April 2022, near the Maroantsetra District, Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar. Preliminary data indicates that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres (km). The earthquake has reportedly affected residents in Antakotako, Maroantsetra, Andapa, Antalaha, Ampahana and Mananara. No significant damage to infrastructure or loss of life has been reported. The earthquake’s precise magnitude, epicentre, and depth could be revised as additional data becomes available.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 11 APR 2022 (06H40) The Ministry of Transport and Meteorology has authorised 21 flights to and from Madagascar for April 2022. This comes as Madagascar Government plans to reopen the borders gradually. Among these, there are 17 passenger flights, while the rest are cargo flights. Among the seven authorised airlines are Air Madagascar, Air France, Air Mauritius, Air Austral, and Italian airline Neos, which will commence charter flights from Milan to Nosy-Be. The Ministry has further stated that other authorised companies are Ewa Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Minister Roland Ranjatoelina has stated that the Government has signed an operating license for an Australian airline.

 

MALAWI – 11 APR 2022

  • BALAKAS – 11 APR 2022 (07H00) His Excellency, President Lazarus Chakwera, is scheduled to conduct a Crop Inspection Tour at the Kim’bebe Village in Njolomole at the Baleni Village, in Njomole and at the Bula Village in Kwataine in the Ntcheu District. Thereafter, President Chakwera will hold a Development Rally at the Kuyenda School in the area of Traditional Authority Makwangala in the Ntcheu District.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 11 APR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 10 APR 2022 (19H50) President Filipi Nyusi and Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa have agreed to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries through a Bi-National Commission. This follows the conclusion of President Mnangagwa’s three-day state visit to Mozambique. During the visit, the two officials agreed to improve strategic economic development between the two states, focusing on port, rail, road, and telecommunications logistics. Zimbabwe is also expected to deploy a team of pathologists to Mozambique in June 2022 to exhume and repatriate more than 150 Zimbabweans who died during Cyclone Idai floods in 2019 for re-burial in Zimbabwe.

 

NIGERIA – 11 APR 2022

  • ABUJA – 11 APR 2022 (06H00) The Federal High Court has reduced the number of charges against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu, who will now be prosecuted on seven counts, including terrorism. Presiding High Court Judge Binta Nyako has ruled over eight charges out of the 15 federal charges, which was the ruling over Kanu’s preliminary objection that the Government did not show any offence committed by him on charges of inciting public unrest, causing instability in Nigeria’s political and economic orders, or mandating a sit-at-home order. Nyako upheld seven charges, including terrorism and broadcasting falsehoods. Proceedings have been adjourned until 18 May 2022, when the court will hear applications for bail. Kanu has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • ABUJA – 11 APR 2022 (06H15) The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Mohammed Musa Bello, has held a three-day emergency meeting with the FCT Security Committee on addressing the escalating banditry, kidnapping and robbery within the territory. During the meetings, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Security, Ambassador Habu Saliu Mohammed and the Commissioner of Police FCT Command, Babaji Sunday, stated that several concerns had been raised over the recent attacks and kidnapping in the FCT suburbs, adding that security agencies pledged to maintain the order and peace and security in the FCT. Sunday further stated that all the security chiefs would meet again in his office today, 11 April 2022, to further strategise on what was discussed at the emergency meetings.
  • ABUJA – 11 APR 2022 (08H30) The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has officially declared his run for President in 2023 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) party. This comes as the country is expected to hold its Presidential Election on Saturday, 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023. This follows after the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi’s declaration to contest for President in 2023.

 

RWANDA – 11 APR 2022

  • KIGALI – 10 APR 2022 (23H30) The Office of the Prime Minister has released a statement announcing the Cabinet’s decision to revise prevention measures imposed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The announcement follows a recent Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame at Urugwiro Village in Kigali. The revised measures take effect nationwide from 10 April 2022, with all other measures remaining in effect. Rwandan residents and citizens are required to be fully vaccinated with two doses and a booster shot to access public places. Arriving passengers at the Kigali International Airport are required to present a negative COVID-19 rapid test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure. An additional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test will be taken upon arrival, at own cost. Departing passengers must present a negative Rapid of PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure, depending on destination country requirements. All departing Rwandans are required to be vaccinated. Public transport, including buses, will continue operating at full capacity. Bus operators are required to ensure that all passengers are vaccinated. Penalties will apply for non-compliance. The measures are scheduled to be reviewed after one month upon further health assessments.

 

TANZANIA – 11 APR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 11 APR 2022 (08H40) Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of Tanzania have signed a cooperation agreement seeking to decongest the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. The project, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) for Dar es Salaam, will be jointly implemented in Tanzania’s economic development trajectory to improve urban development in connection with the public transport infrastructures and services as part of the Transport Master Plan supported by JICA in 2018. This comes as JICA dispatched a team to Tanzania in February 2022 and held discussions with officials from the President’s Office-Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG), Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART), and other stakeholders on a detailed plan for the project.
  • TUNDUMA – 11 APR 2022 (12H30) Traders and other stakeholders travelling along the Tanzania-Zambia border post at Tunduma in Songwe Region have appealed to the Government to expand the highway into a two-lane road to reduce the congestion of trucks and ease cargo clearance. This comes as a task force from the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) head office in Dar es Salaam held a site visit and held a meeting with stakeholders. The Government plans to construct a wider section from Igawa in Mbarali District to Tunduma to ease traffic congestion on the highway.

 

ZAMBIA – 11 APR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 11 APR 2022 (12H50) The Government has donated a consignment of medical and non-medical supplies to 15 Zambian districts. The delivery is in response to recent medical supply shortages raised by hospitals and clinics throughout the country. The Luapula Provence Health Director,  Peter Bwalya, has stated that the medical supplies will increase the availability of drugs to 59%. Bwalya has directed district health officials and senior staff to ensure that the supplies are dispensed fairly between the district to ensure the efficient and accountable use of the supplies to ensure effective healthcare provision in the region. The distribution of supplies comes three days after Zambia celebrated World Health Day on 07 April 2022.
  • LUSAKA – 11 APR 2022 (12H50) The Government has donated a consignment of medical and non-medical supplies to 15 Zambian districts. The delivery is in response to recent medical supply shortages raised by hospitals and clinics throughout the country. The Luapula Provence Health Director,  Peter Bwalya, has stated that the medical supplies will increase the availability of drugs to 59%. Bwalya has directed district health officials and senior staff to ensure that the supplies are dispensed fairly between the district to ensure the efficient and accountable use of the supplies to ensure effective healthcare provision in the region. The distribution of supplies comes three days after Zambia celebrated World Health Day on 07 April 2022.

 

ZIMBABWE – 11 APR 2022

  • BULAWAYO – 11 APR 2022 (00H10) Zimbabwe is expected to observe Independence Day as a public holiday on Monday, 18 April 2022. The holiday marks independence from the United Kingdom (UK) on 18 April 1980 and is also known as the National Day of Zimbabwe. Independence Day’s main celebrations are expected to be held at the Natural History Museum, as well as various other sites in Bulawayo, with the aim of marketing the tourism and cultural heritage attractions in the area. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to lead the event under the theme of Promoting National Unity, Devolution and Decentralisation.
  • BULAWAYO – 11 APR 2022 (06H20) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially open the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo on 29 April 2022. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has ordered the city of Bulawayo to name a street after President Kenyatta ahead of his state visit in April 2022. President Kenyatta will also plant a tree during his visit, and the Bulawayo City Council has been ordered to provide a location for the tree. Meanwhile, the Council has expressed concern over the short notice given to the local authority to identify the street and raised concerns that the move could be legally challenged if residents are not consulted.
  • HARARE – 11 APR 2022 (11H30) About 39 liberation war veterans are appearing before the Harare Magistrates Court today, 11 April 2022, for allegedly singing Chimurenga Liberation Songs of the Zimbabwean War of Liberation. Prosecutors will be delivering their case against the liberation war veterans. A heightened presence of security agencies is reported near the Magistrates Court.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 11 APR 2022

  • ESWATINI: Protest expected at the Swazi Border Post Matsamo on 12 April 2022 from 10H00.
  • ESWATINI: Protest expected at the Ngwenya Border Post/ Oshoek Border Post on 12 April 2022 from 10H00.
  • BOTSWANA: President of the Republic of Botswana and Chairperson of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, is scheduled to officiate the SACU Investment Conference, which will take place on 12 April 2022 and 13 April 2022 in Gaborone.
  • ANGOLA: The Foreign Affairs Minister of Portugal, Augusto Silva, is expected to visit Angola from 12 April 2022 until 13 April 2022
  • MOZAMBIQUE: The Standing Commission of the Assembly of the Republic has authorised President Filipe Nyusi to conduct an official State Visit to the Republic of Botswana from 13 April 2022 to 16 April 2022.
  • MALAWI: Protest expected at the Midima Roundabout in Limbe in Blantyre on 14 April 2022 from 09H00.
  • KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations have been scheduled for 14 April 2022 countrywide.
  • LESOTHO: The Minister of Health, Semano Sekatle, announced the expected launch of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) vaccination for girls between nine and 14 on 19 April 2022 in Butha-Buthe.
  • LESOTHO: Protest expected by the Public Transport Association in Lesotho on 20 April 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially launch the 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), which is scheduled to be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on 26 April 2022 and 30 April 2022.
  • TANZANIA: President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to officiate the 2022 World Press Freedom Day in Arusha as the Chief Guest on 03 May 2022.
  • NIGERIA: The Nigerian Supreme Court has set 06 May 2022 as the date to deliver judgement on a suit regarding the disputed ownership of 21 oil wells between the Rivers and Imo States.
  • MADAGASCAR: Protest expected in Antananarivo by the Taxi Association (TIM) and residents within Antananarivo on 13 May 2022.
  • KENYA: Kenya is expected to host the Power and Energy Africa meeting from 19 May 2022 until 21 May 2022 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
  • NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear in a Federal High Court on 27 May 2022.
  • BOTSWANA: Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary-General (SG) Mpho Balopi has announced that he is not expected to seek re-election during the party’s Elective Congress in July 2022.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi is expected to launch the 8th Edition of the Mining, Oil, Gas and Energy of Mozambique event from 02 June 2022 until 03 June 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo.
  • RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
  • RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
  • ANGOLA: Energy Capital and Power (ECP) has announced that the 2022 Edition of Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) is expected to be held from 29 November 2022 until 01 December 2022.
  • NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has approved a proposal that schedules 11 October 2023 as the date for the sixth municipal elections across the country.

 

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