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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 11 MAY 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 11 MAY 2022
- LUANDA – 10 MAY 2022 (22H25) Angolan President João Lourenço has announced the suspension of abroad travelling for all Ministers, Secretaries of State, Governors and Deputy Governors. Lourenco stated that, in accordance with Presidential decree 113/22, the suspension is set to be valid until the new President has been sworn in after the conclusion of general elections later in 2022. Lourence further stated that the suspension does not apply to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and his Department’s Secretary of State, noting that exceptions will be made for urgent trips, provided they are authorised adequately.
- LUANDA – 11 MAY 2022 (08H50) Angolan Head of State João Lourenço has virtually participated in the Summit of the Bureau of the General Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) on Tuesday evening, 10 May 2022. During the Summit, the leaders analysed the progress related to access to vaccines against COVID-19 manufactured in Africa, among other issues. The high-level meeting, convened by the acting President of the continental political organisation, the Senegalese Statesman Macky Sall, addressed the impact on Africa following the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Summit was held to review and analyse the state of implementation of the produced vaccines against COVID-19 pledged by Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Africa and Tunisia at the sixth European Union-Africa Summit held in February 2022 in Brussels.
- LUANDA – 11 MAY 2022 (11H00) United Nations (UN) General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid has arrived in Luanda today, 11 May 2022, for a three-day visit, at the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António. Shahid is expected to visit the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy and a trip to the province of Cunene, and hold a site visit to the Canal do Cafu, a water transfer system of the Cunene River. Shahid will also be received by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, on Thursday, 12 May 2022, and hold meetings with Minister António and UN Resident Coordinator in Angola, Zahira Virani.
- LUANDA – 11 MAY 2022 (12H15) The Angolan Government has imposed a ban on opinion polling in elections during the electoral campaign period. This follows as Angola is scheduled to conduct its General Election in August 2022, with the start of electoral campaigns yet to be announced. Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication Minister Manuel Homem has stated that the banning of polling during elections had been discussed by lawmakers and is now under the scope of the Law Proposal. Homem has further noted that all research and polling activities are set to be carried out and announced before the commencement of the electoral campaign period.
- LUANDA – 11 MAY 2022 (14H30) Angolan Oil and Mineral Resources Minister Diamantino Azevedo has announced that Angola’s crude oil production is forecast at an average of 1,14 million barrels per day (BPD) in 2022. This indicates a decrease from the 2021 production of 1,2 million BPD. However, Azevedo has stated that the Government aims to fulfil its commitment to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+). This follows as Angola is experiencing a shortfall of approximately 300,000 BPD and is failing to meet its production commitments to OPEC+. While output is set to decline, the Minister has noted that the country aims to stabilise production through amendments to legislation, exploration and licensing of new oil and gas blocks.
BOTSWANA – 11 MAY 2022
- GABORONE – 10 MAY 2022 (23H20) President Mokgweetsi Masisi announced Government plans to increase coal production to be exported to European countries. Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Lefoko Moagi, stated that the Department had received a high demand for coal exports to European countries in the past few days. Moagi stated that European nations had requested the Department for a million tonnes of coal annually, and therefore, Botswana requires increased coal production to meet the demand. Masisi stated that coal supplies from Africa in high demand are expected to stimulate investments into the African economy.
- GOPE – 11 MAY 2022 (13H00) The Botswana Diamonds Board has issued an update on the Ghaghoo Mine site in Gope, announcing that it has failed to procure a joint venture partner to acquire the mine prior to the extended due date of 10 May 2022. The mining firm has stated that it has undergone extensive and ongoing discussions with interested parties. However, it had been unable to secure a new joint venture partner to acquire the mine. Botswana Diamonds has noted that the share sale agreement with Gem Diamonds to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary, Gem Diamonds Botswana (GDB), had thus lapsed. The Board’s statement notes that Gem Diamonds have indicated its willingness to reengage on the same terms as the agreement if Botswana Diamonds and a partner finalise an agreement. Accordingly, Botswana Diamonds is continuing its discussions with potential joint venture partners.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 11 MAY 2022
- SHABUNDA – 10 MAY 2022 (19H00) South Kivu health authorities have raised concerns regarding a recent deterioration of the health situation in several territories of the province. This follows the recent outbreak of measles in Shabunda and the resurgence of cholera in Kabare. Provincial Health Division Head Doctor Bahizire has stated that the Lulingu Health Zone in Shabunda has recorded 23 confirmed measles cases in the preceding week after 19 cases had been recorded the previous week. Kabare health authorities have also raised concerns regarding a cholera outbreak in the health zone of Katana, with 17 confirmed cases and two deaths registered during the preceding week. Bahizire has noted that a measles vaccination campaign is expected to be launched to address the situation.
- KINSHASA – 11 MAY 2022 (14H00) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Mines Minister Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi has announced plans to cancel a decree granting Entreprise Generale du Cobalt (EGC) proprietorship of artisanal cobalt produced in the country. EGC had been established with the aim of purchasing, processing and marketing artisanal cobalt by Government decree in December 2019 and officially launched on 31 March 2021. However, the organisation is yet to purchase any cobalt ore. A unit of state mining company Gecamines, EGC’s operations has halted due to conflict between Government departments, leadership change at Gecamines, and the challenge of securing access to a viable artisanal site. Minister Kalambayi has stated that the Ministry is in the process of cancelling the legal monopoly that the EGC currently maintains to allow other companies to compete in the purchasing of artisanal cobalt.
ESWATINI – 11 MAY 2022
- MPAKA – 11 MAY 2022 (07H45) The Kingdom of eSwatini and South African privately-owned regional carrier Airlink has announced that eSwatini Airlink is expected to cease operations on 01 June 2022 after an agreement had been reached to dissolve the joint venture airline. This comes as the Kingdom of eSwatini re-established a state-owned national airline, eSwatini Air, a regional airline brand of state-owned Royal Eswatini National Airways (RENAC). In addition, from 01 June 2022, Airlink and the new Eswatini Air will be providing scheduled air services between Johannesburg O.R. Tambo, South Africa and Manzini King Mswati III International Airport.
- MBABANE – 11 MAY 2022 (11H40) Protest reported outside the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) Main Gate, in Mbabane, The Swaziland Association of School Administrators (SASA) are protesting against the delay of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Free Primary Education (FPE) grants for schools, categorising schools under profit-making organisations and the salary difference between school administrators. The administrators are also expected to deliver a petition to the Ministry. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Police are expected to be dispatched to the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 11 MAY 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 10 MAY 2022 (19H10) The Governments of Ethiopia and South Africa have signed an agreement on collaboration in the sectors of science, technology and innovation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that Biotech, Aerospace and the digital economy fields are expected to be prioritised by the cooperation agreement signed by the two countries. Innovation and Technology State Minister Bayisa Bedada and Dan Du Toit, Representative of the South African Science and Innovation Ministry, have signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries. The agreement is set to remain in effect until 2025 and incorporates several partnership packages, including capacity building training, exchange of experts, innovation startups and other cooperation frameworks in the science and technology areas.
- ADDIS ABABA – 11 MAY 2022 (09H30) The 17th Ordinary Meeting of the African Chiefs of Defence Staff and Heads of Safety and Security Services is scheduled to take place today, 11 May 2022, at the African Union Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. African Ministers of Defense, Internal Affairs, and Heads of National Institutions in Charge of Safety and Security, High Official Representatives from the AU Member States, as well as from the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms are participating in the meeting. During the meeting, the officials will review and discuss a report of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, which outlines the Commission’s continued effort in the enhancement of the African Standby Force (ASF), and deployment of Peace Support Operations to address conflicts, terrorism and violent extremism, as well as broader peace and security challenges in the continent. Furthermore, the officials will also analyse the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms on the African Standby Force.
- ADDIS ABABA – 11 MAY 2022 (11H15) Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Belgium, Hirut Zemene Kassa, has presented her copy of credentials to the Director of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dominique Kuhling, during a virtual meeting held on Tuesday evening, 10 May 2022. During the meeting, discussions focussed on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries in agriculture, Infrastructure development, aid for trade as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comes as Netherland continues its support to Ethiopia to enhance growth in various sectors in the country.
GHANA – 11 MAY 2022
- ACCRA – 10 MAY 2022 (22H45) The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has announced the expected dates for internal elections. General Secretary Johnson Nketiah stated the following dates for the expected elections, Branch Elections from 15 June 2022 until 17 July 2022, Ward Elections in August 2022 and Constituency Elections in September 2022. Nketiah stated that the Nation Congress is also expected to be held in November 2022.
KENYA – 11 MAY 2022
- MARSABIT – 10 MAY 2022 (19H30) Kenyan Police have announced the arrests of eight suspected militia members during a security operation in Marsabit Central. The team reportedly conducted a security operation in Marsabit in line with the Rudisha Amani Marsabit operation on Tuesday evening, 10 May 2022, when apprehending the suspects alleged to be involved in recent attacks on members of the public in the area. The security team confiscated three AK-47 rifles, ammunition and other weapons. The Rudisha Amani Marsabit operation had been launched following a significant increase in reports of armed attacks on locals. The National Police Service maintains the night-time curfew imposed in the County as part of efforts to return the security situation to normalcy.
- NAIROBI – 10 MAY 2022 (19H40) The Kenyan Ministry of Health (MoH) has announced the implementation of a national incident management structure to manage the outbreak of yellow fever in the country. The Ministry has developed a response plan, which includes the deployment of a rapid response, multi-disciplinary team comprising clinicians, epidemiologists, health promotion officers, vector control experts and entomologists to the Isiolo county and neighbouring district to determine the extent of the outbreak. This follows after the MoH issued a yellow fever outbreak alert following the death of three people in Isiolo County. The first case was recorded on 12 January 2022. Following the outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) assessed the public health risk as high at national and regional levels. The MoH, in collaboration with WHO, has since deployed yellow fever vaccine doses throughout affected areas.
- NAIROBI – 11 MAY 2022 (16H20) President Uhuru Kenyatta has inaugurated three health facilities at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi City County. The facilities have been constructed and equipped at the cost of approximately Ksh.1 billion and include the Zarina Merali Surgical Daycare Centre, the Centre for Kidney Disease and Organ Transplantation, and Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics Laboratory. During the inauguration event, President Kenyatta noted that the construction of the facilities had been funded jointly through Government funds and donations from development partners and philanthropists led by the Zarina Merali Foundation.
LESOTHO – 11 MAY 2022
- MASERU – 11 MAY 2022 (11H10) Lesotho and the European Union (EU) have announced the launch of a seven-year M1,4 billion funding strategy. The EU and Lesotho Government authorities are currently in discussions to establish a joint funding strategy that is expected to address peace and security challenges, renewable energy, and the supply of safe drinking water. The cooperation agreement is also expected to expedite efforts to address climate change challenges. In addition, as part of efforts to ensure successful elections in Lesotho in 2022, EU officials are presiding over the developments regarding the omnibus bill, which is awaiting approval by Parliament.
- MASERU – 11 MAY 2022 (12H00) The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro is attending a signing ceremony at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre in Maseru at 12H00 today, 11 May 2022. The ceremony follows after a vote by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors on 31 March 2022 to approve a five-year, $300 million Compact Program for Lesotho. Following the ceremony’s conclusion, Prime Minister Majoro is set to address the media at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre at 13H30 today, 11 May 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 11 MAY 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 11 MAY 2022 (10H40) Protest reported outside the Department of Labour’s office in Antananarivo. Several lawyers and other firm employees in Antananarivo are demonstrating in demand for their salaries. According to the demonstrators, the Government has not issued payments since 2020. The demonstrators are expected to deliver a petition to the Ministry of Labor to claim their benefits. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
MALAWI – 11 MAY 2022
- LILONGWE – 10 MAY 2022 (23H45) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) announced a joint meeting with Ministers Responsible for Agriculture and Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture on 13 May 2022 in Lilongwe. The meeting is expected to review the Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) and related programmes, including food security, livestock, crops, fisheries and agriculture. Ministers are also expected to deliberate on programmes of regional dimension in support of the implementation of the 2020-2030 vision of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plans (RISDP).
- ZOMBA – 11 MAY 2022 (10H05) Protest reported on the M3 Road intersecting with Namiwawa Road in Zomba. Taxi operators are currently boycotting business fees following a dispute between other drivers’. Taxi Operators Association Chairperson, Abdul Dyton, has stated that the operators are demanding that the Zomba City Council (ZCC) relocate Mpunga, Sadzi, Chikanda and Newroad operators to their designated routes as they are interfering with their business. ZCC’s Principal Investment Promotion Officer, Maurice Tsoka Banda, is on the scene and is attempting to resolve the issue. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
MOZAMBIQUE – 11 MAY 2022
- PEMBA – 10 MAY 2022 (20H00) Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Verónica Macamo and a delegation of Mozambican diplomats have travelled to the Cabo Delgado province to engage with community members affected by terrorism. In Pemba, Macamo and the national diplomats held a working meeting with the Secretary of State of Cabo Delgado, António Taimo Supeia, the Cabo Delgado Governor Valige Tauabu, and Northern Development Agency (ADIN) President Armindo Ngunga. During the meeting, the diplomats formally delivered a donation to displaced communities, including more than MT14,7 million in funds, as well as equipment and furniture, among other items. Minister Macamo has stated that the visit to the province aims to assess the insurgency’s impact on residents in the affected communities. The delegation is also set to visit the Marocane centre, located 15 kilometres (km) from Pemba, in Nanjua, Ancuabe district, to interact with the displaced community. The visit is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, 11 May 2022.
- MAPUTO – 11 MAY 2022 (12H40) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has approved a three-year agreement with Mozambique that is expected to avail $456 million in funding for the country. An estimated $91 million is set to be made available immediately. The IMF has stated that the Extended Credit Facility is expected to support economic recovery and policies to reduce public debt and financing vulnerabilities. This aims to establish opportunities for priority investments in human capital, climate adaptation and infrastructure development. Key policies include the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund to manage revenue from Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects, mobilising additional tax revenue, and strengthening public financial management and governance. The IMF loan is not expected to have an interest rate, and the repayment strategy is set to commence in five and a half years, with the full amount expected to be reimbursed within ten years.
NIGERIA – 11 MAY 2022
- ABUJA – 10 MAY 2022 (19H20) Political parties have requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to grant an additional two-month extension to the timelines for the 2023 General Elections. The involved parties are requesting changes to the primaries’ timeline, as stipulated by the electoral umpire. Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Chairman Yusuf Yabagi made the appeal during a meeting of the electoral umpire and leaders of various political parties at the INEC Headquarters in Abuja today, 10 May 2022. Yabagi, who also serves as the National Chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), has stated that the extension is necessary to allow parties additional time to ensure all necessary preparations are in order.
- TAKUM – 10 MAY 2022 (21H40) Attack reported in the vicinity of the Tati village, Takum Local Government Area (LGA) of Nigeria’s eastern state of Taraba. Military sources have stated that at least seven soldiers have sustained fatal injuries, and two others are reported missing after an unidentified armed group ambushed a military patrol vehicle in the area. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening, 10 May 2022, when troops from the 93 Battalion engaged came under heavy fire by the armed group. An Army Brigadier General and his aide remain missing. Military sources have noted that a search and rescue operation is ongoing. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Boko Haram is known to be active in the region.
- JALINGO – 10 MAY 2022 (23H35) Explosion reported in Jalingo, Taraba State. Local sources indicate that a bomb was thrown into a military base by a passerby. Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Usman Abdullahi, stated that the number of casualties could not be ascertained as palpable tension had developed around the Military base after the attack, but further information is expected in due course. Abdullahi stated that the Military had launched a search operation for the suspected culprit.
- ABUJA – 11 MAY 2022 (04H25) The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) President, Sunday Asefon, demanded that the Federal Government resolve the ongoing protest with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or face industrial action. Asefon stated that students are currently at the receiving end with no tuition being conducted due to unresolved matters. Asefon stated that if the Federal Government fails to attend to these matters shortly, NANS is expected to disrupt party elections of political parties in Abuja.
- ABUJA – 11 MAY 2022 (06H00) The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is expected to embark on nationwide strike action today, 11 May 2022, in protest against the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA), which was greed with the Federal Government in May 2021. The Spokesperson of the ASUP and Zonal Coordinator, Precious Nwakodo, has stated that the strike is aimed at demanding the payment of about N15 billion Revitalisation Fund which was approved in May 2021 and agreed upon in the 2014 Needs Assessment Report. Nwakodo has also stated that the Government has received a one month notice of ultimatum on 04 May 2021, however, it was disregarded, and also the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Union will be holding a meeting today to review the situation. Nwakodo has also noted that the union will be protesting over the Federal and State Governments who had failed to issue payments of 10 months of the new minimum wage after three years of signing the bill into law. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
- PAKURO – 11 MAY 2022 (07H15) Protest expected by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) today, 11 May 2022, along the Lagos-Ibadan highway. The Public Relations Officer of NANS, Comrade Victor Ezenagu, has stated that all political activities, including primaries by political parties, will be suspended in Abuja and other parts of the country until the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is called off. The demonstrators are expected to cause a blockade along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from Ogun to Oyo. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are expected to be deployed to the scene.
- LAGOS – 11 MAY 2022 (12H45) The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has threatened to embark on a solidarity strike with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to compel the Government to address the workers’ concerns and resume classes at universities in Nigeria. The union has further accused the Government of disregarding the universities and subjecting the workers and students to challenges. This comes after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) threatened to declare a three-day warning strike in solidarity with the ASUU. The ASUU has further extended its three-month warning strike to another three months in demand for the revitalisation of public universities, payment of earned academic allowances and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution for payment of university lecturers.
- ABUJA – 11 MAY 2022 (15H00) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a Presidential decree directing Cabinet Ministers seeking to contest in the upcoming 2023 elections to resign from their respective positions before Monday, 16 May 2022. The country is scheduled to hold elections for a new President, State Governors, Senators and Members of the House of Representatives in 2023. Communications Minister Lai Muhammad has stated that President Buhari has directed all members of the Federal Executive Council who are contesting elective offices to resign. The directive follows as Buhari’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party is set to hold primary elections to select Presidential and other candidates later in May 2022. Under the electoral law amended in February 2022, no political appointees are allowed to contest party primaries or vote during such primaries.
- JALINGO – 11 MAY 2022 (16H00) Road closure reported on the Kurnahi-Mayo Lope-Numan Road in the vicinity of Jalingo in Nigeria’s Taraba State. Reports indicate that an explosive device had been detonated in the area of the barracks’ fence on Tuesday evening, 10 May 2022. Following the incident, Officers of the 6 Brigade Army unit have barricaded the road leading to the barracks as part of security procedures. The State Police Command has confirmed that no injuries had occurred during the explosion. The time period of the road closure currently remains undetermined. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
RWANDA – 11 MAY 2022
- KIGALI – 11 MAY 2022 (07H30) The Chief of Defence Staff of the Malian Armed Forces, Major General Oumar Diarra, has arrived in Rwanda for a three-day official visit to foster military cooperation between Rwanda and Mali. Rwandan counterpart General Jean Bosco Kazura and the Minister of Defence, Major General Albert Murasira, held a meeting with Diarra at the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Headquarters in Kimihurura. During the meeting, Diarra noted key areas of cooperation such as human resources, training, and military welfare, among others. Furthermore, a military cooperation agreement between the two countries is expected to be established.
- KIGALI – 11 MAY 2022 (11H00) Rwanda Genocide suspect Jean-Paul Micomyiza is appearing before the Kicukiro Primary Court in Kigali today, 11 May 2022. Micomyiza is accused of leading a militia group and committing several crimes during the 1994 Genocide against members of the Tutsi group. This follows after Micomyiza arrived in Kigali on 27 April 2022 after being extradited by Sweden. Micomyiza had been arrested due to Rwanda’s request for his extradition on suspicion of involvement in the Tutsi Genocide.
- KIGALI – 11 MAY 2022 (12H30) The International Telecommunication Union, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), has scheduled to convene a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) scheduled to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 06 June 2022 to 16 June 2022. The conference, which will be convened under Connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development, will provide an opportunity to develop innovative approaches and collaboration for connectivity and digital solutions in this final Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs. In addition, from 07 June 2022 to 09 June 2022, the Partner2Connect Digital Development Roundtable will be held and will be preceded by the Generation Connect Global Youth Summit from 02 June 2022 to 04 June 2022.
TANZANIA – 11 MAY 2022
- DODOMA – 11 MAY 2022 (04H40) Base Titanium announced their fourth prospecting license for minerals in Tanzania. Base Titanium’s General Manager of External Affairs, Simon Wall, stated that prospecting in Tanzania has increased the company’s investment decisions in various areas of Tanzania. Wall stated that Phase 1 has already started by conducting ground exploration. Wall stated that Base Titanium produces three minerals while mining, including Ilmenite, Rutila and Zircon, which are mainly exported to China.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 11 MAY 2022 (06H15) President Samia Hassan and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni have agreed to collaborate on the development of vaccines between the two countries. This comes as President Hassan is in Uganda on a two-day State visit. President Hassan has held discussions with the Private Sector Foundation-Uganda (PSFU) and paid a visit to the Namanve Industrial Park, and held a site visit to the Roofings Uganda Limited. The Heads of State have also directed their administrations to remove outstanding Non-Tariff Barriers in order to allow free trading potential between Uganda and Tanzania. Tanzania will also be purchasing Anti-Retroviral (ARV) medications from Uganda. Furthermore, heavy motor vehicles will be charged $10 per 100 kilometres (KM) per truck from Mutukula to Dar es Salaam from the 2022/2023 Financial year, effective 01 July 2022.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 11 MAY 2022 (13H15) Ugandan opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, has arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to attend a three-day meeting organised by Tanzania’s Party for Democracy and Progress (CHADEMA). Kyagulanyi, the leader of Uganda’s National Unity Platform (NUP), had been invited to attend CHADEMA’s General Assembly, which commences today, 11 May 2022. CHADEMA is expected to rule out the appeal of its 19 special seat Members of Parliament (MPs), who had been removed by the party’s Central Committee on 27 November 2020. Other items on the agenda are expected to include the party’s five-year strategic plan, which includes plans for the 2024 Local Government Elections and the 2025 General Election, and discussions on a new constitution and the establishment of an independent electoral commission.
ZAMBIA – 11 MAY 2022
- LUSAKA – 11 MAY 2022 (07H00) Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a cooperation agreement to facilitate the development of the value chain in the electric battery and clean energy sector. The Cooperation Agreement is expected to provide a framework for bilateral cooperation on the initiative to develop the battery value chain, as well as strengthen collaboration between Zambia and DRC. The framework will create jobs for Congolese and Zambians and boost the two countries’ economies. President Hakainde Hichilema and President Felix Tshisekedi participated in the signing ceremony at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka on Tuesday, 10 May 2022.
- LUSAKA – 11 MAY 2022 (17H15) President Hakainde Hichilema has concluded a four-day visit to Cape Town in South Africa, where the Head of State attended the 2022 Investing in African Mining Indaba. During the visit, President Hichilema called on African Heads of State to expedite efforts to ensure sustainable development and management of natural resources. Hichilema also held bilateral talks with Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. During separate meetings with his counterparts, President Hichilema reiterated the need to enhance bilateral relations with Zambia, citing mining, agriculture, infrastructure, education, health and livestock as focus sectors for collaboration. The President also engaged with investors and the private sector to attract additional investment to the country’s economy. The Presidency has confirmed that President Hichilema has since returned to Zambia.
ZIMBABWE – 11 MAY 2022
- HARARE – 10 MAY 2022 (19H10) Zimbabwe’s Cabinet has approved a partnership between Dinson Iron and Steel Private Limited Company and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) for the construction of a 330 kilovolt (kV), 100 kilometres (km) electricity line from Sherwood, Kwekwe to Manhize, Chivhu. The announcement follows a Cabinet briefing delivered today, 10 March 2022. During the sitting, Cabinet also approved the Electricity Amendment Bill, 2022. The bill introduces additional penalties for the abstraction or diversion of electricity and the use of such electricity with the knowledge that it had been illegally abstracted or diverted. The bill also removes the option of a fine when a suspect is convicted of the crime. Furthermore, the bill introduces additional penalties for the transportation of material used in connection with the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity without the option of a fine. The Government has further stated that efforts are underway to resolve the current public transport problems. Relevant regulations are expected to include the licensing of operators on any given route.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 11 MAY 2022
- NIGERIA: The Nigeria Political Summit Group and the National Consultative Front (NCFront) have announced that a multi-stakeholder National Constitution Reform Dialogue is scheduled to be held in Abuja on Thursday, 12 May 2022.
- MADAGASCAR: Protest expected in Antananarivo by the Taxi Association (TIM) and residents within Antananarivo on 13 May 2022.
- ESWATINI: Protest expected in the vicinity of Manzini on 13 May 2022 from 09H00.
- ANGOLA: The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), the Government of the Republic of Angola, and AMETrade are expected to host the 8th African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition (CAPE VIII), scheduled to take place from 16 May 2022 until 19 May 2022, in Luanda, Republic of Angola.
- 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.
- ANGOLA: The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, has received an invitation to participate in the African Union Summit scheduled to take place from 26 May 2022 to 28 May 2022 in the city of Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
- 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: The International Telecommunication Union, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), has scheduled to convene a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), scheduled to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 06 June 2022 to 16 June 2022.
- 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.
- RWANDA: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to host the second Annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2022) between 13 December 2022 and 15 December 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
- NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
- NIGERIA: The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources has announced plans for the Sixth Edition of Nigeria’s International Energy Summit (NIES 2023) in Abuja from 16 April 2023 until 20 April 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.