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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 12 APR 2022 (19H00)

April 12

ANGOLA – 12 APR 2022

  • CABINDA – 11 APR 2022 (05H25) Clashes reported between members of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and the Front for the Liberation of the State of Cabinda (FLEC) Armed Forces of Cabinda (FAC). During the incident, reports indicated the fatal injuries of approximately 12 FAA soldiers and four civilians. The clashes occurred in the villages of Kisungo and Tando Masele, in the Maiombe area. During the incident, FLEC members confiscated several weapons of FAA soldiers. Security has been increased in the areas following an operation launched by the FAC regarding the resumption of control of the villages. The FAC has advised foreign companies to suspend activities in the Cabinda area.
  • ONDJIVA – 12 APR 2022 (04H00) Angolan President João Lourenço has inaugurated a new drought relief project established by the China-based construction company, PowerChina. The project, based in the Cunene Province, includes a 150-kilometre (km) water channel that is expected to promote the development of agriculture and farming and improve overall living standards. An estimated 250,000 people are expected to benefit from the project through the provision of safe drinking water for livestock and the supply of irrigation for an estimated 5,000 hectares of arable land. During the inauguration, President Lourenço pledged continued efforts to reduce the impact of drought in Cunene, Namibe and Huila provinces, which are among the worst drought-affected regions in the country.
  • LUANDA – 12 APR 2022 (06H20) The Foreign Affairs Minister of Portugal, Augusto Silva, is expected to visit Angola from today, 12 April 2022 and 13 April 2022. Silva is expected to meet with Angolan officials with the aim to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. This visit comes after the announcement that the Banko Caixa General of Deposits of Portugal aims to finance infrastructure construction projects within Angola.
  • LUANDA – 12 APR 2022 (08H20) More than 20 Angolan activists are expected to appear before the Luanda District Court today, 12 April 2022, after being detained on Saturday in Luanda for participating in a demonstration on Saturday, 09 April 2022. The Luanda Provincial Command of the National Police, Nestor Goubel, has stated that the detained suspects were leading an unlawful demonstration. Goubel recalled that demonstration is a right provided for in the Angolan Constitution, however, in accordance with Law 16/91, on the right to assemble and demonstrate, recommendations of demonstrations should be permitted. The activists intended to start a demonstration against Indra, a company selected to manage the electoral process, and the release of political prisoners.

 

BOTSWANA – 12 APR 2022

  • GABORONE – 12 APR 2022 (06H15) President of the Republic of Botswana and Chairperson of Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, is scheduled to officiate the SACU Investment Conference, which will take place today, 12 April 2022 and 13 April 2022 in Gaborone. Discussions will focus on positioning SACU as an industrial investment, manufacturing and innovation hub got the African continent and beyond. High-level delegates are expected to participate in the event, such as the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade Inland Revenue of Namibia, Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS), The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition South Africa Eswatini Traders, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Lesotho, Basotho Enterprises Development Corporation (BEDCO), the Namibia Trade Forum Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency and the Eswatini Revenue Service.
  • LOBATSE – 12 APR 2022 (11H30) The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism, through the Department of National Museum and Monuments, is expected to commission the Samora Machel Museum in Lobatse on Thursday, 14 April 2022. The commissioning will be officiated by His Excellency, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, and his counterpart, Mozambican President Filipe Byusi.
  • GABORONE – 12 APR 2022 (11H55) Mozambican President,  Filipe Nyusi, is expected to undertake a four-day State visit to Botswana from Wednesday, 13 April 2022, until 16 April 2022. During his visit, Nyusi will engage in discussions related to bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. The visit aims to strengthen existing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas, including transport and communications, tourism, defence and security and energy. In addition, the two leaders will address the Botswana Business Forum on issues of trade and investment between Botswana and Mozambique. The State visit will be preceded by the 7th Session of the Botswana-Mozambique Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC), which will be held from 07 April 2022 until 11 April 2022 in Gaborone.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 12 APR 2022

  • RUWENZORI – 11 APR 2022 (20H40) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) security officials have confirmed the discovery of 12 bodies in the area of Masambo in the Ruwenzori sector of Beni, North Kivu province. A local Civil Society group has stated that the deceased individuals have been identified as civilian farmers killed by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels during the previous week. Civil Society Vice-President Joël Kithausa has stated that the bodies had been discovered on Saturday, 09 April 2022, and Sunday, 10 April 2022. Kithausa has raised concerns regarding the deteriorating security situation in the region, calling on Government forces to enhance efforts to eradicate the rebel group from the area.
  • KAMANGO – 12 APR 2022 (06H50) Eight health centres in the chiefdom of Watalinga in the territory of Beni have remained close for about four months due to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel attacks in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to Health and Civil Society Organisations, the centres have remained closed over the recent attacks by the rebels in the region and have affected several villages, including Kikingi, Ndama, Luanoli, Maale, Bukowa, Kahondo, Mulopya, and Kamanzara. The healthcare workers have been transferred due to the insecurity, and several centres have either been raided or burnt down. This comes after the reopening of the general hospital in Kamango,  which had just closed following the insecurity.
  • LUBUMBASHI – 12 APR 2022 (10H40) Protest reported in the city of Lubumbashi. Motorcycle operators are protesting against the murder of their colleagues who had been allegedly assaulted by a Police officer near the Wema high school in the Kamalondo commune. The demonstrators are burning tyres and debris in several areas of Lubumbashi. The demonstrations disrupted economic activities in several areas in Lubumbashi. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police are on the scene.

 

ESWATINI -12 APR 2022

  • MBABANE – 12 APR 2022 (03H10) The eSwatini Foreign Affairs Ministry has announced the conclusion of Indian High Commissioner Radha Venkantaram’s tenure. This follows after Commissioner Venkantaram recently held a meeting with Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini to discuss diplomatic relations in anticipation of her departure. The Ministry has stated that the Commissioner arrived in the country in August 2019 and is due for retirement in April 2022.
  • HLOHLO – 12 APR 2022 (06H00) Protest expected at the Swazi Border Post Matsamo today, 12 April 2022, from 10H00. Demonstrators will be calling for the release of pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, and other detained political members. The demonstrators have vowed to hold a Swaziland Border Blockade. Several political parties, such as the United eSwatini Diaspora organisation, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS), will be participating in the demonstration. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be deployed to the scene.
  • MBABANE – 12 APR 2022 (09H35) UPDATE Taxi operators at the Mbabane Bus Rank have suspended services ahead of a planned protest. Commuters have been asked to find alternative transport. The operators resolved to park their vehicles in protest over the non-implementation of the bus fare increase. Members of the public are advised to be aware of the situation. (09H15) A heightened Military presence and Correctional Services have been deployed in various towns, including Mbabane, Manzini, Nhlangano and Pigg’s Peak. This comes as activists are calling for the release of pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, and other detained political members. The planned demonstration is scheduled today, 12 April 2022, at the Ngwenya Border Post and Swazi Border Post Matsamo. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
  • NGWENYA – 12 APR 2022 (12H30) UPDATE The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) has begun demonstrating at the Ngwenya Border Post/ Oshoek Border Post. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.  (06H10) Protest expected at the Ngwenya Border Post/ Oshoek Border Post on 12 April 2022 from 10H00. Demonstrators will be calling for the release of pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, and other detained political members. The demonstrators have vowed to hold a Swaziland Border Blockade. Several political parties, such as the United eSwatini Diaspora organisation, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS), will be participating in the demonstration. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be deployed to the scene.

 

ETHIOPIA- 12 APR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 12 APR 2022 (09H00) The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a $5.5 million grant to fund phase two of the Desert to Power energy project in Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan. The East Africa Regional Energy Project will be financed through the ADF-15 Regional Public Good window of the African Development Fund, the concessional arm of the African Development Bank Group. The project will develop technical studies for regional solar parks, associated battery storage near regional energy interconnectors, and high-voltage cables that connect the electricity systems of neighbouring countries. The initiative will also strengthen the technical capacity of the implementing agency, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a trade bloc that includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley and the Great Lakes region. The East Africa Regional Energy Project follows on approval by the Board of Directors of the African Development Fund of the West Africa Regional Energy Project in July 2021.
  • GELE ALO – 12 APR 2022 (10H00) The Woreda Administrator, Hassan Handi, has announced that over 160 shops and residential houses in Simurobi Gele’alo Woreda have been destroyed following a fire incident on Monday evening, 11 April 2022. Handi has stated that the fire ignited at a store in the area at around 22H00. Handi has stated that additional investigations are ongoing, yet preliminary reports indicate more than 80 residential homes and about 80 shops were destroyed due to the fire, no casualties have been reported.

 

GHANA – 12 APR 2022

  • ACCRA – 11 APR 2022 (19H05) Ghana is set to host the 57th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank and the 48th Annual Meeting of the African Development Fund from 23 May 2022 until 27 May 2022. Due to COVID-19 considerations, The meeting is expected to be presented both physically at the Accra International Conference Centre and virtually for members unable to attend. During the meeting, the bank and the African Development Funds Governing Board are expected to review the group’s activities over the previous year. Additionally, they are set to discuss the continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how to increase vaccinations. Further, they are set to discuss the increased threat of climate change.

 

KENYA – 12 APR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 11 APR 2022 (21H00) Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary (PS) Macharia Kamau presided over the Kenya-Mozambique UN Security Council Consultations opening ceremony in Nairobi. The meeting is set to focus on the two-year non-permanent term of Mozambique to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The meeting has been attended by Foreign Affairs Ministers and Ambassadors regarding the requirement of integrating African efforts to create necessary synergies for non-permanent UNSC members. The Government is expected to work with the new Korean administration regarding increased bilateral relationships between the countries.

 

LESOTHO – 12 APR 2022

  • HLAKAMETSA – 12 APR 2022 (12H50) His Majesty King Letsie III is officiating the tree-planting ceremony at Rehauhetso Primary School in the Butha Buthe district. The ceremony is in line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) #IFRC1 MillionTree initiative. The Head of IFRC Southern Africa Cluster, Michael Charles, African Union (AU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),  United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ministry of Forestry, and Butha Buthe dignitaries and Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) President, Silas Mosuhli.

 

MADAGASCAR – 12 APR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 12 APR 2022 (08H30) The Union of Construction and Public Works Contractors (SEBTP) has threatened to embark on a protest in demand for the State to revise allocated public markets and raw material prices. The union has stated that the increase in raw materials significantly affects the cost of labour and the duration of the markets. The President of the SEBTP, Hary Andriatefihasina, has stated that suppliers are finding it difficult to maintain operations due to the increase in raw materials prices, supplies and energy. The union further demanded a compensation fund considering the economic situation due to the increase in prices. The union has petitioned the Minister of Public Works, Jerry Atfandrazzana, and urged that he meet with them to discuss the issues raised.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 12 APR 2022 (17H00) The Police have launched a security operation set to last until 19 April 2022. The operation is set to focus on ensuring security during the Easter holiday. The National Police are expected to deploy approximately 4,820 officers before and during the Easter holiday celebrations. Officers are expected to be dressed in casual clothes in addition to others who are set to wear their uniforms. The Officers are expected to manage traffic, ensure security through patrols and surveil high populated areas. The Capital Antananarivo is expected to receive 1,415 Officers on 17 April 2022 and 18 April 2022. Further, 1,280 Officers are expected to be deployed on 18 April 2022 and 19 April 2022. The active Officers are set to be deployed during the day and night for increased surveillance.

 

MALAWI – 12 APR 2022

  • DEDZA – 12 APR 2022 (09H50) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to conduct a tour at the Bwanje Dam at Mua Livulezi Forest Reserve today, 12 April 2022, at 10H00. The Office of the President and Cabinet has stated that President Chakwera will proceed to the water intake point, the demonstration plot, a farmer’s plot and the rice grading and packaging facility at the Bwanje Irrigation Scheme in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kachindamoto in Dedza District. Thereafter, President Chakwera will hold a developmental rally at Mwenje Primary School Ground in TA Kaphuka in Dedza District.
  • EMBANGWENI – 12 APR 2022 (14H30) The Police have announced the arrest of four suspects in the Jenda area. The Police allegedly confiscated two bags of cannabis from the suspects following a search operation. The suspects are expected to be heard in the Magistrate’s court.
  • LILONGWE – 12 APR 2022 (16H20) Malawi has announced the newly elected staff for the Malawian Justice Courts. Justice Rizine Mzikamanda has been elected as the Chief of Justice, and Jean Mthiko Kayira has been nominated as the Judge of the High Court for Malawi. The United States is expected to promote judicial independence through their partnerships and exchanges.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 12 APR 2022

  • LUNGA – 12 APR 2022 (02H30) Nampula Government officials have stated that the administrative post of Lunga in the Mossuril district remains isolated from surrounding areas in the province due to damages incurred during Cyclone Gombe. This follows after several access roads connecting the village of Lunga to the rest of the province had been destroyed during adverse weather conditions. Nampula Governor Manuel Rodrigues has stated that a company has been engaged to initiate rehabilitation efforts of the road and restore services to the affected population. National Institute for Management and Reduction of Disaster Risk (INGD) delegate in Nampula, Alberto Armando, has stated that assistance has been designated for Lunga and that road traffic restoration is expected to occur in due course.
  • MAIMELANE – 12 APR 2022 (07H25) Construction works on the 450 MegaWatts (MW) Temane gas and power project in Mozambique have commenced following the inauguration officiated by President Filipe Nyusi in March 2022. The project located in Inhassoro involves constructing a Temane-Maputo power line and a Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant. The facilities will be supplied power from the PSA project and will include an investment of $760 million from Sasol. The project, once completed, will provide 30,000 tonnes per year of LPG, accounting for more than 70% of demand and reducing the need for imports. Gas will be provided to the 450 MW Temane power plant, and the PSA project will also produce 4,000 barrels per day of light oil in 2024.
  • MAPUTO – 12 APR 2022 (11H00) The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, will participate in the Extraordinary Virtual Summit of the Troika of the Organ for Cooperation in the Areas of Policy, Defence and Security of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) today, 12 April 2022, including 15 Member States. The Summit will focus on assessing the progress achieved by the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) since the extension of its mandate at the Extraordinary Summit in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi, as well as plan guidelines on the future of the Mission. This comes after the extension of the mandate of the SAMIM forces in Mozambique from 15 April 2022 to 15 July 2022. The Secretariat is expected to table a progress report on the Mission as well as a roadmap toward an international conference to support the economic and social reconstruction of Cabo Delgado Province.

 

NIGERIA – 12 APR 2022

  • IGANGAN – 11 APR 2022 (20H20) The Police have launched a search operation in the Igangan area. This follows after the death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairperson Gbenga Ogbara. Suspects allegedly killed Ogbara in his residence at approximately 00H00 Monday 11 April 2022. The suspects allegedly injured Ogbara’s wife and daughter. The killing is expected to be political as the Governorship elections are set to be held on 18 June 2022 for the Ekiti state and 16 July 2022 for the Osun state.
  • ABUJA – 12 APR 2022 (08H00) European Union (EU) Ambassadors in Nigeria paid a courtesy call on the Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) on Monday, 11 April 2022, seeking to strengthen its partnership with Nigeria in the energy sector. The EU Ambassador in Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, has stated that Europe is interested in strengthening its cooperation with Nigeria, particularly in the area of a possible increase in the supplies of Liquefied Natural Gas LNG). The Group Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation  (GMD/CEO NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has further assured that the Company would continue to deepen its historical relationship with EU companies in Nigeria in order to add more value to its business, particularly towards increasing gas supply to the global market and enhancing domestic gas utilisation.
  • ABUJA – 12 APR 2022 (18H00) The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced the extension of the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in the southeast region. The announcement followed after a meeting between the INEC and critical stakeholders regarding the fourth quarter of CVR. Furthermore, The INEC extended the voting times from 09H00-15H00 to 09H00-17H00. Additionally, the INEC is expected to implement new polling units, which are set to provide less complicated methods of registration. The new polling units are expected to be published and released to the public by the INEC.

 

RWANDA – 12 APR 2022

  • KIGALI – 11 APR 2022 (20H00) The Presidency has announced that President Paul Kagame has embarked on an official state visit to Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo for a period of three days. President Kagame has stated that the visit aims to strengthen cooperation between Rwanda and Congo for the benefit of both countries’ citizens. During the visit, the two Heads of State are expected to sign several agreements in key sectors focused on economic cooperation and cultural exchange. President Kagame is also expected to conduct a visit to Oyo in the Congo’s Cuvette Region.

 

TANZANIA – 12 APR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 12 APR 2022 (14H30) The Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) has announced the Dar es Salaam – Morogoro Phase 1 of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is set to launch operations at the end of April 2022. Furthermore, the Morogoro-Dodoma is approximately 82% and is set to be completed by December 2022. The Government has released an estimated Sh609,6 billion of the Sh4,6 trillion for the expected construction of the 368km (kilometre) Kigoma-Tabora SGR.
  • DAR ES SALAAM – 12 APR 2022 (15H05) The Raxio group has elected Tanzania to receive the newly established Raxio Tanzania. Raxio Tanzania is expected to be the first carrier-neutral, tier III data centre in the country. The Raxio Group expectedly elected Tanzania as they are the second-largest economy of the East African Community (EAC) and have an estimated 60 million civilians, of which approximately 86% had been using mobiles in 2020. Reports indicate that Tanzania received three subsea cables and is expected to receive another in 2023. Raxio Tanzania is set to be the connectivity hub for the region. The infrastructure is expected to increase the digital and economic growth of the region.

 

ZAMBIA – 12 APR 2022

  • KASAMA – 12 APR 2022 (07H45) President Hakainde Hichilema is expected in the Northern Province today, 12 April 2022, on a one-day official visit. President Hichilema is expected to assess some developmental projects in the Kasama district and visit the Mungwi and Luwingu districts. Upon arrival at the Kasama Airport, President Hichilema will proceed to Malole in the Mungwi district to pay a courtesy call on Paramount Chief Chitimukulu at his palace. President Hichilema will also visit the Luwingu district and hold dialogue with the residents in the area.

 

ZIMBABWE – 12 APR 2022

  • HARARE – 12 APR 2022 (14H10) The Zimbabwe National Road Authority (Zinara) is expected to disburse approximately $17 billion to road authorities. Zinara Board Chairperson George Manyaya has stated after a tour of the Harare roads that approximately $5 billion has been disbursed to 93 local authorities for road rehabilitation. The Chitungwiza and Manyame roads are, among others, expected to be included in the rehabilitation process. The public is expected to receive updates on the further usage of road funds.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 12 APR 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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