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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 12 MAY 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 12 MAY 2022
• LUANDA – 12 MAY 2022 (14H40) Angola is expected to provide information regarding the Unofficial Electoral Registration process to political parties with parliamentary seats during a scheduled meeting in Luanda today, 12 May 2022. The meeting is expected to be chaired by the Minister of State and Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic, Adão de Almeida, and attended by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Marcy Lopes. The discussion is also expected to provide information on the period for complaints from the Official Electoral Register. This process aims to allow the correction of errors and omissions to be promoted by the interested parties.
BOTSWANA – 12 MAY 2022
• LOBATSE – 12 MAY 2022 (16H00) The Botswana Government has announced that the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA) has adjusted the retail pump prices for petrol and diesel in the country. The pump price of unleaded petrol 93 is set to increase by P148 per litre, unleaded petrol 95 is set to increase by P154 per litre, and diesel 50ppm is set to increase by P274 per litre. The retail pump price of illuminating paraffin is also set to increase by P206 per litre. These changes are scheduled to come into effect from 00H00 on Friday, 13 May 2022. The Energy Regulatory Authority has stated that the increase in pump prices continues to be influenced by the increase in international oil prices.
DEM. REP. CONGO -12 MAY 2022
• LUBUMBASHI – 11 MAY 2022 (19H10) The CRDB Bank has announced that efforts are underway to address challenges being experienced by traders when transferring funds between Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Bank is reportedly in the process of finalising logistics before opening its subsidiary in Lubumbashi before the end of 2022. CRDB Congo Managing Director Jessica Nyachiro has stated that the Bank is expected to expand to Kinshasa and other areas of the country as demand increases. The Bank is also expected to spearhead the use of digital channels to simplify local and cross border fund transfers and improve transactions.
• KINSHASA – 12 MAY 2022 (08H30) The former Commander of the Simba battalion of the National Police and Senior Commissioner, Christian Ngoy Kenga Kenga, has received the death penalty for the alleged assassination, desertion, and misappropriation of weapons and munitions of war during his verdict on 11 May 2022, in the trial of the double assassination of Floribert Chebeya and Fidèle Bazana at the High Military Court in Kinshasa. In addition, Police officer Jacques Mugabo has been sentenced to 12 years in prison with extenuating circumstances for murder. The co-accused has also been dismissed from the National Police. The High Military Court sanctioned Christian Kenga and Mugabo in solidarity with the Congolese State and ordered the accused to pay the amount fixed by the judgment of the High Court on 17 September 2015, which is more than $600,000.
• GOMA – 12 MAY 2022 (17H00) The United States (US) Embassy has issued a travel advisory to US citizens in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) city of Goma, North Kivu province. The travel advisory informs US citizens against travelling to the North Kivu province due to the increased risk of crime, civil unrest, terrorism, armed conflict and kidnappings. The Embassy has further warned of an escalated threat of a terrorist attack being planned on an unspecified ferry departing from Goma. US citizens are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in high-risk locations.
ESWATINI – 12 MAY 2022
• MBABANE – 12 MAY 2022 (11H30) UPDATE The pro-democracy MPs Mabuza and Dube have been denied bail during their appearance before the High Court of eSwatini today, 12 May 2022. The High Court has also ordered that the MPs remain in custody at the Mbabane Police Station. (11H00) The High Court of eSwatini has delivered its judgement against the MPs, Mabuza and Dube, who appeared before the court for its judgement over the case. The High Court Judge has denied the bail application and dismissed the appeal made to the High Court over the matter. (10H30) The Member of Parliaments (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, are expected to appear today, 12 May 2022, before the High Court of eSwatini. Judge Doris Tshabalala is expected to deliver her judgement over the case against the MP’s who are charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act and who has been in detention since 25 July 2021. A heightened Police presence is expected in the vicinity of the High Court.
ETHIOPIA- 12 MAY 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 11 MAY 2022 (19H00) Ambassador Gebeyehu Ganga, Director-General of the Middle East, Asia, and Pacific Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, has held discussions with Kang Seoul-hee, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Ethiopia, regarding bilateral, regional, and global matters of mutual interest. Ambassador Gebeyehu reiterated the need to further strengthen political cooperation through holding joint ministerial commissions and expanding relations in trade and investment. The two parties have agreed to collaborate on the establishment of a joint ministerial commission and finalise the bilateral investment promotion and protection draft agreement, in addition to setting up an Ethiopian-Korean Friendship Society that is expected to enhance bilateral ties further.
• ADDIS ABABA – 12 MAY 2022 (14H00) The Governments of Ethiopia and Turkey have signed two agreements on extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters. The two agreements have been signed on behalf of each country by Ethiopian State Minister of Justice, Alemante Agidew and Turkish Deputy Minister of Justice, Yakup Moğul. The announcement follows after Minister Agidew recently led an Ethiopian delegation on a working visit to Turkey. During the visit, the delegation also engaged in discussions with officials Turkish Ministry of Justice on matters of bilateral cooperation. Agidew has stated that the agreements signed on legal issues are expected to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
GHANA – 12 MAY 2022
• ACCRA – 12 MAY 2022 (13H40) The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) have proposed amended tariffs to the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) for approval for 2022. GWCL is requesting a 334% increase in water tariffs, and the ECG is requesting a 148% increase in electricity tariffs. The proposal from GWCL and ECG is reportedly the highest among the tariffs presented to the PURC by utility service providers for consideration ahead of the upcoming July 2022 tariff announcement. The Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) requested a 113% tariff increment, while the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) seeks a 48% increase, and the Volta River Authority (VRA) a 37% increase. The utilities have stated that the proposed increments aim to enable the recovery of investments, expand operational capacity, and offer quality and affordable electricity and water to household and industrial consumers in the country. The companies have cited an increase in operating costs, exchange rate, high inflation and depreciation of the local currency against its major trading currencies as reasons for the tariff proposals. As part of ongoing engagement, the PURC is expected to meet the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Organised Labour, select Committee on Energy, and other stakeholders, ahead of a public hearing on 16 May 2022.
KENYA -12 MAY 2022
• NAIROBI – 12 MAY 2022 (11H30) President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are presiding over a full Cabinet meeting at the State House in Nairobi. The State House has issued a statement indicating that national and international matters are expected to be discussed during the sitting. The meeting follows after Deputy President Ruto recently alleged that he had been excluded from Cabinet meetings after his duties had reportedly been transferred to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i. Further details regarding the engagement are expected to be availed in due course.
LESOTHO – 12 MAY 2022
• MASERU – 12 MAY 2022 (11H50) The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Moeketsi Majoro, has received the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Alice Albright, and her administration at the State House in Maseru. The courtesy call has been made in order to commend the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho on compact development and review compact implementation. Furthermore, the Kingdom of Lesotho is expected to sign an MCC Compact II agreement at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre.
MADAGASCAR – 12 MAY 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 12 MAY 2022 (06H15) The Council of Ministers has announced that the Madagascar National Centre for Tele-Education (CNTEMAD) will be reconstructed into a Digital University. This decision comes after the Ministry of Digital Development, Digital Transformation, Posts and Telecommunications (MNDPT), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESupRES), as well as the University Agency and of Francophonie (AUF) held a dialogue following the developments in digital management. The project is set to establish digital management in the self-learning of the Digital University and implement e-learning in the educational system.
• ANTANANARIVO – 12 MAY 2022 (08H40) The Tananariva section of the Union of Research Teachers and Research Teachers (SECES) has threatened to embark on an indefinite protest until the management of Antananarivo meets their demands. The union has stated the management has been given an ultimatum of four days to resolve the situation. The union has been protesting against the draft law on the autonomy of universities and the delay in their payments. The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has further engaged with the union. However, the matter was unresolved.
• ANTANANARIVO – 12 MAY 2022 (10H15) The Association of City Taxis (FTAR) in Antananarivo has filed a complaint against the motorcycle taxi operators who are illegally operating within the city. The association has stated that the Municipal Council of Les Milles has rejected the motorcycle taxi operators from operating due to the increased violence and vehicle accidents. The Vice-President of the Association, Alain Andriamanarivo, has noted that the motorcycle taxi operators have been prohibited from operating in the city of Antananarivo. Meanwhile, the motorcycle taxi operators have vowed to continue to operate in the city and noted that legal procedures to obtain a permit are underway for its members.
• ANTANANARIVO – 12 MAY 2022 (13H10) Madagascar’s Ministry of Transport has announced that Turkish Airlines is expected to operate its inaugural flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to Antananarivo on 18 June 2022. Turkish Airlines is the ninth airline company to be authorised to transport international passengers from Madagascar since the reopening of its borders. The airline is scheduled to initially operate single weekly flights between Turkey and Madagascar from June 2022, with additional flights per week expected to be announced as demand increases.
MALAWI – 12 MAY 2022
• LILONGWE – 12 MAY 2022 (12H30) Vice-President Saulos Chilima is expected to travel to Durban, in South Africa, on Friday, 13 May 2022, to represent President Lazarus Chakwera at the Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour. The Director of Communications and Public Relations in the Office of the Vice-President, Pilirani Phiri, has stated that the conference is scheduled to convene from Sunday, 15 May 2022, to Friday, 20 May 2022, but Chilima will return to Malawi on Tuesday, 17 May 2022. As part of the visit, Chilima is expected to deliver a statement on behalf of President Lazarus during the opening of the conference on Sunday, 15 May 2022. Discussions at the conference are expected to focus on concerns raised by a 2021 global report on child labour stating the number of children involved in child labour has increased to 160 million worldwide, representing an increase of 8.4 million children since 2017.
• KASUNGU – 12 MAY 2022 (16H25) Kasungu Police have announced the arrests of three suspects on allegations of trafficking 20 people from Mzimba in central Malawi. Public Relations Officer for Kasungu Police Station Sub Inspector Joseph Kachikho has stated that the three suspects have been arrested after being halted at a Police checkpoint in Chisazima with 20 passengers on board a light commercial vehicle. The passengers are alleged to have been illegal tenants travelling from Mzimba to Dedza. The suspects have been detained and transported to the Kasungu Police Station for further questioning. The suspects are expected to appear before the court on charges of trafficking in persons contrary to Section 14 of Trafficking in Persons Act Number 3 of 2015.
MOZAMBIQUE -12 MAY 2022
• MAPUTO – 11 MAY 2022 (19H20) Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has inaugurated four quays at the Maputo Port after recently being rehabilitated and expanded to receive larger vessels. During the inauguration ceremony, President Nyusi called for an integrated vision of port, rail, and road structures with the aim of attracting a greater volume of cargo to Maputo. The Head of State further noted that such integration is expected to expedite port logistics and establish facilities to allow cargo to arrive timeously and at a lower cost at its destination. The majority of the rehabilitation works on the four quays included dredging. The depth at quays six, seven and eight is now at 16 meters (M), compared to the previous 12 m, while at quay nine, the dredging has increased the depth from 9 m to 15 m. This is expected to allow ships of up to 140,000 tonnes to dock at the quays. The cost of the rehabilitation has been estimated at approximately $80 million.
• MAPUTO – 12 MAY 2022 (01H30) Mozambique is expected to launch the operations of several new toll gates on 01 June 2022. The toll gates are expected to include the Chidenguele toll in Gaza province, the Nhancundela, Malova and Mapinhane toll in Inhambane province and others. The announcement by Filimao Suaze follows after the 15th Session of the Council of Ministers meeting. Furthermore, the construction is set to be valued at approximately MT 238 million. The Road Fund has funded the construction works under the Self-Sustained Road Maintenance Program (PROASME).
• MAPUTO – 12 MAY 2022 (01H40) The Government has announced the approval of a proposed change in the Law on the Legal Regime of Bank Accounts. The amendment is set to allow the minimum age for opening a bank account to be lowered to 18. Additionally, children of 15 years are allowed to create a bank account with their legal guardians’ authorisation. The reviewed changes are set to decrease money laundering incidents in the country through increased regulations and transparency.
NIGERIA – 12 MAY 2022
• ABUJA – 11 MAY 2022 (19H00) The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is expected to commence a two-week industrial action with effect from Monday, 16 May 2022. ASUP made the announcement in a statement released to the public following the conclusion of an emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council today, 11 May 2022. ASUP President Anderson Ezeibe has stated that the Federal Government is yet to meet the union’s demands, including the payment of the N15 billion Revitalisation Fund, approved in May 2021. The union has called on the Government to urgently respond to their demands within the two-week industrial action period to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.
• ABUJA – 12 MAY 2022 (06H00) The Nigeria Political Summit Group and the National Consultative Front (NCFront) are expected to hold a multi-stakeholder National Constitution Reform Dialogue today, 12 May 2022, in Abuja. The Chairman of the National Organising Committee of the group, Pat Utomi, has stated that the dialogue would involve ethnic nationalities, religious leaders, political parties and the Government. The leadership of the National Assembly had also been invited to interface with the Nigerian leaders at the conference.
• LAGOS – 12 MAY 2022 (06H30) The Lagos State Government has ordered the immediate halt of the approval for structures exceeding two-storey buildings in the Ebute-Metta area of the State. This comes after the recent incident where ten residents were killed after a three-storey building collapsed on Sunday, 02 May 2022. The State’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako, has stated that the decision follows an audit of buildings in the area. Salako has stated that the low-lying surface of Ebute-Metta and its negative impact on some of the buildings informed the Government’s decision in order to save lives and property. Salako has further noted that the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) has been directed to stop taking applications for approval above three floors in the area.
• ENUGU – 12 MAY 2022 (07H00) Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 36 suspected internet fraudsters in Owerri, in the Imo State. The operation was held following credible intelligence connecting the suspects to alleged cyber-fraud aimed at foreign nationals. During the apprehension, the EFCC recovered several phones, laptops, international passports, several registration number plates and various vehicles. The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
• KANO – 12 MAY 2022 (08H00) Aviation worker’s unions in Kano have suspended their two-day warning strike. This follows after the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) held a protest at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) on Monday, 09 May 2022, over the failure of the Federal Government to implement their negotiated conditions of service, and their restructured minimum wage. The national representative of NUATE in Kano, Comrade Akubo Benjamin, has stated that the strike was suspended following appeals from Nigerians over issues such as the delay in their flights. Meanwhile, the Chairperson of AUPCTRE, Comrade Abdullahi Ibrahim, has threatened that the union will embark on an indefinite strike by the end of May 2022 if the Federal Government fails to meet their demands.
• ABUJA – 12 MAY 2022 (09H30) About four Ministers under the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration resigned following the directive from their principal on Wednesday, 11 May 2022. The Ministers resigned their appointment after Buhari ordered members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) seeking elective offices to resign on or before Monday, 16 May 2022. The contestants are seeking to contest for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential role ahead of the 2023 General Election. The four ministers who had resigned include the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, and Godswill Akpabio and the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.
• IFE – 12 MAY 2022 (12H30) Protest reported on the Ife-Ibadan expressway Road in the Osun State. The students of Obafemi Awolowo University are demonstrating against the school closure through the ongoing strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The students have barricaded the road and several other streets. The students have reportedly vowed to continue the protest until their demands are met by the Federal Government. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation.
RWANDA – 12 MAY 2022
• KIGALI – 12 MAY 2022 (07H20) The Head of State, Paul Kagame, has received the Chief of Defence Staff of Malian Armed Forces, Major General Oumar Diarra, accompanied by his Rwandan counterpart Rwandan General, Chief of Defence Staff of the Rwanda Defence Force and Brigadier General Patrick Karuretwa, the Head of the international military cooperation of the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF). Diarra held discussions with the Minister of Defense, Major Gen Albert Murasira, and Kazura upon his arrival at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Kigali. Diarra has stated that the Malian military wants to learn about Rwanda’s knowledge and security in the country and the capabilities of the Rwandan Armed Forces in resolving issues. The visit comes after Diarra visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial on the Hill and paid homage to the holidaymakers during his three-day visit to Rwanda.
TANZANIA -12 MAY 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 12 MAY 2022 (18H00) The Government has announced the launch of the second phase of polio vaccinations in Tanzania between 18 May 2022 and 21 May 2022. The compulsory vaccine is expected to be administered to an estimated 10,3 million children under the age of five years across all regions of Tanzania. The second phase of vaccinations follows the recent conclusion of phase one conducted in the Mbeya, Njombe, Songwe and Ruvuma regions.
ZAMBIA – 12 MAY 2022
• LUSAKA – 12 MAY 2022 (12H10) Arc Minerals has announced that Anglo American is expected to receive majority control of its Zambian copper-cobalt exploration licenses. The agreement observes the first new investment by Anglo in Zambia within the preceding 20 years. As part of the arrangement, the multinational mining company is set to receive 70% of a joint venture with Arc Minerals to operate in Zambia’s northwestern province. This follows as major mining firms are seeking new sources of battery metals, copper and cobalt, due to sanctions on Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The agreement requires Anglo American to disburse $3,5 million into the joint venture upon signing and $74 million to retain its stake in exploration within seven years, in addition to providing cash payments of $11 million into the joint venture.
ZIMBABWE – 12 MAY 2022
• HARARE – 12 MAY 2022 (02H40) The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has launched a search operation in Zimbabwe’s southern region. The operation is set to locate several suspects involved in the robbery of ZX fuels on 04 May 2022 at about 02H00. The suspects, armed with rifles, allegedly confiscated property valued at approximately $384,880 and ZW 11, 551. Furthermore, the suspects allegedly stole Mozambique road toll books worth approximately $55,075 and $378,057 from a business safe.
• HARARE – 12 MAY 2022 (15H50) Air Zimbabwe has issued a statement warning members of the public of expected flight schedule disruptions due to the shortage of jet-A1 fuel being experienced at airports in the country. This follows as suppliers have advised of constraints in the movement of the product. The national airline has stated that travellers are requested to prepare for flight scheduled amendments, noting that the company will continue to monitor the supply situation.
• HARARE – 12 MAY 2022 (16H10) The Government has announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Beaullar Chirume as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology. Chirume’s appointment follows the retirement of Samuel Kundishora on 31 December 2021. The appointment comes in terms of Section 205(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. The appointment of Chirume in the position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry is with immediate effect.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 12 MAY 2022
• MALAWI: Vice-President Saulos Chilima is expected to travel to Durban, in South Africa, on Friday, 13 May 2022, to represent President Lazarus Chakwera at the Fifth Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour.
• 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.
• NIGERIA: The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is expected to commence a two-week industrial action strike with effect from Monday, 16 May 2022.
• 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: Mozambique is expected to launch the operations of several new toll gates on 01 June 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: 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.