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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 14 APR 2022 (19H00)
WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 14 APR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 14 APR 2022
• LUANDA – 14 APR 2022 (13H00) Angola is expected to participate in the 7th Forum of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Financing for Development (FFD) from 25 April 2022 to 28 April 2022 in New York, United States of America. The forum will be held under the theme of planning and budgeting sectors aiming to achieve the commitments of the 2030 agenda. Among the commitments of the UN 2030 agenda, are the eradication of poverty, the improvement of the quality of the education and health system, among others. The forum is an intergovernmental process mandated to review topics related to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda), Financing to support the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
BOTSWANA – 14 APR 2022
• GABORONE – 14 APR 2022 (02H40) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that Botswana and South African researchers are conducting further investigations into the recently detected sub-lineages of the Omicron variant of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. This aims to evaluate and research defying traits of the variant, such as infectivity and virulence. WHO has stated that the identified sub-lineages of the variant are BA.4 and BA.5. The variant has reportedly been identified in four Batswana and 23 South Africans. WHO has called on countries to enhance genomic surveillance to improve understanding of circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants and submit complete genome sequences and associated metadata to a publicly available database.
• GABORONE – 14 APR 2022 (12H15) Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have agreed to invest a total of $3 million in constructing a deep-water port in Techobanine, Matutuíne district, Maputo province, and a railway line. The project, which is expected to involve the private sector, includes a railway line linking the three countries over a length of 1,100 kilometres. Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has stated that the aim is to boost trade relations between the three countries, facilitating the export and import of products, particularly oil. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi further invited the Head of States, Mokgweetsi Masisi and Emmerson Mnangagwa to visit the port in Techobanine, reiterating the importance of private sector involvement in a project being budgeted at around $7 billion.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 14 APR 2022
• GOMA – 14 APR 2022 (02H10) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General (SG) Antonio Guterres has raised concerns regarding the resurgence of activities by members of the May 23 (M23) rebel movement in the North Kivu province. During recent discussions with President Felix Tshisekedi, Guterres reiterated the UN’s continued support of initiatives condoning peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This follows after the M23 group initiated attacks between 27 March 2022 and 28 March 2022 in the localities of Runyonyi and Chanzu, during which 17 soldiers sustained injuries and three others died. Furthermore, the UN SG has also raised concerns regarding the impact of the insecurity on the civilian population and humanitarian access.
• KINSHASA – 14 APR 2022 (09H30) The National Assembly is scheduled to convene today, 14 April 2022, to examine the modification of the electoral law. During this plenary session, the deputies, who are members of the G13 led by Jacques Djoli, will propose the Lokondo law, which will be submitted for examination as the basic text, three other bills and several amendments to the National Assembly. The Lokondo law proposes several innovations to correct the irregularities noted during the 2018 elections, mainly concerning the transparency of the voting process, the voting method and the certification of results.
ESWATINI – 14 APR 2022
• MBABANE – 13 APR 2022 (20H25) The Mobile Telecommunication Company (MTN) foundation has announced the E200,000 funding for the Ministry of Health’s cataract project. The project is based at the Mbabane Government Hospital. The project is expected to transport patients using the 15-seater minibus MTN provided to the Ministry in 2015. Additionally, the project is expected to ensure an uninterrupted supply of eye medication, consumables and surgical instruments.
ETHIOPIA- 14 APR 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 14 APR 2022 (10H00) The World Bank has approved a $300 million rehabilitation fund for Ethiopia. The approved funds will be used to rehabilitate the affected by conflict and in various parts of the East African country. This comes as conflicts in Ethiopia resulted in a loss of lives, humanitarian crises, and the destruction of private and public assets. The World Bank also stated that the new funds would support efforts to address the immediate needs of communities, rehabilitate infrastructure destroyed by conflict and increase community resilience to the impacts of conflict in a sustainable manner. The funds will be distributed to assist the populations in Afar, Amhara, Benishangul-Gumuz, Oromia and Tigray regional states. The World Bank has further stated that the project for the newly released funds will be implemented by federal, regional, and community-based organisations, as well as independent third-party entities.
GHANA – 14 APR 2022
• ACCRA – 14 APR 2022 (11H15) The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has rescheduled its constituency elections from 24 April 2022 to 28 April 2022 due to the electoral conflicts at polling stations across the country. The National Executive Committee has also postponed the constituency elections planned to be held between 28 April 2022 and 02 May 2022. This comes as the party’s polling stations had been boycotted in some parts of the country over disagreements.
KENYA – 14 APR 2022
• TENWEK – 14 APR 2022 (05H50) Protest reported outside the Tenwek High School in Bomet County. The demonstrators are attempting to boycott the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations, which are scheduled to be held today, 14 April 2022, countrywide. The demonstrators are reportedly damaging all UDA banners and ballot papers. Police have been deployed to the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
• NAIROBI – 14 APR 2022 (06H10) Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations have been scheduled for today, 14 April 2022, countrywide. This follows as General Elections are scheduled to be held in Kenya on 09 August 2022. Voters are expected to elect the President, Members of the National Assembly and Senate, County Governors and members of the 47 County Assemblies. UDA has further put in place robust measures to ensure the nomination exercise is free, fair, credible, and democratic to ensure a peaceful election.
• NAIROBI – 14 APR 2022 (12H40) The Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has announced that the ongoing fuel shortages in the country will be resolved within 72 hours. This comes as Juma held a press briefing following the fuel stock crisis in several regions after a few oil marketing companies allegedly diverted fuel to other regional countries and stored fuel. The Energy and Petroleum and Regulatory Authority has further issued warnings to oil marketers selling fuel above prices stipulated in monthly reviews.
• NAIROBI – 14 APR 2022 (16H20) Police have launched a three-day operation in the region. The operation is set to provide a Police escort for travelling fuel tankers from 18H00 until 06H00. Additionally, the operation is set to deploy Police to local petrol stations. The operation’s launch follows Acting Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma’s statement that the estimated two-week fuel shortage is expected to stabilise in approximately 72 hours. Juma further requested that fuel retailing outlets remain open on a 24-hour basis.
LESOTHO – 14 APR 2022
• MASERU – 13 APR 2022 (20H35) Peaceful gathering is expected by All Basotho Convention (ABC) members next to the Maseru Mall on 30 April 2022 at approximately 09H00. The members are gathering for the manifesto launch of the ABC party. The Public is advised to use alternative routes.
MADAGASCAR – 14 APR 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 14 APR 2022 (09H50) Demonstration reported outside the Constitutional Court in Antananarivo. The supporters of the Councilor of Municipal IRK, Clémence Raharinirina, are protesting in solidarity with Raharinirina, who is appearing before the court in the case of alleged abuse of office related to the management of waste accumulation in the city and embezzlement of retirees’ funds. Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
MALAWI – 14 APR 2022
• BLANTYRE – 14 APR 2022 (10H50) UPDATE Demonstrations are underway held by the Concerned Citizens of Malawi. The leader of the movement, Oliver Nakoma, has accused the Government of false claims over the Russia-Ukraine conflict that has affected the economy. Military and Police officers are on the scene and are monitoring the situation. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (06H00) Protest expected at the Midima Roundabout in Limbe in Blantyre on 14 April 2022 from 09H00. The Concerned Citizens of Malawi have called on all supporters to participate in a mass demonstration against the high cost of living, poor security, failed promises by the Government, removal of a few levies on fuel and other issues. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Midima Roundabout at 09H00 and proceed to the State Presidential Residence (Sanjika Palace) to deliver a petition to the officials. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police will be deployed to the scene.
• DOWA – 14 APR 2022 (07H45) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to conduct a crop inspection tour in Dowa District today, 14 April 2022, at 10H00. Chakwera is expected to visit the Ndembo, Chingowe, Zungulira, Mnguluwe, Mapondera and Chilundu Villages in the area of Traditional Authority Mkukula. Chakwera will also inspect fields in Lirambwe Village, under Nachisaka EPA, in the area of Traditional Authority Msakambewa. Thereafter, Chakwera is scheduled to hold a development rally at the Msakambewa Headquarters in the district.
• ZOMBA – 14 APR 2022 (17H45) Service disruption is expected in areas of Lilongwe on Friday, 15 April 2022 and Sunday, 17 April 2022. The disruption follows the development of the Mzimba Street expansion project. The power is expected to be disconnected from 08H30 until 16H30 on Friday, affecting the College of Health Sciences, Cancer Centre, Malawi Blood Transfusion centre, UNC Project and Skin Department. Further, the power is set to be disconnected on Sunday from 08H30 until 16H30 affecting the supply towards the Central Medical stores, Malawi Blood Transfusion, Area 33 Puma Filling Station, Gutters Complex and Area 2. The Public is advised to switch off all electrical appliances during the times and to plan ahead of the expected outages.
MOZAMBIQUE – 14 APR 2022
• MAPUTO – 14 APR 2022 (03H20) Heads of State and Government attending the Extra-ordinary Summit of the Organ Troika of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have approved the transition of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) from Scenario 6, Rapid Deployment Capability, to Scenario 5, Multidimensional Force. This transition indicates that SAMIM no longer operates as a rapid intervention force and is expected to henceforth operate as a force for humanitarian stabilisation and development. This follows significant progress made by SAMIM forces in stabilising various areas previously occupied by Islamist insurgents in the Cabo Delgado province.
• RESSANO GARCIA – 14 APR 2022 (14H50) The Ressano Garcia border crossing in the Moamba district is expected to increase its operating hours to 24 hours a day. The announcement follows a bilateral meeting between the Border Management Authority Commissioner and the Mozambican Secretary of Interior relating to immigration and border control. Authorities of both countries are expected to launch protection operations named Easter 2022. Easter 2022 is expected to increase security in the border areas during the Easter holiday. The increased operating hours are set to increase cross-border flow from both directions of the border. Additionally, the increased flow of traffic is expected to increase imports and exports.
NIGERIA – 14 APR 2022
• ABUJA – 13 APR 2022 (20H10) The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has announced the result of its operations between January 2022 and March 2022. During the operation, the NDLEA arrested approximately 3,359 narcotics traffickers, of which an estimated 677 have been jailed. Furthermore, the NDLEA aided the rehabilitation of approximately 2,223 narcotics users. The Officers confiscated an estimated 22,192 kg (kilograms) of illicit narcotics in the Lagos area. The Officers destroyed approximately 257 hectares (ha) of cannabis farms in the Ondo state in addition to an estimated 14,869 ha in the Edo state.
• JIMETA – 13 APR 2022 (21H00) Nigerian Customs Services in Adamawa has confiscated urea fertilisers at the Nigeria/Cameroon border. Officers confiscated the fertilisers regarding their suspected usage in the construction of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by terrorist members. The Officers confiscated approximately 1,753 50 kg (kilograms) bags concealed in charcoal sacks. The Nigerian Government, through the office of the National Security Adviser, has banned the free circulation of urea fertiliser. In addition to the fertilisers, the Officers confiscated approximately 9,825 litres of petrol, 5,340 litres of foreign engine oil, 838 android phones and 5,050 tramadol capsules.
• ABUJA – 14 APR 2022 (03H00) The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has announced that more than 31 deaths have been confirmed since January 2022 as a result of a cholera outbreak in the country. The Agency has stated that the deaths have been recorded in 15 states, including Cross River, Taraba, Borno, Bayelsa, Adamawa, Kebbi, Rivers, Ondo and Lagos. NCDC’s Senior Emergency Response Officer, Jessica Akinrogbe, has stated that 1,359 confirmed cases of cholera have been recorded from January 2022 until date. Akinrogbe has noted that the worst affected states are currently Cross River and Taraba, with 558 and 282 cases, respectively. The Centre has reportedly deployed rapid response teams in the states to mitigate the spread of the disease.
• LAGOS – 14 APR 2022 (06H20) The #EndSars United Movement is scheduled to hold a press conference today, 14 April 2022, from 10H00 at the Sweet Sensation Restaurant. The conference will be held under the theme No Justice, No Toll. The conference will be held to discuss issues involving the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC) resumed tolling on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, however, the matter relating to the #EndSARS protests is unresolved. The tolling resumption is scheduled to begin on Saturday, 16 April 2022. The movement has further called on the general public and media to attend the briefing. This comes ahead of a planned protest related to the #EndSars protest and against the Police brutality within the Lagos State.
• ABUJA – 14 APR 2022 (10H00) President Muhammadu Buhari is set to host the Council of State meeting to start at approximately 10H00 14 April 2022. The Council is expected to advise the executive on policy matters. During the meeting, members are expected to discuss matters relating to insecurity and the economy. The meeting is expected to be attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, and others. Additional members are expected to join the meeting virtually.
• ABUJA – 14 APR 2022 (11H30) The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) have threatened an indefinite strike following the Government’s failure to address their demands. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) has given the Government a two-week notice which will elapse on Sunday, 23 April 2022. The union has also demanded renegotiation of the 2009 Academic Staff Union-Federal Government of Nigeria (ASUU-FGN) Agreement and the inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
• ABUJA – 14 APR 2022 (16H55) The Government has announced the establishment of a new Committee. The Committee is set to investigate oil thefts in addition to the effect it has on petrol production and oil revenues. The Committee is expected to consist of Senators Yusuf Yusuf, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, Kabiru Gaya, and others. The Committee has been provided an estimated 30 days to conclude their investigations. The operation followed as an estimated $3,27 billion worth of oil was reported stolen or vandalised.
RWANDA – 14 APR 2022
• KIGALI – 14 APR 2022 (00H20) The United Kingdom (UK) Government has announced plans to enter into a migration and economic development partnership with the Government of Rwanda. The partnership is expected to allow the UK to fly asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing in a bid to address an excess of small boat crossings in the Channel. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce various measures to manage foreign nationals attempting to enter the UK to aid efforts against human trafficking and increase operations in the Channel. This follows after Home Secretary Priti Patel recently embarked on a working visit to Rwanda to discuss the partnership. Further details regarding the agreement are expected to be made public in due course.
• KIGALI – 14 APR 2022 (04H00) The Governments of Rwanda and the Republic of Congo have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and a concession agreement in the agricultural sector. The agreements are part of a series of MoUs signed during the recently concluded three-day state visit of Rwandan President Paul Kagame to Brazzaville. Congo is reportedly expected to grant Rwanda 12,000 hectares of arable land in at least three Departments in the country’s southern region. However, the duration of the concession has not been specified. Other agreements include investment protection, mining, management of economic entities and the strengthening of cultural ties between the two countries.
• KIGALI – 14 APR 2022 (07H20) An Angolan multi-sectoral delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, is scheduled to participate in the First session of the Permanent Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between Angola and Rwanda from today, 14 April 2022, until 16 April 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda. The meeting aims to evaluate the implementation of the agreements already made between the two countries and identify new areas of cooperation. This follows after the two countries had signed several agreements in different sectors, namely the General Cooperation Agreement and the Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission Permanent.
TANZANIA – 14 APR 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 14 APR 2022 (10H40) Tanzania’s President, Samia Hassan, is scheduled to meet with the United States (US) Vice President, Kamala Harris, in Washington during her US working visit on Friday, 15 April 2022. Hassan and Harris are expected to hold discussions over economic and commercial partnerships, global health issues, and other related matters. Hassan has raised hopes on investments of about $40 billion in its liquefied natural gas project and expressed deals to build ports, power plants, railroads, and coal and iron ore mines
ZAMBIA – 14 APR 2022
• LUSAKA – 14 APR 2022 (13H40) The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has announced the seizure of former Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo’s properties. The properties are located in Lusaka’s Chamba Valley area. The ACC seized properties valued at approximately ZK22 million, which include the plots from F/609/E/44/B/3 until F/609/E/44/B/9 and subdivision 50 at farm E of farm 609. The ACC seized the properties as they have allegedly been constructed using proceeds of crimes. Additionally, the properties are expected to be registered in another civilian’s name. The ACC previously arrested Lusambo for allegedly being in possession of properties valued at approximately US$ 378,000 suspected to have been proceeds of crimes.
ZIMBABWE – 14 APR 2022
• BULAWAYO – 13 APR 2022 (19H20) The Police have announced the arrests of four suspects following a recent search operation. The search operation followed the robbery at the Council for the Blind offices in Bulawayo on 11 April 2022 at approximately 02H00. Reports indicate that several suspects entered the premises and used an unidentified pistol in addition to axes and iron rods. The Police arrested approximately four of the suspects. Additionally, the Police confiscated a .38 Smith Wesson revolver and two laptops. Furthermore, the Police confiscated cash valued at approximately US$95,728, ZAR49,060 and PULA 18,060. Police are expected to continue the search operations for additional suspects.
• KADOMA – 14 APR 2022 (08H40) President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to commission a biological Oxidation plant at RioZim’s Cam and Motor Mine in Kadoma today, 14 April 2022. The plant will enable RioZim to process pure oxide ores for good grades and high recoveries and is expected to benefit minerals. The plant has been funded by local and foreign institutions and financiers by more than $17 million. The Mines and Mining Development Deputy Minister, Polite Kambamura, has confirmed the development and added that the plant will assist Zimbabwe in attaining a $12 billion mining industry by 2023.
• KADOMA – 14 APR 2022 (15H00) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived at the Chimukute Secondary School at Eiffel Flats in Kadoma. Mnangagwa is expected to address the rallied Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) supporters to increase support for the Zanu PF party. The Public is advised to remain clear of the area until the gathering has concluded.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 14 APR 2022
• NIGERIA: The Federal Government has declared Friday, 15 April 2022 and Monday, 18 April 2022 as public holidays to observe 2022’s Easter celebrations.
• LESOTHO: The Minister of Health, Semano Sekatle, announced the launch of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) vaccination for girls aged between 9 and 14 years will be launched on 19 April 2022, in the district of 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.
• LESOTHO: A Peaceful gathering is expected by All Basotho Convention (ABC) members next to the Maseru Mall on 30 April 2022 at approximately 09H00.
• MALAWI: The second round of mass polio vaccinations is expected to be distributed at the end of 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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