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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 14 MAR 2022 (19H00)

March 14

ANGOLA – 14 MAR 2022

  • LUANDA – 14 MAR 2022 (06H50) The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, has embarked on a two-day state visit to Cape Verde in the city of Praia on Sunday, 13 March 2022. This visit follows an invitation by his Cape Verdean counterpart, José Maria Neves, as part of strengthening friendship and cooperation relations between the two countries. Lourenço’s visit includes activities in the cities of Praia, Cape Verde’s capital, and Mindelo, on the island of São Vicente. During the visit, Lourenço will engage in a working meeting between the two Heads of State, the intervention of President João Lourenço in a special session of the Cape Verdean Parliament and a meeting with the Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva. Lourenço will also witness the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements between the ministerial delegations of Angola and Cape Verde.
  • LUANDA – 14 MAR 2022 (07H00) The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Luigi Di Maio, has announced that Italy intends to intensify cooperation with Angola in sectors of biofuel, research and energy transition. This announcement comes as Maio held a meeting with the Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, in Luanda. Maio has embarked on a visit to Angola to review the bilateral cooperation and affirm the continuous support for the projects by the Italian oil company ENI in Angola. ENI has been exploring several blocks in deepwater offshore Angola, investing around US$4.5 million in Block 15/06. Azevedo further stated that the meeting discussed specific aspects of the oil and gas sector, adding that ongoing projects between Sonangol and ENI were analysed relating to solar energy and biofuels.
  • LUANDA – 14 MAR 2022 (12H30) The Municipality of Luanda has announced the implementation of water restrictions in the city of Luanda from today, 14 March 2022, until 10 April 2022 due to maintenance work on the high voltage line. The Public Company (EPAL-EP) has stated that the restrictions will be placed in the south and centre of Luanda due to the maintenance of the 60 KiloVolt (kV) high voltage line. The maintenance works are part of the project to reinforce the raw water supply from the station. The project aims to ensure the volume of liquid necessary for the full operation of the treatment plants in Luanda Sudeste, Luanda Sul, Kikuki 1 and Kikuxi 2.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 14 MAR 2022

  • MITEGO – 14 MAR 2022 (02H30) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Defence Force officials have confirmed the death of seven Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebel group members in the vicinity of Mitego in the Ituri province, eastern DRC. The statement follows as Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and DRC armed forces recently launched a joint Military operation against ADF extremists in the eastern region of the DRC. Defence authorities have stated that a Somali national had been identified among the neutralised ADF rebel group members. This follows after an ADF Commander, identified as Benjamin Kisokorania, had recently been captured along the DRC-Burundi border. Ugandan Land Forces Commander, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has stated that the allied forces are expected to target all ADF Commanders in the ongoing second phase of the Military operation.

 

ESWATINI – 14 MAR 2022

  • LOMAHASHA – 14 MAR 2022 (12H00) Investigations have been launched following an arson incident at the Mbokojweni High School that occurred on Sunday evening, 13 March 2022. Reports indicate that learning materials and equipment had been damaged due to the fire. This comes as residents of Lomahasha embarked on a protest on Sunday over the Police brutality.
  • SITEKI – 14 MAR 2022 (14H30) An arrest has been made following the shooting at a Takhamuti Farmers Association owned premises near the Hlane Royal Residence. The shooting occurred following the children’s attempt to request water from one of the Security members. The Officer allegedly shot at the children after they had been spotted on the premises. Residents in the area have not been made aware that the Officers are equipped with weapons. Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati reported that a suspect has been arrested in connection to the offence in addition to the confiscation of the suspected weapon. The suspect is expected to appear at the Siteki Magistrate Court this morning.

 

ETHIOPIA- 14 MAR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 14 MAR 2022 (01H40) Safaricom has signed a five-year lease agreement with Ethiopia’s state-owned power utility, Ethiopian Electric Power Enterprise (EEP), to convey dark fibre-optic infrastructure in the country. The agreement is the first infrastructure contract between Safaricom and Ethiopia, signed between EEP Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ashebir Balcha and Safaricom Ethiopia CEO Anwar Soussa. The Safaricom Ethiopia CEO has stated that such infrastructure sharing agreements are expected to allow the conversion of Ethiopia’s digital prospects and contribute to efforts being made to the phased operation launch. Soussa has noted that Safaricom has finalised preparations to launch commercial operations to provide telecom service to Ethiopians, becoming the first private and foreign entity to offer such services in the country.
  • LARE – 14 MAR 2022 (11H15) The Gambella Regional Government has announced that over 9,000 residents of Lare and Jikao woredas have been displaced following clashes near the South Sudanese border. The Government has further reported that six people have died and one injured during a recent clash between Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO) troops and the South Sudanese Government led South Sudanese militants during an attempt to trespass into Ethiopia, displacing the residents of four kebeles in Lare and Jikao woredas of the Nuer zone. The Head of the Regional Press Secretariat office, Ugutu Ading, has stated that several people have been displaced following attacks by South Sudanese militants. Security forces have been deployed to the area to prevent the  SPLM-IO troops from entering Ethiopia.

 

GHANA – 14 MAR 2022

  • HO – 14 MAR 2022 (10H50) The Volta Region has been elected to host the 2022’s first day out event on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from Monday 14 March 2022 until Wednesday 16 March 2022. The meeting is set to consist of the Deputy CEO of the Bank of Africa, Ms Fatoumata Gakou, and Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Madam Frema Osei Opare, among others. The meeting is expected to start with a health walk on the first day. The members are expected to launch the forum, our world at a triple tripping point: the urgency of SDG Action, on 15 March 2022. An SDG innovation challenge is expected to end the forum on Wednesday, 16 March 2022. There is expected to be engagements with the community in addition to SDG dialogues with local and traditional authorities. The SDG day out initiative follows the Presidents commitment to meet the development goals.

 

KENYA – 14 MAR 2022

  • NAKURU – 14 MAR 2022 (08H45) The County Government of Nakuru has urged the residents of Nakuru to exercise caution and avoid outdoor lighting fires following a fire incident on a section of the Menengai crater on Sunday, 13 March 2022. The fire damaged sections within the Menengai’s Bahati forest, Gilgil’s Eburru forest, and Rongai Sub-county’s Koibatek forest. The Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui has stated that the Government agencies have been on the scene attempting to quell the fire, noting that the challenge is posed by the strong winds and dry weather in the country. Meanwhile, the Government has dispatched fire engines, water tankers and graders to the Menengai Crater Forest.
  • ELDORET – 14 MAR 2022 (13H00) Protest reported at the University of Eldoret in Eldoret. The workers are protesting over the delay of the 2017 to 2021 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and outstanding payments. The demonstrators have disrupted traffic flow in the vicinity of the university. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.

 

LESOTHO – 14 MAR 2022

  • MASERU – 14 MAR 2022 (15H00) The Deputy Prime Minister, Mathibeli Mokhothu, has announced that he has enough support to counter the motion of no confidence following his media briefing. During the meeting, it has been established that Mokhothu has the support of an estimated 66 seats in Parliament, consisting of 21 All Basotho Convention (ABC) members and 29 seats of the Democratic Congress (DC) and others.

 

MADAGASCAR – 14 MAR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 14 MAR 2022 (02H40) The Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) has dispatched a shipment of humanitarian aid to Madagascar in a bid to mitigate the effects of the recent adverse weather in the country, including Cyclone Batsirai. Egyptian Ambassador to Madagascar Osama Said Khalil has stated that the shipment has been received and is expected to be disbursed to Malagasy officials to assist vulnerable groups within impacted areas. Cyclone Batsirai has affected several cities in Madagascar, with the worst impacted districts being Nosy Varika, Mananjary and Manakara. The cyclone has reportedly caused an estimated 43,000 displacements across approximately 180 sites.
  • NAHAMPOANA – 14 MAR 2022 (10H00) The Governor of the Anosy Region, Jerry Hatrefindrazana, has announced the ban on fishing activities in Manakana, Ambavarano and Andrakaraka following the discovery of dead marine life. Hatrefindrazana has also stated the ban on the sale of fishing products. Investigations have been launched to analyse and determine the cause of the incident. Meanwhile, the Regional authorities at the Rio Tinto QMM mining site in Tolagnaro have halted operations at the mining site. The Transparency International Initiative Madagascar has noted that the incident has occurred after the beginning of a release of water carried out by the mining company.

 

MALAWI – 14 MAR 2022

  • LILONGWE – 14 MAR 2022 (06H00) The President of the Republic of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, is expected to preside over the official launch of the Pyxus Groundnut Processing Plant at Kanengo in Lilongwe from 19H30 today, 14 March 2022. This comes after the Minister of Agriculture, Lobin Lowe, held a site visit at the plant and commended its efforts to promote the production of legumes. Lowe further stated that the initiative would help improve the social-economic status of other smallholder farmers in the country.
  • LILONGWE – 14 MAR 2022 (06H10) The President of the Republic of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, is scheduled to embark on an official visit to New York, the United States of America (USA) today, 14 March 2022, to participate in the first part of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (UN-LDC5) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters on 17 March 2022. This comes as Malawi assumed the Chairship of the UN Group of Least Developed Countries in 2018 and will end by September 2022. Chakwera will represent the 46 LDCs and deliver a keynote address. During the visit to New York, Chakwera will leverage priority areas for national development in line with Malawi 2063 with a focus on the Malawi 2063 First Ten-Year Implementation Plan (MIP 1). Chakwera will be accompanied by the First Lady, Her Excellency Madam Monica Chakwera and will return on Monday, 21 March 2022 at 09H30.
  • LILONGWE – 14 MAR 2022 (06H20) The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has announced expected adverse weather at the Shire and Ruo River today, 14 March 2022. The adverse weather is expected due to the tropical cyclone Gombe reaching southern Malawi. The flooding is expected to occur at the Shire, Likwenu, Lunsu, Lirangwe, Thangasi, Milore, Mwamphansi, Lisanjala and Nkhate rivers. Furthermore, the rivers expected to overflow are Chisombezi, Muloza, Ruo Chisawani, Luchenza, Thutchira and the Lichenya rivers. The Ministry has advised the general public to exercise caution when crossing the flooded rivers and streams. The Ministry further emplored the public to utilise the Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS).
  • BLANTYRE – 14 MAR 2022 (16H00) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced the disruption of services due to a fault at the Chirimba substation. The affected areas are set to be the Nyambadwe, Ndirande Chinseu and Magalasi areas. ESCOM is aware of the outage and has sent Engineers to repair the substation.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 14 MAR 2022

  • NAMPULA – 14 MAR 2022 (03H00) The National Institute for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction (INGD) has preliminarily announced 12 fatalities and 40 injuries after Cyclone Gombe made landfall in Mozambique on Friday, 11 March 2022. The cyclone, accompanied by adverse rainfall and increased wind speeds of up to 170 kilometres per hour (km/h), has affected more than 30,000 people and damaged or destroyed an estimated 3,000 homes. The INGD has opened eight shelters in the northern Nampula province to accommodate displaced people. Emergency response efforts are underway in affected areas.
  • MAPUTO – 14 MAR 2022 (13H15) The Minister of National Defence, Cristóvão Chume, has travelled to the United Kingdom (UK) on an official visit from Sunday, 13 March 2022 until 21 March 2022. Chume is scheduled to hold meetings with the Minister of State for Defense Prosecution, Jeremy Quin, and visit a UK Defense Equipment Expo. Chume is also scheduled to visit France and will hold talks with the Minister of the Armed Forces of that European country, with whom he will address issues of bilateral cooperation in the defence sector.

 

NIGERIA – 14 MAR 2022

  • ABUJA – 14 MAR 2022 (03H30) The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has requested urgent intervention from the Federal Government to support the production of goods. This follows as diesel prices in the country have recently increased to N720 per litre. MAN Chairman Lanre Popoola has denounced the increase in prices of petroleum products and the lack of power supply affecting production at several branches within Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo. Popoola has stated that the situation is expected to cause additional issues further affecting the country’s economy. The Chairman has requested the Federal Government to assist manufacturers by providing a rebate on diesel.
  • KANO – 14 MAR 2022 (08H15) Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has launched the construction of several roads in Garo town and neighbouring communities of Kabo Local Government Area of the State. The Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Garo, has further assured that the Ganduje administration aims to improve rural infrastructural development. Garo stated that once the project is completed, the development would facilitate the movement of citizens and farm produce from rural towns and communities to major markets across the state.
  • KANO – 14 MAR 2022 (08H30) The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities held a meeting in Abuja following the decision to embark on an indefinite strike after a one-month warning strike ends today, 14 March 2022. A senior NEC member of the union has stated that the ASUU has not decided due to the delayed negotiations with the Federal Government on the union’s demands. The ASUU has issued a one-month warning strike in demand for the review of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement and alleged inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) payments.
  • ABUJA – 14 MAR 2022 (10H15) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced the decision to extend its ongoing indefinite strike for two months. The announcement comes as the union’s one-month warning strike ended today, 14 March 2022. A senior official of the union, Abdulkadir Muhammad Danbazau, has stated that the decision to extend the strike warning enabled ASUU and the Government to reach an agreement.

 

RWANDA – 14 MAR 2022

  • KIGALI – 14 MAR 2022 (11H30) The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Belgian Embassy in Rwanda has launched an energy project which will increase access to electricity for Rwandan citizens. The electricity project funded under the Belgian development agency (Enabel) has been renovated and upgraded to increase its distribution network in Rubavu from 6.6 KiloVolts to 30 KiloVolts. The network project will stabilise and reduce power outages in the Rubavu District⁩ aimed to improve electricity services provided by the Rwanda Energy Group (REG). The first phase was carried out in the Rubavu district in the Western province with over 1,000 Kilometres (km) of electricity lines installed to service 250,000 families. The other phases of ⁦Enabel support have connected more than 50,000 households, built more than 1000km of electrical lines and updated more than 260km of existing networks in the ⁦Eastern province of Rwanda.
  • KIGALI – 14 MAR 2022 (11H45) Ugandan Land Forces Commander, General Muhoozi Kigali, has arrived in Kigali following a three-day official visit. Kigali is expected to meet with President Paul Kagame and senior Rwandan officials. Kigali has been received by Ugandan’s Deputy Ambassador to Rwanda, Anne Katusiime, the Commander of Rwanda’s Republican Guard, Willy Rwagasana and the Rwanda Defence Spokesperson, Ronald Rwivanga. According to Kigali, his visit aims to strengthen relations between Uganda and Rwanda.

 

TANZANIA – 14 MAR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 14 MAR 2022 (03H00) Tanzanian Government authorities have announced the establishment of a team of specialists to investigate the causes of the water contamination in the Mara River. Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office responsible for Environmental Affairs, Selemani Jaffo, has stated that the contaminated water has begun emitting foul odours. Jaffo has further noted that the pollution of water requires urgent efforts by the Government to determine and address the cause of the contamination. The investigative team reportedly comprises specialists from various fields, including rock and chemical experts. National Environment Management Council (NEMC) Senior official, Redempta Samuel, has stated that experts have collected 32 water samples from the river and Lake Victoria, which is where the river drains its water. Additional evaluations are underway.

 

ZAMBIA – 14 MAR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 13 MAR 2022 (22H10) The Presidency has declared a seven day national mourning period following the death of former President Rupiah Banda. This follows after Banda’s passing on Friday, 11 March 2022. Authorities have requested members of the public to withdraw from all entertainment events between 06H00 and 18H00 during the mourning period. A state funeral is expected to be held at the Lusaka Show Grounds from 10H00 on 17 March 2022, with local and foreign dignitaries expected to be in attendance. The burial of the former President is scheduled to occur on 18 March 2022 at the Presidential Burial Site, Embassy Park, Lusaka. A church service is also set to take place at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the capital from 10H00 on 18 March 2022. A heightened security presence and ground travel delays are expected in Lusaka during the state events.
  • LUSAKA – 14 MAR 2022 (17H30) The Electoral Commission of Zambia has announced the postponement of the by-elections for the Mongu district and others. The postponement is set to affect the Mongu, Lukutu and Katimba wards. Nomination day is expected to be held on Tuesday, 22 March 2022, rather than 15 March 2022. In addition, Polls are taking place on Thursday 14 April 2022 from 06H00 to 18H00 rather than 07 April 2022. The postponement follows after the death of Zambia’s Republican President, Rupiah Bwenzani Banda.

 

ZIMBABWE – 14 MAR 2022

  • MVUMA – 14 MAR 2022 (01H10) Department of Transport and Infrastructural Development Deputy Minister Mike Madiro has announced that a new dedicated railway line is expected to be constructed to connect Mvuma’s $1 billion stainless steel production site to a new port in Mozambique. The Mvuma railway line project is expected to increase bulk railway traffic between Mozambique and Zimbabwe, creating additional mining and manufacturing opportunities, aiding the tourism industry, and availing downstream employment prospects. Investors have been requested to assist with financing the project and restoring and improving train networks. Following the completion of preparatory groundwork and the connection of power to the project site, the Chinese steelmaker, Tsingshan Holding Group, is developing the iron ore and carbon steel factory.
  • NORTON – 14 MAR 2022 (16H50) The police have launched a search operation regarding the robbery of four civilians on Sunday, 13 March 2022. The civilians have been confiscated of $250 United States (US), four cellphones, and other valuables of $1,210. The Zimbabwean Police has stated that the suspects diverted their route from the Harare Showgrounds to Gweru approximately 36 kilometres (km) outside Harare on the Harare-Bulawayo road. The suspects used an unidentified pistol to intimidate the civilians into cooperating. The civilians reported that, after leaving them behind, the suspects drove back towards Harare.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 14 MAR 2022

  • NIGERIA: The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has scheduled a virtual emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for Thursday, 17 March 2022.
  • ZAMBIA: Proflight Zambia has announced plans to commence twice-weekly Ndola-Mansa service with British Aerospace (BAe) Jetstream equipment by 18 March 2022.
  • ANGOLA: Protest expected by the Judicial officials of the Supreme Court of Angola scheduled from 21 March 2022 to 01 April 2022 to demand salary improvements.
  • REP. CONGO: The Ugandan Embassy in Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government are expected to host a joint Business Forum between 22 March 2022 and 24 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has proclaimed Saturday, 26 March 2022 as the date of the by-elections to fill the vacant National Assembly constituency seats and council wards as required by the constitution.
  • NIGERIA: The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the Party has instead notified the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC of its decision to conduct zonal congresses on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Assembly is expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022.
  • ZIMBABWE: The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zimtrade, has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade & Investment Conference will be held in Harare from 28 March 2022 to 01 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, from 26 April 2022 and 30 April 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 18 oil wells between the Rivers and the Imo States.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 

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