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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 15 APR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 15 APR 2022
- LUANDA – 15 APR 2022 (06H00) The Luanda District Court has acquitted 20 activists who participated in a demonstration on Saturday, 09 April 2022, and were detained of crimes of disobedience to the dispersion order and participation in a prohibited protest and sentenced two people to a 40-day fine each and payment of Kz60,000. Judge José Pedro Lando has given the two who were fined 20 days to pay the fine under penalty or will face imprisonment. Judge Lando has noted that the defendants addressed a letter to the Government of the Province of Luanda (GPL), dated 05 April 2022, intending to hold a demonstration on 09 April 2022, but the letter did not receive a response within 24 hours, as required by law. This comes as the activists had been detained during their demonstration on Saturday and began trial on Monday, 11 April 2022, following a demonstration held for the release of political prisoners, demanding the removal of the Spanish company Indra from managing the 2022 General Elections, and calling for an end to the military conflict in Cabinda.
- LUANDA – 15 APR 2022 (06H40) The National Syndicate of Angola Doctors (SINMEA) has filed a criminal complaint against five health sector executives, including the Secretary of State for Public Health and Hospital and hospital directors, for challenging the right to demonstrate. The President of SINMEA, Adriano Manuel, has stated that the management has prohibited the doctors from entering their workplaces, which violates the strike law. The doctors have been on strike since 21 March 2022, after a three-month suspension and disregard from the authorities after demanding an improvement of working conditions, salary increases, payment of subsidies, security and others.
- LUANDA – 15 APR 2022 (07H15) Zambia and Angola have signed an addendum to operationalise the Bilateral Trade Agreement. The agreement seeks to enhance trade and economic relations between the two countries and ensure products are traded duty-free. The Zambia Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Chipoka Mulenga, has stated that there is a need to utilise the natural resources through deepening bilateral economic and trade relations. Mulenga has further called for redefining policy and legal framework for bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries. Angolan Minister of Industry and Commerce Victor Fernandez further stated that trade and bilateral cooperation are essential for sustainable growth between the two countries.
- LUANDA – 15 APR 2022 (11H15) The Governments of Angola and Vietnam seek to revive bilateral relations in cooperation with mechanisms in the health, education and construction sectors. This follows after Vietnam’s Ambassador to Angola, Vu Ngoc Minh, presented his mission in Angola and held a meeting with the Head of State, João Lourenço. Angola and Vietnam established diplomatic relations in November 1975.
- LUANDA – 15 APR 2022 (11H45) The judge’s advisers of the Court of Auditors (TC) will carry out the first study visit to Portugal on 15 May 2022 to exchange bilateral cooperation in various areas and carry out joint audits. Portuguese Court of Auditors, José Tavares, held a visit to the President of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and stated that the study visit of the judge’s advisers of the Angola TC to Portugal falls within the scope of the Cooperation Protocol. The protocol foresees, among other actions, the carrying out of joint audits between both courts and the exchange of methodologies and experiences in the most diverse areas.
BOTSWANA – 15 APR 2022
- GABORONE – 15 APR 2022 (03H30) The Government of Botswana, through the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI), has called on local and international companies to submit an expression of interest (EOI) in manufacturing the Electric Vehicles (EVs) and related components in Botswana. The EOI aims to develop the local electromobility industry to contribute toward the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions and towards Botswana’s other developmental objectives.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 15 APR 2022
- KINSHASA – 15 APR 2022 (08H10) The National Assembly has postponed its debate on the reform of the electoral law to 20 April 2022. This follows after the Common Front for Congo (FCC) boycotted the plenary session on Thursday, 14 April 2022, demanding a Constitutional Court in accordance with the constitution and a recomposed National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), including representatives of the opposition. The FCC has further called on civic organisations, political forces and the Congolese population to participate in the demonstration against the deputies’ lack of consensus.
ESWATINI – 15 APR 2022
- MBABANE – 15 APR 2022 (13H30) Planned service disruptions expected in Mbabane by eSwatini Electricity Company (EEC) from 15 April 2022 until 17 April 2022 at approximately 09H00 until 16H00. The affected areas on 15 April are expected to be Tholulwazi, Bhakubhaku, and surrounding areas. Affected areas on 16 April are set to be the Ncangosini and surrounding areas. Further, on 17 April 2022, the Hlatsi and surrounding areas are expected to be disconnected. The public is advised to handle all electrical outputs as live during these times.
ETHIOPIA- 15 APR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 14 APR 2022 (23H25) Ethiopian Airlines announced that they are expected to operate an additional three flights per week from Addis Ababa to Washington Dulles, United States (US). Ethiopian US Regional Director Samson Arega stated that the Star Alliance carrier is expected to launch thrice-weekly flights between Dulles and Lomé, Togo, that continue on to its Addis Ababa base in June 2022
GHANA – 15 APR 2022
- ACCRA – 15 APR 2022 (11H25) The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has promoted approximately 21,039 Junior Police Officers. The approval followed an expected strike action called on by the Police regarding poor service conditions. Approximately 20,572 officers have been promoted to Inspectors, 324 to Sergeants, and 13 to Corporals. The promotions are expected to suspend the strike action called by the Junior Officers.
- ACCRA – 15 APR 2022 (11H30) The Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited has commenced with the 26th launch of the Ghana International Trade Fair from 14 April 2022 to 18 April 2022 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel. The event is organised by the Ghana Trade Fair Company under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as part of the company’s focus to establish research institutions and industries, as well as foreign and local consumers, for the advancement in the marketing of exportable products and produce. The event is being held under the theme Building a Sustainable Entrepreneurial Nation: Helping SMEs Rebound, which is set to offer a platform for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers, and users of a wide range of goods and services, as well as opportunities for investment promotion. The event is aimed at offering an organised and equipped forum for business opportunities in Ghana.
KENYA – 15 APR 2022
- NAIROBI – 14 APR 2022 (21H55) The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi has signed a bilateral agreement with Kenya. The agreement followed after the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed into the East African Community. The agreement is set to improve both countries’ food security and agricultural trade. Additionally, the agreement is expected to provide research and education through mutual trade. Furthermore, the agreement is expected to include the development of crops, research on agriculture and livestock, and others.
LESOTHO – 15 APR 2022
- MASERU – 15 APR 2022 (10H00) The Coalition of Lesotho Public Employees (COLEPE), compromising the Lesotho Police Staff Association (LEPOSA), teachers’ unions, nurses and the Lesotho Public Service Staff Association (LEPSSA), has demanded a 25% salary increase from the Government. According to the coalition, the planned march that took place on Monday, 11 April 2022, had been stopped by the Police despite the permit issued by the Police Commissioner for Maseru Urban. However, the Senior Superintendent, Rantoane Motsoetla, allegedly refused to issue the permit for the planned demonstration being in contravention of COVID-19 regulations. Meanwhile, the coalition has announced plans to march to the Parliament of Lesotho after receiving a permit from the Maseru City Council (MCC).
MADAGASCAR – 15 APR 2022
- HAUTE MATSIATRA – 15 APR 2022 (09H00) The Fianarantsoa Côte Est (FCE) Railway has announced the resumption of the FCE railway line in southeast Madagascar. The FCE will be travelling from Fianarantsoa to the Sahambavy axis, and the railway link to the city of Manakara is expected to resume soon. The Director of the FCE, Mickael Razafimahaleo, has stated that renovations have been underway since 08 February 2022 in contribution from the State Government.
MALAWI – 15 APR 2022
- BLANTYRE – 15 APR 2022 (10H45) The Concerned Citizens of Malawi have given the President of the Republic of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, 85-days to address the country’s economic challenges and increasing prices. This follows after the movement held a demonstration in Blantyre on Thursday, 14 April 2022, and issued a petition to the Blantyre District Council. The Chairperson of the movement, Oliver Nakoma, has stated that if President Lazarus fails to address the country, then they will demand President Lazarus resign or call for a referendum. The Director of Planning and Development for Blantyre District Council, Tamanya Harawa, who received the petition on behalf of the Government, assured demonstrators that the council would deliver the petition to the authorities.
- BLANTYRE – 15 APR 2022 (12H30) The Electricity Supply Commission (ESCOM) has announced a disruption of power supply due to a fault on a transmission line at the Fundis Substation. The affected areas include Chilobwe, part of Zingwangwa, Green corner, Mpemba and Chadzunda. Technicians from ESCOM have been deployed to the site and are currently working to repair the electricity supply. Residents are advised that relevant updates regarding the situation will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
MOZAMBIQUE – 15 APR 2022
- COROPOA – 15 APR 2022 (02H20) Kenmare Resources has announced that adverse weather conditions and a delay in securing vessels have led to shipments of ore from Kenmare’s Moma mine in Mozambique declining by a third in the first quarter of 2022 to 231,500 tonnes. Kenmare Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Carvill has stated that mining operations have also been impacted by the inclement weather, with heavy mineral concentrate production increasing by 6%, which is less than expected. Production of ilmenite, Kenmare’s primary product, has reportedly also decreased by 7% to 256,800 tonnes. The company has stated that efforts are underway to ensure the achievement of production targets by the fourth quarter of 2022.
NIGERIA – 15 APR 2022
- IHITTE UBUMA – 14 APR 2022 (19H40) The Independent National Electoral (INEC) National Commissioner, Festus Okoye, announced the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise (CVR) in Ihitte Uboma Local Government. This decision has been taken due to security concerns after bandits killed an INEC staff member and two other members are missing. INEC said efforts are made to locate the missing staff members. Festus further stated that the CVR is still on track in the Egbema Local Government areas.
- ABUJA – 14 APR 2022 (19H15) Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is expected to receive a subsea cable, Equiano, before 30 April 2022. The announcement followed a brief meeting with Google Global Services Nigeria. Nigeria has been elected to receive the cable as reports indicate that Nigeria has approximately 141 million internet subscribers. The cable is expected to provide fifth-generation (5G) internet to users. Furthermore, the cable is set to increase universal broadband access and promote the digital transformation policy. The Equiano cable expectedly connects Portugal and South Africa.
- TSAFE – 14 APR 2022 (23H10) Zamfara State College of Health Science and Technology authorities have announced the release of four recently kidnapped students. Deputy Provost of the college, Jamilu Lawali, has confirmed that the four students have been released by their unidentified abductors at an undisclosed location in the vicinity of Tsafe town. Lawali has noted that no ransom had been paid for their release. The four students are currently at an undisclosed hospital receiving medical treatment.
- ABUJA – 15 APR 2022 (00H10) The United States (US) Government has approved Nigeria’s request to purchase advanced attack helicopters valued at $1 billion. This follows despite concerns regarding the country’s human rights record amid threats from criminal organisations and extremists in the northern region. The State Department has announced the approval of the $997 million sales of 24 Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopters and related equipment to Nigeria. The equipment includes guidance, night vision and targeting systems, as well as engines and training support. The Department has noted that the agreement aims to sufficiently equip Nigeria to contribute to shared security objectives, promote regional stability and develop interoperability with the US and other western partners.
- ABUJA – 15 APR 2022 (03H30) The Federal Government has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to hold a meeting with Military leaders and security agencies on Tuesday, 19 April 2022. The meeting follows amid an increase in armed attacks across the country, including the recent killing of more than 100 people in the Plateau and Benue States. Jigawa Governor Abubakar Badaru, who made the announcement following the conclusion of the recent Council of State meeting, has stated that the President is expected to discuss with agency heads the recommendations and comments by the Council of State on the deteriorating insecurity in the country.
- ABUJA – 15 APR 2022 (06H10) The Federal Government has declared Friday, 15 April 2022 and Monday, 18 April 2022, as public holidays to observe 2022’s Easter celebrations. Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola has stated that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corporation (NSCDC) has deployed 1,558 personnel to ensure adequate security of lives and property in Rivers State. This follows increased insecurity in the region. NSCDC State Command Spokesperson Olufemi Ayodele has noted that the forces have been drafted to the State’s 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs). In addition, the NSCDC Edo State Command has also deployed 850 personnel ahead of the Easter celebration in the State.
- ABUJA – 15 APR 2022 (06H15) Ambassador Peters Emuze, a Nigerian candidate serving as a member of the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, has been re-elected to the United Nations (UN) rights committee for the second term of four years. Emuze has been re-elected to occupy a vacant position for Africa in Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). This follows after elections were held in the UN Economic and Social Council on Wednesday, 13 April 2022, to fill various vacancies in subsidiary and related bodies.
- ABUJA – 15 APR 2022 (11H50) The Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise has been suspended. The CVR has been suspended in the 54 additional centres across the State. Furthermore, the Government has announced that the exercise is set to be confined to Local Government Area offices. The suspension is expected to be indefinite in the Orsu, Njaba, and Ihitte Uboma areas. The suspension follows the death of a staff member in the Imo state. Additionally, Resident Electoral Commissioner Francis Ezeonu noted that staff members in Ehime Mbano have allegedly received threats.
- LAGOS – 15 APR 2022 (12H50) A heightened presence of Police has been reported at the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge in Lagos. This comes as the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) commenced operations at the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge on 01 April 2022, and would resume toll payment on Saturday, Saturday, 16 April. The resumption of the tolling payment has been opposed by several Nigerians who have vowed to protest until the #EndSARS matter is resolved, where several people were killed during a demonstration in October 2020.
RWANDA – 15 APR 2022
- KIGALI – 14 APR 2022 (23H20) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an agreement with Rwandan Government authorities to outsource the processing of asylum applications. This follows amid various measures announced by Johnson to address unauthorised migration to the United Kingdom (UK). Johnson has further stated that the measure has been officiated after UK Interior Minister Priti Patel signed an agreement to the effect with the Rwandan Government. The announcement follows as Human Rights Watch has accused the Rwandan Government of various human rights violations, including arbitrary detention, ill-treatment, and torture in official and unofficial detention facilities of Government opponents.
- KIGALI – 15 APR 2022 (10H15) Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who is on a three-day visit to Jamaica, has addressed the Jamaican Parliament on Thursday, 14 April 2022, emphasising the need for cooperation between Africa and Jamaica. President Kagame stated that Rwanda seeks to establish ties with Jamaica in various fields. The President of the Jamaican Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, has further stated that Jamaica and Africa have related ties based on culture, effort and skill. Kagame also met with leaders of the People’s National Party, including Mark j Holding and Lisa Hanna, to discuss the development of trade between the two countries.
TANZANIA – 15 APR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 15 APR 2022 (03H00) The United States (US)-based e-hailing company, Uber, has announced the suspension of its services in Tanzania with immediate effect. This follows recent concerns raised by the company regarding the current regulations in the country’s transportation sector, which the company alleges have caused an unstable and misanthropic environment, subsequently challenging business operations. Uber has stated that operations are expected to resume after an agreement has been reached with Tanzanian authorities to establish a stable environment for operations.
ZAMBIA – 15 APR 2022
- KITWE – 15 APR 2022 (07H30) The Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary for Technical Services, Joel Kamoko, has urged the Copperbelt University (CBU) management to ensure students resume classes while teachers are striking over better working conditions. This comes as Kamoko is visiting the Copperbelt Province to engage with the CBU management and will be addressing the teachers, who have not been on the payroll since 2020, but were given appointment letters to present their certificates to the Ministry of Education headquarters for capturing onto the system, and the affected teachers will be added to the payroll if their qualifications are examined.
- LUSAKA – 15 APR 2022 (14H10) The Ministry of Health has expectedly confirmed new Cholera cases in Zambia since 2018. The Ministry has announced that approximately nine civilians have tested positive for the Cholera disease. Additionally, two civilians have expectedly been discharged following their recoveries. The outbreaks have been observed in the Mtendere East, Chilanga Middle East, Kabangwe, and Matero areas. The public is advised to follow safety measures regarding cholera, namely, drinking boiled water, avoiding the consumption of raw foods, washing fruits and vegetables before consumption, and others.
ZIMBABWE – 15 APR 2022
- HARARE – 14 APR 2022 (19H45) The Police have prevented Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) from marching to Mnangagwa’s office. ZAPU intended to march to the offices regarding the death of Zimbabwean National Elvis Nyathi. ZAPU notified Harare’s Commanding Officer on Monday, 11 April 2022, of their planned demonstration. The Police expectedly rejected the request due to the application not meeting the seven-day notice requirement. Furthermore, the Police stated that the Munhumutapa building is a secure, sensitive area. Police have allegedly banned demonstrations within the Central Bussines District (CBD) area.
- CHIPINGE – 15 APR 2022 (11H00) More than 25 people died following a heavy motor vehicle accident near the Jopa market in Chipinge on Thursday evening, 14 April 2022, around 22H00. Reports indicate that 40 people have sustained serious injuries after a bus collided and have been transferred to the Chipinge District Hospital to receive treatment. The cause of the accident is not yet known. Investigations are underway.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 15 APR 2022
- 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.
- NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to hold a meeting with Military leaders and security agencies on Tuesday, 19 April 2022.
- ESWATINI: Protest expected at the Matsamo border post between eSwatini and South Africa in Hlohlo from 09H00 on Tuesday, 19 April 2022, by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters of Swaziland (EFFSWA).
- 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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