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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 15 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 15 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 14 MAR 2022 (22H30) The Governments of Angola and Cape Verde have signed four legal instruments as part of efforts to reinforce bilateral cooperation between the two countries. This follows after Angolan President João Lourenço recently embarked on a State Visit to Cape Verde. The two officials signed agreements on air services as well as the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments. In addition, a Technical Cooperation Memorandum between the National Civil Aviation Authority of Angola (ANAC) and the Civil Aviation Agency of Cape Verde (AAC) has also been signed. The agreement signed between TAAG, the Angolan air carrier, and TACV, the Cape Verdean counterpart, allows the Angolan company to supply a Boeing 737-700 to reinforce international operations and create additional traffic for TAAG.
- M’BANZA KONGO – 15 MAR 2022 (15H15) The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) has denounced the claim that the Angola Police have captured weapons during a demonstration on Sunday, 13 March 2022. This follows after the Benguela Provincial Command of the Angolan police allegedly declared that they had seized UNITA militants’ loads carrying sharp weapons. The provincial secretary of UNITA in Benguela, Adriano Sapinãla, revealed that the statements aim to impair the activity’s success, further claiming that there are no detained militants.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 15 MAR 2022
- IRUMU – 15 MAR 2022 (03H10) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) security sources have confirmed more than 50 deaths during recent attacks on several villages in the northeast region of the country. Unidentified armed insurgents suspected to be affiliated with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group have reportedly attacked four villages in the Irumu territory on Sunday, 14 March 2022, with 19 recorded fatalities. In addition, two other villages in the territory had been targeted on Monday, 14 March 2022, with 33 recorded fatalities. The villages are reportedly located in an area on Ituri’s border with the North Kivu province. This follows the deaths of at least 30 people during a separate recent attack by the ADF on the North Kivu side of the border. The provinces of Ituri and North Kivu have been under an official State of Siege since May 2021 in a bid to eradicate armed groups from the two provinces.
ESWATINI – 15 MAR 2022
- MANZINI – 15 MAR 2022 (16H40) UPDATE Normalcy is restored at the Manzini Bus Rank. Buses and taxis have commenced transporting commuters. Motorists and commuters are advised to remain vigilant. (11H15) Members of the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) have joined in the protest action at the Manzini Bus Rank. The transport operators have suspended services due to the demonstration. (10H00) Protest reported in Manzini. Members of the public have joined in the protest action. Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (09H50) Heavy Police presence reported in the vicinity of Manzini, particularly at the Manzini Bus Rank. This comes as the public transport workers plan to continue with their meeting despite a court order. Motorists are advised to remain cautious. (09H15) Municipalities in eSwatini have ruled that the protests planned by public transport and textile workers protest are unlawful and unconstitutional. This comes as the Government stopped a meeting by the public transport workers scheduled to take place at the Manzini Bus Rank in Manzini. The workers planned to discuss issues affecting transport operators and vote for members of the public to lead an upcoming union. The protest had been scheduled to take place in Nhlangano, Matsapha and Manzini.
- MFENYANA – 15 MAR 2022 (10H20) UPDATE The demonstrators have allegedly planned to march the Department of Labour offices to deliver a petition. This comes as the demonstrators are demanding an increase in salaries. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (10H10) Protest reported in Nhlangano at the FTM Garments Clinic. The workers have embarked on a protest action demanding an increase in salaries. Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the workers. Motorists are advised to be cautious.
ETHIOPIA- 15 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 15 MAR 2022 (04H00) The South Korean Government has announced an eased travel alert for its nationals on several regions of Ethiopia with effect from Tuesday, 15 March 2022. The Alert Level 3, which had been placed on all areas of Ethiopia, has been decreased to a special advisory against travel to the capital city of Addis Ababa and other provinces in the southwestern region. The remaining regions of the country remain under Alert Level 3 in accordance with measures implemented by the Government in November 2021. This follows a significant decrease in tensions in regard to the civil unrest in Ethiopia.
GHANA – 15 MAR 2022
- KWAHU – 15 MAR 2022 (03H20) The Ghanaian Government has announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a permit for the construction of the Kwahu Airport. Member of Parliament (MP) Bryan Achmaempong has stated that the construction of the Kwahu Airport is expected to create between 50,000 to 150,00 additional employment opportunities for Ghanaians. The MP has further noted that the facility is also expected to serve as an avenue for establishing warehousing facilities that are set to improve tourism in the region.
- ACCRA – 15 MAR 2022 (06H15) The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has called for co-operation between Ghana and Cuba, particularly in sectors. This comes after the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Annette Chao Garcia, paid a courtesy call on Awal in Accra at his office on Monday, 14 March 2022. Awal added that the cultural exchanges would be beneficial to both countries to provide the opportunity to share interests. Awal has also noted that the Governments plan to schedule chartered flights from Cuba to Ghana every fortnight to attract tourists.
- ACCRA – 15 MAR 2022 (07H00) The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Secretariat of the United-Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, and the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Ghana are scheduled to launch the Kofi Annan Road Safety Award on Wednesday, 16 March 2022, with support of the Kofi Annan Foundation. The award is to motivate key stakeholders such as the Government, private industries and civil society organisations to develop and implement innovative and outstanding initiatives to save lives on Africa’s roads. The Kofi Annan Road Safety Award is named after the late Secretary-General and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation, Kofi Annan, in recognition of his contribution to the area of road safety. The Award ceremony will be preceded under the theme of “Safer and Cleaner Vehicles in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities in the Second UN Decade of Action for Road Safety (2021-2030)”.
- BAWKU – 15 MAR 2022 (07H30) A civilian has died, and four others arrested following a shooting incident in Bawku in the Upper East Region on 14 March 2022. Security personnel have been deployed to the area to monitor the situation. Meanwhile, all businesses and markets have been closed due to insecurity. Investigations will be launched to determine the cause of the incident.
- ACCRA – 15 MAR 2022 (08H00) The Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Stellar Holding to establish a joint venture company to finance and redevelop the company. The agreement will be acquired by the Singaporean company for the development of 65 acres of the 140-acre Trade Fair site at an estimated investment of $1 billion, situated in La, in Accra. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Trade Fair Company, Agnes Adu, participated in the signing of the agreement with the Chief Executive Officer of Stellar Holding, Sunder Kithani. According to the agreement, the companies have agreed to cooperate in developing the Trade Fair site and intending to jointly establish a Joint Venture Company (JV company) in Ghana.
- ANYINAM – 15 MAR 2022 (13H00) Road closure reported on Accra-Kumasi Road due to a fuel tanker that exploded on the Accra-Kumasi Highway (N6) at Nsutam near Paradise Rest Stop. Reports indicate that the Kyebi MTTD Accident Prevention Squad (APS) traffic Officers have closed the highway causing a blockade from Osino and the Nsutam Custom Barrier. Ghana National Fire Service team are at the scene to assess the situation and quell the fire. Motorists have been advised to remain vigilant and use an alternative route.
KENYA – 15 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 15 MAR 2022 (08H50) Swedish-Kenyan technology company, Opibus and E-hailing service Uber, have announced a strategic partnership to scale the use of electric motorcycles in Kenya. The goal of Uber’s collaboration with Opibus aims to simplify the deployment of electric motorcycles across Africa. This follows an agreement whereas Opibus will supply 3 000 electric motorcycles in 2022 to meet demand from Uber drivers in Kenya. This comes as Uber business plans to move to electric and become a zero-emission platform by 2040.
- NYERI – 15 MAR 2022 (14H15) The Employment and Labour Relations Court has issued a warrant of arrest against Embu Governor Martin Wambora and several officials in his government for failing to appear for sentencing. This follows a court order issued against them on the 17th of March 2022 for failing to pay the Kenya County Government Workers Union statutory fees. The police in Nyeri have been instructed to arrest Wambora and the officials.
- MANDA BAY – 15 MAR 2022 (14H35) The United States (US) Department of Defence (DoD) reported the conclusions of the US Africa Command’s (Africom’s) investigation following the al Shabaab attack on 05 January 2020 at the Cooperative Security Location in Manda Bay. The US forces operate Manda Bay to train African partners, respond to concerns and defend US interests. The DoD has claimed multiple failures contributed to the attack, including inadequate force protection, inadequate understanding of the threat, inadequate security force preparation, and problems with mission command. Two US contractors and one US Army soldier have been killed during the attack; however, various security upgrades have been implemented.
LESOTHO – 15 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 14 MAR 2022 (20H10) The Department of Water Affairs, along with representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Kingdom (UK) Aid, have handed over 79 water systems to communities in Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing. UNICEF and UKAID representatives have stated that the water systems are expected to improve the accessibility of water and enable residents to practice good hygiene. Department of Water Affairs Deputy Minister Maimane Maphathe has reiterated the Government’s continued commitment to extending safe water supply to other villages that are experiencing water shortages in rural areas of the country.
MADAGASCAR – 15 MAR 2022
- MAHAVELONA – 15 MAR 2022 (08H30) Météo Madagascar has forecasted a yellow vigilance alert for heavy rainfall in several districts in the North and North-East of Madagascar. The Météo Madagascar has predicted a cumulative rainfall of 40 to 90 Millimeters per day (mm/day). This follows after a weak cyclonic circulation on the coastal waters of the North and North-East. Emergency Response Services will be on high alert due to possible flooding, landslides and disruption in activities.
- ANTANANARIVO – 15 MAR 2022 (11H05) The Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Consumption (MICC) intends to open other ports of entry to reduce congestion at the port of Toamasina. This move is to ease the movement of the departures and arrivals of boats at the port of Toamasina. The Ministry has stated that about 85% of goods imported and exported by Madagascar passes through the port of Toamasina. This follows after Minister Edgard Razafindravahy held a meeting with members of the association of shipowners and consignees of Madagascar (APACM).
MALAWI – 15 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 14 MAR 2022 (23H00) The Parliament has confirmed the appointment of Rezine Mzikamanda as the Chief Justice of the Republic of Malawi. Mzikamanda’s appointment to the position is set to come into effect immediately as per the provisions of Standing Order 117.
- CHIKWAWA – 15 MAR 2022 (13H25) A road closure has been reported by the Road Authority (RA) at the Chikwawa-Ngabu (M1) road. The RA has stated that the road has been closed due to adverse rain at Belewu. The RA has deployed contractors to restore accessibility. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- LILONGWE – 15 MAR 2022 (18H15) The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has precautioned the Minister of Transport Jacob Hara against his determination to award the Marka-Bangula railway project to China Railway 20 (CR20). CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa stated that Hara has not followed the necessary procurement processes in awarding CR20 the project. This follows after communities in Nsanje District raised concerns over the grade and professionalism of a project CR20 is currently undertaking. The Government seeks to rehabilitate the 44-kilometre railway to connect Malawi and Mozambique. The Minister is expected to respond after receiving the communication.
MOZAMBIQUE – 15 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 15 MAR 2022 (02H20) The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has announced plans to initiate liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Mozambique in October 2022. Currently, Area 4 is operated by Mozambique Rovuma Venture (MRV), a joint venture of ExxonMobil, Eni and CNPC, which holds a 70% participating interest in the concession contract. Council of Ministers Spokesperson Filimão Suaze has stated that the first results of production at the facility are expected in October 2022. Production of LNG in the Rovuma basin is expected to start through the Coral Sul floating platform, off-shore Cabo Delgado. Production of 3,4 million tons of natural gas per annum is set to be carried out within Mozambique’s Exploration Area 4, to be sold to BP for 20 years, with an option to extend it for an additional ten years.
- MAPUTO – 14 MAR 2022 (12H40) Former Labour Minister Helena Taipos’s corruption case hearing is set to commence on Tuesday, 15 March 2022. Taipo and others have been charged with the theft of 113 million Meticais from the National Social Security Institute (INSS) via the pensions of Mozambican miners working in South Africa fund. Taipo has been accused of receiving money as bribes in return for favouring certain buildings and companies in contracts. The prosecution has stated that the police confiscated 27 vehicles and seven properties in addition to seven bank accounts being frozen.
- MAPUTO – 15 MAR 2022 (12H40) Mozambican Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane is scheduled to embark on a visiting inspection to the northern province of Nampula on Monday, 21 March 2022, to assess the damage caused by cyclone Gombe. This comes after the National Disaster Management Institute (INGD) reported that about 15 deaths occurred due to the cyclone. The cyclone made landfall in the coastal district of Nampula on Friday, 11 March 2022, with wind speeds of up to 240 kilometres an hour and gusts of 240 kilometres an hour. The cyclone caused severe damage, destroying many homes and other buildings and affecting over 100,000 people. Maleiane will visit cyclone-hit areas in Mogincual and Monapo districts and hold meetings with State bodies in the province and members of the Emergency Operational Committee.
NIGERIA – 15 MAR 2022
- BRASS – 15 MAR 2022 (19H15) Explosion reported at Okparatubo in the vicinity of Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa. This follows an attack at an oil terminal of the Brass 24 oil line of the Italian major Eni, the holding company of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC). All wells connected to the facility have been shut down with immediate effect, whilst other river booms and containment barges have been mobilised to reduce the impact of the spill. This comes after a similar attack ensued recently at Eni’s Obama flow station. Eni has declared force majeure on the attacked facilities.
- PORT HARCOURT – 15 MAR 2022 (13H00) The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS), Pathfinder, has announced the arrest of five suspected oil thieves and a diesel-laden barge. The Navy has reported that the suspects confiscated a truck used for the transport of illegally refined petroleum products, among others. The NNS Pathfinder base Operating Officer, Abubakar Sidi, has stated that the Navy is expected to continue ensuring the reduced number of oil thefts and other related crimes. Assistant Superintendent of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Nwakike Nwaneka reported that the suspects are expected to be prosecuted after they have been found guilty.
- CALABAR – 15 MAR 2022 (13H30) The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has announced that it has postponed its 35th convocation ceremony scheduled for 25 March 2022 until 26 March 2022. This comes after the Academic Staff Union of Union Universities (ASUU) has extended their industrial action by eight weeks. UNICAL is expected to announce a new date for the ceremony soon.
- KATSINA – 15 MAR 2022 (17H00) The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has launched an intelligence-driven operation to attack Katsina state Bandits at the Unguwar Adamu Village. The NAF has dispatched an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (IRS) aircraft to the area for confirmation of the intel. The aircraft confirmed the reports as it marked an estimated 50 Bandit members at the designated site. Following the confirmation, the NAF sent an aircraft to the location of the bandits and proceeded to attack the area resulting in the injuries of several bandits. Furthermore, the fatal injuries of 27 Bandit members have been reported, which includes a bandit leader Sule Ginshima.
- LAGOS – 15 MAR 2022 (17H50) A protest has been reported near the Methodist Church Nigeria Wesley Chapel. Members are expectedly protesting regarding the accident involving a motorcycle, a vehicle and a tipper. Motorcyclists in the area have reportedly ignited the tipper started a bonfire on the road. The police have arrived on the scene, and arrests have been made. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and maintain caution in the area.
- IBADAN – 15 MAR 2022 (18H10) Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Adewale Osifeso, has announced the arrest of a Police Officer involved in a shooting on Friday 11 March 2022. The arrest follows after the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, launched a search operation to find the Officer. Onadeko further stated that the Operatives involved has been identified and apprehended.
RWANDA – 15 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 15 MAR 2022 (04H20) Judicial authorities from Rwanda and Singapore have held bilateral discussions on matters of cooperation between the two countries in the judicial sector. Rwandan Chief Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo and his Singapore counterpart, Sundaresh Menon, co-chaired the second virtual meeting to follow up with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on judicial cooperation signed between the two countries in April 2021. The two countries have also agreed to promote an understanding of applicable laws and judicial processes regarding recognising and enforcing foreign capital judgments in their respective jurisdictions. The agreement is expected to ensure quality and timely justice delivery in both countries to maintain business confidence.
TANZANIA – 15 MAR 2022
- RUANDA – 15 MAR 2022 (10H40) Four people have died, and 42 others have sustained injuries following a bus collision that fell into a river in the Senjele area, Mbozi district in Songwe Region, on Monday, 14 March 2022. The bus travelled to Dar es salaam from Tunduma, however, the collision occurred as the bus attempted to overtake a fuel truck. Traffic officers have been dispatched to the scene to divert traffic from the crime scene.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 15 MAR 2022 (15H15) UPDATE The Government has banned the usage of the Mara River water for fishing, domestic- and any other use over the suspected chemical pollution. The affected areas are the Kirumi, Kwibuse, Marasibora and Ryamisanga villages. The Government has instructed the Rural Water Supply Agency (RUWASA) to locate alternative water supplies for the affected villages in the Mara region. The Minister of State in the office of the Vice-President responsible for Union and Environmental matters, Selemeni Jafo, formed an 11-member committee to look into the source of the pollution. (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 the 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 – 15 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 15 MAR 2022 (14H05) The Government has announced the newly elected board for the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA). Dr Caleb Fundanga and Ms Valerie Nambeye have been elected as members of the ZRA board in addition to several others. This follows as the previous board had been dissolved on 06 December 2021. The Minister has tasked the new board to develop an action plan to address the challenges in tax administration and ensure that ZRA attains the revenue collection target of above 21% of GDP over the medium term. Finance and National Planning Minister Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane has stated that the board will elect the Board Chairperson from among the members.
ZIMBABWE – 15 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 15 MAR 2022 (09H30) The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) workers have downed tools in demand to increase salaries. This follows after an increase in the economy and fuel prices and amongst others. The workers have further delivered a petition to the management of ZIMRA. This comes as several other unions in Zimbabwe, such as mine workers and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) employees, embarked on a protest action following the matter.
- HARARE – 15 MAR 2022 (14H45) The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has released clarification regarding the security arrangements of political rallies ahead of the bye-elections set for 26 March 2022. Members are expected to notify the Commanding Officer of the Police district in the regulating area. Furthermore, Members are expected to discuss and agree on the security measures carried out during the rallies. The ZRP has further stated that they are expected to arrest any member involved in car rallies. The ZRP has stated that they are prepared to ensure safety for the upcoming bye-elections.
- HARARE – 15 MAR 2022 (18H35) The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) announced that former Harare Municipality Mayor Herbert Gomba handed himself to police custody on Monday, 14 March 2022. This follows after claims had been made regarding Gomba committing perjury and contravening section 37(2)(e) of the Electoral Act. Gomba is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, 16 March 2022.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 15 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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