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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 16 MAY 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 16 MAY 2022
- LUANDA – 15 MAY 2022 (23H30) The Angolan Government has announced a decision to suspend the State of Public Calamity measure imposed in the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 with effect from 00H00 on Monday, 16 May 2022. Minister of State, Francisco Pereira Furtado, made the announcement during a press briefing providing an update on measures to prevent and combat COVID-19. Furtado has noted that health authorities are required to maintain all health surveillance exercises at ports of entry into the country. The Multisectoral Commission for the Prevention of COVID-19 also requires foreign travellers entering the country to present a negative COVID-19 test procured within 72 hours before departure. Arriving travellers are also subject to a rapid COVID-19 test upon disembarkation at own cost. The requirement of wearing a face mask in closed public places remains mandatory. However, civilians are not required to wear a face mask in open areas. Access to public and private services is subject to proof of immunisation or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result dates within the previous 48 hours.
- LUANDA – 16 MAY 2022 (06H10) The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), the Government of the Republic of Angola, and AMETrade are expected to host the 8th African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition (CAPE VIII) from today, 16 May 2022, until 19 May 2022, in Luanda, Republic of Angola. During the event, a high-level strategic three-day conference will take place, including a business-to-business (B2B) trade exhibition and technical and touristic site visits. The African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition (CAPE) is established as a significant oil and gas event in Africa, and it seeks to provide investors with the opportunity to share information and knowledge of the oil and gas industry in Africa.
- BELIZE – 16 MAY 2022 (12H50) The first secretary of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA’s) Cabinda Provincial Committee, Marcos Nhunga, has announced that plans are underway for the rehabilitation works of the National Road-110. This comes as Nhunga has embarked on the party’s pre-campaign in the municipalities of Belize and Buco Zau in Cabinda. Nhunga further emphasised the importance of the rehabilitation of the National Road-110, which connects the municipality of Cacongo to the Alto Sundi area, with more than 300 roads. Meanwhile, the construction of bridges on the Belize section for the communal centres of Luali and Miconje is set to commence soon to ensure better security in connection with the districts. Furthermore, Nhunga stated the completion of works at the Belize Municipal Hospital and 12 classrooms at the Belize headquarters.
BOTSWANA – 16 MAY 2022
- FRANCISTOWN – 16 MAY 2022 (10H30) UPDATE Members of the bus operators association have announced plans to embark on a planned protest over the increase in fuel prices on Tuesday, 17 May 2022. This comes as the different transport associations in Botswana convened a meeting to discuss the Government’s failure to respond to the petition delivered in demand for an adjusted fare increase. (09H00) Protest expected today, 16 May 2022, by the joint associations of Combi, Taxi and Bus operators in Botswana. This comes as the transport operators in Botswana delivered a petition to the Government to express their grievances about the frequent increase in petrol prices, subsequently urging the Government to adjust an increase in transport fares. Including the brutality against the transport operators by Police forces. If the Government fails to respond to the associations, the transport operators will suspend their services and embark on a demonstration. Meanwhile, the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority recently adjusted prices for petrol and diesel. Members of the public have been further advised to use alternative transport.
- FRANCISTOWN – 16 MAY 2022 (10H40) Protest expected on Tuesday, 17 May 2022, by the joint associations of Combi, Taxi and Bus operators in Botswana. This comes as the transport operators in Botswana delivered a petition to the Government to express their grievances about the frequent increase in petrol prices, subsequently urging the Government to adjust an increase in transport fares. Including the brutality against the transport operators by Police forces. Commuters are advised to use alternative transport for the duration of the suspension of services. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
DEM. REP. CONGO 16 MAY 2022
- KINSHASA – 16 MAY 2022 (09H30) National deputies are expected to participate in a plenary session today, 16 May 2022, by the office of the National Assembly. The National Representative, Lembi Libula, will examine the bill modifying and supplementing the law no 10/014 of 31 December 2010 relating to civil aviation initiated by Claudel André Lubaya. This comes after the Minister of Transport, Ways of communication and opening up, Chérubin Okende, pleaded with the President of the National Assembly, Christophe Mboso, to align the bill in view of its importance in the sector. Meanwhile, a law on civil aviation is currently undergoing the amendment proposal to be in line with international standards.
ESWATINI – 16 MAY 2022
- MANZINI – 16 MAY 2022 (06H15) Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC) President Sibongile Mazibuko and her party, joined by other political activists in eSwatini, held a meeting on Sunday, 15 May 2022, convened by the Political Parties Assembly (PPA), at the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) Centre in Manzini. This comes as the PPA called on all other political parties in eSwatini to reinforce their fight for democracy. Several political leaders, such as the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Mxolisi Ngcamphalala, delivered his views and thoughts on the matter. This comes as eSwatini is a monarchy with constitutional provisions and Swazi law and Custom.
- MANZINI – 16 MAY 2022 (07H45) Transport operators mobilized under the Swaziland Transport, Communication, and Allied Workers have announced plans to embark on a march to deliver a petition to the Manzini Regional Headquarters against the Police brutality in eSwatini on 17 May 2022, from 09H00 and 14H00. The transport operators have circulated a statement about the planned demonstration, which will begin at the Manzini bus rank and proceed to the Manzini Regional Headquarters to deliver a petition by members of Swaziland Transport Communication and Allied Workers Union (SWATCAWU). The affected streets will include Meintues, Mahleka, Martin, Ngwane, Nkoseluhlaza, Sandlane, Mancishane, and Louw Street. The demonstration has been planned following a shooting incident by the eSwatini Police Officers who shot at four students during a demonstration to commemorate the death of Thabani Nkomonye on Friday, 13 May 2022.
- MBABANE – 16 MAY 2022 (13H20) Protest reported at the Mbabane Ministry of Health headquarters. The nurses are protesting due to the shortage of medication at the hospitals. The demonstrators are protesting outside the Ministry with placards. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
ETHIOPIA- 16 MAY 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 16 MAY 2022 (11H15) Ethiopia has terminated solar projects worth $300 million planned to be developed in partnership with Saudi Arabian company ACWA Power, following the company’s failure to present its progress. ACWA was assigned to begin the construction of the projects located in the Afar and Somali regions in 2020, each worth $150 million, which would be the Gad and Decheto solar projects planned to generate 125 MegaWatts (MW) of power each. The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Director General at the Ministry of Finance, Tilahun Tadesse, has stated that authorities have extended the deadline for the company for over two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a rejection of its loan requests to international lenders, though its managers failed to seize the opportunity. ACWA also requested a suspension of the project until the insecurity within Ethiopia is resolved. However, the board of PPP rejected the request and decided to terminate the agreement. A new bid is expected to be floated to award the Gad and Decheto projects to a new developer
GHANA – 16 MAY 2022
- ACCRA – 16 MAY 2022 (03H00) The National Peace Council (NPC) has requested communities residing along Ghana’s borders with neighbouring countries to remain vigilant and maintain ongoing security operations against extremism and terrorism. NPC Upper East Regional Executive Secretary Ali Anankpieng has stated that concerns have been raised due to the porous nature of the borders following increasing instability in neighbouring countries. The Executive Secretary has noted that the Sub-Saharan region currently has active extremist groups with countries including Ivory Coast, Togo, Burkina Faso, and Niger experiencing terrorist attacks. Anankpieng noted that collective collaboration is required to ensure security in the country is maintained, calling for the sensitisation of communities to understand emerging issues of terrorism and extremism.
KENYA – 16MAY 2022
- NAIROBI – 16 MAY 2022 (12H35) Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) leader Kalonzo Musyoka is set to leave the Unity Decleration (Azimo) of Presidential Flag Bearer Raila Odinga. Musyoka noted that he is expected to run alone ahead of the 09 August elections if he is not named as Odingas running mate. Odinga is expected to elect his running partner following Deputy President William Ruto’s election of Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate. Reports indicate that a party is required to provide a 90-day notice to the coalition council in order to exit the Azimo. Additionally, no parties are allowed to exit six months before the August elections or within three months after. However, the Wiper legal team noted that Aricle 38 of Kenyas Constutution allows every citizen to make political choices which include, the right to form or participate in forming a political party, and the right to participation in recruiting members for a political party or campaign for a political party.
LESOTHO – 16 MAY 2022
- MALORANENG – 16 MAY 2022 (01H20) Lesotho citizens residing in the Patising and Maloraneng communities downstream from the Letseng Diamond Mine have denounced the continuous contamination of water allegedly being caused by the mine. This follows as residents of the two communities rely on surrounding natural water sources for drinking and other household uses. Members of the communities have reported illnesses and deaths resulting from the water and air pollution surrounding the area. The Maluti Community Development Forum (MCDF) has alleged that there have been at least two deaths suspected to be associated with the water contamination in the villages. The Patising and Maloraneng streams feed into the Khubelu River, one of the two rivers feeding Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) in Mokhotlong. South African High Commissioner Sello Moloto previously appealed to the Lesotho Government to address the contamination of water by mining activities at Polihali.
MADAGASCAR – 16 MAY 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 16 MAY 2022 (08H30) More than 17 business leaders from the Club Export Réunion are expected to participate in a meeting on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 to 21 May 2022, ahead of the International Fair of Madagascar (FIM) 2022. The meeting’s objective is to find synergies and mutualize projects with private operators and public partners, and thereafter site visits are scheduled to take place. The meeting has been set to develop cooperation between the delegation’s business leaders and Malagasy economic development leaders. The Export Réunion Club is joined by leaders of the Réunion Island to promote and strengthen trade and regional cooperation in sectors such as sustainable city, technology, training, communication board and advertising management.
- ANTANANARIVO – 16 MAY 2022 (11H50) The Ministry of Transport and Meteorology has authorised 46 flights for nine airlines set for June 2022. The authorisation follows the the reopening of the borders in the State. The airlines include Air Madagascar, Air France, Air Mauritius and others. Of the 46 flights approximately 36 flights are set to carry an estimated 114,000 passengers. Furthermore, six countries are expected to be served via the five international airports in Madagascar. Turkish Ailrines is set to be the ninth company authorised by the State to transport international passengers to Madagascar set to inaugurated its first flight on 18 June 2022.
MALAWI – 16 MAY 2022
- BALAKA – 16 MAY 2022 (11H30) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has requested President Lazarus Chakwera resign from his post during a DPP rally at the Balaka Primary School ground on Sunday, 15 May 2022. The request follows as the DPP stated the President and the Tonse Alliance did not honour their campaign promises made in the 2020 elections. Additionally, the members did not address the rising cost of basic commodities. The DPP is expected to elect a candidate to endorse ahead of the 2025 presidential elections.
MOZAMBIQUE – 16 MAY 2022
- MACOMIA – 16 MAY 2022 (03H20) Mozambique Republic Police (PRM) General Commander Bernardino Rafael has announced that Mozambique’s defence forces, in collaboration with foreign troops, have neutralised an estimated 54 terrorists in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado province during the preceding two months. During a recent working visit to the Macomia district of Cabo Delgado, the Commander noted four terrorists have also been captured in confrontation with the country’s Defence Armed Forces (FDS), the joint forces of Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community Mission in the country (SAMIM). During the time period, more than 195 people who had been kidnapped have also been recovered. Rafael has stated that the counter-terrorism operation in the province is approximately 70% complete, with further joint security operations ongoing.
NIGERIA – 16 MAY 2022
- ABUJA – 16 MAY 2022 (06H00) The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is expected to commence a two-week industrial action strike with effect from today, 16 May 2022. This comes after the ASUP held an emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council on Wednesday, 11 May 2022. ASUP President Anderson Ezeibe has stated that the Federal Government is yet to meet the Union’s demands, including the payment of the N15 billion Revitalisation Fund, approved in May 2021. The Union has called on the Government to urgently respond to their demands within the two-week industrial action period to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.
- OWERRI – 16 MAY 2022 (06H40) The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) have denied issuing a statement directing or ordering people to sit at home except the 18 May 2022 and 26 May 2022. The IPoB has also denied a purported voice note allegedly ordering the people of the South-East to sit at home. The IPoB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, has stated that the directive issued for 18 May 2022 and 26 May 2022, in which the leader of the IPoB, Nnamdi Kanu, appeared before the court, as directed by the radio Biafra. Powerful further stated that the IPOB announces its activities and events only through official channels, including Radio Biafra, a Press Statement from Emma Powerful, office of IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, and a Memorandum from the Office of IPOB Head of Directorates.
- IBADAN – 16 MAY 2022 (07H00) Employees in research institutions, under the auspices of the Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions (JORAISU), have denied suspending their ongoing seven months strike. This announcement comes after the General secretaries of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Peters Adeyemi, and Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI), Theophilus Ndubuaku, held a media briefing on Saturday, 14 May 2022. Ndubuaku has stated a statement to the Chairpersons, Secretaries and members of ASURI, contrary to the press statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment on 05 May 2022, declaring that the strike had been suspended, yet the strike was ongoing. Adeyemi further stated that the statement issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment was incorrect and further stated that the Ministry is scheduled to hold a single meeting with the JORAISU. This comes as several employees in research institutes demanded that the Government issue the payments to the 65 years retirement age, inadequate funding of research institutes, the establishment of the National Agricultural Research Institutes Commission and disregarding the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Scale (CONTISS) 10.
- LAGOS – 16 MAY 2022 (08H15) Road closure reported between Sabo and Agnes on Herbert Macaulay way in Lagos. Reports indicate that an electrical pole has fallen across the road. Motorists have been urged to use an alternative route. Technicians have been dispatched to the scene.
- IBADAN – 16 MAY 2022 (10H15) UPDATE Students at the University of Ibadan are protesting over the ongoing warning strike by ASUU. The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) is set to participate in the planned strike. Several other students are expected to gather at the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) main campus in Ijagun. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (09H00) Protest reported along the Iwo Road in Ibadan in the Oyo State. Students of different Universities in Ondo have blockaded the road over a prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the country. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
- OGBO – 16 MAY 2022 (11H40) UPDATE Motorists have been advised to use Epe-Ijebu-Ode Road or travel through Ijebu-Ode town and turn onto Ijebu-Imushin to the Ogbere axis. This comes as the students have blockaded the Ijagun Junction along Ijebu-Ore axis of the Sagamu-Expressway. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant and avoid the area. (10H50) Protest reported along the Benin-Sagamu Expressway in the Ogun State. Students from the Tai Solarin University Of Education are demonstrating over the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) students have joined in the planned demonstration. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
- ABATETE – 16 MAY 2022 (11H30) Unidentified armed men have allegedly torched the Idemili North Local Government Secretariat and a Magistrates’ court in the Council in Anambra State on Sunday evening, 15 May 2022. A member of the Council has stated that the suspects have set alight the files in the Secretariat, including the building, during the attack and the vehicles which were parked inside the building. The State Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, has confirmed the incident and stated that investigations would be carried out. Meanwhile, calm has been restored to the area.
- ABUJA – 16 MAY 2022 (13H10) The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for a nationwide protest over the death of Deborah Yakubu, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, scheduled to take place on 22 May 2022 at 15H00. The CAN President, Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, has requested all church leaders to participate in a planned peaceful protest in honour of the late Yakubu. Ayokunle has stated that the demonstrations will take place in each Secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) nationwide. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Police will be deployed to the scene.
RWANDA – 16 MAY 2022
- KIGALI – 15 MAY 2022 (20H00) Rwanda’s Office of the Prime Minister has issued a statement following a recent Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame at the Urugwiro Village to review existing COVID-19 health measures. During the meeting, Cabinet decided to maintain all health measures currently in effect, to be reviewed again after one month upon a health assessment. Rwandan citizens are required to be fully vaccinated to access public places, including public transport. Passengers arriving in the country are required to present a negative rapid COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours prior to departure. An additional rapid test will be taken upon arrival, at own cost. Departing passengers are required to present a negative rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken 72 hours prior to departure, with all departing Rwandan citizens required to be fully vaccinated. The wearing of a face mask is no longer mandatory. However, citizens are urged to continue wearing masks indoors and continuously observe all preventive measures.
TANZANIA – 16 MAY 2022
- DODOMA – 16 JUN 2022 (13H10) The Party for Democracy and Progress (Chadema) has announced that the 19 Members of Parliament (MP) previously removed from Parliament is expected to maintain their positions in the National Assembly (NA). This follows after the Chadema’s Governing Council voted on 11 May 2022 to expel the 19 MPs due to the members being sworn in without the blessings of the party. Furthermore, the Parliament’s withdrawal of the motion to remove the members from the NA follows after they filed an objection to the High Courts regarding their expulsion. NA Spokesperson Tulia Acskon stated that she wil relay relevant information to the public regarding further court proceedings.
ZAMBIA – 16 MAY 2022
- LUSAKA – 16 MAY 2022 (09H00) Patriotic Fronts (PF) Acting President Given Lubinda is expected to join a meeting with former Vice President Inonge Wina at Reverend Sumaili’s residence. The meeting has been called due to Lungu’s claims that Lubindas intructions are allegedly dividing the PF. Lubinda is expected to nominate Chishimba Kambwili, Emmanuel Mwamba and others to the Central Committee.
ZIMBABWE – 16 MAY 2022
- MUTASA – 16 MAY 2022 (02H00) Zimbabwean Health authorities have confirmed the deaths of at least 24 children from a current 156 confirmed cases due to the ongoing measles outbreak in the country. This follows after authorities announced that the country has registered a measles outbreak concentrated in the Eastern Province of Manicaland. Mutasa district, the epicentre of the outbreak, has an estimated population of 170,000 residents and over 42 thousand households. The Health Ministry has recently announced the launch of a mass vaccination program for children between the ages of 6 months and 15 years to mitigate the outbreak before spreading to other regions. Health authorities in the region are targetting 95% of vaccinations within the following few days despite the various logistical challenges being experienced.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 16 MAY 2022
- ESWATINI: Transport operators mobilized under the Swaziland Transport, Communication, and Allied Workers have announced plans to embark on a march to deliver a petition to the Manzini Regional Headquarters against the Police brutality in eSwatini on 17 May 2022, from 09H00 and 14H00.
- BOTSWANA: Protest expected on Tuesday, 17 May 2022, by the joint associations of Combi, Taxi and Bus operators in Botswana.
- MADAGASCAR: More than 17 business leaders from the Club Export Réunion are expected to participate in a meeting on Tuesday, 17 May 2022 to 21 May 2022, ahead of the International Fair of Madagascar (FIM) 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.
- ANGOLA: The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, has received an invitation to participate in the African Union Summit scheduled to take place from 26 May 2022 to 28 May 2022 in the city of Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
- TANZANIA: The Tanzanian Government has announced the implementation of several measures in response to recent increasing prices in Tanzania, including a fuel subsidy with effect from 01 June 2022.
- MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique is expected to launch the operations of several new toll gates on 01 June 2022.
- REP. CONGO: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is expected to conduct its annual DRC Mining Week exhibition and conference event at the Pullman Grand Karavia centre in Lubumbashi between 01 June 2022 and 03 June 2022.
- MOZAMBIQUE: President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi is expected to launch the 8th Edition of the Mining, Oil, Gas and Energy of Mozambique event from 02 June 2022 until 03 June 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo.
- RWANDA: The International Telecommunication Union, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), has scheduled to convene a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), scheduled to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 06 June 2022 to 16 June 2022.
- RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
- ZAMBIA: Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, has announced that Zambia is expected to host the 4th Africa Union (AU) Mid-Year Coordinating meeting from 14 July 2022 until 17 July 2022.
- KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
- ANGOLA: Energy Capital and Power (ECP) has announced that the 2022 Edition of Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) is expected to be held from 29 November 2022 until 01 December 2022.
- RWANDA: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to host the second Annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2022) between 13 December 2022 and 15 December 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
- NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
- NIGERIA: The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources has announced plans for the Sixth Edition of Nigeria’s International Energy Summit (NIES 2023) in Abuja from 16 April 2023 until 20 April 2023.
- MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has approved a proposal that schedules 11 October 2023 as the date for the sixth municipal elections across the country.
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