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WILLSHIR – AFRICA- TIMELINE – 17 MAR 2022 (19H00)

March 17

ANGOLA – 17 MAR 2022.

  • LUANDA – 17 MAR 2022 (13H00) Angolan State-owned oil and gas company Sonangol, through its Center for Research and Development, has announced plans to conduct conceptual and engineering studies for the development of a  green hydrogen production program as part of its energy transition strategy. The program is prepared to identify an appropriate site for developing a plant to produce green hydrogen and its derivatives. The hydrogen will be used domestically and exported to international markets. This follows after Sonangol signed a preliminary agreement in 2021 with German engineering companies Conjuncta GmbH and Gauff GmbH & Co Engineering Kg to implement a factory to produce green hydrogen. The agreement aims to enter into sustainable energy and to utilize water resources to produce green hydrogen.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 17 MAR 2022

  • GOMA – 16 MAR 2022 (23H05) North Kivu Governor, Lieutenant General Constant Ndima, has handed over seven new ships to the Commander of the 33rd Naval Force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The vessels, which include zodiacs and speedboats, are reportedly equipped with communication equipment and weapons. Ndima has stated that the vessels are aimed at conducting Naval security operations within the areas of Lake Kivu, Lake Albert and Lake Eduard in North Kivu. The new equipment is expected to significantly strengthen the security of the country’s lake borders.

 

ESWATINI – 17 MAR 2022

  • MBABANE – 16 MAR 2022 (20H00) The Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for technical assistance to aid the country in efforts to improve access to a legal identity. The technical assistance includes the provision of tablets, printers, promotional material, among others. Minister Princess Lindiwe has stated that the donation comes in addition to the UNHCRs recent funding to allow the implementation of the National Action Plan to prevent and eradicate statelessness in the country. Within the framework of the MoU, the UNHCR is set to support the Ministry in realising previous pledges made and support the success of the ongoing mop-up exercise in addition to identifying stateless persons and those at risk of statelessness, amongst other areas.
  • MATSAPHA – 17 MAR 2022 (11H00) A Protest has been reported engaged by Inyatsi construction members at the gates of the Inyatsi construction company. The Members are reportedly engaging in a peaceful strike. The Members are protesting regarding the promised increase of 4% in salaries that the Company has failed to provide them. Motorists in the area are advised to remain vigilant and use alternative routes.

ETHIOPIA- 17 MAR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 17 MAR 2022 (10H45) The terms of bilateral trade between Ethiopia and Somalia has been agreed upon. The negotiations have consisted of Somalian Minister of Commerce and Industry Khalif Abdi Omar and Ethiopian State Minister for Trade, Denge Boru. The agreement is expected to increase the regional integration efforts, including the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Additionally, the agreement is expected to increase trade and trade exchanges between the two countries. The Ministers are expected to further negotiate cross border trades to benefit both countries’ economic sectors.

 

GHANA – 17 MAR 2022

  • ACCRA – 17 MAR 2022 (12H05) Expected Service disruptions reported. The Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) Disconnection Task Force Leader Steven Larbi Siwa has announced that they are expected to turn off the power of the Finance Ministry and the Economic and Organised Crime Office’s (EOCO). This follows the National Disconnection Exercise in addition to their outstanding debt of ¢421,038.02. The expected announcement for an electrical outage follows after the Task Force disconnected power to the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL) and parts of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), which owed an estimated ¢48 million. The Task Force has initiated the National Disconnection Exercise due to public and private companies’ increased amount of debt.

 

KENYA – 17 MAR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 17 MAR 2022 (03H30) The Governments of Kenya and Korea have formalised a partnership agreement aimed at expediting the development of smart city infrastructure at the Konza Technopolis. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Joe Mucheru has stated that the partnership provides a framework for the completion of three projects at the Konza Technopolis. The projects include the development of the Smart City Master Plan, a feasibility study on the Integrated Control Centre with a focus on security operations, and the establishment of a transportation network and innovative mobility plans. The partnership’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Minister Mucheru and Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance during a ceremony in Nairobi.
  • NAIROBI – 17 MAR 2022 (12H30) President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved the date of the meeting with Mt Kenya Leaders at the Statehouse. This followed Kenyattas’ consultation with Political members. The meeting is set to compromise of Members of Parliament (MP), Senators and Governors, including Kenyatta’s opponents. The meeting has been expected to unite the leaders of MT Kenya divided between Kenyatta’s camp and those of his Deputy. The head of state has been holding strategic meetings to solidify his political camp ahead of the upcoming elections on Tuesday, 9 August 2022.

 

LESOTHO – 17 MAR 2022

  • MASERU – 17 MAR 2022 (14H15) Lesotho’s King Letsie III will conduct a telephone discussion with the South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, 18 March 2022. Ramaphosa and Letsie are expected to observe bilateral relations and progress of the South African Development Community (SADC) in Lesotho. This follows Ramaphosa’s delegation as a facilitator in September 2014, whereafter he appointed former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke to lead the Sadc facilitation team to Lesotho. The Basotho leadership, through Ramaphosa’s facilitation, will work to complete the reforms process before holding the next general elections scheduled for September.

 

MADAGASCAR – 17 MAR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 17 MAR 2022 (04H00) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Madagascar has announced a financial contribution of £500,000 to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups affected by the recent adverse weather in the country. UNICEF has stated that the funding is expected to assist local authorities to provide safe drinking water and emergency sanitation to affected groups. This follows as the World Food Programme (WFP) recently assisted 151,525 people affected by the recent tropical storms in Madagascar since January 2022.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 17 MAR 2022 (07H05) The Weather Forecasting Offices of Madagascar have reported expected adverse weather. The possible cyclone, Halima, is expected to form northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, reports indicate that Halima is headed towards Mauritius. The Meteorological Services has stated that they would notify the public of any further developments.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 17 MAR 2022 (07H05) The Weather Forecasting Offices of Madagascar have reported expected adverse weather. The possible cyclone, Halima, is expected to form northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, reports indicate that Halima is headed towards Mauritius. The Meteorological Services has stated that they would notify the public of any further developments

 

MALAWI – 17 MAR 2022

  • BLANTYRE – 16 MAR 2022 (23H20) The High Court in Blantyre has ordered the Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) to halt the implementation of the K21 billion water project at Nkhudzi Bay in Mangochi, pending further investigations into the matter. This follows after the National Youth Network on Climate Change, Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy-CEPA, and Movement for Environmental Action applied for an injunction to halt the SRWB from proceeding with the project. The organisations have alleged that the project threatens wildlife within the Lake Malawi National Park, which is a protected area and a World Heritage Site. The injunction demands that the project be reevaluated, so it does not endanger the environment. High Court Judge Mandala Mambulasa has given SRWB 15 days to provide necessary information to the applicants.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 17 MAR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 16 MAR 2022 (20H00) The Oxford Economics Africa consultancy has announced plans to revise its inflation forecast for Mozambique from 7,3% to 9% for 2022 due to increasing fuel and food prices. The consultancy has stated that the strengthening of the exchange rate is not expected to offset the impact of recent global fuel and food price increases on consumer prices, thus necessitating the revision of Mozambique’s inflation forecast. Mozambique’s National Statistics Institute (INE) has stated that year-on-year inflation in the country during February had been set at 6,84%, signalling a decrease in comparison to January 2022. The inflation during January had been set at 7,8% and fell by 96 basis points in February 2022. Experts have predicted that the increase in Government and corporate revenues due to the rise in the price of raw materials, and the consequent increase in corporate and public consumption, is expected to offset the impact of the reduction in household disposable income caused by the rise in consumption and inflation.
  • MAPUTO – 16 MAR 2022 (20H30) The Energy Regulatory Authority (ARENE) has announced an increase in fuel prices scheduled to come into effect from Thursday, 17 February 2022. Gasoline rises by 8 meticais, increasing from 69.04 to 77.39 meticais per litre. Diesel increases by 9.26 meticais from 61.71 to 70.97 meticais per litre. Lighting oil rises from 47.95  to 50.16 meticais. Cooking gas increases from 71.02 to 80.49 meticais per kilogram, and Vehicular gas rises from 32.69 to 37.09 meticais. The fuel price increase is influenced by recent increases in the barrel of oil on the international market, aggravated by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
  • MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA – 17 MAR 2022 (02H20) The Provincial Executive Council is expected to reactivate activities at the port of Mocimboa da Praia through the Centre for the Promotion of Economic Development (CPDE). This follows a recent working visit by Governor Valige Tauabo and TotalEnergies’ Country Manager for Mozambique, Maxime Rabilloud, to the Mocímboa da Praia port. The visit aimed to assess the current condition of the port to allow an informed decision regarding the resumption of dredging activities. This aims to enable cargo vessels to supply various products to the northern district of Cabo Delgado through the port. With the port of Mocimboa da Praia in operation, logistics in the northern zone is expected to significantly increase and permit the resumption of economic activities in the province.

 

NIGERIA – 17 MAR 2022

  • GUSAU – 16 MAR 2022 (20H15) Attack reported. Suspects affiliated with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have attacked the Zamfara State Fire Service (ZSFS) secretariat in Gusau. The chairman of the Zamfara State wing of the NURTW, Aminu Kasuwa Daji, assailed ZSFS premises with five buses and three vehicles shooting sporadically. Ten  Personnel of the ZSFS have been injured. Daji has been apprehended.
  • LAGOS – 17 MAR 2022 (13H30) Explosion reported at Ijora Palette Junction in the vicinity of Lagos State Homes Estate. This follows after an observer notified the driver of a  leakage identified on the heavy motor vehicle tank. Emergency services deployed to the scene managed to contain the fire. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

RWANDA – 17 MAR 2022

  • KIGALI – 16 MAR 2022 (19H30) Members of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) have re-elected Robert Bafakulera as chairperson of the Executive Committee. Bafakulera has been re-elected for another three-year term. This follows after André Bitwayiki withdrew his candidacy. Bafulera stated that he is committed to finding more markets through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to expand the PSF.

 

TANZANIA – 17 MAR 2022

  • NYAMONGO – 17 MAR 2022 (15H25) The United Kingdom Court will resume a case filed against Barrick Gold subsidiary over allegations of unlawful killings and assaults at a mine in Tanzania between 2014 and 2019. Ten Tanzanian individuals filed the case in February 2020 against Barrick Tanzania Limited, previously called Acacia Mining. The Tanzanian Government inquiry has been informed in 2016 of Police who have killed 65 civilians and injured 270 during clashes near the mine. Barrick has renounced responsibility.

 

ZAMBIA – 17 MAR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 17 MAR 2022 (03H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Zambia has announced plans to embark on a protest action due to the Government’s alleged failure to procure medical supplies for public hospitals across the country. EFF party leader Kasonde Mwenda has called on the Government to provide an explanation for the lack of medicine in public medical facilities. This follows after the Government recently allocated K13,9 billion for the health section in the 2022 National Budget. Mwenda has stated that if the Government fails to respond to the party’s concerns within the following seven days, the EFF is expected to embark on nationwide protest action.
  • LUSAKA – 17 MAR 2022 (09H20) Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. The President has been received by Zambian Commerce Minister Chipoka Mulenga ahead of former President Rupiah Banda’s funeral.

 

ZIMBABWE – 17 MAR 2022

  • HARARE – 17 MAR 2022 (15H00) The Government has approved the construction of a commercial consulate in Dubai to complement investment promotion efforts by Zimbabwe’s embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This follows an increase in trade between Zimbabwe and other participants at the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020. Several corporations and Ministries have signed various agreements with the UAE. The Zimbabwe Embassy in UAE is prioritising the establishment of facilities, including e-passport processing.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 17 MAR 2022

  • MOZAMBIQUE: The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, is expected to arrive in Mozambique for a four-day official visit on Thursday, 17 March 2022, and arrive at the two units of the European Union military training mission (UETM) units.
  • ZAMBIA: President Hakainde Hichilema has declared Friday, 18 March 2022, a Public Holiday to facilitate a befitting State Funeral and burial ceremony to the Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia, the late Rupiah Bwezani Banda. President Hichilema has made the declaration under the Public Holidays Act, Cap 272 of the Laws of Zambia.
  • KENYA: Chinese Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, is expected to visit Nairobi in Kenya on Friday, 18 March 2022, until Monday, 21 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.
  • 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.

 

 

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