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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 18 APR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 18 APR 2022
- LUANDA – 18 APR 2022 (09H30) An Angolan Military delegation, led by the presiding judge of the Supreme Military Court of the Angolan Armed Forces, General Cristo António Salvador Alberto, has embarked on a six-day working visit to the United States (US) as part of the reinforcement of cooperation in the defence sector. This visit is a response to an invitation from the US Military authorities and aims to learn about the functioning and organisation of the Military legal system with emphasis on the Military judicial bodies, namely the Criminal Law Division next to the Pentagon. The Embassy of Angola in the US has stated that the visiting program also includes high-level meetings with Major General Joseph Berger III, Assistant Judge Advocate General of the US Army, and Brigadier General David Mendelson, Assistant Attorney General for Laws and Military Operations for the US Army.
- LUANDA – 18 APR 2022 (11H50) The Angolan Ambassador to Cuba, Cândida Teixeira, has held a three-day working visit to the Cuban province of Holguín as part of the commemoration of the Angolan Youth Day held on 14 April 2022. During the visit, Teixeira carried out various activities, including a meeting with Angolan university students in the province. Furthermore, during an address, Teixeira noted the importance of bilateral cooperation between Angola and Cuba.
BOTSWANA – 18 APR 2022
- GABORONE – 18 APR 2022 (07H30) Mozambique’s publicly-owned electricity company, Mozambique Electricity (EDM), is expected to provide 100 megawatts (mW) of non-firm power to Botswana under a contract between EDM and the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). The capacity agreed under the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) seeks to help meet the increasing demand for electricity in Botswana. However, the supply of power by EDM will be subject to requests by BPC and the availability of surplus power from the Mozambican grid. This comes after a second agreement had been signed during a State visit to Botswana by President Filipe Nyusi. Mozambique will import annually from Botswana two million doses of vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease.
DEM. REP. CONGO -18 APR 2022
- BUTEMBO – 18 APR 2022 (02H25) Robbery reported by Mai-Mai members at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church in the Bunyuka village. The suspected Mai-Mai militiamen had reportedly been armed with firearms and knives. Approximately 20 suspects entered the Church and demanded cash from the members of the Church. The army has responded and is expected to undergo investigations regarding the escaped suspected militiamen.
ESWATINI – 18 APR 2022
- LAVUMISA – 18 APR 2022 (10H20) Protest expected in the vicinity of the Lavumisa Border Posts from 10H00 on Tuesday, 19 April 2022. The People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) will be embarking on a protest in support to participate in the border blockade under the theme #MswatiMustFall. Demonstrators will be calling for the release of pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, and other detained political members. The demonstrators have vowed to hold a Swaziland Border Blockade. Several political parties, such as the United eSwatini Diaspora organisation, National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) and the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS), will participate in the demonstration, amongst others. Motorists have been advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be deployed to the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 18 APR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 18 APR 2022 (11H40) The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has reaffirmed ownership of the disputed Fashaga district located between Ethiopia and Sudan. This follows a recent meeting between Sudan’s acting Foreign Minister Ali Al-Sadiq and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Hanna Tetteh. During the meeting, the Minister noted that negotiations and dialogue are expected to be held with Ethiopian authorities with the aim of resolving the dispute. The border area between Sudan and Ethiopia has experienced increasing tensions between the two countries since September 2020.
- ADDIS ABABA – 18 APR 2022 (12H00) Ethiopia has repatriated an estimated 348 citizens from Saudi Arabia today, 18 April 2022. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the Ethiopian Government has set up a national committee formed from 16 Government agencies to repatriate its citizens that have been in a difficult situation in Saudi Arabia. The 348 Ethiopians, who have arrived in Addis Ababa, are part of the repatriation program being carried out by the Government. The Government planned to repatriate about 102,000 of its citizens from Saudi Arabia over the next seven to 11 months.
- ADDIS ABABA – 18 APR 2022 (12H15) A high-level Ethiopian task force led by Ethiopian Economic Commission (EIC) and various Government sectors held a visit to Turkey. The visit is part of Ethiopia’s drive to accelerate economic growth and create jobs anchored on the active participation of the private sector. According to EIC, Ethiopia is working to create a new and more comprehensive policy on the operation and regulation of Special Economic Zones.
- ADDIS ABABA – 18 APR 2022 (12H30) An Ethiopian high delegation led by the Finance Minister, Ahmed Shide, arrived in Washington District of Columbia (DC) today, 18 April 2022, to attend the meeting of the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Ethiopian Ambassador to the United States (US), Fitsum Arega, has stated that the delegation undertook final preparation for the bilateral and multilateral consultations with officials and representatives of the international monetary organisations. This comes as the 2022 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) will take place from Monday, 18 April 2022, until Sunday, 24 April 2022.
GHANA – 18 APR 2022
- ACCRA – 18 APR 2022 (13H40) Ghanaian Police have announced the arrests of six suspects accused of organising several robberies, including carjacking incidents, in the Greater Accra and Central Regions. The arrests reportedly follow the launch of a targeted intelligence-led operation initiated on 15 April 2022 at various locations in the Greater Accra and Central Regions. The suspects had reportedly been arrested at multiple locations across the two regions. Police have released a statement indicating that the six suspects have confirmed their involvement in various robberies during Police questioning. The suspects are currently in Police custody, assisting with investigations. Police have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring public safety through the continuation of operations aimed at eradicating criminal elements from the country.
- NSAWAM – 18 APR 2022 (15H30) Protest reported on Nsawam Road in Ghana’s Nsawam town, capital of the Nsawam-Adoagyire Municipal District. Community members have staged a protest against forced evictions in the area. Demonstrators are obstructing the roadway to traffic. This follows after authorities recently demolished more than 12 illegal structures occupied by Nsawam residents. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities are on the scene.
KENYA -18 APR 2022
- AWACH – 18 APR 2022 (11H00) Residents in the vicinity of Nyakach in the Kisumu county held a protest on Sunday, 17 April 2022, over cattle theft. Local sources have indicated that the residents barricaded the road in the Holo area to Kisii town to protest the perennial cattle rustling in Nyakach. The demonstrations follow after an unknown number of cattle rustlers raided a residence in the Ramogi area in the Sigoti village and stole cattle on Saturday evening, 16 April 2022. The demonstrators have accused the Police officers at the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) camp of being incompetent. However, the County Police Commander, Alphonse Kimathi, had deployed officers to the scene to restore order within the community and carry out investigations.
- NGONYEK – 18 APR 2022 (13H00) Protest reported outside the Yuya primary school in Ngonyek. The Forum for the Restoration of Democracy–Kenya (FORD–Kenya) Supporters are protesting over the missing voting cards outside the school. Police have been deployed to the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
LESOTHO – 18 APR 2022
- BUTHA-BUTHE – 18 APR 2022 (16H10) Diamond mining company Storm Mountain Diamonds Pty has taken legal action against the Lesotho National General Insurance Company (LNIG) for allegedly refusing to provide compensation for losses incurred when forced to halt production during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. The company is reportedly seeking M65,9 million as compensation for loss of production and earnings. This follows after Lesotho’s Government imposed a full lockdown in 2020 as part of response efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Storm Mountain Diamonds, which operates the Kao Mine in Butha-Buthe, has stated that it incurred additional operational costs in order to implement COVID-19 safety measures, which included the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE).
MADAGASCAR – 18 APR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 18 APR 2022 (06H15) Ethiopian Airlines has announced that flight resumptions will commence between Antananarivo and Addis Ababa on 23 April 2022. The airline has stated that the flight schedule will be twice a week and gradually increase to five times a week. Meanwhile, Kenyan Airways will resume its regular passenger services from Nairobi to Antananarivo on 25 April 2022. This follows an announcement made by the Minister of Digital Development, Digital Transformation, Posts and Telecommunications, Harry Laurent Rahajason, during a press briefing.
- ANTANANARIVO – 18 APR 2022 (07H00) Madagascar has requested its participation in the spring meeting of the Bretton Woods institutions in Washington, Western United States, scheduled to take place from 18 April 2022 until 24 April 2022. The Spokesperson for the President of the Republic and Director of Communication to the Presidency, Lova Hasinirina Ranoromaro, has further denied the accusations, according to which Madagascar was summoned by the leaders of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ranoromaro has stated that the plan includes priority projects in infrastructure rehabilitation, including roads in areas affected by cyclones, particularly the agricultural sector. Rajoelina has further pleaded to benefit from the Green Fund.
MALAWI – 18 APR 2022
- DOWA – 18 APR 2022 (11H45) Dowa Police have confirmed the arrests of two suspects accused of theft in connection to damaged railway line materials. Dowa Police Station Spokesperson Gladson M’bumpha has stated that the two suspects had recently been arrested at the Chisonga village, Chiwere, located in the Dowa District. Community policing members reportedly conducted patrols within the area when noticing the suspects’ motor vehicle next to the railway line. The authorities reported the matter to officials from Central East African Railways (CEAR) before approaching the suspects. Upon arrival, CEAR authorities barricaded the roadway to render it impassable to the suspects. The suspects noticed the authorities and attempted to flee the scene. During the incident, four suspects escaped, and two had successfully been arrested. Officers also confiscated 11 bags of Padrol Slips that are used to secure the railway line. M’bumpha has noted that investigations are underway in an attempt to locate and apprehend the remaining four suspects.
- LILONGWE – 18 APR 2022 (17H45) President Lazarus Chakwera has announced the suspension of all public engagements. This follows the recent death of the President’s sister due to undisclosed circumstances. The President will resume public engagements after his sister’s burial, which will take place on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, at Manase Village in Mika, Dowa District.
MOZAMBIQUE -18 APR 2022
- MAPUTO – 18 APR 2022 (10H30) The African Development Bank (AfDB) in Mozambique will disburse $46 million to support communities affected by tropical cyclones, Idai and Kenneth, which occurred in Mozambique in 2019. The Executive Director of the Office for Reconstruction, Luís Mandlate, has stated that the support will benefit communities in the provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambézia and Tete in central Mozambique, as well as Nampula and Cabo Delegado in the north of the country. The amount will support 40,000 families living in agriculture until 2023. The purpose of the Post-Cyclone Reconstruction Office Idai and Kenneth is to strengthen the livelihoods of families by assisting producers with agricultural supplies.
- MAPUTO – 18 APR 2022 (14H15) The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) team in Mozambique, in collaboration with Government authorities, is currently conducting inspection visits to communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Gombe. During the visits, teams are expected to assess the extent of damages and losses in agriculture livelihoods incurred during the adverse weather conditions in the region. This aims to allow authorities to inform agricultural response interventions to provide necessary assistance to affected communities.
- VILANKULOS – 18 APR 2022 (16H40) Mozambique’s Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) has announced the resumption of direct flights between Vilankulo and Johannesburg, South Africa. LAM has stated that the scheduled passenger flight services are expected to be operated twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Under a recently signed cooperation agreement, the flights are set to be operated in financial partnership with CemAir.
- MAPUTO – 18 APR 2022 (16H20) The National Institute of Meteorology (INASM) has issued an adverse weather warning for increased rainfall and thunderstorms to affect residents within the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane from Monday, 18 April 2022. INASM has stated that areas within the Maputo province that are expected to be worst affected include the Marracuene, Magude and Manhiça districts. In Gaza, the districts of Mandlakazi, Chongoene, Limpopo, Chibuto, Guijá, Bilene and Chókwè are expected to be affected most. In Inhambane province, the Jangamo, Inharrime and Zavala districts are expected to experience heavy rain. INAM has urged residents in affected areas to avoid unnecessary travel and take appropriate safety and precautionary measures.
- MAPUTO – 18 APR 2022 (17H00) Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Olegário Banze announced that two million foot-and-mouth vaccines are expected to be imported annually from Botswana. President Filipe Nyusi signed the agreement on the livestock sector cooperation during his three-day visit to Mozambique. Banze stated that the agreement aims to increase production and productivity in the livestock sector.
NIGERIA – 18 APR 2022
- ABUJA – 18 APR 2022 (02H50) Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have announced the results of operation Lake Sanity. The Operation consisted of MNJTF troops from Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon. Reports indicate that approximately 100 suspected Boko Haram members have been fatally injured during the Operation, including ten commanders. The members followed an intelligence-driven airstrike in the Lake Chad region. During the Operation, members also raided insurgents’ dens in Zanari, Arina Woje and several other locations. Officers allegedly confiscated a 105 mm artillery piece, several canoes/boats, motorcycles, and bikes, in addition to destroying several Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) making factories and bunkers. Additionally, Grains, fuel dumps, illicit narcotics and others have been recovered.
- AREGE – 18 APR 2022 (14H40) Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Spokesperson Muhammad Dole announced the neutralisation of 10 Boko Haram Commanders and over 100 terrorists. This follows the launch of a Joint Task Force operation in and around the Lake Chad area. Dole further stated that 18 soldiers and one Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) member have been killed and several fabrication workshops destroyed during the incident. MNJTF Force Commander Major General Abdul Ibrahim stated that further Military operations are ongoing with the aim of eradicating all terrorists from the Lake Chad area.
- LAGOS – 18 APR 2022 (15H20) The Lagos State Government has announced the indefinite closure of all Chrisland schools following the emergence of video footage depicting the alleged sexual assault of a pupil from the Chrisland School, Victoria Garden City (VGC), Lagos. The Lagos State Police Command has also announced that it has commenced an investigation into the matter. The incident reportedly occurred during a school trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The State Government has stated that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police. In the interim, all Chrisland schools within the Lagos State are closed pending further investigations.
- CALABAR – 18 APR 2022 (17H25) Cross River State authorities have announced that more than 463 houses in three Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State have been destroyed during recent windstorms in the region. The adverse weather conditions have reportedly affected more than 1,326 households in the Obudu, Yala, and Ogoja LGAs. National Emergency Management Agency Zonal Coordinator Godwin Tepikor has stated that an emergency response team is assessing the affected areas alongside Council officials and youths from the communities.
RWANDA – 18 APR 2022
- KIGALI – 18 APR 2022 (08H30) Rwanda and Angola have signed nine cooperation agreements in various sectors. This follows after the Angolan Minister of External Relations, Tete Antonio, held a visit to Kigali to discuss bilateral relations with Rwandan delegates. The two countries have agreed on strengthening cooperation, including agriculture and livestock, local administration, health, as well as mineral resources, oil and gas, trade and investment, among others. The two countries also agreed on double taxation avoidance, extradition, legal assistance, and transfer of convicted persons. As well as, Rwandans travelling to Angola will not be required to have visas under a new agreement. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, has stated that the two countries agreed that visas for diplomatic service passports as well as the ordinary passports for Rwandans visiting Angola had been removed.
- KIGALI – 18 APR 2022 (12H10) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has denounced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recently announced intentions to transfer asylum seekers from the United Kingdom (UK) to Rwanda. The UNHCR has stated that the plans are a breach of international law, noting that attempts to shift responsibility for refugee status claims are inappropriate. This follows recent reports indicating that UK Home Secretary Priti Patel issued a Ministerial direction to launch the policy amid concerns from Home Office civil servants. More than 160 charities and campaign groups have also called on the UK Government to suspend the plan, while opposition parties have also denounced the policy. The Government has indicated that the first flights are expected to commence within the following week.
- KIGALI – 18 APR 2022 (13H25) The Rwanda National Police (RNP) has initiated the rotation of its Formed Police Unit-One (RWAFPU-1), serving under the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Authorities have stated that a cohort of 80 officers under an RWAFPU-1 contingent of 240 officers have departed Kigali International Airport for a one-year tour of duty. The rotation is expected to be conducted in three phases. Rwanda FPU-1 operates in South Sudan’s Malakal region, Upper Nile State. This is the seventh rotation of RWAFPU-1 since its maiden deployment in 2015. Rwanda FPU-1 is responsible for ensuring the security of South Sudanese nationals who fled armed conflicts and currently reside in the Protection of Civilian (PoC) camp in Malakal. Additional duties include patrols, escorts, and supporting the UN Police capacity development in South Sudan.
- KIGALI – 18 APR 2022 (14H20) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a contribution of $5,5 million from the United States (US) to provide money transfers to refugees residing in the five displaced person camps in Rwanda. This funding, which is being transferred through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, is in addition to an earlier contribution of $4 million. The funding is expected to allow the WFP to provide 114,153 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi with essential nutrition support in the form of cash transfers. However, WFP Representative and Country Director Edith Heines have stated that the Programme still requires an additional $9,8 million to provide full rations to all registered refugees living in camps in Rwanda until December 2022.
TANZANIA -18 APR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 18 APR 2022 (08H00) Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to officiate the launching of the premier Royal Tour documentary film for the promotion and marketing of Tanzania’s tourism in the world today, 18 April 2022, in New York. The documentary is set to promote Tanzania’s tourism position among other African destinations to the global audience and then raise travel and tourism awareness for recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after the United States (US) Vice President Kamala Harris and President Hassan welcomed the investment of nearly US$1 billion from American companies in Tanzania’s tourism and energy sectors.
ZAMBIA – 18 APR 2022
- LUSAKA – 18 APR 2022 (12H40) Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced the arrival of the recently appointed Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Du Xiaohui. Upon arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka, Ambassador Du has been welcomed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director of the Department of Development Cooperation and International Organisations, Sylvester Mundanda, Lai Bo, Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy and other Embassy Officers. During a brief speech at the Airport, Ambassador Du reaffirmed China’s continued commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Zambia and upholding China-Africa cooperation proposed by President Xi Jinping.
ZIMBABWE – 18 APR 2022
- HARARE – 18 APR 2022 (06H40) Zimbabwe is expected to observe Independence Day as a public holiday today, 18 April 2022. The holiday marks independence from the United Kingdom (UK) on 18 April 1980 and is also known as the National Day of Zimbabwe. Independence Day’s main celebrations are expected to be held at the Natural History Museum, as well as various other sites in Bulawayo, with the aim of marketing the tourism and cultural heritage attractions in the area. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to lead the event under the theme of Promoting National Unity, Devolution and Decentralisation.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 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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