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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 18 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 18 MAR 2022.
- LUANDA – 18 MAR 2022 (13H00) Protest expected by Angolan State University Professor on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at 13H00. The march is set to start at the Humanities Faculty of Agostinho Neto University and is due to end in front of the Finance Ministry in the city centre. The Professors are protesting regarding salary increases, better working conditions, payment of public debt and elections for the governing bodies of state higher education institutions. The professors have requested a salary equivalent to $2,000 for trainee assistant professors and $5,000 for full-time professors. The Police have been notified of the protest and are expected to provide security during the event. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 18 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 18 MAR 2022 (01H20) The United States (US) has imposed sanctions on gold refiner Alain Goetz an allegations relating to the illicit movement of gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The US State Department has stated that the move underscores the US’s commitment to disrupt the illegal minerals trade in the DRC as it threatens the peace, security and stability in the Great Lakes region. Alain Goetz and companies operating under his lead reportedly trade gold sourced from regions controlled by armed groups engaged in conflict in the DRC. The Department has stated that these armed groups are known to engage in armed conflict with DRC security forces and attack civillians in addition to being implicated in various atrocities. This follows as Goetz previously stood convicted in 2020 in Belgium for money laundering and fraud in connection with gold trade. The US has reiterated its continued commitment to the DRC Government’s efforts to address and prevent corruption, promote ecnomic growth, and enance peace and security.
ESWATINI – 18 MAR 2022
- ESWATINI – HHOHHO – MBABANE – 18 MAR 2022 (10H05) Protest reported at Mbabane square by Swaziland Rural Women’s Assembly. The Protestors are marching towards the Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku’s Office to petition for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) to be considered a National disaster. This follows as one in every three women of eSwatini are experiencing forms of GBV. Motorists are advised to make use of alternative routes.
ETHIOPIA- 18 MAR 2022
- MEKELLE – 18 MAR 2022 (03H00) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced an update on the Federal Government’s ongoing humanitarian efforts in the country’s Tigray region. The Ministry has stated that 20 trucks transporting food aid and three trucks carrying fuel tankers have been deployed from Semera to Mekelle on 17 March 2022. Efforts are reportedly underway to increase the number of trucks moving to Tigray on a daily basis to 40 in a bid to maximise humanitarian response and address the primary needs of displaced groups in the region. In addition, 17 humanitarian partners have recently received approval to transport medical and nutritional supplies to the Tigray region. To date, more than 11 partners have transported an estimated 257,192 kilograms (kg) of medical and nutritional supplies to Mekelle. The Government has further reiterated its commitment to address the humanitarian conditions in the Tigray region.
- ADDIS ABABA – 18 MAR 2022 (15H30) The Ministry of Finance has announced that the Government has postponed the partial privatization of Ethio Telecom. This follows the implementation of the Homegrown Economic Reform Program, involving the framework for privatization of public enterprises under the Public Enterprises Privatization Proclamation No. 1206/2020. The Government had proposed to sell 40% of the Ethio Telecom equity share capital. The Ministry stated that it had postponed the privatization process due to recent developments and fast-moving macroeconomic changes globally and from a country’s perspective. The Government has pledged to finalize the privatization process with existing and additional parties that have expressed interest in due course.
GHANA – 18 MAR 2022
- ACCRA – 18 MAR 2022 (12H00) Ghana is finalising an agreement with Germany to export nurses. The Chief Executive Officer of the Middle Belt Development Authority (MBDA), Joe Danquah, has stated that the agreement is expected to provide German health professionals with the opportunity to offer in-service training for nominated Ghanaian nurses. The MBDA has elected the Nations Human Resource Development building as their priority. Danquah has stated that the social intervention program is expected to focus on job creation and poverty reduction. Furthermore, MBDA’s operational area is expected to benefit an estimated 1,000 young people due to direct and indirect job creation.
KENYA – 18 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 17 MAR 2022 (20H00) President Uhuru Kenyatta has held discussions with Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Forfar, who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi. Edward Ccommended Kenyatta for his commitment to supporting the needs of the youth around the world through the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. The award, founded in 1956 by the late Price Phillip, allows young individuals between 14 to 24 access to a global framework that empowers them o learn and grow through non-formal education while working towards a globally recognized accreditation.
- NAIROBI – 18 MAR 2022 (06H10) Chinese Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, is expected to visit Nairobi in Kenya today, 18 March 2022, until Monday, 21 March 2022. This comes after Bing had assumed his post in January 2022. Bing is expected to hold a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta and later with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo during his visit. Bing will also meet the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Macharia Kamau and thereafter engage and consult other stakeholders and practitioners of peace and security.
- NAIROBI – 18 MAR 2022 (17H00) The Principal Secretary in the State Department of Interior and Citizen Services, Karanja Kibicho, has announced the reshuffle of six county commissioners. The development comes nearly a month after Kibicho announced the reshuffling of 132 Deputy County Commissioners (DCC). Jim Nyaga Njoka has been transfered from Kirinyaga to Siaya. Muhumed Mohamed Barre has been assigned to Nyeri from Siaya. Wilson Opwora Wanyanga and Joshua Muriungi Nkanatha have been moved from Kiambu and Kajiado respectively. Abdulla Galgalo Hiddi has been moved from Nyeri to the Office of the President headquarters. Moses Mutunga Ivuto has been promoted from Senior Deputy County Commissioner 1 in Kirinyaga West Sub-County to county commissioner in the county. The officers have been released to report to their new stations immediately.
LESOTHO – 18 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 17 MAR 2022 (20H30) The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has met with the European Union (EU) Observation and Exploration Mission to engage in support to Lesotho. The meeting focused on governance and peace building, including elections and National Reforms.
- MAZENOD – 18 MAR 2022 (06H20) The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that King Letsie III is scheduled to depart the country through the Moshoeshoe I International Airport to travel to South Africa for a one-day official visit at 08H10 today, 18 March 2022. The Office has stated that King Letsie III is expected to conduct an official one-day working visit to South Africa and engage in bilateral talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa during his stay.
MADAGASCAR – 18 MAR 2022
- VONTOVORONA – 18 MAR 2022 (16H15) Two students of the Polytechnic Higher Scool of Vontovorana have been arrested for several charges following demonstrations. The students have been charged for several accounts, including assault and protesting without authorization.
MALAWI – 18 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 18 MAR 2022 (10H10) Malawi is expected to launch the mass vaccination campaign against Poliomyelitis (Polio) on Monday, 21 March 2022. This follows after Malawi Officials discovered a case of Polio in Lilongwe. The mass vaccination campaign is expected to include the four neighbouring countries, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, in addition to Zimbabwe, which is expected to join in May and June. The campaign is expected to distribute the vaccines door to door for four days, repeated four times. The campaign’s first four-day journey is expected to vaccinate 9,4 million children. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) Acting Country Representative for Malawi stated that the campaign is set on delivering oral Polio vaccines to children under the age of 5. Kayita has stated that they are attempting to alert the public of their plans to ensure parents cooperate with the vaccination teams. Eleven surveillance sites have been established in four Malawian cities to detect the virus earlier.
MOZAMBIQUE – 18 MAR 2022
- LUNGA – 18 MAR 2022 (04H20) The National Institute for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction (INGD) has confirmed 53 total fatalities following the effects of Tropical Storm Gombe in Mozambique. This follows after 31 additional deaths had recently been confirmed in the administrative post of Lunga in the Nampula province’s Mossuril district. An additional two deaths have also been registered in the neighbouring Zambezia province. State Secretary for Nampula, Mety Gondola, has stated that several roads in the region have been rendered impassable due to ongoing flooding. Gondola has further stated that rescue operations are continuing in the most affected districts, including Mogincual, Ilha de Mozambique, Monapo and Mossuril, in Nampula. The province of Nampula has 26 transit centres, which currently accommodate 14,843 people affected by the cyclone. The INGD has stated that the number of people affected by the cyclone is estimated at 400,175, with approximately 74,952 houses destroyed.
NIGERIA – 18 MAR 2022
- IKEJA – 17 MAR 2022 (19H30) The Lagos State Government has announced the deployment of a team comprised of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Parks Monitoring Committee, Removal of Abandoned Vehicle Committee, and Ministry of Transportation Taskforce of the state. The team is expected to be deployed to the identified traffic checkpoints within the metropolis to ease traffic. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation Oluwatoyin Fayinka stated that the deployed team aims to reduce traffic for improved travel time.
- LAGOS – 17 MAR 2022 (19H45) Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, and leading Pan-African Payments Company Cellulant have announced a partnership to extend payment services for merchants and consumers across 19 vital African countries where UBA operates. These countries include Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Mozambique. Cellulant has processed over US$15bn in gross value payments. This follows after Cellulants payments platform Tingg has been made available through 120 banks. The partnership is expected to reach the continent and allow merchants and consumers in a shared network to enjoy streamlined digital payments services.
- KUBWA – 18 MAR 2022 (14H25) The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Bukwa has suspended the ruling preventing the All Progressives Congress APC national convention scheduled for 26 March 2022. The Court had earlier issued an order requesting the party to suspend the planned national convention. A member of APC, Salisu Umaru, applied to the Court seeking suspension of the convention.
RWANDA – 18 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 18 MAR 2022 (09H10) The High Court Specialized Chamber of International and Cross Border Crimes has convicted Jean Baptiste Mugimba for complicity in the 1994 genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide. Following the convictions, the Rwanda High Court charged Mugimba with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, and murder and extermination as crimes against humanity. The Prosecution reported that Mugimba had Interahamwe Militia members at his rallies regarding planned attacks. The High court of Rwanda has decreased the sentencing of Mugimba to an estimated 25 years in jail for his cooperation with the courts.
- KIGALI – 18 MAR 2022 (16H00) President Paul Kagame has received Chadian President Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno and Chad’s Transitional Military Council chairman following their arrival in Rwanda for a two day State visit. Rwanda and Chad aim to strengthen bilateral ties in various sectors, including economic and security matters.
TANZANIA – 18 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 18 MAR 2022 (13H40) The United States (US) and Tanzania Special Forces Soldiers conclude an eight-week Combined Exchange Training (JCET) today, 18 March 2022. The Ceremony is held at the Peacekeeping Operations Center in Kuduchi. The training aims to strengthen skills marksmanship, medical treatment, unit maneuver, the Law of Armed Conflict, and the preservation of human rights in combat.
ZAMBIA – 18 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 18 MAR 2022 (06H00) President Hakainde Hichilema has declared Friday, 18 March 2022, a Public Holiday to facilitate a 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. Members of the public are advised that attendance to the State Funeral Church Service at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross is strictly by invitation, while the Burial Ceremony at the Presidential Burial Site will be held private restricted to family members and guests. Institutions that provide essential services are requested to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to avoid a disruption in the provision of such services.
- LUSAKA – 18 MAR 2022 (07H50) Travelling routes directly from Ndola to Mansa has been established. The route is set to be active on Tuesdays and Thursdays using the British Aerospace Jetstream aircraft priced between approximately R2000 to R6000. Captain Walubita has stated that establishing the new route is expected to increase the facilitation of tourism and increase trade.
ZIMBABWE – 18 MAR 2022
- BULAWAYO – 17 MAR 2022 (19H00) Bulawayo Police have announced the arrests of a South African national and two Zimbabweans on allegations of being in posession of smuggled vehicles. The vehicles include two Toyota Hilux GD6 twin cabs and a Toyota Fortuner GD6 with a combined value of approximately R2 million. The three suspects have been arrested in Bulawayo for allegedly smuggling vehicles from South Africa into Zimbabwe. Police Spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube has stated that one person had been detained after patrol officers identified a South African registered vehicle and discovered irregularities after assessing the driver’s registration papers. The detained suspect led the officers to the other two accomplaces. Further investigations into the matter are underway.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 MAR 2022
- LUANDA: Protest expected by Angolan State University Professor on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at 13H00.
- LILONGWE: Malawi is expected to launch the mass vaccination campaign against Poliomyelitis (Polio) on Monday, 21 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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