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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 18 MAY 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 18 MAY 2022
- LUANDA – 17 MAY 2022 (23H40) The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Angola (CCIA) and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) have jointly launched the Namibia-Angola Business Forum. The Forum is expected to allow the establishment of a business network between the two countries. The launch follows after a formalisation agreement had been concluded in Luanda in February 2022, during the Namibia Trade and Investment Mission to the Republic of Angola.
- LUANDA – 18 MAY 2022 (08H20) Angolan Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Egidio Sousa Santos, requested the teachers and students of the Institutio Superior Tecnico Militar (ISTM) increase their skills and valence. This follows the announcement made by Santos during the opening of the VI Scientific Conference of the ISTM on Tuesday, 17 May 2022, noting that the institution requires an increased scientific capacity from its staff. The conference is expected to address the contribution of electrical engineering to the development of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), Information and Communication Technology in the FAA and the Mechanical Engineering and the Development of the FAA. Further, Santos requested the ISTM to contribute to the development of scientific research via the establishment of universities and business partnerships with National and International entities.
BOTSWANA – 18 MAY 2022
- GABORONE – 18 MAY 2022 (11H00) Vice President (VP) Slumber Tsogwane is expected to arrive in Botswana at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. This follows after the VP Tsogwane travelled to Mozambique to visit the Botswana Contingencies deployed to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). The VP has been accompanied by the Minister of Defence and Security Kagiso, Minister of Foreign Affairs Lemogang Gaokgakala Kwape and others. Additionally, the VP’s delegation included Private media entities.
DEM. REP. CONGO -18 MAY 2022
- GOMA – 17 MAY 2022 (22H30) Microsoft Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)-based mini-grid solar developer, Nuru. Microsoft has also made a second investment in the Peace Renewable Energy Credits (P-RECs) linked to a solar project in the DRC. The agreement has been facilitated by the climate solutions provider, 3Degrees. Microsoft’s initial P-REC investment financed the installation of public lighting connected to Nuru’s 1,3 megawatt (MW) solar mini-grid in the Ndosho neighbourhood of Goma. The second agreement is expected to directly contribute to financing Nuru’s new 3,7 MW solar metro grid in Goma and expand the initial project in Ndosho by supporting first-time electricity connections for residences, businesses, and social institutions. These projects are expected to establish one of the largest off-grid mini-grids operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, benefitting more than 125,000 people by increasing the average electricity rate from 3% to approximately 20%. Nuru aims to install an additional 14 MW of renewable energy infrastructure in the DRC by 2023.
ESWATINI – 18 MAY 2022
- MBABANE – 18 MAY 2022 (13H55) Planned service disruptions expected in areas of eSwatini on 19 May 2022 and 20 May 2022 between approximately 09H00 and 16H00. The areas to be affected on 19 May 2022 include Lonhlupheko, Martin, Malindza Primary and High schools, Mahlabane and others. Additionally, the affected areas on 20 May 2022 include Manyisa, Nkoyoyo, Dvumbe, Dvumbe Primary school and others. The Public is advised to treat all outlets as lived during maintenance as power may be restored ahead of schedule.
ETHIOPIA- 18 MAY 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 18 MAY 2022 (02H30) The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has decreased the alert status for several regions in Ethiopia from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 2. This follows after the DFA previously placed Ethiopia under Alert Level 4 due to the escalation of the insecurity situation and civil unrest between Tigrayan forces and the Ethiopian Government. The Department has stated that, with effect from today, 18 May 2022, Oromia, including the cities of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa, Somali, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), Gambella, Harari and South-West regions, have been decreased to Alert Level 2. The Alert Level 2 status indicates significant threats to life, security, and property of Filipinos arising from an internal disturbance or external threat to the host country. The DFA advises Filipinos in these areas to limit non-essential movements, avoid public places, and prepare for possible evacuation. The regions of Tigray, Afar, Amhara and Benishangul-Gumuz in northern Ethiopia remain under Alert Level 4.
GHANA – 18 MAY 2022
- ACCRA – 18 MAY 2022 (10H15) The Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Abdulai Abanga, announced the construction of 46 Drainage projects in the Greater Accra Region to address increased flooding in the area set to be completed in May 2023. The project’s construction is set to form part of the National Flood Control Programme of 2020. Furthermore, the construction is set to be valued at approximately GH¢250 million and includes the construction of drains, desilting and excavation work. Additionally, the project is set to include sand traps to prevent sand from filling the drains. Acting Director of the Hydrological Services Department noted that 21 projects amounting to an estimated GH¢50 million are expected to be re-awarded following the failure of contractors to commence work on the sites. The projects are sited at flooding hotspots, including Kaneshie First Light, Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange, Weija Gicel, Santa Maria, Madina, and others. Head of Drainage, Hydrological Services Department, Richard Amekoh, stated that approximately 700 metres of underground drainage are set to be constructed at the Obetsebi Lamptey Interchange to connect with the drainage constructed under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated project (GARID).
- NKORANZA – 18 MAY 2022 (15H00) A Police delegation from Accra is holding a meeting at the Nkoranza District Police station in Nkoranza, Bono East region, today, 18 May 2022, regarding clashes at the Police station. The delegation is led by Commissioner of Police (COP) Tetteh Yehuno. The delegation is also expected to visit the Omanhene of the Nkoranza Traditional Area, Nana Kwame Baffoe, at his private residence. This follows after community members clashed with Police regarding the alleged killing of Albert Donkor in Police custody on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.
- ACCRA – 18 APR 2022 (15H20) The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has urged the Executive, Parliament and the Ministry of Interior to establish an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). This follows as the CHRI noted the recent increase in attacks by Ghana Police Service (GPS) officers are allegedly due to the absence of an IPCC. Additionally, the request follows after the alleged killing of Albert Donkor in Nkoronza. The IPCC is expected to investigate issues independently without the Ghana Police’s internal investigations unit. The Police Professional Standards Bureau (PPSB) of the GPS stated that they are investigating the death of a robbery suspect at Nkoranza. Furthermore, the PPSB has launched an investigation to identify whether the operation has been carried out according to the Standard Operating Procedure of the service.
- ACCRA – 18 MAY 2022 (15H25) The Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, has issued an alert of expected terrorist attacks on Ghana. Kan-Dapaah appealed for heightened vigilance in areas of mass gatherings, especially places of worship. Kan-Dapaah stated that Ghana’s immediate neighbours have all experienced terror attacks and recognise that Ghana remains a target. Kan-Dapaah assured residents that the security forces are on high alert for any signs of terrorist attacks.
- NKORANZA – 18 MAY 2022 (16H10) The Ghana Police Services (GPS) has announced the launch of a search operation in the Nkoranza area for escaped suspects. This follows after the attack protesting the death of Albert Donkor at the Nkoranza Police Station. During the incident, reports indicated the death of a person and the injuries of several others. Furthermore, approximately six suspects in GPS custody escaped during the time of the incident. The GPS is expected to deploy additional officers in the Nkoranza area to increase the safety and security of civilians.
KENYA -18 MAY 2022
- NAIROBI – 18 MAY 2022 (11H05) The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has announced that the Green Park Terminus is set to start operations on Tuesday, 24 May 2022. Furthermore, Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) operating on the Ngong and Argwings Kodhek roads are expected to pick and drop passengers at the Green Park Bus Terminal. The following operations to relocate are set to be the Matatus on Lang’ata road on 27 May 2022. The NMS noted that the Terminus is expected to accommodate approximately 300 vehicles at once and 20,000 a day. The Terminus hosts a Police station, a level 2 hospital, restaurants, a supermarket and a parking bay for Boda-Boda operators, in addition to a vehicle service bay.
- RUIRU – 18 MAY 2022 (17H35) Kiambu County Commissioner Joshua Nkanatha announced that an unknown number of people are trapped inside a collapsed building in Ruiru, Kiambu County. Nkanatha stated that the building was in the process of being demolished by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) when officials noticed people screaming. Nkanatha stated that th building was expected to be demolished today 18 May 2022 to pave way for the expansion of the Eastern Bypass. Nkanatha stated that a rescue operation is currently in progress.
MADAGASCAR – 18 MAY 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 18 MAY 2022 (17H15) Supreme Revolutionary Council (SRC) Commander Thaina Ravelomanana announced the release of former Minister of Culture, Vaonolary Ramahatodisolomanana. Ravelomanana stated that Ramahatodisolomanana was relieved of her position back in 2019 on accusations of allegedly issuing bad checks to service providers. Ravelomanana stated that the Prosecutor’s office granted provisional release to Ramahatodisolomanana until her trial starts on 28 June 2022.
MALAWI – 18 MAY 2022
- BLANTYRE – 17 MAY 2022 (21H30) The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has denounced recent incidents of violence against Police officers along the Chipembere Highway in Blantyre. This follows after Police authorities issued a warning regarding an incident during which a driver struck three officers with a motor vehicle after the authorities instructed the suspect to pay a fine for defying the speed limit. The suspect reportedly injured the officers and damaged a mounted speed trap device. Deputy Police Spokesperson Harry Namwaza has stated that the MPS has cautioned motorists that individuals found to be involved in the contravention of road safety rules and regulations shall be subject to further legal action. The suspect has since been arrested on allegations of intending to cause grievous harm and malicious damage.
- LILONGWE – 18 MAY 2022 (05H00) The Concerned Citizens of Malawi union is expected to conduct vigils at the Parliament Building today, 18 May 2022. Participants are set to host the demonstration to call for the removal of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director-General Martha Chizuma. Redson Munlo Chairperson stated that the members are set to hold the vigils until the ACB Director has been removed and a new ACB Director-General has been elected. The demonstration follows after the union previously provided President Lazarus Chakwera with several days to remove Chizuma, which lapsed on Monday, 16 May 2022. The Police and District Councils have been informed of the planned demonstration.
- LILONGWE – 18 MAY 2022 (09H00) Vice President Saulos Chilima from the United Transformation Movement (UTM) is set to be investigated by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) regarding an alleged tax evasion case. This follows after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) received intelligence that the UTM is alleged to have committed tax evasion when they acquired 44 vehicles valued at approximately K3 billion. Further, the member who provided the ACB with intelligence addressed the matter to the MRA in a letter dated 13 May 2022, in which he requested to probe investigations on the UTM’s source of income for the vehicles and the amount of tax paid. This comes after the UTM received queries regarding the procurement of eight Toyota Hilux vehicles and a bus in 2021.
- BLANTYRE – 18 MAY 2022 (10H35) Service disruption expected in areas of Mangochi on Thursday, 19 May 2022. The disruption follows due to maintenance works on the 66kV Golomoti to Monkey Bay Overhead line from approximately 07H00 until 17H00. The affected areas include Monkey Bay, Maldeco, Nkopola, Makokola and others. The Public is advised to treat all outlets as lived during maintenance as power may be restored before 17H00.
- BLANTYRE – 18 MAY 2022 (12H00) Expected service disruption in areas of Blantyre on Friday, 20 May 2022. The disruption is expected to follow due to maintenance works from approximately 08H00 until 16H00. The affected areas include Chemusa, Likhubula, Chirimba and others. The Public is advised to treat all outlets as lived during maintenance as power may be restored ahead of schedule.
- LILONGWE – 18 MAY 2022 (12H45) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address Malawians on the second anniversary of his election, 23 June 2022. Chakwera is expected to address the members requesting his resignation due to him not meeting the requirements he promised during his presidential running in 2020. The announcement follows Chakwera’s development Rally in Mchinji on 17 May 2022. During the rally, Chakwera noted that he is set to showcase the development projects implemented by the Government from Nsanje to Chitipa during his Presidency. Additionally, Chakwera is expected to discuss the implementation of the 2063 vision, a 10-year plan, a three-year plan and one year plan.
MOZAMBIQUE -18 MAY 2022
- MAPUTO – 18 MAY 2022 (01H40) The European Union (EU) has announced plans to invest €65 million in 2022 toward development projects in various areas of northern Mozambique affected by the armed insurgency. EU Ambassador to Mozambique, António Gaspar, has stated that the investment is expected to support resilience, infrastructure, water, and other programs that are expected to be implemented in the Cabo Delgado Niassa and Nampula provinces. Ambassador Gaspar further noted that the projects are currently being discussed in ongoing dialogue with the Mozambican Government.
NIGERIA – 18 MAY 2022
- ABUJA – 17 MAY 2022 (19H15) Service disruptions are expected on the Abuja-Kaduna route on 23 May 2022, when the Kaduna train is expected to resume operations. The Chairman of the concerned Relatives of Abducted Persons, Abdulfatai Jimoh, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to dismiss the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) management over gross incompetence. Jimoh stated that the families affected by the abduction of relatives on the Kaduna train are expected to demonstrate until further communication has been given to them regarding the rescue operation of kidnapped victims.
- ABUJA – 17 MAY 2022 (19H25) President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the reappointment of Ibrahim Goni as the Conservator general of the National Park Service. Buhari has provided Goni with a contract to serve for five years. The Ministry of Environment, supervising arm of the National Park Services, noted that the reappointment took effect on 118 MAY 2022 and is expected to last until 11 May 2027. Furthermore, the reappointment follows after Goni initiated collaboration efforts with sister security agencies to engage and train Park Rangers regarding confrontations with insurgents and other natural resource invaders.
- AWKA – 17 MAY 2022 (19H30) UPDATE The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has announced that the release of the alleged leader of the IPOB group Nnamdi Kanu will restore peace and normality in the southeast region. Reports indicate that Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Abuja after his arrest in Kenya in June 2021. (15H45) Criminal operations are expected in some areas of the Anambra state. Reports indicate that a suspected armed group has allegedly written letters to nine local government areas in Anambra State. The letters indicated that attacks are expected in Ihiala, Aguata, Nnewi South, Awka North, Awka South, Idemili North, Idemili South, Orumba South, Orumba North and Anambra East in due course. The Local Government areas stated that a heightened security presence is expected in the following weeks.
- EKPAOMAKA – 18 MAY 2022 (14H05) Attack reported at the residence of Council Chairman Steve Orogwu in Ikwo Local Government Area. Orogwu stated that he was not present at the time of the attack but confirmed that the suspected armed group killed three family members. The armed group has reportedly set alight the residence of Orogwu. Orogwu further stated that the reason for the attack remains unclear. The Police Public Relations Officer Loveth Odah stated that the Police had launched a search operation for the suspected attackers.
RWANDA – 18 MAY 2022
- KIGALI – 17 MAY 2022 (20H40) The Chamber of Deputies has summoned the Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Innovation to provide strategies aimed at expediting the implementation of the interoperability technology project. The project aims to address challenges being experienced in the transactions between banks and other financial institutions as well as telecommunication companies. This follows a resolution made during the recent plenary sitting of the Lower Chamber of Parliament as it adopted its Committee on Economy and Trade’s analysis of the 2020-2021 annual activity report of the National Bank of Rwanda.
TANZANIA -18 MAY 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 18 MAY 2022 (11H40) Approximately 40 French companies are expected to develop their production base in Tanzania. The announcement has been made by the Investment, Industry and Trade Minister, Dr Ashatu Kijaji, during a Tanzania-France business Forum. The companies trade in energy, construction, aviation, infrastructure, tourism, health, and others. Reports indicate that Tanzania has an estimated 38 investment projects valued at approximately $101,65 million from France. The developments are expected to increase value addition, the transfer of technology and increase the relations between the countries. Furthermore, the developments are expected to increase the balance of trade and employ approximately 2,377 civilians. The presence of French companies in Tanzania is set to be due to President Samia Suluhu Hassans’ visit to France in February 2022. Hassan held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and business communities, where members discussed increasing trade between the countries.
ZAMBIA – 18 MAY 2022
- LUSAKA – 18 MAY 2022 (16H25) Innovation Africa Country Manager Pauline Phiri announced the completion of 11 solar water systems constructed in Katete Town, in the Eastern Province. Phiri stated that the water systems are expected to address challenges faced in accessing the essential commodity. Phiri further stated that the solar water systems are targeting the fight against diarrhoea among children by providing clean and safe water.
ZIMBABWE – 18 MAY 2022
- HARARE – 17 MAY 2022 (19H55) Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa, announced the Governments decision to temporarily lift the ban on school sporting activities and non-contact activities. Mutsvangwa stated that the ban had been implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease. Mutsvangwa further stated that students are still expected to be vaccinated to restore complete normality.
- HARARE – 18 MAY 2022 (15H30) Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga announced his arrival in Jakarta for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) summit today, 18 May 2022. Chiwenga stated that 69 ministers from 37 countries responsible for WASH and over 350 delegates are expected to attend the summit. Chiwenga stated that the summit aims to promote access to clean water and sanitation for every community.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 MAY 2022
- MALAWI: Service disruption expected in areas of Mangochi on Thursday, 19 May 2022.
- ESWATINI: Planned service disruptions expected in areas of eSwatini on 19 May 2022 and 20 May 2022 between approximately 09H00 and 16H00.
- MALAWI: Expected service disruption in areas of Blantyre on Friday, 20 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: 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.
- ABUJA: Service disruptions are expected on the Abuja-Kaduna route on 23 May 2022, when the Kaduna train is expected to resume operations.
- NIGERIA: The Federal Ministry of Transportation has announced that the Government has directed the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service to resume with effect from Monday, 23 May 2022.
- KENYA: The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has announced that the Green Park Terminus is set to start operations on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.
- 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.
- NIGERIA: The Lagos State Government is scheduled to host the maiden edition of the National Transport Technology Conference and Exhibition (NTTCE) between 07 June 2022 and 08 June 2022 at Eko Hotels and Suites.
- 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.
- MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address Malawians on the second anniversary of his election, 23 June 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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