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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 19 MAY 2022 (19H00)

May 19

ANGOLA – 19 MAY 2022

  • LUANDA – 19 MAY 2022 (03H00) President Joao Lourenço has announced that Angola aims to refine approximately 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day through the Soyo, Cabinda and Luanda refineries. The President has stated that the construction of the Soyo and Cabinda refineries aims to develop Angola into a country that exports and refines crude products. The Luanda refinery is reportedly also currently being upgraded to ensure the objective is achieved. The Head of State has further reiterated the Government’s commitment to upholding reforms initiated in 2018 to improve governance and transparency and eliminate possible conflicts of interest in the oil sector. The National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG), with the function of the national concessionaire, the Regulatory Institute of Petroleum Derivatives (IRDP), are among the institutions established to ensure the reforms are implemented.

 

BOTSWANA – 19 MAY 2022

  • GABARONE – 18 MAY 2022 (20H35) The State-owned company Botswana Oil has announced Government plans to construct a new coal-to-liquid conversion plant. Botswana Oil Senior Manager Gamu Mpofu stated that the plant’s construction is expected to reduce the country’s independence from imported fuel. Mpofu stated that the plant is expected to have a production capacity of 12,000 barrels of diesel and gasoline a day. Mpofu further added the facility is expected to have an operational life of 30 years.
  • GABORONE – 19 MAY 2022 (06H10) The President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, is scheduled to hold a consultative meeting with the Botswana Heads of Mission today, 19 May 2022, at 08H30 at the Phakalane Gold Resort. Thereafter, President Masisi will engage with the Heads of Mission, and Foreign Envoys accredited to Botswana. Members of the media are invited to participate in the events.
  • FRANCISTOWN – 19 MAY 2022 (09H15) Protest reported at all local transport depots in Botswana. The Public Transport Associations in Botswana are protesting following the Government’s decision to increase petrol prices frequently, subsequently urging the Government to adjust an increase in transport fares. Including the brutality against the transport operators by Police forces. The associations have been protesting since Tuesday, 16 May 2022, due to the Government’s disregard for the issue. Commuters are advised to use alternative transport for the duration of the suspension of services. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
  • GABANE – 19 MAY 2022 (17H40) The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Eric Mothibi Molale, is expected to address the nation on 19 May 2022, at 19H00. The Minister is expected to discuss the ongoing suspension of services by public transport operators at the BTV News Bulletin. The Minister is set to address the nation following the recent increase in protesting actions by transport operators.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO -19 MAY 2022

  • KINSHASA – 19 MAY 2022 (11H35) President Felix Tshisekedi has elected Djuma Kahuzeni Rashidi to the position of Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Republic of Turkey. Rashidi is expected to succeed Marcel Mulumba Tshidimba. The announcement has been during a press briefing on May 18 2022, on National Television, Radio-Television Nationale Congolaise (RTNC). Rashidi has been one of 23 diplomats trained as ambassadors by President Felix Tshisekedi in November 2021. Rashidi is expected to benefit from the allowances and advantages provided by ordinance 78-448 of November 16, 1978, relating to the administrative regulations and the corps of diplomats of the Republic.

ESWATINI – 19 MAY 2022

  • MBABANE – 19 MAY 2022 (06H05) The eSwatini Electricity Company (EEC) has announced a planned power outage scheduled for today, 19 May 2022 and 20 May 2022, in several areas of eSwatini from 09H00 to 16H00. The affected areas for the duration of the two days will include Siteki, Hluthi, Madlangempisi, Manzini, Pigg’s Peak, Malkerns, Matsapha, Sithobela, and Stonehenge. The members of the public will be provided updates as the situation progresses.

 

ETHIOPIA- 19 MAY 2022

  • BAMEZA – 19 MAY 2022 (16H30) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that trials have started at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Ahmed stated that the trials are expected to produce 700 MegaWatts (MW) o electricity, but the dam is expected to generate 5,150 MW once filled to capacity. Ahmed further stated that the dam is expected to improve Ethiopia’s economy and bring the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development goals within reach.

 

GHANA – 19 MAY 2022

  • ACCRA – 18 MAY 2022 (21H10) Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has issued a warning to Ghanaians to avoid non-essential travel to the northern region of Mali. The warning follows a recent increase in incidents of kidnappings and unrest in northern and northeastern Mali. The Ministry has released a statement noting recent abductions and executions of travellers, with a target on Christians, in Mali’s northern Gao region. The Ministry further urged commercial transport operators to suspend all operations in the affected areas. Ghanaians currently residing in the Gao region are also advised to evacuate immediately to ensure their safety and security. Individuals unable to evacuate the region are urged to significantly reduce movement, monitor developments in the local security situation, and follow all precautionary measures.

 

KENYA -19 MAY 2022

  • MARSABIT – 19 MAY 2022 (03H00) The Marsabit multi-agency security team has held a joint disarmament sensitisation meeting with leaders of the Loiyangalani and Laisamis areas in the Marsabit town. The team is led by the National Police Service (NPS) County Commissioner, Paul Rotich. The meeting follows previous insecurity incidents that prompted the launch of the multi-agency security operations. The NPS has stated that the meeting aims to discuss the progress of recent security operations in the area, during which several illegal firearms and ammunition have successfully been recovered. The recovered items reportedly include 14 assault rifles, a machine gun, 617 rounds of assorted ammunition and other weapons illegally held by residents in Marsabit County. Rotich has urged the security teams to address increasing concerns regarding the sale of contraband goods and drug trafficking in the community.
  • NAIROBI – 19 MAY 2022 (06H30) Kenya is expected to host the 9th Power and Energy Africa 2022 event from today, 19 May 2022, until 21 May 2022, at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The event is set to demonstrate the development of the power and energy sector in Kenya. Trade visitors from East and Central Africa are expected to participate, including regional trade bodies in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • NAIROBI – 19 MAY 2022 (08H15) The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has announced that the Nairobi’s Green Park Bus Terminus is scheduled to commence operations by Tuesday, 24 May 2022. The NMS has stated that the opening of the terminus will be done in phases beginning with all Public Service Vehicle (PSVs) plying Ngong and Argwings Kodhek Roads, and three days after, minibuses plying the Lang’ata Road route would be transferred to the terminal. The Sh250 million terminus, located at the former Lunar Park, is able to accommodate between 300 and 350 minibuses, processing about 1,000 PSVs per hour and up to 20,000 per day. The NMS has stated that the terminus is part of the Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) which seeks to ensure a reliable and efficient public transport system.
  • NAIROBI – 19 MAY 2022 (11H30) UPDATE The National Police Service in Kenya has announced the re-opening of the Waiyaki way near the Westlands junction. Reports indicate that the Matatu Owners Association (MOA) were protesting due to their grievances for the removal of the bus stop along the highway prompted by the new road design in the area. Traffic Police Officers have been dispatched to the area to maintain order in the area. (10H00) Protest reported along the Waiyaki way, near the Westlands junction. Reports indicate that the Public Service Vehicles (PSV) have blockaded the road in protest of bus stop removal by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA). The Matatu Owners Association (MOA) Chairperson Simon Kimutai stated that the removal of the bus stop is an inconvenience to both PSVs and their passengers and urged the KeNHA to resolve the issue. Police have fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area.
  • NAIROBI – 19 MAY 2022 (15H20) President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended High Court Judge Juma Chitembwe following petitions filed against him. The President’s decision is due to investigations against Chitembwe over alleged misconduct, including bribery in land disputes. The judicial Service Commission (JSC) noted that the petitions filed against Chitembwe presented sufficient grounds for his removal. Furthermore, President Kenyatta appointed a tribunal following the petition by the JSC. The tribunal is expected to consist of Senior Counsel Fred Ojiambo, Lady Justice Abida Ali Aroni, Justice Nzioki Makau and others. Reports indicate that the lead counsel in the tribunal is set to compromise with Senior Counsel Kiragu Kimani assisted by Joseph Riungu and Edward Nyang’au. Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi has been elected to chair the tribunal.

 

LESOTHO – 19 MAY 2022

  • MASERU – 19 MAY 2022 (15H10) The Government has announced plans for the expected step toward entrenching democracy by introducing the Local Government Bill. The Government stated that the bill is expected to decentralise the power of the Government. Reports indicate that the decentralisation of power is part of the process of developing a country democratically. The date on which the bill is expected to be implemented remains unknown.

 

MADAGASCAR – 19 MAY 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 19 MAY 2022 (07H15) The Union of Teachers-Researchers and Teachers Researchers (SECES) is expected to embark on a general strike for the duration of 72 hours from today, 19 May 2022. The union has stated that the decision comes as the management of the University of Antananarivo disregarded their demands and will be suspending services at the University of Antananarivo. The President of the SECES section in Antananarivo, Sammy Grégoire Ravelonarivo, has stated that all teaching services and teacher assistants will not be working for the duration of 72 hours due to the adoption of the law on the autonomy of Universities that has been declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional High Court (HCC). Meanwhile, the union has further announced plans to hold a meeting on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, concerning the protest. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious of the planned protest.

 

MALAWI – 19 MAY 2022

  • MANGOCHI – 19 MAY 2022 (06H00) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) has announced a planned power outage in areas of Mangochi on 19 May 2022, from 07H00 to 17H00. The disruption follows due to maintenance works on the 66 KiloVolt (kV) Golomoti to Monkey Bay Overhead line. The affected areas include Monkey Bay, Maldeco, Nkopola, Makokola, Nkhudi Bay, Namakoma Bay, Namaso Bay, Namiyasi and parts of Mangochi Boma. Updates will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
  • LILONGWE – 19 MAY 2022 (07H00) The Malawi Government has announced plans to establish a special court to manage corruption-related cases in the country. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Titus Mvalo, has stated that the court would be known as the Economic and Financial Crimes Court and will be part of the Tonse Alliance Government to expedite corruption cases. Mvalo also stated that the ministry would introduce a bill into Parliament for the establishment of a special court to curb the cases of corruption in Malawi. The announcement will be a part of President Lazarus Chakwera’s set of five principles.

 

MOZAMBIQUE -19 MAY 2022

  • MAPUTO – 19 MAY 2022 (04H00) Mozambican Health authorities have confirmed a polio outbreak in the country’s northeast Tete province. This follows after a child in the province had recently been paralyzed by the disease. This is the second imported case in southern Africa in 2022, following a previous case discovered in Malawi, and is the first wild polio case in Mozambique since 1992. The World Health Organization (WHO has stated that sequencing data has indicated that the case in Mozambique is linked to a strain of polio spreading in Pakistan in 2019 and is similar to the Malawi case registered in February 2022. WHO Country Director Matshidiso Moeti has stated that Mozambique recent conducted two mass vaccination campaigns during which 4,2 million children were inoculated in response to the case in neighbouring Malawi.

 

NIGERIA – 19 MAY 2022

  • ABUJA – 18 MAY 2022 (19H45) The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, announced the suspension and arrest of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris. Ahmed stated that Idris has been suspended indefinitely over alleged N80 billion fraud. Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) stated that the funds have allegedly been deposited into the accounts of family members and close associates. Ahmed further stated that the Minister is suspended without compensation to allow a proper and unhindered investigation.
  • ABUJA – 19 MAY 2022 (10H30) The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, had confirmed that at least four people were killed following clashes at the Dei-Dei Building Materials market in Abuja on Wednesday, 18 May 2022. Bello has ordered the indefinite closure of the Dei-Dei International Market following a clash between commercial motorcyclists and the traders. Bello has stated that the incident occurred after a trader fell off a commercial motorcycle and got hit by a motorcycle taxi operator. Further investigations are underway to apprehend the suspects.
  • AGUNMO – 19 MAY 2022 (10H50) Shooting reported along the Lagos Badagry highway in the Magbon area. Reports indicate that a suspected Okada motorcycle operator is causing unrest within the area due to the ban on Okada operations in six Local Government Areas in the Lagos State. Reports also indicate that a Police officer has been fatally shot. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
  • LAGOS – 19 MAY 2022 (13H15) The Nigerian Students’ Association (NANS) in the Southwest Zone D has threatened to shut down all international airports over the failure of the Nigerian Government to address the ongoing strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other staff unions. The Coordinator of the NANS Zone D, Adegboye Olatunji, has stated that the students are aggrieved by the Government’s failure to resolve the issue related to the ASUU and other unions. The National Association of Nigerian Students Southwest (Zone D), in conjunction with the National Association of University Students Southwest (NAUS), has given the Federal Government a two day warning strike on shut down of flight operations.
  • ABUJA – 19 MAY 2022 (15H35) President Muhammadu Buhari announced his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today, 19 May 2022. Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, stated that the visit to the UAE is to convey his condolences on the passing of the former President of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Shehu further stated that Buhari is expected to extend his visit to congratulate the new President and renew bonds between Nigeria and the UAE. Shehu added that the cooperation between both governments assisted Nigeria in tracking down illegal assets and tracing terrorist funds.
  • AKAU – 19 MAY 2022 (16H10) Kidnappings reported in the Mile1 area of Jema’s Local Government, Gidan Waya. Kaduna State Student Union (KADSSU) Spokesperson, Benjamin Fie, confirmed the kidnapping of four students in the Mile1 area. Fie stated that they are in contact with the suspected kidnappers who are allegedly demanding a ransom for the release of the students. Fie stated that the Police had launched a search operation for the four students before paying the ransom.
  • LAGOS – 19 MAY 2022 (16H25) The Lagos State Police Command has announced that certain motorists are exempted from the Okada ban. This follows after the announcement by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu banning the use of commercial motorcycles from 01 June. The Police noted that delivery and logistic motorcyclists and owners of power bikes are exempted from the Okada rule. The Police are expected to increase investigations of motorcycle operators during the ban.

 

RWANDA – 19 MAY 2022

  • NYAMATA – 19 MAY 2022 (14H45) The International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) is expected to train Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) troops in French ahead of deployment to French-speaking countries at the Rwanda Military Academy Gako. The training is expected to teach French for troops to communicate and exchange with the local civilians. The course is expected to consist of and train 50 RDF personnel set to be deployed to the Central African Republic between May 2022 and August 2022.

 

TANZANIA -19 MAY 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 19 MAY 2022 (13H45) Tanzania is expected to establish a key laboratory in Dar es Salaam following the resistance Tanzanians are demonstrating against Malaria in the country. Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu is set to launch the laboratory under the name Molecular Surveillance of Malaria in Tanzania. Furthermore, the lab is set to be funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The lab is expected to increase the capacity of Malaria Molecular Surveillance (MMS) in Tanzania and apply genomic methods to support current Malaria surveillance initiatives. The establishment is set to follow studies conducted by the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programme and President’s office-Regional Administration and Local Government (PORLAG). Reports indicated that of 383 people tested for Malaria, approximately 30 have been seen to show resistance to the Artemether Lumefantrine Oral (AL) vaccine. The Ministry of Health is expected to acquire the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved Mosquirix vaccine.

 

ZAMBIA – 19 MAY 2022

  • LUSAKA – 19 MAY 2022 (14H30) The Bank of Zambia has announced their refusal to pay ransom money to the suspected Hive ransomware operation. Information and Communications Technology Director, Greg Nsofu, stated that the bank was recently attacked when hackers managed to encrypt the bank’s Network Attached Storage (NAS) device and leaked some information. Nsofu stated that the bank received a ransom request for further attacks to stop after the encryption happened. Nsofu stated that an Information Technology (IT) team had been appointed to identify the leak in the system to prevent further attacks.
  • LUSAKA – 19 MAY 2022 (17H20) The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has announced the arrest of former High Court Judge Joshua Banda for engaging in corrupt practices. Banda has been arrested for corrupt transactions in accordance with section 20(1) of Section 41 of the Anti Corruption Act. Additionally, Banda has been charged with conspiracy to defeat justice contrary to section 112 of the Penal Code Chapter 87. Banda has illegally requested K130,000 as a form of relief from an Under-Sherrif, David Mwanza. However, Banda allegedly recieved approximately K63,000 for a favourable decision in the Mopani Copper Mines case set to have a collection of approximately K8 million. Furthermore, Banda allegedly obstructed the due course of justice by presenting K1 million to David Mwanza for Mwanza not to provide evidence as a witness.

 

ZIMBABWE – 19 MAY 2022

  • HARARE – 18 MAY 2022 (20H05) Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda has announced a reduction in fuel prices at the end of May 2022. Soda stated that the price for E10 is expected to reduce by $0.04, and the E20 price is expected to reduce by $0.07 per litre. Soda stated that the blending of petrol and ethanol was re-introduced in 2008 after Green Fuel’s Chisumbanje plant got licensed to minimise fuel shortages and reduce the fuel import bill. Reports indicate that ethanol is a national project which is produced by sugarcane. Soda further stated that licensed blenders only conduct the blending of fuel in compliance with Zimbabwe’s Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) regulations.
  • HWANGE – 19 MAY 2022 (13H45) The Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) announced plans to procure $15 million worth of equipment in an effort to increase coal output. HCCL Administrator, Dumisani Sibanda, stated that the equipment is expected to be used in the underground mine. Sibanda further stated that the procurement of equipment is expected to increase production to 50,000 tonnes of coal per month from the current 15,000 tonnes.
  • MASHAVA – 19 MAY 2022 (16H00) The Zimbabwe Republic Police has announced the launch of a search operation in Watungwa Village. The operation is set to follow a robbery case on 18 May 2022 at approximately 03H00. During the incident, two armed suspects attacked two civilians. The suspects confiscated approximately US$1,040 and R810 in addition to six cellphones. The Police have requested the public to provide information regarding the suspects and their location.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 19 MAY 2022

  • MALAWI: Expected service disruption in areas of Blantyre on Friday, 20 May 2022.
  • 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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