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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 20 APR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 20 APR 2022
- LUANDA – 20 APR 2022 (06H00) Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has cancelled a planned state visit to Angola and the Republic of Congo after recently testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. Italy’s Office of the Prime Minister has released a statement indicating that Draghi, who had been scheduled to travel to Luanda on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, and Brazzaville on Thursday, 21 April 2022, is asymptomatic and currently unable to travel. Draghi is expected to be replaced by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Minister of Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani. During the visit, the officials are expected to engage in discussions regarding energy imports.
- CABINDA – 20 APR 2022 (09H25) Five political organisations in Cabinda appealed to the President of Angola, João Lourenço, to intervene in the conflict within the Cabinda province, following the United Nations, European Union and African Union calling for dialogue. This comes after a ceasefire had been proposed between the Government and security forces due to alleged military repression, persecution, and killings in the region. This comes as the Front for the Liberation of the State of Cabinda – Armed Forces of Cabinda (FLEC-FAC) are demanding independence, alleging that the Treaty of Simulambuco, signed in 1885, notes that the province of Cabinda is not part of the Angolan territory. In a letter issued to Lourenço, the political organisations of Cabinda are protesting against the conflict and social degradation of the Cabinda province. This comes as the Consensual Front of Cabinda (FCC), Movement for the Reunification of the People of Cabinda for its Sovereignty (MRPCS), Union of Cabindans for Independence (UCI), Democratic Movement of Cabinda (MDC) and The Liberal Democrats of Cabinda (DLC) are jointly holding a protest against the recent deaths and violence occurred in the Cabinda province.
- LUANDA – 20 APR 2022 (10H40) The De Beers Group has signed two mineral investment contracts with the Angolan Government for licence areas in the northeast of the country. The diamond mining company has stated that the contracts are valid for a period of 35 years and provide De Beers with the rights to explore and mine through two new joint ventures with Angola’s state diamond company, Empresa Nacional de Diamantes (ENDIAMA). De Beers is reportedly expected to hold a substantial majority of the new joint ventures, with ENDIAMA expected to increase its equity over time. De Beers is set to commence exploration activities in the licenses by the end of 2022, pending regulatory approvals.
BOTSWANA – 20 APR 2022
- GABORONE – 20 APR 2022 (10H15) The Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation has announced the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, is expected to attend the 5th Session of the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC), on Friday, 22 April 2022, in Pretoria, South Africa. During the 5th Session of the Botswana-South Africa BNC, the two countries will establish an opportunity to discuss bilateral issues of mutual interest, review progress on the implementation of cooperation commitments, as well as explore other potential areas for cooperation. The Heads of State Session is expected to be preceded by the Senior Officials and the Ministerial Sessions, which will take place between 19 April 2022 and 21 April 2022.
- GABORONE – 20 APR 2022 (16H45) The former Botswana President Ian Khama has been summoned to appear in the Botswana District Court on 21 April 2022 for the alleged unlawful possession of a firearm. The summons comes as President Mokgweetsi Masisi is set to meet South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the first meeting of the Bi-National Commission between the two countries since 2018. Khama has since been residing in South Africa due to alleged concerns regarding persecution and assassination by his successor upon returning to Botswana. Department of Justice Spokesperson Chrispin Phiri has stated that no request for Khama’s extradition has been received. Khama has also not disclosed plans to travel to Botswana to appear before the court on the set date.
DEM. REP. CONGO -20 APR 2022
- KINSHASA – 20 APR 2022 (09H00) The Congolese Government has increased the basic salary of all civil servants and public servants by 30% with effect from April 2022. The Public Service Minister Jean-Pierre Lihau announced that the Government has also reduced professional income tax (IPR) from 15% to 3%. This follows after a signing between the Congolese Government and the Intersyndicale of the public administration (INAP) of an amendment to the Bibwa Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) increasing the basic salary of all civil servants and public officials of State.
- KOMANDA – 20 APR 2022 (11H45) Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) Intervention Brigade (FIB) forces have seized control of an Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) base in the Hoyo Mont Reserve area. The base is located approximately 18 kilometres (km) from Komanda in the territory of Irumu, Ituri. This follows the launch of an ongoing joint Military operation conducted in the region since 16 April 2022. Security sources have stated that MONUSCO troops launched artillery strikes, followed by airstrikes in support of FARDC forces. The base and the surrounding area are currently under the control of FARDC forces.
ESWATINI – 20 APR 2022
- MBABANE – 20 APR 2022 (11H00) The South African Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) political party has called on Governments worldwide to impose sanctions against the Kingdom of eSwatini. EFF’s provincial leader, Collen Sedibe, made the announcement during the party’s recent peaceful march at the Matsamo Border Gate in solidarity with emaSwati, calling for democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners.
ETHIOPIA- 20 APR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 20 APR 2022 (13H20) The Ethiopian Government has announced the conclusion of a measles vaccination campaign in the regions of Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNP), Somali and Oromia, targeting more than 500,000 children aged between six months to ten years. The campaign had been launched to mitigate the spread of a measles outbreak that had been recorded from 12 districts in three regions of the country. The campaign was coordinated by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI), regional Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) teams, and zonal and woreda health officials in collaboration with international partners such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
- WOLDIYA – 20 APR 2022 (14H30) Explosion reported near a tea shop in Woldiya city, North Wollo Zone in northern Ethiopia. The Woldia City Communications Affairs Office has confirmed that a buried explosive device has been detonated. The explosion has caused significant damage to a tea shop and severely injured an employee that had been inside the shop during the incident. The communications office has stated that subsequent information will be released as investigations are being undertaken to determine the circumstances surrounding the situation.
- ADDIS ABABA – 20 APR 2022 (16H25) Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebel group has set several preconditions for its withdrawal from areas in the country’s Afar Region. This follows various reports by international and local aid organisations citing atrocities being committed by TPLF and other rebel groups against local civilians in the region. As of recent, the regional and international community has urged TPLF to withdraw from areas it occupies in Afar and Amhara regions. TPLF Spokesperson Getachew Reda has stated that the group’s leadership is committed to withdrawal from Afar regions on the condition that certain demands set by the rebel group are met. Among the demands, the TPLF requests secure corridors for the delivery of humanitarian aid to Tigrayans and the facilitation of sustained, unfettered, timely and adequate humanitarian assistance. Reda has further stated that the implementation of these conditions must be verified by an impartial international entity, such as the United Nations (UN), in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.
GHANA – 20 APR 2022
- ACCRA – 20 APR 2022 (11H15) The Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Natalia Kanem, is scheduled to hold a high-level forum in Ghana on Friday, 22 April 2022, as part of an initiative by the United Nations to advance the rights of people of African Descent by promoting recognition, justice and development. The forum will be held under the theme of People of African Descent: Accelerating the Commitment for Recognition, Advancement of Rights, Justice and Development and precedes this year’s International Day for People of African Descent to be observed on 31 August 2022. The meeting is aimed at promoting dialogue and advocacy on thematic areas that would enhance inclusion and the well-being of People of African Descent. Kanem is also expected to engage with traditional leaders by paying a courtesy call to the King of Akwamu, His Royal Majesty Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, while in Ghana to further the agenda of people of African heritage. The UNFPA has also announced that the forum will emphasise the upcoming events scheduled between 19 April 2022 and 23 April 2022, which include a High-level Forum on People of African Descent, a courtesy call to the President Nana Akufo-Addo, and the Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia, of the Republic of Ghana and field visit to assess Nana Afrakuma II’s Vocational Institute for Adolescent Mothers in Akwamu.
- ACCRA – 20 APR 2022 (15H35) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that they had revised Ghana’s growth rate forecast by 5.2%. The IMF previously projected a 6,2% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Ghana’s economy for 2022. The Fund has stated that the country’s GDP is expected to return to the pre-pandemic levels of 7,2% by 2027. The Ghanaian economy is expected to benefit from high commodity prices, particularly crude oil and an expected increase in gold production. Global oil demand is expected to increase to 99,7 million barrels a day in 2022.
KENYA -20 APR 2022
- NAIROBI – 19 APR 2022 (19H00) The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) political party has announced that it is scheduled to hold its party primaries in Nairobi on Thursday, 21 April 2022. This follows the successful completion of Kisumu nominations today, 19 April 2022. ODM officials have stated that the exercise is expected to be held in Kajiado and Narok counties on Wednesday, 20 April 2022. In the ongoing primaries, ODM has adopted the use of electronic voting. However, the process has been faulted in several parts of the country due to delays, electronic equipment failures, and rigging allegations.
- NAIROBI – 19 APR 2022 (22H15) The Government is expected to establish a special operation in Marsabit. The operation is set to provide specialised units to areas experiencing increased violence. This follows after local leaders requested a 30-day period reserved for peace talks. The local leaders have allegedly accepted the ultimatum provided to them by the National Security Council Chairperson. Following this, the Leaders are not expected to provide notice of any further activities. The operation is set to be launched following the National Security Council’s approval.
- NAIROBI – 20 APR 2022 (00H40) The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is expected to repair the drainage system on the Nairobi Expressway. KeNHA noted that contractors are on the scene to repair additional features of the Expressway. The repairs follow after recent floodings of the Mombasa Road due to drained water from the Uhuru Highway following adverse weather. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and remain cautious in the affected areas.
- MOMBASA – 20 APR 2022 (06H10) President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially open the 45th Kenya Secondary School Heads Association annual national conference in Mombasa today, 20 April 2022. Several secondary school principals are expected to attend the meeting at the Sheikh Zayed Hall in Mombasa and discuss preparation to host the junior secondary school under the Competence-Based Curriculum. During the meeting, several issues are expected to be assessed and strategised, including curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the schools. The conference, which the Kenya Commercial Bank is sponsoring, will also bring together stakeholders in the education sector; Teachers Service Commission officials, teachers’ unions and officials from parents’ associations.
- NAIROBI – 20 APR 2022 (10H30) Google has announced the launch of its first Africa product development centre in Nairobi. This comes after Google announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in October 2021. The centre is Google’s second major research and development investment in Africa after the company set up an Artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory in Accra, Ghana, in 2019. In addition, Google plans to hire over 100 tech talent, including software engineers, researchers and designers, over the next two years to help solve difficult and technical challenges, such as improving the smartphone experience for people in Africa or building more reliable internet infrastructure.
LESOTHO – 20 APR 2022
- MASERU – 20 APR 2022 (06H15) The Lesotho, public transport operators have announced plans to embark on a nationwide strike today, 20 April 2022. The association will be protesting in demand that the Government of Lesotho, through the Ministry of Transport, respond to their demands. Public transport operators have requested a 30% increase in taxi fares with effect from April 2022. The transport operators had also demanded that they should be a part of the Lesotho Freight and Bus Services Corporation (LFBSC), which provides transport services to the public on behalf of the Government. The Association’s Chairman, Mokete Jonase, has stated that the decision to launch the strike follows as a result of several failed attempts to engage in negotiations with the Transport Ministry. Jonase has stated that taxi operators have raised various grievances, including the failure to implement the agreement signed with the Ministry in 2015, relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as increased public transport fees. The Chairman has stated that the industrial action is expected to be activated between 22 March 2022 and 25 March 2022. However, the final date is yet to be confirmed. Members of the public are advised to use alternative transport for the duration of the protest. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
- MASERU – 20 APR 2022 (08H15) The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Moeketsi Majoro, is scheduled to hold a brief meeting with the Ambassador-Designated to the Republic of Angola, Maria Filomena De Fatima Lobao Telo Delgado, on Thursday, 21 April 2022 at 10H00. The meeting aims to evaluate the implementation of the agreements already made between the two countries and identify new areas of cooperation, aiming to sign a new Joint Bilateral Commission of Cooperation.
- MASERU – 20 APR 2022 (12H20) The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the tender for the construction of the Polihali Operations Centre to L&M, a joint venture between Lesotho company, LSP Construction, and the South Africa-registered company, Mofomo Construction. The Polihali Operations Centre is a critical component of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project’s (LHWP) advanced infrastructure. Site establishment work has reportedly commenced following the completion of site handover earlier in April 2022. The M97 million project is set for completion by the end of October 2023.
MADAGASCAR – 20 APR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 20 APR 2022 (06H25) Meteo Madagascar has issued a weather warning alert due to forecasted heavy rainfall in parts of the country from today, 20 April 2022, until Friday, 22 April 2022. The Diana Region has been placed on green alert, and a yellow alert has been forecasted under the regions of Sava and Analanjirofo as well as for the districts of Toamasina I and II. In accordance with Météo France forecasters, a presence of a weak cyclonic circulation located off the Sava today could evolve into a tropical storm.
- ANTANANARIVO – 20 APR 2022 (07H00) World Bank Group President David Malpass held a meeting with President Andry Nirina Rajoelina of Madagascar, alongside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on 18 April 2022. Malpass expressed his sympathies on the loss of lives due to the severe cyclones and affirmed the World Bank Group’s (WBG) commitment to support Madagascar’s crisis response, including through the Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC), as well as additional funding available from the IDA Crisis Response Window. During the meeting, discussions focused on the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Madagascar’s economic situation through higher energy and food prices. Malpass and Rajoelina also exchanged views on the importance of diversifying Madagascar’s energy transition from heavy fuel oil (HFO) to improving electricity affordability. Meanwhile, Malpass welcomed Madagascar’s progress on constructing the RN44 road and highlighted the WBG’s support for further investment in rural roads and connectivity. Malpass also urged Rajoelina to prioritise COVID-19 vaccine deployment and highlighted the positive economic benefits of an accelerated vaccination campaign for Madagascar’s tourism sector.
MALAWI – 20 APR 2022
- LILONGWE – 19 APR 2022 (20H50) Minister of Local Government, Blessings Chinsinga, announced that the Government is planning to coordinate the implementation of the secondary cities program. Chinsinga further stated that the main objective is to create new urban centres, improve municipal services and improve trading centres surrounding cities. Minister of Information and Digitalisation stated that the German Government is interested in developing the secondary cities.
- LILONGWE – 20 APR 2022 (06H45) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to travel to Mozambique on Thursday, 21 April 2022, for a four-day State visit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement noting that President Chakwera will be leaving Malawi on Thursday, 21 April 2022 and will be back on Sunday, 24 April 2022. During the visit, Chakwera is expected to preside over the launch of the Mozambique-Malawi Power interconnector in Tete, visit the Port of Nacala, and hold bilateral talks with Mozambique President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. The announcement comes as Chakwera is expected to attend the burial ceremony of his sister, Mirriam Chakwera, who died on Monday, 18 April 2022. The burial is scheduled to take place today, 20 April 2022, at Manase Village in Mdika, Dowa District.
- LILONGWE – 20 APR 2022 (01H40) Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi is expected to host a fundraising relay race on 07 May 2022. The marathon is expected to start at approximately 05H00. Further, the marathon is set to begin in Mzuzu and end at Nkhatabay. The fundraiser is set to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. Motorists are advised to remain cautious when using the connecting M5 road.
- LILONGWE – 20 APR 2022 (16H30) Minister of Trade and Industry Mark Phiri has announced the dissolution of the Malawi Bureau of Standards Board. Phiri stated that the dissolution is in accordance with Section 32 of the General Interpretation Act. The Minister has not disclosed a reason for the dissolution.
MOZAMBIQUE -20 APR 2022
- MAPUTO – 20 APR 2022 (05H00) The United States (US) Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced the expected launch of two agricultural programs in Gaza Province. The programs are set to improve Mozambique’s farming abilities to respond to and recover from climate change. Furthermore, they are expected to improve agricultural productivity and diversify economic opportunities. Women and youth farmers are set to be the focus of the programs. The Farmer Resilience and Rebuilding Initiative is expected to host field schools with a curriculum tailored to the local areas in addition to the establishing rural entrepreneurs set to advise farmers on business management, water-smart technologies and others. Furthermore, voucher-based seed and technology fairs are expected to be initiated to connect remote farmers with agricultural dealers. The second program, Promoting Resilience through the Empowerment of Women Initiative, is set to provide sustainable production training. The training is set to include training in soil enrichment, crop protection, and others. Further, the initiative is set to improve financial access to support smallholder farmers. Additionally, the initiative is expected to develop action plans for the protection of crops, fields and livestock ahead of climate disasters.
- MAPUTO – 20 APR 2022 (15H00) UPDATE President Filipe Nyusi has announced the suspension of the State of Public Calamity in the country. However, several prevention measures remain in effect to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The use of facemasks in indoor places and on public transport remains mandatory, with an expectation for children under the age of 11 years. Members of the public are not mandated to wear a facemask in open spaces if social distancing is maintained. Travellers arriving in the country must present a vaccination certification or a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival. Children below the age of 11 years are exempt from vaccination certification requirements and proof of testing. Travellers testing positive for COVID-19 are required to self-subject to a seven-day period of isolation. Contacts with confirmed cases are not subject to quarantine. The decision to ease measures follows a recently detected reduction in the COVID-19 positivity rate, bed occupancy and the average daily cases across the country. (12H15) Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, is scheduled to address the nation today, 20 April 2022, at 13H00 on developments in Mozambique’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The address will be live broadcast on Mozambican media platforms.
- MAPUTO – 20 APR 2022 (16H40) Exxon Mobil has announced plans to make a final investment decision in Mozambique when French company Totalenergies lifts the force majeure clause activated to suspend its natural gas project in the north of the country. Exxon Mobil’s Vice President for Africa, Walker Keinsteiner, made the announcement during a recent meeting in Washington with the Mozambican Minister of Economy and Finance, Max Tonela. Keinsteiner has stated that Exxon Mobil is expected to resume the Final Investment Decision (FID) process upon the lifting of the force majeure declaration.
- MAPUTO – 20 APR 2022 (18H35) The United States (US) Government-funded foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is expected to donate $10 million for its second Mozambique support program. The Vice President of MCC, Fatema Sumar, stated that the funds aims to identify investment projects to reduce poverty and stimulate inclusive and sustainable economic growth and private sector investment in the country.
NIGERIA – 20 APR 2022
- ABUJA – 19 APR 2022 (04H40) President Muhammadu Buhari has expectedly approved the commission of the Owerri-Orlu and Owerri-Okigwe roads. The announcement followed a brief meeting between Buhari and Governor Hope Uzodimma at the Presidential Villa regarding a progress report on the roads. The roads are expected to be completed in May 2022. The Owerri-Orlu road is set to be reconstructed with a dual carriageway, and the Owerri-Okigwe road is expected to be increased in width.
- JALINGO – 20 APR 2022 (04H00) The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has launched a search operation in the Iware Taraba area. This follows after an alleged bombing at a local drinking area on Tuesday, 19 April 2022. During the incident, approximately 19 civilians received injuries, in addition to three receiving fatal injuries. Furthermore, reports indicate that the suspect allegedly entered the building with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) concealed in a black polythene bag. No group has thus far taken responsibility for the attack.
- ILORIN – 20 APR 2022 (12H40) The Kwara State Fire Service Spokesperson, Hassan Hakeem Adekunle, has announced that a residential building had been damaged due to a fire incident in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, on Tuesday, 19 April 2022. The fire occurred at Igbala close, Stadium Road area, in Ilorin metropolis due to an increase in voltage. The Kwara State Rescue services carried out a rescue operation and were able to extinguish the fire. Reports indicate that a flat had been damaged, while the other flats had been insignificantly damaged.
RWANDA – 20 APR 2022
- KIGALI – 20 APR 2022 (16H05) Denmark is currently engaged in discussions with Rwandan Government officials regarding plans to establish a new procedure to allow the transfer of asylum seekers to the country. The move follows after Denmark recently passed a law enabling refugees arriving on Danish soil to be moved to asylum centres in a partner country. Denmark’s Minister for Immigration and Integration, Mattias Tesfaye, has stated that the dialogue with the Rwandan Government includes a mechanism for the transfer of asylum seekers. Tesfaye has further noted that the agreement is expected to address the criminal network of human trafficking that accompanies migration across the Mediterranean. The Minister has indicated that an agreement has not yet been reached. However, Immigration Speakers in Parliament have been summoned to a meeting regarding the matter on Thursday, 28 April 2022.
TANZANIA -20 APR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 20 APR 2022 (11H10) Larsen and Toubro’s (L&T’s) construction division, L&T Construction, has acquired a contract for its Water and Effluent Treatment Business to construct and commission water supply schemes for various towns in Tanzania. The company has stated that the work includes the design and construction of raw water intake systems, storage tanks, water treatment plants with a total capacity of 72 megaliters per day (MLD), five water reservoirs, pumping stations, 263 kilometres (km) of pipeline and associated electromechanical works. The project is reportedly being funded by the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India. L&T has noted that it has already completed the Gadag Water Supply Project and is presently executing the Koppal Water Supply Project for the same client.
ZAMBIA – 20 APR 2022
- LUSAKA – 20 APR 2022 (10H45) The High Commissioner of Zambia to Namibia, Stella Libongani, has announced that progress has been reached between Namibia and Zambia with regard to the establishment of the One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Katima Mulilo. This comes as Libongani held a courtesy call to President Hage Geingob on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, and stated that a draft agreement on the establishment of the OSBP is being considered by the legal departments of the two countries. Libongani also stated that Zambia intends to continue cooperation with Namibia in the enhancement of trade along the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBNLDC). Libongani has also noted that the Zambia-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC) and the Zambia-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS), stating that these JPCs have enhanced cooperation between the two countries in terms of peace and security, agriculture, transport, trade, communication and energy and immigration.
- LUSAKA – 20 APR 2022 (13H00) The Zambian Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) has announced that the union will be filing a formal complaint against the Minister of Health, Minister Sylvia Masebo, who allegedly offended an unidentified nurse. This follows after Masebo reportedly found the nurse in dereliction of duty at the Matero Level One Hospital. The union is expected to provide relevant information on the matter during court proceedings.
ZIMBABWE – 20 APR 2022
- HARARE – 20 APR 2022 (02H05) The High court has provided Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga with 90 days to reinstate Constable Sikhathazile Moyo. Matanga allegedly fired Moyo following recommendations from the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) board President. The 90-day provision has been instated following the court order to reinstate Moyo. Should Matanga fail to reinstate Moyo, the courts are expected to hold Matanga in contempt.
- HARARE – 20 APR 2022 (15H30) Air Zimbabwe has been prohibited from operating flights within European Union (EU) airspace due to the airline’s alleged failure to meet the necessary international aviation safety standards. Air Zimbabwe has been added to the EU Air Safety List (ASL), which is a list of air carriers that do not fulfil international safety standards. Carriers included in the ASL are banned from operating to, in and from the EU, including overflights.
- MASVINGO – 20 APR 2022 (17H45) The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has launched a project to rehabilitate the Harare-Bindura highway. The Ministry has stated that the project, which commenced today, 20 April 2022, is set to continue for the following six months. The rehabilitation project aims to improve the country’s road network and facilitate the movement of traffic.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 20 APR 2022
- LESOTHO: The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Moeketsi Majoro, is scheduled to hold a brief meeting with the Ambassador-Designated to the Republic of Angola, Maria Filomena De Fatima Lobao Telo Delgado, on Thursday, 21 April 2022, at 10H00.
- BOTSWANA: The Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation has announced the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, is expected to attend the 5th Session of the Botswana-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC), on Friday, 22 April 2022, in Pretoria, South Africa.
- 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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