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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 21 APR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 21 APR 2022
- CABINDA – 21 APR 2022 (06H20) The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, is scheduled to travel to the province of Cabinda on a three-day working visit today, 21 April 2022, during which he will inaugurate the general hospital. Secretary for Institutional Communication and Press Affairs of the President of the Republic, Luís Fernando, has stated that in addition to inaugurating the General Hospital of Cabinda, Lourenço will meet with the Provincial Government. Lourenço has also scheduled hearings to listen to representatives of civil society, traditional and religious authorities, as well as the local business class. On Friday, 22 April 2022, Lourenço will officiate a Passenger Maritime Terminal. Furthermore, Lourenço will also visit an oil platform under construction in the Malongo Field, where he will be received by the management of Cabinda Gulf Oil Company, a subsidiary of North American Chevron.
- FOUTA – 21 APR 2022 (06H30) The Government has announced the resumption of movement between the Republic of Angola and Congo Brazzaville borders from 20 April 2022. This follows after the closure of the borders 25 months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister of State and Head of the Military House of the President of the Republic, Francisco Pereira Furtado, Congolese Chief of the Department of Ponta-Negra, Honoré Paka, held a reopening ceremony at the customs and border post between the Republic of Angola and Congo Brazzaville in Massabi. During the ceremony, Paka emphasised the importance of reopening the border between the two regions in the movement of people, transport of goods and border trade. The Minister of State and Head of the Military House of the President of the Republic, Francisco Furtado, stated that the reopening of the Massabi border and assumptions related to biosecurity measures against COVID-19 between the two countries will be monitored and has urged the defence and security officials from Angola and Congo to strengthen border controls and cooperation across borders.
- LUANDA – 21 APR 2022 (10H25) Italy has entered into an agreement with the Angolan Government to improve natural gas imports from the country. This follows ongoing efforts by the Italian Government to halt energy dependence on Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The agreement comes after Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Energy Minister Roberto Cingolani recently travelled to Angola in lieu of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who tested positive for COVID-19. The agreement is expected to increase Italy’s gas purchases from Angola and facilitate joint energy projects that will also involve renewables and liquefied natural gas (LNG).
BOTSWANA – 21 APR 2022
- GABORONE – 21 APR 2022 (11H45) The Presidency has announced that President Mokgweetsi Masisi is scheduled to deliver a national address at 19H00 today, 21 April 2022. The national address is expected to be broadcast live on national television and radio outlets.
- GABORONE – 21 APR 2022 (12H00) Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Military officers have reportedly been placed on high alert amid increasing tension between the Government and the Bangwato tribe. Security sources have reportedly alleged that a recent arson attempt on Cabinet Minister Kgotla Autlwese’s home has escalated tensions. The Military has been placed on high alert to intervene following a further escalation of hostilities due to allegations of hate speech propagated by Bangwato tribesmen. The tensions between the Bangwato and the Government came after the former President, Ian Khama, fled the country, alleging harassment by the Directorate on Intelligence and Security (DIS).
DEM. REP. CONGO -21 APR 2022
- KINSHASA – 21 APR 2022 (12H30) The Minister of Mines, Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi, is expected to participate in the Mining Africa Forum scheduled to take place in June 2022 in Toronto, Canada. Kalambayi will be representing the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kalambayi has further raised hopes that the forum will help the country develop its opportunities in the mining sector. The Canadian Ambassador to the DRC, Benoît Pierre Laramée, has stated that the forum will attract investors to develop the mining industry in the country and engage with international companies and other services that can boost the DRC.
- LUBUMBASHI – 21 APR 2022 (12H40) Civil Society Organisations in the Greater Katanga have urged the Head of State, Félix Tshisekedi, to postpone the Round Table for Peaceful Cohabitation in Grand-Katanga. The meeting discussions are expected to focus on consolidating peaceful cohabitation between the communities of the provinces from Grand-Katanga, such as Haut-Katanga, Lualaba, Haut-Lomami and Tanganyika. However, the organisations have welcomed the initiative of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lubumbashi, Monsignor Fulgence Muteba initiative of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lubumbashi, Monsignor Fulgence Muteba.
ESWATINI – 21 APR 2022
- MBABANE – 21 APR 2022 (12H50) The eSwatini Taxi and Buses Worker’s Union have petitioned the Government for the release of pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s) Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube and the return from exile of former MP, Mduduzi Gawuzela Simelane, to intervene in the country’s grievances as elected MP’s. Furthermore, the union has also urged the Government to repair damaged roads and review the salaries of all textile and other workers in eSwatini. Meanwhile, the unions are planning to embark on industrial action until the Government addresses their demands.
ETHIOPIA- 21 APR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 21 APR 2022 (09H00) Safaricom Ethiopia, a subsidiary of Kenyan telecom Safaricom company, has announced that an agreement has been reached with Ethio Telecom to share cell sites, interconnection and tower assets in Ethiopia. Safaricom Ethiopia’s Public Relations Manager, Tewedaj Eshetu, has stated that an agreement will be officially signed. The Director-General of the Ethiopian Communication Authority, Balcha Reba, has stated that the agreement is critical in ensuring Safaricom’s success in the Horn of Africa country. Upon launch, Safaricom Ethiopia will become the first privately-owned telecom firm in Ethiopia, following a recent privatisation exercise by the Government.
GHANA – 21 APR 2022
- PR 2022 (11H15) The Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission (NLC), Ofosu Asamoah, has stated that members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association, Ghana (CLOGSAG), will not embark on their planned protest action, which was scheduled to commence today, 21 April 2022. This comes after the NLC held a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, over concerns over the non-payment of CLOGSAG’s neutrality allowance. The association has stated that the allowance formed part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Government on 20 January 2022.
KENYA -21 APR 2022
- NAIROBI – 20 APR 2022 (23H00) The United Democratic Alliance (UDA) National Election Board (NEB) has announced they are expected to repeat their primary nominations on 22 April 2022. The nominations are set to be held again following disputes raised after the released 14 April 2022 UDA nomination results. Deputy President William Ruto has reported approximately 115 disputes. The Laikipia County Women Representative aspirant’s nominations are set to be repeated with MCA aspirants in Muthambi, Kariobangi North, Karumandi Ward, and others.
- NAIROBI – 21 APR 2022 (08H20) Chairperson of the East African Community (EAC), President Uhuru Kenyatta, is expected to officiate a regional meeting over the Second Heads of State and Government Conclave on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Nairobi today, 21 April 2022. The meeting is set to follow up on the recent summit at State House in Nairobi following the DRC’s official entry into the regional bloc. As well as to discuss concerns over the M23 rebellion group carrying out attacks in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Heads of State and Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda are expected to attend the summit.
LESOTHO – 21 APR 2022
- MASERU – 20 APR 2022 (19H00) Lesotho’s Roads Directorate has announced that the value of the country’s roads has decreased by an estimated M40 billion from M60 billion in 2010 and M20 billion in 2019. Roads Directorate Acting Director-General Khasapane Kikine has attributed the depreciation of road infrastructure throughout the country to a lack of adequate maintenance. The announcement follows after the Directorate recently undertook a countrywide road inspection. Due to the financial status of the country in 2020, the Directorate had been allocated M480 million instead of the M6 billion necessary for road maintenance. This subsequently led to significant backlogs in road maintenance procedures. Kikine has stated that the immediate financing needed to maintain paved roads in the country is M2,1 billion. An estimated 182 kilometres (km) of roadway must be resealed as a preventative measure to avert further deterioration. A further M1,814 million is needed for light and heavy rehabilitation, comprising 296 km of road.
- MASERU – 20 APR 2022 (19H05) Lesotho public transport operators have announced the withdrawal of the national stay-away demonstration. The protest action had previously been planned to occur from today, 20 April 2022. Maseru Region Transport Operators Chairman Mokete Jonase has stated that a 30% transport increase has been agreed upon, facilitating the suspension of the strike action. However, the Ministry of Transport is yet to evaluate the increase’s effects on other sectors of the economy. Jonase has further noted that the new transport fees are expected to come into effect from 01 June 2022.
- MASERU – 21 APR 2022 (06H00) 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, today, 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.
MADAGASCAR – 21 APR 2022
- AMBARARATA – 21 APR 2022 (10H15) The Ministry of Public Works has announced a temporary road closure along the RN5A linking Ambilobe to Vohémar from 23 April 2022, to 17 July 2022, from 05H30 to 17H30. The closure will be a part of the renovation phase of bituminous concrete and bridge repair along the road. The Minister of Public Works, Jerry Hatrefindrazana, has stated that the rehabilitation of the RN5a had been launched by President Andry Rajoelina in April 2019. Motorists have been urged to use alternative routes for the duration of the closure.
MALAWI – 21 APR 2022
- LILONGWE – 21 APR 2022 (06H10) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to travel to Mozambique on a four-day State visit from today, 21 April 2022. Chakwera is expected to preside over the anticipated launch of the Mozambique-Malawi Power Interconnector in Tete. The launch is set to address power challenges by connecting Malawi to the Cabora Bassa grid. Chakwera is set to visit the Nacala port in addition to attending a bilateral meeting with President Filipe Nyusi. The visit is set to focus on Malawi’s leading economic problems, namely unreliable power sources and the transportation of fuel through trucks.
MOZAMBIQUE -21 APR 2022
- MAPUTO – 21 APR 2022 (11H40) The United States (US) Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced the provision of additional humanitarian assistance for communities affected by Tropical Storm Gombe. The storm has affected an estimated 736,000 people, resulting in 68 deaths and 108 injuries, and caused significant damage to housing, crops, and infrastructure. The National Institute for Disaster Risk Management (INGD) has stated that the cyclone has adversely affected the provinces of Nampula, Zambezia, and Sofala. USAID is partnering with CARE International to provide urgently needed shelter and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance to support affected communities in Nampula province. Additionally, USAID is also supporting the International Organization on Migration (IOM) to provide non-food items in areas affected by Cyclone Gombe in central and northern Mozambique. US Government teams in Mozambique, South Africa, and Washington are closely monitoring the evolving impacts of Tropical Cyclone Gombe in coordination with humanitarian partners throughout the region and assessing additional requirements.
- TETE – 21 APR 2022 (12H10) Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has arrived in Tete, Mozambique, to participate in a ceremony for the launch of the Malawi-Mozambique Interconnector Project. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has received Chakwera at the Tete International Airport. The launch of the interconnector project, which forms part of Chakwera’s four-day State visit to Mozambique, reiterates the two countries’ continued commitment to addressing power challenges. The project sets to connect Malawi to the Cahora Bassa power grid with the potential of reducing power constraints. Chakwera is also expected to visit the Nacala Port before engaging in bilateral talks with President Nyusi.
- MAPUTO – 21 APR 2022 (17H50) Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls announced a tropical low is expected from 22 April 2022 throughout 24 April 2022 in the northern region of Mozambique. Nicholls further indicated a low chance for a tropical storm is expected over the Mozambican Channel before it reaches the northern Mozambique coast late Saturday, 23 April 2022.
NIGERIA – 21 APR 2022
- ABUJA – 21 APR 2022 (01H55) The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the cost of expression of interest and nomination forms. This follows after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, 14 April 2022. The NEC has transferred its powers to the National Working Committee (NWC) for approximately 90 days. The costs are expected to be an estimated N100 million for Presidential aspirants and approximately N50 million for Governorship contenders.
- ABUJA – 21 APR 2022 (02H30) UPDATE The National Executive Commission (NEC) noted that the form sales are expected to launch on Saturday, 23 April 2022, until 06 May 2022. Furthermore, the National Executive Commission (NEC) has confirmed 30 May 2022 and 31 May 2022 as the presidential primaries election day. Additionally, 18 May 2022 has expectedly been reserved for governorship elections. (01H55) The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the cost of expression of interest and nomination forms. This follows after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Thursday, 14 April 2022. The NEC has transferred its powers to the National Working Committee (NWC) for approximately 90 days. The costs are expected to be an estimated N100 million for Presidential aspirants and approximately N50 million for Governorship contenders.
- UGBOGUI – 21 APR 2022 (07H15) Over 15 communities in Edo State, in association with civil society organisations, have held a demonstration on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, on the Lagos-Benin Road in protest over herders’ activities which had resulted in deaths, damaged farm produce and forceful evictions. Community members who participated in the protest were Odiguetue, Ofintebe, Igolo, Okokuo, Abumwenre I and II, Obarenren, Uhiere, Uyimo I and II. Several demonstrators, including farmers, raised their grievances over the insecurity within their communities and the increase in food prices. The demonstrators have vowed to continue their demonstrations until their demands are addressed. Meanwhile, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, further assured the communities measures had been put in place to apprehend the herders.
- IWARE – 21 APR 2022 (09H30) Three people had died, and 19 others were injured following an explosion at a market in the Taraba state in the east of Nigeria on Tuesday evening, 19 April 2022. Local Police officers have confirmed the incident and stated that the explosion occurred within the community of Iware. The Police Spokesperson for Taraba, Usman Abdullahi, has stated that preliminary investigations indicate that the explosion could have been caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) that detonated. However, investigations are ongoing. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Boko Haram terrorist group is known to be active in the region.
- KURNARI – 21 APR 2022 (10H25) The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgents have carried out an attack in the Kurnari village, about three kilometres to Burutai in Biu Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State, on Wednesday evening, 20 April 2022. According to reports, an exchange of gunfire occurred during the attack between the ISWAP insurgents and security officials within the area. No casualties have been reported. However, investigations have been launched into the incident. Meanwhile, at least 72 Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgents have surrendered to the Nigerian Military in the northeast of Dikwa, Borno state.
- MAKURDI – 21 APR 2022 (15H00) The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) branch in Benue State is closed following a recent fire at the building. The fire, which occurred earlier today, 21 April 2022, had reportedly originated from the fuel dome of the bank. Director of Benue State Fire Service Donald Ikyaaza dispatched an emergency response team to the site after receiving information regarding the incident. Upon arrival, the team successfully contained the fire before it spread to other parts of the building and nearby shops. Further assessments regarding the cause of the fire are ongoing.
- GWAPAN – 21 APR 2022 (17H20) Peaceful protest reported at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH). The Spokesman of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NADR), Noel Nnaegbuna, stated that the protest aims to raise concerns regarding the deteriorating security situation surrounding doctors’ safety. Noel further stated that doctors are expected to interrupt service delivery for communities if the insecurities persist.
RWANDA – 21 APR 2022
- KIGALI – 21 APR 2022 (10H00) RwandAir has announced that it is working closely with Ugandan local authorities, including the Ugandan Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), following the incident at the Entebbe International Airport on Wednesday, 20 April 2022. According to reports, the RwandAir flight WB464 crash-landed on the side of the runway due to adverse weather, and no casualties were reported. Following the incident, the Entebbe International Airport’s main runway was closed, affecting other flights.
TANZANIA -21 APR 2022
- TABORA – 20 APR 2022 (23H40) Tanzania’s standard-gauge project’s third phase has expectedly launched in Makutupora. The third phase is set to construct a railway between Makutupora and Tabora. The 368km Makutupora – Tabora section is expected to have eight-passenger and freight stations in Manyoni, Itigi, Kazikazi, and others. Following the establishment, phase four is set to construct a railway between Tabora and Isaka, in addition to phase five is set between Isaka and Mwanza. The railway is expected to be 1219 kilometres (km) long and travel at approximately 160 km/h. 80% of the railway is expected to be constructed parallel to the original tracks. Additionally, 20% is set to be constructed on a new alignment due to sharp curves. Yapi Merkezi has allegedly provided US$1,9 billion for infrastructure works, including signalling, telecommunications and electrification. The contract has required the construction to be completed within three years and ten months.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 21 APR 2022 (07H30) The Workers’ Union of the Zambia Tanzania Railway Authority (TAZARA) has urged the management at the railway company to actualise the $500 million worth Bankable Business Plan recently formulated by the Board of Directors to address various operational challenges currently facing the company. The TAZARA President, Bevis Silumbe, has stated that the Bankable Business Plan allows the railway company to be self-sustaining to reduce its overdependence on the two shareholding governments of Tanzania and Zambia to meet operational costs and pay salaries for the workforce. The TAZARA Board of Directors approved a three-year Bankable Business Plan aimed at ensuring that the rail company runs as a viable entity in mid-2021. Meanwhile, TAZARA Head of Human Resources, John Tembo, noted that for TAZARA to reach its break-even point to start running as a self-sustainable and viable entity, it has to start hauling over 650,000 metric tonnes of cargo annually.
ZAMBIA – 21 APR 2022
- KASAMA – 21 APR 2022 (03H30) Vice President Mutale Nalumango travelled to Kasama Airport at approximately 09H35. Nalumango has addressed the public regarding the prerequisites for national development. Nalumango stated that the United Party for National Development (UPND) administration is set to promote peace. President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to improve the welfare of Zambians via additional development strategies. The strategies include increasing the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), the free-education policy and the empowerment initiatives.
- KITWE – 21 APR 2022 (10H45) The lecturers at the Copperbelt University (CBU) and its management are scheduled to hold negotiations after the union rejected a 4% salary increment. The management has further offered the union an additional 1% to the 4% increment. However, the union has rejected the offer yet again. The union has called on its members to continue to protest against the management proposal. This comes as the union is protesting in demand for a 12% increment.
ZIMBABWE – 21 APR 2022
- HARARE – 21 APR 2022 (09H15) The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) is scheduled to hold its Ordinary Session of the Politburo today, 21 April 2022, at the Zanu-PF Headquarters at 10H00. Thereafter, an Ordinary Session of the Central Committee will be held on Friday, 22 April 2022, from 10H00 at the ZANU-PF Headquarters in Harare.
- HARARE – 21 APR 2022 (11H00) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has dismissed Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission Commissioner Frank Muchengwa with immediate effect. Muchengwa’s dismissal reportedly follows recommendations made by a Tribunal set up to investigate his suitability to hold office. The Tribunal, led by retired Judge Justice Nicholas Ndou, presented its findings to President Mnangagwa at State House earlier today, 21 April 2022. Muchengwa had previously been suspended following allegations of improper conduct levelled against him. A replacement for Muchengwa is yet to be announced.
- HARARE – 21 APR 2022 (14H10) Zimbabwean Energy Minister Soda Zhemu announced that the Zimbabwe Government is exploring a new power supply agreement with Zambia. This follows after frequent breakdowns at the Eskom power plant, causing the power supply to be intermittent. Soda stated that Zimbabwe aims to achieve electricity self-sufficiency by 2023, when Unit 7 of the Hwange Thermal Power Plant, which is under construction, is expected to come on online.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 21 APR 2022
- 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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