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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 22 APR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 22 APR 2022
- LUANDA – 22 APR 2022 (03H10) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tete Antonio, has received the Kenyan Ambassador to Angola, Josphat Maikara. The meeting included discussions to strengthen the bilateral relations between the States. Furthermore, the members discussed exchanges of high-level visits and the timing and programming of the meetings in the region. The members further discussed international events expected during 2022.
- CABINDA – 22 APR 2022 (08H00) An opposition party in Angola, Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola–Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), has announced that nine of its members were arrested on Wednesday, 20 April 2022, while displaying coalition flags in the city of Cabinda in preparation for the visit of its President Manuel Fernandes on Monday, 25 April 2022. The Presidential College of CASA-CE has further condemned the actions of the Police in Cabinda and has accused the Police of violating the rights of the members in full exercise of their political rights. This comes as the President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, arrived in Cabinda on Thursday, 21 April 2022.
- LUANDA – 22 APR 2022 (08H30) The tactical forces of the Rapid Intervention Police, Criminal Investigation Service (SIC) and Directorate for the Investigation of Criminal Illicits (DIIP), have arrested two suspects who allegedly attempted to rob a bank in Alvalade, Luanda, on 21 April 2022. During the robbery, the suspects were in possession of a weapon and shot a taxi driver fatally while attempting to flee. The authorities have stated that three suspects were arrested, while two others hid in a building near the Hotel Alvalade, where they were later captured and detained. The suspects are due to appear before the High Court in Luanda.
- LUANDA – 22 APR 2022 (09H30) The Ombudsman’s Offices of Angola and Mozambique have signed a bilateral cooperation agreement on Thursday, 21 April 2022, in Luanda, in cooperation of defence of the rights, freedoms and safety of the citizens of the two countries. The agreement aims to create conditions for sharing knowledge and exchange of experiences, for institutional strengthening, and to facilitate citizens’ access in the country and in the diaspora to the respective State. During the signing ceremony, the two countries also intend to carry out periodic exchanges of informative, didactic and study materials, as well as to encourage the exchange of information and legislation. Furthermore, Angola has already expanded the services of the Ombudsman to the provinces of Bengo, Cunene, Malanje, Lunda Sul, Cuanza Sul and Huambo, in addition to Luanda.
- MALONGO – 22 APR 2022 (12H45) The Lifua A oil platform at the Campo de Malongo, in Cabinda is expected to be launched by June 2022. This comes after the project coordinator, Suzana Costa, received the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, as part of the three-day visit to the province of Cabinda. The project, budgeted at $60 million, is expected to commence production by the end of 2023. The oil platform, the first under construction in the country, plans to drill oil wells in Block-0 and create 300 direct jobs. The project aims to support the exploration of gas and oil in the Takula field, Block-0. The Lifua A is an oil project by the multinational Chevron, through its subsidiary in Angola, Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC).
BOTSWANA – 22 APR 2022
- GABORONE – 22 APR 2022 (06H00) 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), today, 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, will be preceded by the Senior Officials and the Ministerial Sessions, which will take place between 19 April 2022 and 21 April 2022.
DEM. REP. CONGO -22 APR 2022
- LUBUMBASHI – 22 APR 2022 (06H50) Prime Minister Sama Lukonde Kyenge has embarked on a working visit to the province of Haut-Katanga, in Lubumbashi to launch the round table on peaceful coexistence between communities within Haut-Katanga. The Round Table for Peaceful Cohabitation in Haut-Katanga is scheduled to take place today, 22 April 2022. 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.
- KALEMIE – 22 APR 2022 (13H00) A delegation from the 5th Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations has arrived in Kalemie, within the province of Tanganyika, today, 22 April 2022. This comes as the delegation plans to hold a meeting regarding the transition plan for Tanganyika following the withdrawal of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) from the province. MONUSCO plans to present the five themes of the withdrawal strategy to the UN General Assembly delegation. MONUSCO also intends to discuss over the Disarmament, Demobilization, Community Recovery and Stabilization Program (PDDRCS) program and its implementation in Tanganyika.
ESWATINI – 22 APR 2022
- MBABANE – 22 APR 2022 (06H10) The Mbabane local authorities have announced that the Mbabane Filling station has been damaged due to a fire incident on Thursday evening, 21 April 2022. Emergency services had been dispatched to the scene in an attempt to quell the fire before reaching the tankers or gasoline pumps. Investigations have been launched to determine the cause of the fire.
ETHIOPIA- 22 APR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 22 APR 2022 (12H15) Ethiopian Airlines Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO), UTD Aviation Solutions and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on MRO services in pursuance to the Brown Condor Initiative (BCI). The Brown Condor Initiative (BCI) is a joint initiative which was conceptualized in 2020 and officially launched by UTD Aviation Solutions and AFRAA in May 2021. The BCI project is aimed at providing a platform for AFRAA members with Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facilities to relieve United States of America (USA) MRO workforce challenges in terms of facilities and constraints, as well as support other airlines from the USA in MRO services and aircraft spares. The Secretary-General of AFRAA, Abdérahmane Berthé, has stated that the agreement is effective in the Brown Condor project. The MoU will develop collaboration between AFRAA member Airlines’ associated MROs with US Airlines, MROs, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Distributors and other US civil aviation organizations companies. Furthermore, through the joint initiative, UTD Aviation and AFRAA seek to re-establish the African aviation renaissance in MRO services and aircraft spares.
GHANA – 22 APR 2022
- ACCRA – 22 APR 2022 (02H00) The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has announced the results of a two-day intelligence-driven search operation. The operation led by the Anti-Robbery Squad confirmed the arrests of approximately six suspected robbers during the operation. The officers allegedly confiscated a vehicle, a locally manufactured firearm, in addition to a foreign firearm, a cache of ammunition and other items. The suspects are allegedly assisting Police with further investigations.
KENYA -22 APR 2022
- KAPSABET – 22 APR 2022 (00H00) Police arrested Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei on Thursday, 21 April 2022. This follows after the Police received an arrest warrant for Cherargei due to him allegedly disturbing court proceedings. Charargei has appeared in court originally due to his case on hate speech. The Courts have directed officers to investigate the claims of Cherargei, disturbing court hearings.
- NAIROBI – 22 APR 2022 (11H35) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed the death of former Kenyan Head of State, Mwai Kibaki, at the age of 90 years. Kibaki served as President from 2002 until 2013. President Kenyatta has ordered the Kenyan flag to be flown at half-mast from today, 22 April 2022, until Kibaki’s funeral. Kenyatta has also stated that the former President will be given a state funeral, with further details regarding the services to be announced in due course.
- NAIROBI – 22 APR 2022 (11H15) Heads of State participating in the East African Community (EAC) Summit in Nairobi have agreed to launch a political process under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The process is expected to facilitate consultation between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government and local armed groups in the DRC. During the Summit, participants reiterated that a consultative dialogue must urgently be undertaken between President Felix Tshisekedi and representatives of the local armed groups in the eastern region of the DRC in a bid to restore peace and security. President Tshisekedi is expected to convene a consultative meeting today, 22 April 2022. All armed groups active in the country are called upon to participate unconditionally in the political dialogue.
LESOTHO – 22 APR 2022
- MASERU – 21 APR 2022 (23H45) The Government is expected to approve a new crime-fighting entity, the Association of Government Ethics and Fraud Prevention Lesotho (AGEFPL). The entity is set to operate with existing entities, namely security personnel, law enforcement agencies and policing forums. The entity is expected to provide crime-fighting entities with skills to combat fraud. Reports indicate that the entity’s establishment follows the increased fraud cases in the region. The establishment is expected to divide security responsibilities between the Government and Private sectors.
- MASERU – 22 APR 2022 (10H40) The Minister of Home Affairs in Lesotho, Motlalentoa Letsosa, is scheduled to hold a media briefing today, 22 April 2022, at 14H00, at the Ministry of Home Affairs Boardroom. The briefing will focus on revised procedures for applying for citizenship and indefinite residence permits. This comes after the launch of the Residence Permit Facilitation Centre in Maseru.
MADAGASCAR – 22 APR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 22 APR 2022 (07H30) Orange Madagascar and the Association of Pharmacists of Madagascar (APM) have signed a partnership agreement in order to improve connectivity to facilitate the daily operations of pharmacists in Madagascar. The President of the APM, Hortense Randrianaivo, and The General Manager of Orange Madagascar, Frédéric Debord, held a signing ceremony on Thursday, 21 April 2022. Through the agreement, Orange Madagascar will be responsible for social ties and introduce benefits of new technologies to the country. Orange Madagascar will support the APM, particularly in terms of connectivity, which will improve its communication capacities, and support the association in the renewal of its directory of members, as well as in the deployment of its communication tools. In addition to connectivity, Orange Madagascar and APM intend to work together to implement projects with strong social impacts such as the collection of unexpired medicines, crowdfunding through Orange Money.
MALAWI – 22 APR 2022
- LILONGWE – 22 APR 2022 (04H30) The United Democratic Front (UDF) has announced the suspension of Chikwawa District Governor Frighton Mphompho. This follows after Mphompho opened a case against the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director-General Martha Chizuma over the circulated Chizuma audio. The audio has allegedly revealed official information to an unauthorised person. The UDF is expected to announce a substitute District Governor for the Chikwawa region.
- LUMBADZI – 22 APR 2022 (09H15) Vice President, Saulos Klaus Chilima, is expected to travel to the United States of America (USA) today, 22 April 2022. This comes as President of the Republic of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, assigned Vice President Chilima to form and lead the Malawi Delegation to an Economic and Social Council Forum for Financing Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. The Economic and Social Council Forum for Financing Development will be held from 25 April 2022 to 28 April 2022. Meanwhile, demonstrations have been reported at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lumbadzi.
- BLANTYRE – 22 APR 2022 (12H10) The Supreme Court of Appeal has set 17 May 2022 as the date for delivering a judgment in the K1,7 billion case involving former President Bakili Muluzi. This follows after Muluzi, through his lawyers, previously appealed a High Court judgement which ruled in favour of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), invoking Section 32(2) (c) of the Corrupt Practices Act. Muluzi is accused of diverting K1,7 billion of donor funds into his personal bank account. This follows as Section 32(2)(c) of the Act states that if a person is found in possession of any unexplained property, it is presumed that the property or income had been obtained corruptly. High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Acting Registrar Kondwani Banda confirmed that judgement in the case of Elson Bakili Muluzi vs Attorney General is scheduled to be delivered in Blantyre on 17 May 2022.
MOZAMBIQUE -22 APR 2022
- MAPUTO – 21 APR 2022 (23H20) The Council of the European Union (EU), through the European Peace Facility, is expected to increase their support for the Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (FADM). The Council is expected to provide an additional estimated €45 million. The additional assistance is set to increase the EU’s support toward capacity buildings and the deployment of FADM forces trained at the EU training mission in Mozambique. The two-year mission is expected to provide 140 training troops following a request from the Mozambican Government. The troops are expected to be provided to Campo Militar do Dongo for the training of Commandos. Additionally, the Katembe is set to be utilised for Marine training.
- MAPUTO – 22 APR 2022 (06H40) About eight international companies have bid their interest in the construction of the Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric project. This comes after a tender in December 2021, and the companies include Longyuan Power and PowerChina, Sumitomo and Kansai, and Norway, led by Scatec, and another led by an electric utility, Electricity of France (EDF). As well as Mauritius and Zambia, led by ETC Holdings Mauritius and firms from Italy and Zimbabwe, WeBuild Group. The development in the process is the evaluation of the selected company’s Statements of Qualifications (SOQ,) and after the evaluation is completed, the Qualification Process (RFP) will be launched to culminate with the submission of proposals for the development of the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydropower project from the pre-qualified applicants.
NIGERIA – 22 APR 2022
- ABUJA – 21 APR 2022 (19H05) The Chief of Operations, Major General Oluwafemi Akinjobi, announced the deployment of 173 troops in Guinea Bissau. The deployment of peacekeepers is due to the rising insecurity of the country. Akinjobi stated that the nation strives to ensure security and stability in Africa through collective security. Akinjobi assured that the troops who have undergone four weeks of intensive training, including cordon and search and weapon handling, are adequately equipped to keep the peace in the mission area.
- ABUJA – 22 APR 2022 (07H10) The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, is expected to host all Presidential candidates in the 2023 General Election for an Iftar dinner at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, on Saturday, 23 April 2022, at 18H30. The candidates invited to the dinner include eight candidates from the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and several others.
- LAGOS – 22 APR 2022 (08H40) A petrol-laden tanker exploded at Ajegunle Bus-Stop, around Alagbado, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, on Friday, 22 April 2022, at about 03H00. According to the reports, the explosion erupted near residences and stores. Emergency officials, including firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service, are on the scene and are assessing the situation. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
- GAIDAM – 22 APR 2022 (11H00) More than 22 people have died during an attack in the Geidem town in Gaidam Local Government Area of Yobe State on Wednesday evening, 21 April 2022. Suspected insurgents carried out an attack in the vicinity of Gaidam and set alight the staff quarters of the Government Science and Technical College. According to reports, the insurgents attacked a local bar in the town around 22H00, and carried out a mass killing during the attack. Thereafter, the suspects reportedly proceeded to Augwar Kweri and killed about 11 people. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP)/ Boko Haram are known to have carried out attacks in the area.VB
RWANDA – 22 APR 2022
- RWANDA – KIGALI – KIGALI – 22 APR 2022 (05H00) Rwanda is expected to alternate security personnel in the Central African Republic (CAR). Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Felix Namuhoranye noted that approximately 320 officers are set to be deployed under the United Nations (UN) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Rwanda Formed Police Unit-Two (RWAFPU-2) is set to receive an estimated 180 soldiers to be deployed on 22 April 2022 for a peacekeeping mission in Kaga Bandora. RWAFPU-1 is expected to receive approximately 140 officers in the capital Bangui after the lapse of the current officers’ deployment. The Formed Police Units are expected to specialise in public order management, protection of displaced persons, delivery of humanitarian aid, escort duties and protection of UN facilities.
TANZANIA -22 APR 2022
- DODOMA – 22 APR 2022 (14H10) Deputy Minister of State Festo Dugange has announced that the country is expected to employ over 32,000 new employees in various sectors. Dugange stated that 7,612 new employees are designated primarily for health care facilities. Dugange has noted that 32,604 new employment opportunities are expected to be occupied during the process. Dugange further noted that the employment process is set to be completed by 30 June 2022.
- DAR ES SALAM – 22 APR 2022 (17H30) The Tanzania National Roads Authority (TANROADS) has announced that the Tanzanite Bridge is expected to be closed for a period of two days between 23 April 2022 and 24 April 2022. The closure is scheduled from 06H00 on Saturday, 23 April 2022, to 18H00 on Sunday, 24 April 2022, to allow routine maintenance operations. Motorists are advised to use Ali Hassan Mwinyi or Kaunda Roads as alternative routes during the bridge closure period.
ZAMBIA – 22 APR 2022
- LUSAKA – 22 APR 2022 (11H15) UPDATE The Intercity Bus Terminus has been closed due to the disruption on Dedan Kimathi Road. Reports have indicated that the demonstrators are throwing stones at vehicles and setting several buildings alight. This unrest is due to bus drivers and bus owners that raised their grievances over the United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres who allegedly harassed them and extorted money. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene. (10H30) Protest reported on the Dedan Kimathi Road at the Intercity bus terminus in Lusaka. The demonstrators have blockaded the road with burning tyres. Security and military personnel have been dispatched to the scene to maintain order within the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
ZIMBABWE – 22 APR 2022
- MUTARE – 22 APR 2022 (10H30) The Government of Japan has provided more than $300,000 to fund the purchase of medical equipment and provide training for medical personnel in a recently launched project. The funding is expected to benefit more than 190,000 villagers residing in remote communities of the Manicaland province. The project is being implemented by the United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS) and aims to increase the accessibility of essential emergency medical services. UNOPS Country Manager Djibrilla Mazin has stated that the project is expected to complement the Government’s efforts to restore normalcy in three of the province’s districts, including Chipinge, Nyanga and Mutasa, following the effects of Cyclone Idai in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 22 APR 2022
- ZIMBABWE: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially launch the 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), which is scheduled to be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 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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