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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 22 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 22 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 22 MAR 2022 (13H20) The Portuguese Government has announced relaxed travel restrictions for travellers from Angola and four other countries. This follows after the Portuguese Government recently approved an amendment to travel constraints applicable to air traffic within the scope of measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This allows travellers from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe to travel to Portugal. Additional entry rules remain applicable, such as a European Union (EU) approved COVID-19 Digital Certificate conducted within 72 hours prior to departure, to be allowed entry into Portugal.
- LUANDA – 22 MAR 2022 (13H00) The European Union (EU) has announced that the first EU-Angola Business Forum is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, 24 March 2022. The Forum is expected to include a series of public-private dialogues regarding Angola’s reforms with the aim of supporting private sector investment. In addition to the panels on 24 March 2022, bilateral meetings between businesses and Government officials are expected to also take place until 31 March 2022. The Forum is occurring within the framework of EU-Africa public-private sector dialogues supported by the EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) and jointly organised by the EU and the African Union (AU).
DEM. REP. CONGO – 22 MAR 2022
- ARU – 21 MAR 2022 (19H30) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has condemned a recent attack on displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) village of Gudda, Ituri province. During the incident on 19 March 2022, at least 12 people had been killed, whereafter the perpetrators also set several houses on fire and looted livestock and other supplies. The residents had recently returned to Gudda after previous internal displacement. The UNHCR has repeated its request for all parties to respect the humanitarian and civil character of settlements for displaced people, urging authorities to adhere to obligations under international law to protect and safeguard civilian lives. The DRC currently hosts an estimated 5,6 million displaced people, most of whom reside in the eastern part of the country in North and South Kivu, Ituri, and Tanganyika provinces.
- RUTSHURU – 22 MAR 2022 (14H30) The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) has announced that Military forces have successfully regained command of all M23 rebel positions within the territory of Rutshuru in North Kivu. This follows after the FARDC recently launched targeted Military operations against the M23 rebel movement in the Jomba region of Rutshuru. The operations have been ongoing since 19 March 2022. FARDC Sokola 2 Operations Spokesperson Colonel Njike Kaiko has stated that the M23 headquarters located on Mount Sabinyo in the Jomba Groupement had been destroyed on Saturday, 19 March 2022, following armed clashes between the two groups. Kaiko has further confirmed that M23 positions regained by the FARDC include Mount Sabinyo, Visoke and Mikeno, among others. The Spokesperson has further stated that eight M23 rebels and four FARDC soldiers have sustained fatal injuries during the operations. The Armed Forces have stated security operations are expected to continue in the region.
ESWATINI – 22 MAR 2022
- MBABANE – 21 MAR 2022 (19H20) The eSwatini Government has announced that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is currently conducting more than 40 road rehabilitation and construction projects across the country. These projects include the rehabilitation of the Mbabane-Bhunya road, the reconstruction of the Lubhuku low-level crossing, and the rehabilitation of the Manzawayo, Mthombe, Mveveni, Gwayini and Mahebedla river crossings following damages incurred due to dilapidated infrastructure and recently increased rainfalls. Efforts are also underway to improve drainage at the Matsapha Traffic Circle and reconstruct the Sigcineni to Sibovu feeder road. The works also include pothole filling on the Mhlaleni-Mahamba, Mafutseni-Mliba, Phondo-Bhunya, Ngwenya-Manzini, Langeni-Matsapha, Motshane-Matsamo, and Mbadlane-Simunye via Lonhlupheko roads.
- LOMAHASHA – 22 MAR 2022 (12H35) Protest reported at the Lomahasha Police station. The protest occurs as supporters of the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) are marching with the Head of International Relations, Siboniso Mkhabela, following the issuing of his arrest warrant. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area. Authorities are monitoring the situation.
- MANZINI – 22 MAR 2022 (14H00) Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) former Secretary-General (SG) Bakhe Sacolo and student Sethu Mavimbela are expected to appear in the Manzini Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 23 March 2022. This follows after Sacolo had been arrested along with several other SNUS members on 21 May 2021 following demonstrations in Manzini demanding justice for Thabani Nkomonye, a university student who had died due to alleged Police brutality in May 2021. The trial is scheduled to commence at 09H00. Members of the public and motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area surrounding the Manzini Magistrates Court for the duration of the court proceedings as protest action and ground travel disruptions are possible.
ETHIOPIA- 22 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 22 MAR 2022 (06H50) The Government has announced the establishment of a new joint Military cooperation agreement. The Ethiopian Government has approved cooperation with the Republic of Turkey on Military exercises and anti-piracy collaborations. The Council of Ministers (CoM) has stated that the agreement is expected to establish a framework for cooperation in education and training, joint Military exercises, defence industry construction, cyber-attack prevention, peacekeeping, financial cooperation, and anti-piracy campaigns. The operation is expected to reduce al-Shabaab activity in the area in addition to increasing safety.
- ADDIS ABABA – 22 MAR 2022 (15H00) Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has signed an agreement with Netherlands Sewell and Associates to utilise petroleum and natural gas resources in Ethiopia. The agreement states that Netherlands Sewell and Associates are expected to conduct surveys and feasibility studies in Ogaden, Somali Region, based on explorations previously conducted at 3,500 square kilometres in the region. Mines and Petroleum Minister Takele Uma Banti, Charge d’affaires of the United States (US) Embassy in Addis Ababa, Tracey Ann Jacobson, and Netherlands Sewell and Associates representatives attended the signing ceremony in Addis Ababa.
GHANA – 22 MAR 2022
- ACCRA – 22 MAR 2022 (03H15) The Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) has corresponded to the Minister of Finance over the high cost of living following the recent increase in fuel prices. TUC calls for the suspension of all taxes and levies on petrol, diesel, LPG, and kerosene. TUC General-Secretary Yaw Baah urged the Government to review the method of fuel pricing while mandating a reshuffle of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to evade the importation of crude oil.
KENYA – 22 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 21 MAR 2022 (20H00) The Kenyan Government has announced that the country’s drought victims are expected to increase to an estimated 3,5 million people by the end of May 2022. The prediction is reportedly based on the country’s Meteorological Department’s weather forecast. This follows as Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i recently stated that approximately 2,8 million people in the country’s 23 arid and semi-arid counties are in urgent need of food and water relief. Matiang’i has noted that the country’s drought has been caused by a situation of below-average rainfalls since 2021. Kenya’s drought situation has been induced by climate change, which has increased the amount and frequency of extreme weather conditions. The Cabinet Secretary has stated that a hybrid program of cash transfer and food distribution involving mobile network operators has been adopted to expedite access to relief for vulnerable groups. In an attempt to improve the resilience of communities affected by drought, the Government plans to construct several dams to store rainwater for use during dry seasons.
- NAIROBI – 22 MAR 2022 (15H20) The Governments of Kenya and Cuba have entered into an agreement to enhance cooperation in the health sector as part of ongoing efforts by the Kenyan Government to further improve access to healthcare in the country. The announcement follows the conclusion of a recent meeting between Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe and Cuban Ambassador to Kenya, Juan Manuel Rodriguez. The meeting resolved to expand further diplomatic engagement in the health sector for the benefit of the two countries.
LESOTHO – 22 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 22 MAR 2022 (04H20) The Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) has instructed all commercial banks in Lesotho to cease charging fees to consumers according to the Financial Institutions Act 2021 from 01 April 2022. CBL directs that accounts should be governed by a fee structure. This follows consultations with the commercial banks, including Standard Lesotho Bank, Nedbank Lesotho, FNB Lesotho and Lesotho Post Bank. The acting governor of CBL, Lehlomela Mohapi, stated that the directives aim to accomplish inclusivity, enhanced intermediation, and competitive banking products and services pricing.
MADAGASCAR – 22 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 22 MAR 2022 (13H20) The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Madagascar to Level 4 of its COVID-19 travel advisory list. Level 4 is the designation where the CDC advises against travel due to the potential to contract and spread the COVID-19 virus. The CDC currently has 121 countries listed at Level 4. The Centre suggests that travellers only travel to Madagascar after being inoculated against the COVID-19 virus and continuously observe strict health protocols upon arrival in the country.
MALAWI – 22 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 21 MAR 2022 (19H00) Chief Justice Rezine Mzikamanda has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed seven new judges to the Malawian High Court. The seven newly appointed judges include Gladys Gondwe, Chimbizgani Kacheche, Dick Sankhulani, Patrick Chirwa, Rosemary Kayira, Bruno Kalemba and Gloria Nomonde. Mzikamanda has stated that the seven judges are expected to address issues of case backlogs and delays currently being experienced at the High Court. The appointments are expected to come into effect immediately.
MOZAMBIQUE – 22 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 21 MAR 2022 (19H00) The Italian Government has reiterated its intentions to initiate the exploitation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the Rovuma Basin, Cabo Delgado, during the second half of 2022. The gas exploitation is expected to be undertaken by Italian major Eni in a project that includes Exxon Mobil and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The announcement follows a recent meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and visiting Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, in Maputo. Di Maio, who visited Mozambique together with Eni Cheif Executive Officer (CEO) Claudio Descalzi, has stated that an agreement has been reached to strengthen the energy partnership between the countries.
- MAPUTO – 22 MAR 2022 (00H15) Mozambique is expected to receive the first batch of Military equipment offered by the European Union (EU) in June 2022. This constructs amid EU measures to combat terrorism afflicting several districts of Cabo Delgado province since 2017. This follows President Filipe Nyusi’s visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, seeking support to counter terrorism in the country. The EU aid includes field hospitals, uniforms, tanks, helmets, boots and bulletproof vests.
- MAPUTO – 22 MAR 2022 (16H20) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 in humanitarian assistance in response to immediate requirements in Mozambique following the effects of Tropical Cyclone Gombe. This follows as torrential rainfalls and high wind speeds have impacted more than 400,000 people to date, resulting in more than 50 deaths and significant damage to housing, crops, and infrastructure in several districts of the country. The funding is expected to allow USAID to support Care International in providing urgently needed shelter and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance to support affected communities in the Nampula provinces in the country’s north-central region. USAID staff in Mozambique, South Africa, and the US are closely monitoring the humanitarian impacts of Tropical Cyclone Gombe in coordination with humanitarian partners and interagency partners throughout the region.
- ILHA DE MOÇAMBIQUE – 22 MAR 2022 (16H00) The Government has announced that Mozambique Electricity (EDM) has succeeded in reconnecting the district of Ilha de Moçambique in the country’s northern region to the national electricity grid. This follows after the island had previously been disconnected after Tropical Cyclone Gombe made landfall in the country between 12 March 2022 and 13 March 2022. Nampula EDM Representative Eduardo Pinto has stated that all 23 districts of the Nampula province have been reconnected to the national electricity network.
NIGERIA – 22 MAR 2022
- LAGOS – 21 MAR 2022 (20H00) The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced plans to inaugurate the recently constructed international terminal at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Ikeja on Tuesday, 22 March 2022. FAAN Spokesperson Faithful Hope-Ivbaze has stated that the terminal is among five others constructed via a bilateral arrangement between the Federal Government and the People’s Republic of China. Hope-Ivbaze has further stated that FAAN is also expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos State Government on the nine-kilometre Airport-Shasha-Alimosho Link Road, scheduled to be constructed by the State Government. The new Lagos MMIA terminal is set to be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari and is expected to generate approximately 3,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities for Nigerians. Hope-Ivbaze has noted that the terminal, which has the capacity to process 14 million passengers per annum, is also set to enhance passenger facilitation at the airport.
- ABUJA – 22 MAR 2022 (02H35) Protest expected by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) members at the Eagles Square on Saturday, 26 March 2022. Demonstrators will protest salaries, improvement in working conditions, non-issuance of kits and welfare for the rank and file. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police are aware of the protest.
- ABEOKUTA – 22 MAR 2022 (09H00) Authorities have announced the results of the recent Police operations in the state. Five suspects have been arrested during a robbery, whereas others fled the scene. Furthermore, two arrests have been made regarding the kidnapping of two siblings in the area. Security operations have been established to ensure the safety and security of the public.
- LAGOS – 22 MAR 2022 (09H35) President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the inauguration of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA). The construction had been started following a financial loan received from China in 2013 towards building new airports. The airport is 56,000 square feet and is capable of processing 14 million people. The airport has 66 check-in counters, five baggage collection carousels, 16 immigration desks at arrival and 28 at departures, eight security screening points, six boarding bridges, two food courts, four premium lounges, 22 guest rooms and a spa, 16 airline ticketing offices, visa on arrival and port health facility, as well as praying area, among others. The airport is further expected to provide 3,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities. The FAAN is expected to clear areas around the airport to increase aircraft parking space.
- ABUJA – 22 MAR 2022 (17H00) The Nigerian Government has announced a decision to discard mandatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing for fully-vaccinated travellers departing the country. Head of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, has confirmed that pre-departure PCR testing will no longer be required with effect from Monday, 04 April 2022. Mustapha has noted that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers shall be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before departure or do a day-two and day-seven test on arrival. Mustapha has further stated that the revision of the international travel protocol follows after the Government reviewed the epidemiological situation across the globe.
RWANDA – 22 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 22 MAR 2022 (05H20) The Ministry of Health has established updated safety measures regarding the prevention of yellow fever. This follows after Kenya confirmed a case of yellow fever on 05 March 2022. Travellers are expected to provide a yellow fever vaccination certificate when travelling from yellow fever endemic countries. Travellers from countries exposed to yellow fever who wish to enter Rwanda are expected to provide a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate in addition to having a fever of less than 38.5 Celsius. Travellers are additionally requested to consent to self-report any symptoms for several days after entering the country. Travellers who have invalid certificates are expected to be quarantined until the certificate is validated. In addition, travellers who have no vaccine certifications are expected to receive vaccinations upon entry.
TANZANIA – 22 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 22 MAR 2022 (10H10) The Minister of State, Selamani Jafo, has released their findings following an investigation of the pollution in the Mara river on 14 March 2022. Team Leader Professor Samwel Manyele stated that animal faeces in the area are expected to have caused the odour and pollution of the river after being washed into the river by heavy rainfall in the area. Furthermore, Manyele stated that the decomposed invasive weeds in the area have expectedly caused the decreased oxygen and deaths of aquatic life in the river. Jafo has noted that Government efforts are underway to ensure the protection of the public.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 22 MAR 2022 (18H00) Tanzanian President Samia Hassan has announced plans to launch the process of drafting a new constitution following the conclusion of the 2025 general elections. The State House has released a statement indicating that the new constitution is among several other long-term issues that are expected to be addressed after the 2025 elections. The announcement follows an increase in pressure from activists and opposition parties demanding a new constitution.
ZAMBIA – 22 MAR 2022
- KANSANSHI – 21 MAR 2022 (20H10) First Quantum Minerals has announced plans to electrify its copper mines in Zambia through a $500 million solar and wind energy installation funded by a TotalEnergies-backed company and Chariot. This follows as electricity outages have previously had adverse effects on mining operations in the country. First Quantum has stated that a 230 megawatt (mW) solar plant and a 200 mW wind farm are expected to be constructed to supply the Kansanshi and Sentinel mines, which collectively produced 434,847 metric tons of copper in 2021. Total Eren, almost 30% owned by TotalEnergies, and Chariot Transitional Power, a unit of London-listed Chariot, is expected to fund, construct and operate the project. Construction work is expected to commence in 2023.
ZIMBABWE – 22 MAR 2022
- VICTORIA FALLS – 21 MAR 2022 (20H10) The United Kingdom (UK)-based Kibo Energy company has acquired the Victoria Falls Solar Power Park project at £10 million. Kibo Energy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Louis Coetzee has confirmed the acquisition of the project from Broomfield International. Coetzee has stated that the project rollout is being implemented in phases of 25 megawatts (mW), starting with five mW being connected to the national power grid in April 2022 and 20 mW by December 2022. This follows as the demand for fully renewable power in Zimbabwe is being identified as a national priority and supported by a Zimbabwean Government policy directed at infrastructure investment.
- BULAWAYO – 22 MAR 2022 (12H15) The Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe is expected to launch the usage of e-passports in Bulawayo on Wednesday, 23 March 2022. The e-passports are expected to alter the Identification Documents (ID) and passports of Zimbabwean Nationals as the two documents are expected to combine as one. The e-passports have been launched by the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, for increased security and the change to a modern and digitalised economy.
- HARARE – 22 MAR 2022 (17H30) The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting has announced that Cabinet has approved the Prisons and Correctional Services Bill, 2022. The Bill seeks to focus the Correctional Services on restorative justice through rehabilitation in contrast to the incarceration of offenders. The Ministry has stated that the parole system is expected to be broadened to provide for the eligibility of every prisoner to apply for parole regardless of the nature of their sentences. The Bill is also set to extend an inmate’s right to consult with a medical practitioner of their choice at their own expense.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 22 MAR 2022
- REP. CONGO: The Ugandan Embassy in Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government are expected to host a joint Business Forum between 22 March 2022 and 24 March 2022.
- ANGOLA: The European Union (EU) has announced that the first EU-Angola Business Forum is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, 24 March 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: The Zanu PF Information and Publicity Secretary Christopher Mutsvangwa announced that the party has scheduled its Politburo meeting for Thursday, 24 March 2022, at the party’s headquarters in Harare.
- ZIMBABWE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa has proclaimed Saturday, 26 March 2022 as the date of the by-elections to fill the vacant National Assembly constituency seats and council wards as required by the Constitution.
- NIGERIA: Protest expected by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) members at the Eagles Square on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
- NIGERIA: The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the Party has instead notified the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC of its decision to conduct zonal congresses on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: The National Assembly is expected to hold by-elections for vacancies in the National Assembly on 26 March 2022.
- ZIMBABWE: The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Zimtrade, has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade and Investment Conference is expected to be held in Harare from 28 March 2022 to 01 April 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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