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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 23 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 23 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 22 MAR 2022 (19H30) President Joao Lourenco has received the Advisor at the Saudi Royal Court, Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan and his delegation at the Presidential Palace in Luanda. President Lourenço conveyed his greetings and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, as well as to the Government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The meeting has been set to address the bilateral relations between the countries in addition to enhancing and developing the bilateral relations.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 23 MAR 2022
- NIZI – 22 MAR 2022 (20H20) Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has announced the closure of two of its hospitals in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to concerns regarding increasing insecurity in the region. The organisation’s Programme Manager Olivier Maizoue has stated that MSF has decided to close their medical facilities in the Ituri province after failing to obtain assurances of the safety of their patients and staff. The suspension of operations is expected to affect two hospitals operated by MSF in the towns of Nizi and Bambu in the north-eastern DRC. The closure of the hospitals follow four months after unidentified armed men launched an attack on a convoy of MSF in the territory of Djugu. The organisation has stated that operations are set to remain suspended until the security situation improves.
ESWATINI – 23 MAR 2022
- NKALASHANE – 22 MAR 2022 (19H15) Government officials at the Ministry of Natural Resources have conducted an inspection visit to the E4,5 million water project at Nkalashane in the Lubombo Region. Authorities have stated that the project is expected to benefit an estimated 614 households and two schools in the region upon its completion. The project is funded by the eSwatini Government in collaboration with World Vision and Water Aid. The facility is set to be handed over to the community as part of the World Water Day commemoration today, 22 March 2022.
- MANZINI – 23 MAR 2022 (14H50) UPDATE Protest reported outside the Manzini Magistrates Court. Reports indicate that eSwatini Police forces have opened fire at demonstrators in an attempt to disperse the protest action. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (13H10) Activists have gathered at the Manzini Magistrates Court in Manzini, eSwatini, in solidarity with Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) former Secretary-General (SG) Bakhe Sacolo and student Sethu Mavimbela. The two student activists are on trial following charges of destruction of a Police Station in Manzini on 21 May 2021. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area as ground travel disruptions are likely. (06H00) 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 today, 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- 23 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 23 MAR 2022 (14H05) The Ethiopian Government has established a committee that is expected to improve the country’s banking sector. This is expected to allow Kenyan lenders such as the Central Bank of Kenya (KCB) Group to establish operations in the country. The committee has reportedly initiated efforts to amend Ethiopia’s financial code to ease restrictions on foreign banks making investments in the country. The new regulation on the country’s banking sector is expected to allow the improvement of the financial sector. The Head of the committee, Legal and Justice Service Division State Minister at the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice, Alemante Agidew, has stated that the first draft of the financial service code is expected to be completed by December 2022.
- ADDIS ABABA – 23 MAR 2022 (16H20) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has held discussions with the United States (US) Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa (HoA), David Satterfield. During the meeting, the two officials held discussions on bilateral issues of mutual interest. Mekonnen has reiterated the Government’s commitment to allow unimpeded access to humanitarian operations in the Tigray region. However, Mekonnen has raised concerns regarding the obstructions of humanitarian assistance due to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLFs) continued provocation of adjacent regions. The Minister has also briefed Satterfield on ongoing peace initiatives that the Government of Ethiopia has taken to ensure enduring peace and stability in the country. Mekonnen has mentioned the release of political figures from detention, the lifting of the State of Emergency before its due date, and the positive measures reached in establishing a national dialogue Commission and electing its Commissioners. The US Department of State has stated that the Special Envoy is also set to meet African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) officials and representatives of humanitarian organisations during their official visit to Ethiopia.
GHANA – 23 MAR 2022
- ACCRA – 22 MAR 2022 (19H40) The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and Roche Products Ghana Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve healthcare for non-communicable diseases. The MoU provides a framework for collaboration between the two parties for improved healthcare quality for non-communicable conditions, emphasising cancer care. Roche Products Ghana Limited Country Manager Philip Anderson has reiterated the readiness of Roche to collaborate with the Association throughout the partnership to ensure the objectives are achieved. The areas of interest include oncology, immunology, ophthalmology, infectious diseases and diseases of the central nervous system.
- ACCRA – 23 MAR 2022 (08H45) Spokesperson for the Vice-President Gideon Boako has announced that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to address the nation on Thursday 07 April 2022. The meeting on the state of the economy is to be held in the Cape Coast area. This follows after requests have been made for Bawumia to address the economic challenges, including price hikes on fuel and commodities and continuous depreciation of the Cedi. Bawumia is expected to address the factors that resulted in Ghana’s economic decline and what actions the Government has taken to address the situation.
KENYA – 23 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 22 MAR 2022 (19H30) The Kenyan Government has gazetted prices for motorists utilising the Nairobi Expressway upon completion of the ongoing road project. The gazette notice states that each motorist on the Nairobi Expressway is expected to be required to produce a fee of between Sh310 and Sh100 to utilise the road. The charges are expected to depend on the distance travelled. In addition, the gazette states that two-wheeled motor vehicles will not be allowed access to the expressway.
- KILIFI – 23 MAR 2022 (09H10) Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has issued an assessment report indicating that at least 219,000 people residing in Kilifi County have been affected by the ongoing drought situation. The figure exceeds the previous 145,000 people that had been affected in the previous assessment report. In addition, an increased rate of livestock deaths of more than 9,500 fatalities has also been registered due to a lack of water and pasture. NDMA Kilifi County Director Adam KhHeri Ndamungu has noted that the rates of children at risk of malnutrition have decreased. Ndamungu has stated that the Government and local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have expedited efforts to mitigate the depreciated drought situation by distributing food aid to affected communities.
- NAIROBI – 23 MAR 2022 (09H00) The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has issued new COVID-19 regulations for travellers arriving in the country. The Authority has stated that all travellers arriving in Kenya through any point of entry are required to have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination. The KCAA has noted that the regulations are applicable to all travellers with an exemption of travellers with medical conditions precluding vaccination. Travellers who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection or received convalescent plasma within the preceding 90 days are also exempted from the directive. In addition, the KCAA has also exempted returning unvaccinated Kenyans who are unable to access vaccines. However, these individuals are required to be vaccinated immediately upon arrival and must register for vaccination on the Chanjo-Ke platform before departure. Proof of registration shall be required before entry into the country.
LESOTHO – 23 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 23 MAR 2022 (07H15) The Lesotho Government has agreed to apply the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) procedures. The Minister of Social Development, Minister of Education and Technical Education, Minister of Health and others has agreed to apply the MTEF procedures in their respective ministries. The guidelines provide public institutions with guidance on how to prepare their medium-term budget estimates for the 2022 Budget.
MADAGASCAR – 23 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 23 MAR 2022 (15H20) The Ministry of Economy and Finance has announced the launch of a series of budget conferences in preparation for the 2023 State Budget in Antsohihy. The conferences form part of the Ministry’s policy to strengthen and improve budgetary transparency and are expected to continue within Madagascar’s 23 regions until 01 April 2022. The events are expected to be attended by local authorities, private sector actors, civil society organisations and parliamentarians. During the conferences, participants are expected to discuss the prioritisation of a multi-annual approach. The data from the regional budget meetings are expected to be taken into account during the preparation of the initial Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for the year 2023-2025.
MALAWI – 23 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 22 MAR 2022 (19H00) Health authorities have announced the launch of a campaign aimed at vaccinating more than nine million children against the poliovirus in four countries in southern and eastern Africa following an outbreak in Malawi. Currently, the vaccination campaign is ongoing in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, as well as in the country’s largest city, Blantyre. The vaccination drive is expected to be extended to the neighbouring countries of Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia within the following week. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and other partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, are supporting Governments with the urgent vaccination drive.
- LILONGWE – 22 MAR 2022 (20H00) The Malawian Parliament has announced the passing of the Peace and Unity Bill. The Bill provides the legal basis for the establishment of national institutions mandated to promote and uphold peace and conflict prevention in the country. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has communicated its support for the formulation process of the Bill, stating that it is expected to facilitate the establishment of the Malawi Peace and Unity Commission.
MOZAMBIQUE – 23 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 22 MAR 2022 (19H30) A team of European Union (EU) observers have arrived in Mozambique to initiate preparations for the upcoming election cycle in the country. This follows after Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) recently approved a proposal that schedules 11 October 2023 as the date for the sixth municipal elections across the country. The EU Observation Mission’s Head, Deputy Ignacio Sanchez Amor, has stated that the visit is aimed at assessing the level of implementation of proposals previously made by the European Parliament following the 2019 general elections. Deputy Amor made the announcement following the conclusion of a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Verónica Macamo.
- NANGADE – 22 MAR 2022 (21H30) United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov has announced that more than 24,000 civilians have been displaced in the Nangade District. This follows a series of attacks by armed groups between January 2022 and March 2022. Boris has requested immediate humanitarian assistance and protection services in the region. The UNHCR is establishing reception and communal facilities for internally displaced individuals.
- PEMBA – 23 MAR 2022 (07H30) The Mozambican Army has announced the results of recent Military operations in Matemo, Cabo Delgado. General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Defence of Mozambique (FADM) Commander Joaquim Mangrasse has reported approximately 20 fatalities of terrorists and four civilian casualties during the 3-day operation. Furthermore, the FADM has confiscated six vessels expected to have supplied food to the terrorist. The operation is expected to decrease terrorist activity in the Cabo Delgado Province.
- MAPUTO – 23 MAR 2022 (11H00) The Mozambican Presidency has announced that President Filipe Nyusi is scheduled to embark on an official working visit to the Kingdom of Jordan between 23 March 2022 and 25 March 2022. The Presidency has stated that the working visit forms part of efforts to strengthen cooperation relations between the two countries in several areas of mutual concern. During the event, the Head of State is expected to be accompanied by the Interior Minister Arsénia Massingue and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Manuel Gonçalves, as well as members of staff from the Presidency and other State institutions.
- NICUADALA – 23 MAR 2022 (14H00) The National Road Number one (EN1) highway in the Nicoadala district, Zambézia province, has reopened to traffic. This follows four days after the EN1 had been closed to motorists to allow road maintenance operations at the aqueduct junction. During the initial phase, strictly light motor vehicles are permitted to travel on the roadway.
NIGERIA – 23 MAR 2022
- LAGOS – 22 MAR 2022 (19H10) President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the three million metric tonnes Dangote Fertiliser Plant in Lagos. The inauguration ceremony occurred at the Lagos Free Trade Zone, Lekki. The President has stated that the project follows in line with Government efforts to ensure food sufficiency in the country. The plant is also expected to enhance the socio-economic development of the country. Dangote Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aliko Dangote has stated that the plant is the largest in Africa and the second-largest urea plant in the world. Dangote has further noted that the project is expected to significantly reduce unemployment in Nigeria. Phase one of the Dangote Fertiliser project is estimated to produce three million metric tonnes of urea per annum.
- UYO – 23 MAR 2022 (02H00) The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has declared one Etienne Malachy Akpan, also known as Anthony Malachy Akpan, wanted for escaping trial in the state. Akpan escaped within the court premises after being brought for the continuation of his trial. The Command Public Relations Officer SP Odiko Macedon stated that the suspect has been on trial for kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, and terrorism in the state. The Command urged public members to provide information on the whereabouts of the suspect.
- ABUJA – 23 MAR 2022 (10H40) The Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) has signed a $50 million agreement to deliver gas to the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC). The contract is expected to allow the NGMC to supply between 125 to 250 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf) of gas to the NDPHC. The agreement is set to result in an additional 800 megawatts (mW) of power to the country’s national grid.
- KAGORO – 23 MAR 2022 (13H20) The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the deaths of 34 people following a recent attack in the Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) of the State. Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has stated that 34 corpses have been recovered by security agencies following an attack in the LGA that occurred on Sunday, 20 March 2022. Aruwan has stated that four locations had been targeted during the incident, including Tsonje, Agban, Katanga and Kadarko, located within Kagoro Chiefdom of Kaura LGA. The Commissioner has noted that two Military personnel are among the 34 deceased. An estimated 200 houses and 32 shops were destroyed in fires during the attack. Aruwan has stated that security operations are underway in an effort to stabilise the situation in the area.
- LAGOS – 23 MAR 2022 (15H35) UPDATE The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has requested motorists to use alternative routes for Lagos Island-bound commuters and motorists following the recent fire in the Apongbon area of the island. NEMA South-West Zonal Coordinator Ibrahim Farinloye has stated that the Federal Ministry of Works has closed the bridge to conduct integrity tests to determine the safety of the bridge for further usage. (11H55) Reports indicate that the ongoing fire in Apongbon, Lagos Island, has reportedly destroyed ten shops in the area. Motorists are advised that the Eko bridge has been closed to traffic due to the incident. Efforts are underway by emergency firefighter responders to contain the fire. (10H30) Fire reported in the vicinity of the Apongbon market on Lagos Island, Lagos. Reports indicate that several shops have been damaged during an ongoing fire at the Apongbon market. The fire is also causing a significant backlog of traffic on the Eko bridge. The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time. Federal and Lagos fire services are on the scene and attempting to contain the fire. Motorists and members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
- ABUJA – 23 MAR 2022 (16H00) Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has officially announced his candidacy for President during the upcoming 2023 elections. Abubakar, who is a member of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the announcement during a press briefing in Abuja today, 23 March 2022. Abubakar seeks to succeed current President Muhammadu Buhari, who is set to complete his second and final term as President of Nigeria in May 2023.
- LAGOS – 23 MAR 2022 (16H30) The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has raised concerns regarding the loss of oil output on a major pipeline due to theft amid increasing global crude prices. The Union has stated that producers receive an estimated 5% of crude volumes pumped through the Trans Niger Pipeline during the period from October 2021 to February 2022. PENGASSAN has stated that the losses from the line are primarily due to vandalism and theft. This follows as Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele recently stated that the losses are having a debilitating impact on Government revenues and foreign exchange reserves. PENGASSAN officials have further stated that approximately 150 illegal tappings occur to siphon crude oil from the pipeline, with operators experiencing an average of ten days of production shutdown monthly due to vandalism.
RWANDA – 23 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 23 MAR 2022 (06H05) President Paul Kagame has received the delegation of the World Alliance of International Finance Centres (WAIFC). WAIFC has been received following the WAIFC’s third board meeting, expected to be held from 22 March 2022 until 24 March 2022. Jochen Biedermann, WAIFC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), stated that the meeting is expected to discuss the development of the Kigali International Finance Centre (KIFC). Furthermore, the meeting is expected to discuss Rwanda’s financial ecosystem and strategic initiatives.
TANZANIA – 23 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 23 MAR 2022 (11H00) The Tanzanian Government has announced eased COVID-19 measures in an effort to revive the country’s economy and tourism sector. The Government has suspended the requirement of a 72-hour negative COVID-19 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT PCR) test result and rapid antigen test for fully vaccinated arrivals. Airlines travelling to Tanzania are permitted to allow fully vaccinated travellers onboard regardless of a negative PCR test certificate. However, all unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travellers arriving at any point of entry to Tanzania are required to present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR or Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs) certificates obtained within 72 hours before departure.
ZAMBIA – 23 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 22 MAR 2022 (19H00) The United States (US) Government has announced plans to provide an immediate increase of resources to Zambia through the Initiative for Global Vaccine Access (Global VAX). This follows as Global VAX is expected to increase the provision of support and resources to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines in an initial group of 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Zambia. As part of this effort, the US, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), plans to provide an additional $28 million in funding to Zambia to support Global VAX activities. This is expected to increase the accessibility of vaccination sites, strengthen cold chain supply and logistics, and address vaccine confidence and demand. Global VAX is expected to support the Zambian Ministry of Health’s current ongoing vaccination plans at the provincial and district level.
- LUSAKA – 23 MAR 2022 (16H45) The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a $650,000 contribution from the United States (US) to provide financial assistance to an estimated 18,500 refugees. The refugees are nationals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) residing in the WFP-supported Mantapala Refugee Settlement in Zambia. The financial contribution is expected to allow the WFP to continue financial assistance for the following three months.
ZIMBABWE – 23 MAR 2022
- VICTORIA FALLS – 22 MAR 2022 (19H30) The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting has announced that Zimbabwe is expected to host an African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, 06 April 2022. In its capacity as Vice-Chair of the African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA), Zimbabwe is set to host discussions between the Council of Ministers and experts in a hybrid format at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls. The event is expected to continue until 08 April 2022.
- CHITUNGWIZA – 23 MAR 2022 (10H20) Political rally reported in the vicinity of St Mary’s, Chitungwiza. Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) party members are conducting a by-election rally in St Mary’s. President Emmerson Mnangagwa is attending the event. Also present at the occasion is ZANU PF Second Secretary Kembo Mohadi, First Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, and National Chair and Minister of Defence, Muchinguri Kashiri. Party members and supporters are marching in the street and vocalising party slogans. Members of the public and motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling on Chaminuka Road and other routes in the area as ground travel disruptions are expected.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 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: The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting has announced that Zimbabwe is expected to host an African Diamond Producers Association (ADPA) Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday, 06 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.
- 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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