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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 23 MAY 2022 (19H00)

May 23

ANGOLA – 23 MAY 2022

  • LUANDA – 23 MAY 2022 (08H15) The Constitutional Court is scheduled to hold a media briefing aimed at addressing issues related to the phase of submitting candidacies to the 2022 General Elections by the Political Parties and Coalition of parties today, 23 May 2022. The event is aimed at national and foreign journalists and will feature interventions by experienced experts in electoral processes in Angola. Discussions will be focused on the presentation of candidacies to the General Elections and the ethics and deontology of electoral agents. The Veneranda Judge Counselor President of the Constitutional Court, Laurinda Cardoso, is expected to officiate the event.

 

BOTSWANA – 23 MAY 2022

  • TSHABONG – 23 MAY 2022 (11H20) Tlou Energy announced that construction is underway at the Lesedi Power plant to connect to the Botswana Power grid. Tlou’s Managing Director Tony Gilby stated that a 100 kilometre (km), 66 kilovolts (kV) transmission line is expected to produce up to 25 megawatts (MW) of power and supporting substations are required to connect to Botswana’s grid. Gilby further stated that the project is expected to be completed in mid-2023, with the production of electricity starting in the second half of 2023.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO -23 MAY 2022

  • KINSHASA – 23 MAY 2022 (10H50) The delegates of the Presidency of the Republic, Felix Tshisekedi, and the emissaries of the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta are expected to meet today, 23 May 2022, in Bukavu in South Kivu with representatives of the armed movements in the region. During this mission, the objectives of the Nairobi process will be addressed to the armed groups. In addition, the Government stated that there would be no collective integration into the army and the Police and the need to initiate the transitional justice process demanded by local communities. The process will be in line with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) framework. Kenyatta’s emissaries and the Congolese Presidency team will then travel to Goma to hold a meeting to prepare for the second round of talks in Nairobi scheduled for June 2022.
  • KINSHASA – 23 MAY 2022 (11H00) The members of the National Union of Public Primary School Teachers (SYNEEPP) have announced the decision to suspend their strike from today, 23 May 2022. This comes as the union embarked on a strike since 02 May 2022, in demand of a salary increase as promised by the Government in April 2021, including their colleague’s new units (NU) and unpaid (NP). According to the union, the resumption aims to restore the current school year and allow the Government to carry out its promises agreed upon during the meeting on 18 May 2022 in Kinshasa, with the national committee of this union and the authorities of Primary, Secondary and Technical Education (EPST).
  • KINSHASA – 23 MAY 2022 (15H00) Protest reported at the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) campus in Kinshasa. A group of students are demonstrating at the educational institution to denounce increasing academic fees. Clashes have also reportedly erupted between security forces and students after Police allegedly used tear gas in an attempt to disperse the gathering. Several students have been injured during the incident. Motorists are advised of ongoing ground travel disruptions in the area. A heightened police presence is also being maintained at the university campus.

 

ESWATINI – 23 MAY 2022

  • MATSAPHA – 23 MAY 2022 (16H10) Royal eSwatini National Airways Corporation (RENAC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Qiniso Dhlamini has confirmed the arrival of the second aircraft at the Matsapha Airport under the current phase of the Air Operation Certificate (AOC). The AOC is an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) approval process divided into five stages. Dhlamini has stated that the process is set for completion by the end of May 2022. Stage 3 is currently underway, with Stage 4 scheduled to commence within the following week. Dhlamini further noted that Eswatini Air is expected to service all other routes after the AOC is issued.

 

ETHIOPIA- 23 MAY 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 23 MAY 2022 (15H20) Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to operate additional flights to the cities of São Paulo and Buenos Aires in South America with effect from 01 July 2022. The airline is expected to offer one additional flight per week to the two destinations, operating a total of four weekly services between Ethiopia and South America. As international air travel increases, Ethiopian Airlines is expected to increase the frequency of its services to Brazil and Argentina. The airline presently operates weekly flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and is expected to add a Friday service from July 2022.
  • DESSIE – 23 MAY 2022 (14H15) Amhara State Security official Desalegne Tasew announced the arrest of 4,000 people in the northern Amhara region. Tasew stated that the arrests include civilians who have opposed the militia group. Tasew further stated that 200 of the arrested suspects are accused of organising attacks against civilians. Tasew added that the people who are still detained are expected to be released after the necessary investigations have been conducted.

 

GHANA – 23 MAY 2022

  • ACCRA – 23 MAY 2022 (11H30) The Mozambican President of the Republic of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, is expected to hold a meeting with Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo, at the Jubilee House today, 23 May 2022, during his four-day state visit to Ghana. President Nyusi will also pay a visit and lay a wreath at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum. During the visit, President Nyusi will participate in the opening ceremony of the African Development Bank Group’s 2022 Annual Meetings, being held from 23 May 2022 to 27 May 2022, in Accra, alongside President Akufo-Addo. President Nyusi will also pay a courtesy visit to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, as well as to the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana.
  • KANDIGA – 23 MAY 2022 (16H20) Upper East Regional Police Command Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent David Fianko-Okyere, has confirmed the arrests of five people in connection with recent community unrest in Doba and Kandiga. This follows clashes between community members from Doba in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality and Kandiga in the Kassena-Nankana West District of Ghana’s Upper East Region on Sunday evening, 22 May 2022. The detained individuals have since been remanded in custody pending further investigations. The clashes reportedly follow recent land disputes between leaders and members of the two communities. The Upper East Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has established a joint Military and Police operation team to maintain law and order. The Ministry of the interior has also imposed a curfew in the area. Fianko-Okyere has noted that the situation is being restored to normalcy.

 

KENYA -23 MAY 2022

  • HOMA BAY – 23 MAY 2022 (06H30) Protest expected at the Homa Bay County Governor’s Office by members of the Kenya Union of Civil Servants (KUCS) today, 23 May 2022. This follows after Homa Bay civil servants recently announced the launch of a stay-away demonstration due to continued salary payment delays. This, in addition to the ongoing strike action by servants in the health sector, is significantly disrupting services within county offices. The KUCS previously requested their members to observe a stay-away protest after the initial seven-day strike notice lapsed on Monday, 16 May 2022. The civil servants and medical personnel are demanding the immediate payment of April 2022 salaries. KUCS Branch Secretary Tom Akech has stated that the union is set to hold demonstrations at Governor Cyprian Awiti’s Offices to express their dissatisfaction with the frequent salary delays.

 

LESOTHO – 23 MAY 2022

  • MASERU – 23 MAY 2022 (13H40) The European Union (EU) Development Fund in Lesotho has announced that efforts are underway to improve national and community capacity in an effort to ensure effective disaster preparedness and crisis response in the country. This follows as Lesotho is experiencing insufficient resources amid the Ukraine-Russia conflict that is affecting the cost of energy and food commodities, compounded by climate change. The EU has stated that the situation requires a coordinated approach to disaster preparedness in collaboration with the country’s media fraternity to enhance disaster response capability. Capacity building and the use of advanced technology, including drone systems, are expected to be developed and improved to implement rapid early warning systems for disaster preparedness.

 

MADAGASCAR – 23 MAY 2022

  • TAOLAGNARO – 23 MAY 2022 (10H30) The Rio Tinto Mining company, QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM), has agreed to issue compensation fees to the communities affected by the exploitation by following the procedures of the regulatory notice. This follows after consultations between the community members in Fort Dauphin and the QMM management led by Government members in Fort Dauphin on Saturday, 21 May 2022. The Anosy Region Governor, Jerry Hatrefindrazana, has stated that the official agreement has been signed and, therefore, the community members will be lifting the roadblocks along the Mandena road. Hatrefindrazana has also stated that compensation and indemnities would be presented in the new agreement.

 

MALAWI – 23 MAY 2022

  • LILONGWE – 23 MAY 2022 (14H00) The Government of Malawi has launched a campaign to administer oral cholera vaccines in the country’s southern districts with effect from today, 23 May 2022. This follows as the Ministry of Health recently stated that more than 200 cases, seven deaths, and 26 hospital admissions have been registered. The disease outbreak originated in the Nsanje district in January 2022 and has since extended to four other areas in southern Malawi, including Neno, Chikwawa, Machinga and Blantyre. In an effort to contain the outbreak, the Ministry of Health plans to administer the cholera vaccine in all the affected districts. Health Ministry Spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe has stated that the Government has procured 2,9 million doses of the vaccine to be administered from 23 May 2022.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 23 MAY 2022

  • NACALA – 23 MAY 2022 (17H10) The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) has announced that negotiations between the Governments of Mozambique and Brazil on the restructuring of the Nacala Airport are underway, with the process scheduled for completion by the end of 2022. In the interim, the Empresa Aeroportos de Moçambique (AdeM) is expected to continue having the highest volume of direct external debt arrears during the preceding two years, amounting to $136,3 million. AdeM’s arrears emanate from its failure to reimburse the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) for airport construction finance. During the 2021 Public Debt Report, the MEF noted that a debt restructuring agreement formalising the assumption of the debt service by the Government is set for conclusion in 2022.

 

NIGERIA – 23 MAY 2022

  • ABUJA – 23 MAY 2022 (03H20) The Federal Government (FG) has approved the appointment of Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF). This follows due to the ongoing investigation of the AGF, Ahmed Idris, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Furthermore, Nwabuoku’s appointment has been stated in a letter of 20 May 2022, noting the appointment is pending the outcome of the investigation. Nwabuoku has been appointed to oversee the OAGF from the position of Director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
  • KADUNA – 23 MAY 2022 (06H00) Relatives of abducted victims from the train attack have vowed to boycott the resumption of services on the Abuja-Kaduna Route Service today, 23 May 2022. The Chairman of the Concerned Relatives of Abducted Persons, Abdulfatai Jimoh, has called on President Muhammad Buhari to dismiss the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Management over gross incompetence. Jimoh stated that the families affected by the abduction of relatives on the Kaduna train are expected to demonstrate until further communication has been given to them regarding the rescue operation of their relatives who are in the custody of suspected armed men. This follows after armed men attacked the Abuja-Kaduna bound train at Dutse Forest in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on 28 March 2022 and abducted several civilians.
  • ABUJA – 23 MAY 2022 (06H35) The Federal Ministry of Transportation has announced that the Government has directed the Abuja-Kaduna Train Service to resume with effect from today, 23 May 2022. This follows after the train had previously been attacked during a bombing on 28 March 2022 by an armed group, during which at least eight fatalities had been recorded, in addition to several kidnappings and missing persons. On 29 March 2022, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) indefinitely suspended train operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route due to security concerns. NRC Spokesperson Yakub Mahmood has stated that additional security measures have been implemented at all train stations and tracks to ensure the safety of passengers.
  • IKOLE – 23 MAY 2022 (06H50) The Police in Ekiti State have arrested 18 suspected members of the Aiye Confraternity over their alleged involvement in the murder of two civilians, Ajayi Sunday and Owolabi Moses, on Saturday, 21 May 2022. The State Commissioner of Police, Moronkeji Adesina, has stated that the 18 suspects, who were arrested at Ikole Ekiti, confessed to participating in the killing of the two civilians. According to Adesina, the 18 suspected members are cult members, and 17 others were arrested for various crimes ranging from cattle rustling to kidnapping and armed robbery. The Police further recovered various weapons and stolen motorcycles.
  • LAGOS – 23 MAY 2022 (16H15) The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mele Kyari has announced the arrival of two new Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessels at the Lagos Port. Kyari stated that the vessels are expected to improve the plans for extending their operations in Europe. Kyari further noted that the vessels are expected to commence operations in June 2022 and September 2022.

 

RWANDA – 23 MAY 2022

  • RUGALIKA – 23 MAY 2022 (12H00) The Government of Rwanda has commenced the construction of the Nyabarongo II hydropower plant public project, which will be constructed along the River Nyabarongo, in a bid to boost the country’s efforts to ensure access to electricity by 2024. The $214 million project will be the first phase of the Nyabarongo II Multipurpose Development Project aimed at controlling flooding on marshland along the Nyabarongo and Akagera rivers. In addition, the project would also generate a total of 134 MegaWatts (MW), including 43.5MW of Nyabarongo II Hydropower plant, and 40MW of Butamwa pump storage power plant, 40MW of Juru pump storage power plant in Bugesera and the 10.5MW of Lake Sake Outlet Hydropower plant in Ngoma District.

 

TANZANIA -23 MAY 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 23 MAY 2022 (17H25) Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Leberata Mulamula held a meeting with the United States (US) Ambassador Donald Wright today, 23 May 2022, at the Ministry’s sub-office. Mulamula stated that during the meeting, discussions were held to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

 

ZAMBIA – 23 MAY 2022

  • LUSAKA – 23 MAY 2022 (12H55) Vice President Mutale Nalumango is expected to travel to Bali to attend the Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) from today, 23 May 2022, until 28 May 2022. Nalumango stated that the event is expected to deliberate on the latest progress, developments and innovations in disaster management. Nalumango stated that adjustments are expected to be implemented in accordance with current regulations to achieve a sustainable future.

 

ZIMBABWE – 23 MAY 2022

  • MASVINGO – 23 MAY 2022 (07H30) Four Citizens Coalition For Change (CCC) officials are expected to appear in court today, 23 May 2022, for alleged involvement in criminal activities. This comes as the four officials were arrested while conducting a rally programme in Zaka North Constituency on Saturday, 21 May 2022. The officials will be represented by Advocate Martin Mureri, and are currently in custody at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Law and Order Masvingo. Meanwhile, the CCC Secretary-General for Manicaland, Godfrey Mubatsa, had been arrested for allegedly addressing a political gathering in Doradombo at Mambondiyani Mountain.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 MAY 2022

  • KENYA: The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has announced that the Green Park Terminus is set to start operations on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.
  • NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear in a Federal High Court on 27 May 2022.
  • ANGOLA: The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, has received an invitation to participate in the African Union Summit scheduled to take place from 26 May 2022 to 28 May 2022 in the city of Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
  • TANZANIA: The Tanzanian Government has announced the implementation of several measures in response to recent increasing prices in Tanzania, including a fuel subsidy with effect from 01 June 2022.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique is expected to launch the operations of several new toll gates on 01 June 2022.
  • REP. CONGO: The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is expected to conduct its annual DRC Mining Week exhibition and conference event at the Pullman Grand Karavia centre in Lubumbashi between 01 June 2022 and 03 June 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: The International Telecommunication Union, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), has scheduled to convene a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), scheduled to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 06 June 2022 to 16 June 2022.
  • NIGERIA: The Lagos State Government is scheduled to host the maiden edition of the National Transport Technology Conference and Exhibition (NTTCE) between 07 June 2022 and 08 June 2022 at Eko Hotels and Suites.
  • 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.
  • ZAMBIA: Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, has announced that Zambia is expected to host the 4th Africa Union (AU) Mid-Year Coordinating meeting from 14 July 2022 until 17 July 2022.
  • MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address Malawians on the second anniversary of his election, 23 June 2022.
  • 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.
  • RWANDA: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to host the second Annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2022) between 13 December 2022 and 15 December 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
  • NIGERIA: The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources has announced plans for the Sixth Edition of Nigeria’s International Energy Summit (NIES 2023) in Abuja from 16 April 2023 until 20 April 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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