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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 24 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 24 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 24 MAR 2022 (06H30) The European Union (EU) has announced that the first EU-Angola Business Forum is scheduled to be launched today, 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 – 24 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 24 MAR 2022 (06H25) The Ugandan Embassy in Kinshasa and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government is expected to host a joint Business Forum today, 24 March 2022. The Forum aims to establish essential principles to strengthen and maintain bilateral trade between Kampala and the DRC. The Join Business Forum is expected to present opportunities for increased collaboration between the DRC and Uganda, with presentations and panel sessions that will include the Ugandan private and public sector organisations trading with DRC’s developing sectors. The Forum is also set to promote trade between the two countries by disseminating information on improved trade facilitation, enhanced trade in goods and services, and investment opportunities.
- GOMA – 24 MAR 2022 (08H20) The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has provided an update on the current security situation in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). MONUSCO Deputy Force Commander, Major General Benoit Chavanat, has stated that recent observations have indicated a deterioration in the security situation. Chavanat has noted that the Cooperative for Development of the Congo (CODECO) armed group have increased operations in the northern area, with additional attacks on internally displaced people (IDP) camps recorded during the preceding few weeks. In addition, armed clashes between the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have increased. The M23 and Mai-Mai groups have also launched several attacks on communities and refugee camps in the east. Chavanat has emphasised the need for appropriate reactions to address the aggressions on refugee camps to avoid a further deterioration of the situation.
ESWATINI – 24 MAR 2022
- LUYENGO – 24 MAR 2022 (06H10) Vehicle fire reported at the Luyengo station in eSwatini. Reports indicate that a South African-registered truck has been set alight by unidentified suspects during the early morning of Thursday, 24 March 2022. Local sources have alleged that the unidentified suspects attempted to stop the truck. However, the driver refused, and the suspects proceeded to open fire at the truck before setting it alight. Police are expected to launch an investigation into the incident. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area.
ETHIOPIA- 24 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 24 MAR 2022 (11H10) Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Government of Ethiopia to investigate an airstrike on a school in the country’s Tigray region as an apparent war crime. HRW has stated that an explosive had been released on a school sheltering displaced Tigrayans in the town of Dedebit on 07 January 2022, killing at least 57 civilians and injuring more than 42 others. HRW has noted that a MAM-L guided bomb delivered by a Turkish-manufactured drone and other light aircraft is likely to have been used for the bombing. The international non-governmental organisation (NGO) has called on the Ethiopian Government to conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation of the apparent war crime and appropriately prosecute those accountable for the incident.
- ALABA KULITO – 24 MAR 2022 (14H50) Local Government officials have confirmed at least seven deaths due to recent flash flooding in the southern region of Ethiopia. The most recent incident occurred in the Halaba Kulito town in southern Ethiopia during current torrential rainfalls in the area. The Halaba Zone Communications Office has stated that efforts are underway to recover the bodies of the deceased, as the flooding is still ongoing.
- ADDIS ABABA – 24 MAR 2022 (15H10) The Ethiopian Government has announced an immediate ceasefire to the country’s civil war. This follows amid ongoing efforts to provide humanitarian aid to displaced people across affected areas within the Tigray region. The Government has further called upon Tigrayan insurgents to desist from further acts of aggression and withdraw from areas that have been occupied in neighbouring regions in a bid to optimise the success of the humanitarian ceasefire.
GHANA – 24 MAR 2022
- KUMASI – 24 MAR 2022 (10H30) Road closures expected on several routes ahead of the scheduled World Qualifiers event at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Friday, 25 March 2022. The Ghana Police Service has announced the implementation of stringent measures to provide security coverage for the event. The Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) is expected to implement road closures to ensure effective traffic management. Routes that are expected to be affected include Kwaku Atakora Street, Hudson Road, Yaa Asantewa Road, and Lake Road. Other routes surrounding the stadium are also expected to be affected during the event. As part of the measures, additional deployment of security patrols is expected with the aim of increasing the existing security deployment along the eight entry routes into Kumasi and other adjoining regions. The operations are being conducted in collaboration with the National Security Service.
KENYA – 24 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 24 MAR 2022 (10H10) Kenya Airways has announced the expected launch of daily passenger flights to Mumbai, India, from 28 March 2022. This follows after India recently lifted the restrictions that limited the Kenyan carrier to three weekly flights. Kenya Airways previously operated flights to India under a special arrangement that limited the number of passengers to 400 per week. The carrier is expected to operate ten weekly flights to India as of 17 April 2022.
LESOTHO – 24 MAR 2022
- MAZENOD – 24 MAR 2022 (13H00) The Lesotho Government has announced that the Ministry of Home Affairs has received the first group of refugees out of more than 20 other refugees from the island of Comoros in the Indian Ocean. The refugees have been relocated to Lesotho after previously fleeing armed conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. The refugees have arrived at the Moshoeshoe I International Airport and are expected to undergo further processing and screening by the Home Affairs Ministry.
MADAGASCAR – 24 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 24 MAR 2022 (12H20) Madagascar is expected to commemorate the country’s 75th Independence anniversary on Tuesday, 29 March 2022. This observes the country’s 75th year since gaining independence from French colonisation on 29 March 1947. The Council of Ministers has announced plans to hold commemoration ceremonies throughout the country’s 23 regions. In addition, the Government plans to hold official activities in observance of the event in Antananarivo, Manakara and Moramanga. The official opening of the commemorations is expected to be done by an ecumenical worship, followed by the opening of an exhibition in Analakely.
MALAWI – 24 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 24 MAR 2022 (01H20) The National Assembly has approved the 2022/23 National Budget set at K2,84 trillion (Kwacha), expected to last until 31 March 2023. This follows after the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Sosten Gwengwe presented the budget on 18 February 2022. The National budget is expected to include recurrent expenses of K2,019 trillion in addition to Development Expenditures of K820,67 billion. The Government has increased the Constituency Development Fund from K40 million to K100 Million and allocated K500 million for the construction of houses for people with albinism. Members of Parliament are expected to resume deliberations tomorrow morning to discuss bills.
- LILONGWE – 24 MAR 2022 (09H00) The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has announced the launch of investigations into reports of fuel shortages in several regions of the country. The investigations follow recent concerns raised by members of the public in Blantyre and Mzuzu. Local residents and motorists have reportedly stated that several fuel service stations are unable to supply fuel due to a lack of availability. MERA Spokesperson Fitina Khonje has stated that the regulator is reviewing the reports before issuing an official communication on the country’s fuel supply.
- LILONGWE – 24 MAR 2022 (10H00) The Government of Zambia has announced the official launch of the National Polio Immunisation Campaign. The campaign aims to inoculate an estimated 3,8 million children in Zambia against the poliovirus. The vaccination campaign is being conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The campaign follows a recent outbreak of the poliovirus in Zambia. UNICEF has reiterated its continued support to the Zambian Ministry of Health to ensure the protection of children against preventable diseases.
- LILONGWE – 24 MAR 2022 (15H15) The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has announced the arrests of a former Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs accountant and his assistant on allegations of money laundering activities involving approximately K4 million. DEC Public Relations Officer Mathias Kamanga has stated that the two suspects allegedly stole K3,533,770 from the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs. The suspects are alleged to have fraudulently withdrawn funds on Electronic Funds Transfer Advice (EFTA) under other beneficiaries without their knowledge. Further investigations into the accusations are ongoing.
MOZAMBIQUE – 24 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 24 MAR 2022 (02H00) Fire reported at a paper recycling factory in the Hulene neighbourhood of Maputo. National Service for Public Safety (SENSAP) Firefighter Department Spokesperson Leonildo Pelembe has stated that the fire started at approximately 02H00 after several cardboard bales that had been in the process of recycling caught fire. The reason for the fire remains undetermined at this time. SENSAP Firefighters have been dispatched to the scene to contain the fire.
- MAPUTO – 24 MAR 2022 (11H00) Mozambican Government officials are expected to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit in Pretoria, South Africa, between 04 April 2022 and 05 April 2022. Operational conditions in northern Mozambique are expected to be discussed by the regional bloc during the Summit. This follows as the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has been deployed in Cabo Delgado with the aim of eradicating Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) insurgents from the region since July 2021. SAMIM is led by South African Major General Xolani Mankayi, who has soldiers from eight Southern African countries under his command. A contingent from the Rwandan Defence Force is also deployed in the country to support the Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (FADM). The South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) has stated that a SAMIM progress report is expected to be tabled during the Summit, and recommendations considered on the way forward.
- MAPUTO – 24 MAR 2022 (16H10) The World Food Programme (WFP) has released a report indicating that a severe drought is starting to affect the southern region of Mozambique. This follows updated data released by the Mozambican National Meteorological Institute (INAM). The WFP’s report further stated that the drought is affecting the agricultural circumstances in the south. The INAM has stated that severe drought conditions have developed in the region from Maputo to Sofala and Manica throughout February 2022. The report predicts that the drought is expected to prevail through March 2022 and April 2022 onward.
NIGERIA – 24 MAR 2022
- MAIDUGURI – 24 MAR 2022 (09H50) The Nigerian Defence Force has announced that more than 7,000 members of the Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist organisations have surrendered in the country’s northeast region during the preceding week. Defence Force Major General Christopher Musa has stated that recent Military operations against ISWAP and Boko Haram militants have continued to indicate significant successes in various regions of Borno. Musa has noted that the insurgents include combatants, non-combatants, and foot soldiers. The surrendered militants and their families are expected to be profiled by the Nigerian Army and other stakeholders before undergoing rehabilitation processes.
- ABUJA – 24 MAR 2022 (13H40) The United States (US) Government has announced plans to donate mobile nuclear detection system equipment valued at more than $2 million to the Nigeria Police Force’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Command. The US Consulate General’s Public Affairs Section Head, Temitayo Famutimi, has stated that the equipment is expected to be handed over to the Nigerian Government during a ceremony on Friday, 25 March 2022. Ahead of the event, the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence had arranged a two-week training for 30 officers and actors from the EOD Command on the operation of the detection equipment. This aims to ensure that Police officers are equipped to prevent the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials.
RWANDA – 24 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 24 MAR 2022 (02H10) The Rulindo district has requested that all schools install lightning protection systems for expected adverse weather. This follows as the Rwanda Meteorological Agency reported expected heavy rains mixed with strong winds and lightning strikes in the Rulindo district between 21 March and 31 March 2022, in addition to the recent increase of victims who have been injured due to the weather. The Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) has reported an estimated 170 civilians fatally injured from weather-induced incidents, in addition to an estimated 240 injuries. Rulindo’s increased lighting activity is expected due to the large number of high mountains in the surrounding area.
- KIGALI – 24 MAR 2022 (09H40) The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Air Force Chief of Staff Jean Jacques Mupenzi has held a meeting with United States (US) Army Commanding General for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, William Zana. This follows as Zana recently embarked on an official working visit to the RDF Headquarters in Kigali. During the meeting, the two authorities held discussions regarding security cooperation between the RDF and US Africa Command (USAFRICOM) to include areas of partnership, opportunities and mutual interest. Further discussions include concerns regarding extremists’ organisations and the favourable appearances of Rwanda’s contribution to security across the African region.
TANZANIA – 24 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 24 MAR 2022 (12H00) The Ministry of Health has announced that Tanzania has received the first consignment of one million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Government of Turkey as part of ongoing support efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu has received the vaccine consignment at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam. The consignment forms part of the four million doses expected to arrive in Tanzania from Turkey.
ZAMBIA – 24 MAR 2022
- CHINGOLA – 24 MAR 2022 (01H40) Former President Joe Malanji has been arrested by Zambia’s Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC). This follows as Malanji is expected to have used proceed of crime to improve his Gibson Royal Hotel. Furthermore, Malanji is expected to have procured a Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter worth $700,000, which has allegedly been confiscated during prior police operations. President Hakainde Hichilema has launched an anti-corruption campaign for the recovery of all alleged looted resources.
ZIMBABWE – 24 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 24 MAR 2022 (11H55) The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) is conducting the party’s 360th Ordinary Session of the Politburo Meeting at the ZANU-PF Headquarters in Harare. ZANU-PF Leader and Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has arrived at the venue to attend the meeting. This follows ahead of Zimbabwe’s by-elections for open seats in the National Assembly on Saturday, 26 March 2022.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 MAR 2022
- 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.
- MADAGASCAR: Madagascar is expected to commemorate the country’s 75th Independence anniversary on Tuesday, 29 March 2022.
- MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambican Government officials are expected to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit in Pretoria, South Africa, between 04 April 2022 and 05 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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