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April 25


ANGOLA – 25 APR 2022
• LUANDA – 25 APR 2022 (07H00) The National Fire and Civil Protection Service has confirmed that the Lindeza Mall in Cazenga has been damaged due to a fire incident on Sunday evening, 24 April 2022. According to reports, the fire and emergency services attempted to quell the fire, which was within the mall. The National Fire and Civil Protection Service has stated that the fire ignited due to a short circuit and has damaged over 15 stores within the mall, including the equipment and goods.
• BELAS – 25 APR 2022 (11H15) The President of the Constitutional Court (TC), Laurinda Cardoso, has embarked on a visit to Ankara, the capital of Turkey, in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Turkish Constitutional Court. This comes as her counterpart, Judge Maria Sango, sent an invitation to participate in the International Conference on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. Thereafter, Cardoso will hold a meeting with the permanent secretary of the Conference of African Constitutional Jurisdictions (CJCA).
• LUBANGO – 25 APR 2022 (11H30) The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) Parliamentary Group will hold the IV Parliamentary Days from Sunday, 24 April 2022, until Saturday, 30 April 2022, which will be held under the theme of MPLA-Peace and Development. During the parliamentary days, the deputies will carry out visits to the 14 municipalities of the province to verify the progress of the works registered in the Integrated Plan for Intervention in Municipalities (PIIM) and engage with the populations. MPLA Parliamentary Group, Virgílio de Fontes Pereira, has stated that the deputies plan to discuss and analyse important issues in the MPLA for the current electoral year. The opening session of the Parliamentary Days took place at the Conference Centre in the Tourist and Sports Complex of Nossa Senhora do Monte, in the city of Lubango.

BOTSWANA – 25 APR 2022
• GABORONE – 25 APR 2022 (06H00) Botswana is scheduled to host the 2022 Forbes Under 30 Summit Africa in Gaborone, which will be held from 24 April 2022 to 29 April 2022. Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, is expected to host business leaders, Government officials, venture capital and business leaders alongside several young entrepreneurs and innovators. The event aims to provide an opportunity for others to engage and share knowledge over their views of interest and business goals and discuss international experiences. During the event, the participants will experience Botswana’s culture and experience the sounds and cuisine of local performers and chefs. Thereafter, the participants will visit the Chobe National Park for a programmed agenda focused on sustainability, a cruise among hippos and crocodiles, and a one-day safari trip. Masisi has stated that the Forbes Under 30 summit highlights Botswana’s commitment to cooperate with business. The summit will focus on the theme of The African Century held under Inspiration, Innovation, Exploration, exploring how the world can invest in and engage with the growing potential of entrepreneurism across the region.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 25 APR 2022
• KINSHASA – 24 APR 2022 (22H30) The National Institute of Biomedical Research (INRB) has confirmed a new case of the Ebola virus in Mbandaka community in the northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the case had been admitted to a hospital. However, the person has been declared deceased shortly thereafter. The WHO stated that efforts are underway to contain the disease in Mbandaka and that the vaccination campaign is set to be launched in due course.
• BANDUNDU – 25 APR 2022 (14H00) Road closure reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Kwilu region. The closure follows recent rainfall in the area. The adverse weather resulted in the collapse of the Bemu bridge. The collapse has suspended movement between Bandundu and Kinshasa in addition to sectors of the Wamba, Manzasay and Kwango Kasai regions. The National Roads Offices are expected to launch repairs for the resumption of economic activities.
• KINSHASA – 25 APR 2022 (14H35) The Catholic Lay Apostolate Council (CALCC) and the Protestant Lay Ministry (MILAPRO) have requested that the public be prepared for expected protests. This follows after the Police allegedly injured two protestors on Friday, 22 April 2022. The members have protested for a meeting regarding the reformed electoral laws at the People’s Palace. CALCC and MILAPRO noted that they are consulting the social and political forces of the nation regarding their expected protesting actions. Increased protest actions are expected if the situation persists.

ESWATINI – 25 APR 2022
• MATSAPHA – 25 APR 2022 (01H00) The eSwatini Government has announced the launch of efforts to revive eSwatini Air following the suspension of operations in 1999. Royal eSwatini National Airways Corporation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Qiniso Dhlamini stated that the revival of eSwatini Air is expected to allow an increase of flight connectivity in the region. Dhlamini stated that the state-owned company had bought two Embraerier SA 145 jets to launch flying services. Eswatini Air will operate to Cape Town and Johannesburg International Airports later this year, 2022.

• ADDIS ABABA – 24 APR 2022 (21H45) Ethiopia’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) announced the arrest of 34 al-Shabaab members. This follows after the NISS launched an operation to monitor the group’s activities following allegations of a planned terrorist attack in Addis Ababa. The arrests of the al-Shabaab members took place in several regions within Ethiopia, including West Arsi, East Arsi, West Bale, East Bale, East Shoa, West and East Hararge zones. The NISS stated that another attempt could be expected and informed the public to be vigilant and cooperative.
• ADDIS ABABA – 25 APR 2022 (04H20) The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has announced the completion of drilling operations at seven geothermal wells in Ethiopia. The electricity producer has confirmed that four of the wells are located at the Aluto-Langano site and three at Tule Moye. This follows after KenGen, in a consortium with Shandong Kerui Petroleum Equipment Company and Shandong Kerui Oilfield Service Group, previously won a joint contract worth Sh7,6 billion to supply geothermal drilling services to the State-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) company. The Aluto-Langano project is the deepest geothermal well in Ethiopia, reaching a depth of 3,000 metres.
• ADDIS ABABA – 25 APR 2022 (09H00) The Ethiopian delegation led by Finance Minister, Ahmed Shide, has held a meeting with Melinda French Gates, Co-Chair and Founder of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on the Foundation’s support for health, agriculture and digital sectors of Ethiopia in line with the 2022 World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (WB-IMF) Spring meetings. In addition, Shide met with World Bank Country Director Ousmane Dione and discussed a range of issues, including the impact of the current challenges, growth and World Bank support. Shide held discussions on how the Government is confronting the challenges of impacts of conflict, climate change and rising inflation fueled by global supply constraints. As well as, Discussions focussed on the progress of reforms, the Bank’s portfolio performance and how to strengthen cooperation between the World Bank and Ethiopia.

GHANA – 25 APR 2022
• TEMA – 25 APR 2022 (17H00) Atlantic Lifesciences Limited is expected to inaugurate a vaccine and antiserum production plant financed by the Ghana Export-Import Bank for the West African Market. The plant is set to be near Old Nigo in the Ningo-Prampram district of the Greater Ghana region. The plant is expected to be valued at approximately $35 million. Additionally, the plant is set to own a sterile pharmaceutical plant that produces infusions, eye drops, vaccines, serums and others. The factory is expected to employ an estimated 400 direct workers and is set to increase to 800 employees on completion of the factory. Of the new employees, the factory is set to receive professional workers such as Biochemists, Microbiologists, Pharmacists and others. The company is set to provide affordable global quality narcotics locally.

KENYA – 25 APR 2022
• NAIROBI – 25 APR 2022 (03H00) The Presidency has announced that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to cancel plans to attend the 62nd Edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), scheduled to be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on 26 April 2022 and 30 April 2022. This follows the recent death of the country’s former President, Mwai Kibaki. President Kenyatta has since declared a mourning period until Kibaki’s state funeral.
• NAIROBI – 25 APR 2022 (08H30) Deputy President, William Ruto, has arrived at the Parliament of Kenya in Nairobi, for the public viewing of the late former President Mwai Kibaki’s body. This follows as the body of late Kibaki will lie-in-state in Parliament. During this period, Kenyans will have an opportunity to pay their last respects. President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered a period of national mourning following the death of Kibaki. The national flag of Kenya will also be flown at half-mast to observe the mourning in all State Houses and Kenyan diplomatic missions during the period of mourning.
• NAIROBI – 25 APR 2022 (11H40) The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader, Raila Odinga, is expected to arrive in Kenya on Wednesday, 27 April 2022, ahead of the late former President Mwai Kibaki’s state funeral set to be held on Friday, 29 April 2022, at the Nyayo Stadium. Odinga is currently in the United States (US) for an official tour and to engage with senior US government officials, senior members of the US Congress and key African-American leaders. Meanwhile, Kibaki, who passed away on Friday, 22 April 2022, is currently at the Parliament buildings for public viewing until Wednesday, 27 April 2022. Thereafter, Kibaki will be transferred to Othaya on Saturday morning, 30 April 2022, where his burial ceremony will be staged.
• NAIROBI – 25 APR 2022 (12H30) Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced its resumption of flight operations to Madagascar following the easing of travel restrictions by Antananarivo. The Chief Commercial and Customer officer, Julius Thairu, has stated that the airline will operate direct flights thrice weekly from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi, to Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo. The flights will depart from Nairobi every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thairu has further advised passengers travelling to Madagascar to follow protocols regulated by the Government for passenger entry, including a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results done 72 hours before the flight, a rapid antigen screening test upon arrival, and quarantine for at least seven days for passengers with positive test results at health facilities or hotels approved by the Government.

LESOTHO – 25 APR 2022
• MASERU – 25 APR 2022 (10H45) The Government of Lesotho has applied for a postponement of legal cases involving German-Australian energy company Frazer Solar in South Africa, pending the finalisation of a review application at the High Court of Lesotho. The Office of the Prime Minister has released a statement over the case between Frazer and the Lesotho Government, as the country is undergoing a loss of revenue from water and power sales to South Africa, and a share of an undersea communications cable will be seized after it breached the terms of a contract with solar power company Frazer Solar. The case will be appearing before the High Court for a hearing from 16 May 2022 until 16 June 2022.

• ANTANANARIVO – 25 APR 2022 (03H05) The World Bank has announced the provision of $534,9 million for two development projects in Madagascar. This decision follows after a recent meeting between the World Bank and President Andry Rajoelina. Rajoelina stated that the amount of $400 million is expected to improve the connectivity, resilience and management of the main roads in the West and South regions of the country. Rajoelina noted that the remaining $134,9 million is expected to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and improve basic health services.
• ANTANANARIVO – 25 APR 2022 (06H30) The Malagasy National Disaster Management Agency has issued a weather warning following forecasted heavy rainfall in the western part of the country today, 25 April 2022. This comes as the presence of the tropical storm, Jasmine, in the Mozambique Channel had been detected. The cyclone was located 532 kilometres west of Maintirano on Sunday, 24 April 2022, at about 15H00, with an average wind speed of 80 kilometres per hour and gusts of 110 kilometres per hour. Heavy rainfall is expected along the coast in areas such as Melaky, Bongolava, Menabe and over the western part of Vakinankaratra and a northern part of Atsimo Andrefana.
• AMPARAFARAVOLA – 25 APR 2022 (06H40) Madagascar state-owned company, Jirama, has announced plans to launch a solar power plant in Ambatondrazaka to improve its electricity production capacity. In addition to the road infrastructure currently under construction on the RN44, Ambatondrazaka will also benefit from a solar power plant, which should be operational before the end of June 2022. The project, carried out in partnership with Locapro, will allow the company to obtain an additional production of 1,053 kilowatts (kW). This comes as Jirama currently produces 3,000 kW at its thermal power plant with seven groups. The company aims to produce up to more than 4,000 kW for the city of Ambatondrazaka and its surroundings once the photovoltaic system is constructed.
• ANTANANARIVO – 25 APR 2022 (07H45) The Tananarivienne section of the Syndicate of the Teachers, Researchers and Teacher Researchers (SECES) has embarked on indefinite strike action in demand of the promulgation of the law on autonomy of universities. According to reports, all public higher education institutions associated with the University of Antananarivo will remain closed for an indefinite period. The union has further urged the President of the Republic, Andry Rajoelina, to address their demands. Members of the public are advised to be aware of the situation.
• MOROMBE – 25 APR 2022 (12H15) The Malagasy National Disaster Management Agency has issued a yellow alert warning in Morombe, Toliara, Sakaraha and Betioky. This comes as the tropical storm Jasmine has intensified wind speed with average winds of 90 kilometres per hour (km/h) and gusts of up to 130 km/h and is forecasted to make landfall in the region of Atsimo Andrefana by Tuesday, 26 April 2022. Meanwhile, the meteorology services have issued a green alert for Morondava, Manja, Ankazoabo, Benenitra and Ampanihy. The population has been urged to exercise caution and avoid rivers and dams.

MALAWI – 25 APR 2022
• BLANTYRE – 25 APR 2022 (09H50) The Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) has announced a planned shutdown at the Tedzani IV power station for five days from Monday, 25 April 2022, until Friday, 29 April 2022. The company stated that the shutdown will be due to filling the generation gap with their diesel generators as well 10 megawatts from the recommissioned Tedzani II equipment, which has been undergoing rehabilitation works since December 2021. During the shutdown, work will involve building an isolating wall around the mouth of the exit channel to create a dry working area to facilitate the removal of the rock boulders. The affected areas are advised that relevant updates regarding the situation will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
• LILONGWE – 25 APR 2022 (16H25) Malawi is expected to launch the second round of the vaccination campaign against Polio type one today, 25 April 2022. The second phase is expected to focus on children under 5 in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Malawi has established approximately eleven environmental surveillance sites in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba. Teams are set to collect environmental samples to be analysed at a laboratory. Furthermore, surveillance is expected to be held at health facilities and in communities. Trained surge teams of National officers are set to be deployed to assist with the campaign. Reports indicate that cold chain facilities are being repaired.

• MAPUTO – 25 APR 2022 (02H30) The Governments of Malawi and Mozambique have signed two trade agreements to strengthen and improve trade relations between the two countries. This follows as Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera is currently on a working visit to Maputo, Mozambique. President Filipe Nyusi and President Chakwera have jointly presided over the signing ceremony of two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on trade. During the signing ceremony, President Chakwera stated that the signing of the two trade agreements is expected to enhance the economic relationship between Malawi and Mozambique. The agreements have been signed between the Agency of Promotion and Investment and Trade Centre as well as the Mozambique Cereals Institute and the Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (ADMARC). Under the agreements, Malawi seeks to negotiate a convenient border post, simplified trade regimes, equal treatment of transporters, and the introduction of yellow cards for enhanced trade, among others.
• MAPUTO – 25 APR 2022 (10H30) Mozambican transport operators have threatened to embark on a protest action due to a further increase in the price of fuel. This comes after the Mozambican Association of Fuel Companies (AMEPETROL) announced that the selling fuel is unsustainable and might have to suspend fuel imports. The Mozambican Federation of Road Transport Associations (FEMATRO) has called on the Mozambican Government to intervene in the issue, or else transport operators will halt their services. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious.

NIGERIA – 25 APR 2022
• OHAJI-EGBEMA – 24 APR 2022 (19H00) Explosion reported at an illegal oil refining depot on the border of Nigeria’s Rivers and Imo States. The State Commissioner for Petroleum Resources Goodluck Opiah stated that the explosion occurred at an illegal bunkering site, causing an estimated 100 fatalities and affecting a section of the Abaezi forest. President Muhammadu Buhari stated that the Government is in the process of strengthening efforts to eradicate illegal refineries.
• ABUJA – 25 APR 2022 (07H30) The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari for his failure to rule over the phone lines of over 72 million telecommunication subscribers barred from making calls. SERAP’s suit follows the recent directive by the Federal Government to telecommunications companies to block outgoing calls on all unlinked lines, as the deadline for the verification expired on 31 March 2022. SERAP seeks an order setting aside the directive by Buhari to telecommunications companies to block outgoing calls on all unlinked lines without due process of law and for being inconsistent with the requirements of legality, necessity and proportionality at the Federal High Court. SERAP is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining Buhari and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, from unlawfully directing telecommunications companies to block outgoing calls without due process and in violation of Nigerians’ human rights. SERAP further seeks an order directing and compelling Buhari to ensure adequate infrastructure and logistics to allow Nigerians, including persons with disabilities, older persons, and persons living in remote areas, to capture their data and conclude registration to obtain National Identity Number (NIN).
• LAGOS – 25 APR 2022 (10H00) The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has announced plans to embark on a one-day warning strike on Monday, 25 April 2022, to protest against the proposed 15% National Automobile Commission (NAC) levy on used imported vehicles. The Chairman of ANLCA, Rilwan Amuni, has stated that the clearing agents would march to the Customs Area Controller at the Tincan Island Port in Apapa, to compel a reversal of the levy. Amuni stated that if the one-day strike failed to be adhered to, the agents would shut down all ports in the state until their demands are met. This comes after the Nigeria Customs Service recently introduced the 15% levy on all used vehicles imported into the country. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
• ABEOKUTA – 25 APR 2022 (15H45) Police have announced the arrests made during an intelligence-driven search operation. The Police have arrested approximately nine members suspected to be from a notorious kidnap syndicate operating on the Abeokuta-Ayetoro road. The gathered intelligence followed after the Police arrested and interrogated two of the suspects. The Police, with additional security personnel, raided the suspected members’ hideout and arrested an additional seven suspects. The Police have transferred the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Departments’ Anti-Kidnapping section for further investigation.

RWANDA – 25 APR 2022
• KIGALI – 24 APR 2022 (20H15) Rwandan President Paul Kagame has embarked on an official state visit to Kampala, Uganda, to engage in discussions with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and attend the 48th birthday of Museveni’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba. The Ugandan High Commission in Kigali has stated that Kagame has been received by Kainserugaba and Ugandan Minister of Security Jim Muhwezi. Kagame’s visit follows after Uganda recently announced the expulsion of a leading member of the Rwandan National Congress (RNC), a Rwandan opposition party. During the visit, the two Heads of State are expected to engage in bilateral discussions to the benefit of both countries.
• KIGALI – 25 APR 2022 (07H10) President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, have held bilateral discussions on several issues, including regional peace, stability and cooperation, on Sunday, 24 April 2022. This comes as Kagame has travelled to Uganda to participate in the 48th birthday celebrations of Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Commander of the Land Forces in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF). Kagame had been welcomed at the Ugandan State House in Entebbe and was received by Major General Jim Muhwezi, Uganda’s Security Minister and Lieutenant General Kainerugaba. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest, including railway connections, power supply lines, air transport operations, and security between the two countries and the region.

• DAR ES SALAAM – 25 APR 2022 (18H10) The Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) is expected to initiate testing of the 25,000 voltage power system set to power the Standard Guage Railway (SGR) power lines from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro on Wednesday, 27 April 2022. This follows as the TRC announced that phase 1 operations of the SGR are expected to commence at the end of April 2022. The TRC issued a warning to members near the railway lines to avoid the railways and power lines connected to the ground. Furthermore, the TRC and contractor Yapi Merkezi are set to launch an educational campaign for community members near the railways regarding public safety around railway infrastructure.

ZAMBIA – 25 APR 2022
• LUSAKA – 25 APR 2022 (09H30) President Hakainde Hichilema is scheduled to host a press conference today, 25 April 2022, at 10H00. Discussions are expected to engage with issues that Zambians are dealing with. Local media and broadcasters are invited to participate in the conference. The conference will be held in line with the theme of One Zambia, One Nation.

ZIMBABWE – 25 APR 2022
• HARARE – 25 APR 2022 (03H30) Harare Acting Town Clerk Phakamile Moyo announced that the Pomona Dumpsite Waste-to-Energy Project is expected to be handed over to Geo Genix BV this coming week. Moyo stated that Geo Genix BV will manage the project for 30 years before transferring it to the City of Harare. The project is focused on improving waste management and generating electricity from waste which will be fed into the national grid and enhance the availability of electricity in the country.
• BULAWAYO – 25 APR 2022 (15H20) President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to open the 62nd edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) on Friday, 29 April 2022. Mnangagwa is expected to substitute Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta following the death of former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Thursday, 21 April 2022. The ZITF is expected to end on Saturday, 30 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.
• LESOTHO: A Peaceful gathering is expected by All Basotho Convention (ABC) members next to the Maseru Mall on 30 April 2022 at approximately 09H00.
• MALAWI: The second round of mass polio vaccinations is expected to be distributed at the end of April 2022.
• TANZANIA: President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to officiate the 2022 World Press Freedom Day in Arusha as the Chief Guest on 03 May 2022.
• NIGERIA: The Nigerian Supreme Court has set 06 May 2022 as the date to deliver judgement on a suit regarding the disputed ownership of 21 oil wells between the Rivers and Imo States.
• MADAGASCAR: Protest expected in Antananarivo by the Taxi Association (TIM) and residents within Antananarivo on 13 May 2022.
• KENYA: Kenya is expected to host the Power and Energy Africa meeting from 19 May 2022 until 21 May 2022 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
• NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear in a Federal High Court on 27 May 2022.
• BOTSWANA: Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Secretary-General (SG) Mpho Balopi has announced that he is not expected to seek re-election during the party’s Elective Congress in July 2022.
• MOZAMBIQUE: President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi is expected to launch the 8th Edition of the Mining, Oil, Gas and Energy of Mozambique event from 02 June 2022 until 03 June 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo.
• RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
• KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
• RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
• ANGOLA: Energy Capital and Power (ECP) has announced that the 2022 Edition of Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) is expected to be held from 29 November 2022 until 01 December 2022.
• NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
• MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has approved a proposal that schedules 11 October 2023 as the date for the sixth municipal elections across the country.

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