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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 25 MAR 2022 (19H00)

March 25

ANGOLA – 25 MAR 2022

  • LUANDA – 25 MAR 2022 (14H20) The Luanda District Court has sentenced the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for Seguradora AAA, Carlos de São Vicente, to nine years incarceration. Vicente has also been mandated to reimburse $4,5 billion in compensation to the Angolan State. This follows as Judge Edson Escrivão has found the accused guilty of various crimes, including embezzlement, money laundering, abuse of authority, and causing the diversion of public funds. The Judge has ruled that the assets acquired by the defendant had been done through illegal means from public funds.
  • LUANDA – 25 MAR 2022 (15H15) Angola has assumed the Presidency of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries’ (CPLPs) Health sector with effect from today, 25 March 2022. As part of the Presidency positions’ responsibilities, Angolan authorities are expected to strengthen and improve cooperation and expedite the development of national public health policies. These measures are expected to focus on the management of response efforts to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and ways to mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 25 MAR 2022

  • KASINDI – 24 MAR 2022 (23H55) Construction of the 125 kilometres (km) Kasindi-Beni-Butembo road has commenced. Operation Shujaa Commanding Officers Major-General of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) Bombelle Ehola and Major-General of Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Kayanja Muhanga has stated that the road projects are expected to include the Nobili-Mukakati-River Semulik road, the Burasi-Boga road and others. The roads are expected to increase the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) economy in addition to the expected increase of trade between DRC and Uganda.
  • KINSHASA – 25 MAR 2022 (01H00) Paratus group has announced their cooperation with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Government. The cooperation has been established between Paratus and the DRC’s local internet service provider, Global Broadband Solution (GBS), for the installation and activation of a 620-kilometre (km) fibre optic network line between Muanda and Kinshasa. The cable is expected to include six other towns between Muanda and Kinshasa. Paratus and GBS have established FAST Congo, an entity that is expected to deliver, operate and maintain the network link via a 15-year license contract. Paratus has reported five satellite teleports with approximately 6,000 customer sites in addition to the Google Equiano Cable landing station and an extended network through satellite connectivity-focused service in more than 30 African countries.

 

ESWATINI – 25 MAR 2022

  • MBABANE – 25 MAR 2022 (08H50) Minister of Finance Neal Rijkenberg has announced the launch of a new Financial Surveillance Division aimed at improving business in eSwatini in relation to foreign currency. The Division, previously known as Exchange Control, is expected to continue to be based at the Central Bank of eSwatini. Rijkenberg has stated that the newly adopted financial surveillance operations coincide with a relaxation in foreign currency inflows and outflows. Minister Rijkenberg has further noted that the Central Bank is collaborating with the Ministry of Finance to support structural reforms to improve external competitiveness and achieve sustainable growth. The Financial Surveillance approach is expected to improve efficiencies of financial institutions and facilitate the establishment of an enabling environment for the country to enhance business relations.
  • MBABANE – 25 MAR 2022 (14H40) UPDATE The High Court has reserved judgement in the bail applications of MPs Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. (12H10) Reports indicate that a protestor has been shot in Msunduza, Mbabane, while demonstrating in support of detained MPs Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. This follows after eSwatini Police reportedly used live rounds of ammunition to disperse the demonstrations outside the court. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (10H45) Pro-democracy supporters are demonstrating in solidarity with MPs Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube outside the High Court in Mbabane. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when approaching the area. Police are deployed in the area. (10H00) The High Court in Mbabane is expected to hear the bail applications of incarcerated pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs) Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube today, 25 March 2022. Mabuza and Dube had been detained in 2021 amid a significant increase in pro-democracy demonstrations across the country. The two MPs have been accused of terrorism and murder.

 

ETHIOPIA- 25 MAR 2022

  • MEK’ELE – 25 MAR 2022 (13H05) Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia have agreed to observe the humanitarian ceasefire agreement recently proposed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Government. This aims to ensure the sufficient delivery of humanitarian aid to internally displaced people (IDP) groups in the country’s northern region. This follows after Addis Ababa declared a cessation of hostilities on Thursday, 24 March 2022, to allow uninterrupted aid into Tigray. The Tigrayan Government has also stated that it is expected to implement the necessary measures to ensure that the cessation of hostilities is observed. The cessation follows as the United Nations (UN) recently stated that more than 90% of the 5,5 million Tigrayan nationals are in urgent need of food aid.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 25 MAR 2022 (16H15) Ethiopian Airlines Group’s Board of Management has announced the appointment of Mesfin Tasew Bekele as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ethiopian Airlines Group. Bekele is the successor to the former CEO of the Airline Group, Tewolde GebreMariam, whose early retirement request due to health-related matters has been approved by the Board. Mesfin has 38 years of experience in airline management and operations in the areas of aircraft maintenance and engineering, procurement, information technology, flight operations, capability development, capacity building, development of corporate strategies, airline operation management, and corporate leadership.

 

GHANA – 25 MAR 2022

  • ACCRA – 25 MAR 2022 (15H00) The Governments of Ghana and the Netherlands have announced an agreement to strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. This follows the conclusion of recent discussions between the two parties with the aim of reviewing economic relations. The consultations, held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, included talks on defence and security, migration and development, trade and investment, as well as agriculture. Other areas of deliberations included science and technology, environment and climate change, education, culture and training, and cooperation in the United Nations (UN) System. During the conclusion of the meeting, the two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political consultations.

 

KENYA – 25 MAR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 25 MAR 2022 (14H15) Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations have been scheduled for 14 April 2022 countrywide. This follows as general elections are scheduled to be held in Kenya on 09 August 2022. Voters are expected to elect the President, members of the National Assembly and Senate, County Governors and members of the 47 County Assemblies.

 

LESOTHO – 25 MAR 2022

  • TLOKOENG – 25 MAR 2022 (09H25) Polihali community members have demanded compensation for land seized by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) approximately five years ago. This follows as community members have intermittently barricaded the road leading to one of the campsites at the Masakong village since 14 March 2022 to protest against the matter. Masakong community leader,  Lebohang Lengoasa, has stated that the residents recently held discussions with the LHDA, during which they demanded compensation for land earmarked to be affected by the construction of the Polihali Dam. The LHDA has reportedly vowed to pay compensation money within two months’ time. However, community members have stated that the funds are yet to be disbursed.

 

MADAGASCAR – 25 MAR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 25 MAR 2022 (13H45) The Indian Embassy in Antananarivo has hosted a trade promotion event in the capital, Antananarivo, to witness the launch of the India-Madagascar Chamber of Commerce. The event is attended by Secretary-General of the Presidency in Madagascar, Valery Fitzgerald Ramonjavelo, as well as actors from the Ministry of Trade, the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Antananarivo, Malagasy traders and members of the Indian Diaspora. Indian Ambassador to Madagascar, Abhay Kumar, inaugurated the event, stating that bilateral trade in 2021-2022 between India and Madagascar stood at $363,99 million. Kumar has further noted that India had also been the second-largest origin of imports for Madagascar, constituting 9,4% of total imports by the Malagasy Government.

 

MALAWI – 25 MAR 2022

  • LILONGWE – 25 MAR 2022 (10H15) President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed new Board Members and reconstituted the Board of Directors of the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA). Chakwera made the appointments in exercise of his powers under Section 5 (1) of the Energy Regulation Act. The new Board includes Reckford Kampanje as Chairperson, Innocencia Chirombo as Vice-Chairperson, as well as Lameck Nchembe, Charles Kambauwa, and Ulemu Kambwiri as members. The Secretary for Energy, Director of Energy, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) are Ex-Officios. The statement containing the appointments have been signed by Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi. The statement further indicates that the appointments are subject to confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 25 MAR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 25 MAR 2022 (11H50) President Filipe Nyusi and other East African Heads of State and western security officials have attended a meeting in Jordan’s port city of Aqaba to discuss counter-terrorism efforts in the region. Jordan’s King Abdullah attended several of the discussions, which included talks on coordinating a response to recent terrorist threats in East Africa. Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi also attended the meetings, as well as security officials from the United States (US), Europe, East Asia and Latin America. This follows a recent report by the Institute for Economics and Peace, which stated that the Middle East and North Africa region accounts for 39% of the terrorism-related deaths worldwide between 2007 and 2021. The report indicates that Africa’s Sahel region accounted for an estimated half of the terrorism-related deaths in 2021. In addition, during 2021, the region’s share of global deaths decreased substantially, partially due to the weakening of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
  • MAPUTO – 25 MAR 2022 (16H00) President Filipe Nyusi has announced that Military and security operations aimed at eradicating terrorist threats in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province are budgeted at approximately €275 million per annum. The Mozambican President made the announcement following the conclusion of a recent international meeting, during which the Head of State requested funding support to sustain the security operations in Cabo Delgado. In addition to the ongoing advancements, the President has stated that there are also other investments currently required. In a different pillar of the strategy, at least €290 million is necessary to establish defence capacity in Mozambique to allow training and re-equipment of troops to ensure sustained peace and stability following the departure of foreign forces.
  • MAPUTO – 25 MAR 2022 (16H30) Mozambique Electricity (EDM) and its Zimbabwean counterpart, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), has signed an agreement to supply 50 megawatts (mW) of energy for a period of three years. The agreement renews the previous contract, which expired on 31 December 2021, and includes the possible supply of 150 mW of additional non-firm energy. During a recent meeting, the two parties, led by EDM Board of Directors Chairman Marcelino Gildo Alberto and ZESA Transmission and Distribution Director Howard Choga, held discussions regarding the possibilities of strengthening relations amid recently established electricity generation and transmission projects in Mozambique. These include the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Power Plant, with a projected capacity of up to 1,500 mW. The Hydroelectric Power Plant strategic partner is expected to be the majority project shareholder, in partnership with EDM and Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB). EDM has also expressed interest in a medium-long term agreement to supply energy to Zimbabwe.

 

NIGERIA – 25 MAR 2022

  • ABUJA – 25 MAR 2022 (09H00) The Federal Government has announced that the ongoing construction of the Second Niger Bridge and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is scheduled for completion before 2023. Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, made the announcement during the weekly Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the State House in Abuja. The Minister has stated that the initial February 2022 projected completion date of the Second Niger Bridge failed due to the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown and the EndSARS protests. Fashola has assured the public that the project is currently at 91% completion.
  • KAURA – 25 MAR 2022 (10H00) The Kaduna State Government has announced the suspension of the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state’s Kaura and Jema’a Local Government Areas (LGAs). This follows after the Government previously implemented the curfews in the two LGAs due to concerns regarding the security situation in the areas. An unidentified armed group launched an attack on the Kagoro community, killing an estimated 34 residents and two Military officers. The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has stated that the decision to relax the curfew follows a review of the security situation presented by security agencies during a recent engagement. Aruwan has noted that the Government will continue monitoring the situation and reimpose the 24-hour curfew if necessary.
  • BENIN CITY – 25 MAR 2022 (11H00) Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has inaugurated a seven-member Edo Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) Board, ahead of the Local Government Election. Obaseki has stated that the Board is expected to ensure a free, fair and credible election in the state. The Governor has stated that the Commission is expected to ensure a new democratic dispensation at the councils and ensure that all democratic processes are followed.

 

RWANDA – 25 MAR 2022

  • KIGALI – 24 MAR 2022 (22H45) The Ministry of Health is expected to improve capacity buildings for health workers for early diagnosis and treatments of Tuberculosis (TB). This follows the announcement disclosed by Rwanda Minister of Health Diane Gashumba on World Tuberculosis Day on Thursday, 24 March 2022. The Coordinator of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program, Patrick Migambi, has stated that during the fiscal year 2020/21, the total TB cases diagnosed were approximately 5,835. Furthermore, persons at high risk of this infectious disease include people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS), children aged 15 and below, people who live with TB patients,  and people who have diabetes. The Director of the TB Infection Control Unit at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) has reported that the interventions are expected to include capacity building among health care providers and community health workers by training health workers on the modern ways of diagnosing TB.
  • KIGALI – 25 MAR 2022 (13H00) Rwanda has announced plans to host the 145th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU) in Kigali, due in October 2022. The decision follows the conclusion of the 144th Assembly that took place in Indonesia from 22 March 2022 until 24 March 2022. An estimated 18 Parliament Speakers and 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the Assembly in Kigali. Rwanda had previously been set to host IPU Assembly in 2020. However, the event had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

TANZANIA – 25 MAR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAM – 25 MAR 2022 (00H40) The Ministry of Health has entered a partnership with Nova Nordisk for the commencement of the iCARETM initiative. This follows as the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported an estimated 2,8 million Tanzanian adults to have diabetes. The initiative is expected to combat diabetes via the provision of affordable diabetes care for vulnerable patients of low socioeconomic status. The iCARETM initiative has launched as a partnership involving the Tanzania Ministry of Health (MoH), Tanzania Diabetes Association, Tanzania Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (TANCDA), Salama Pharmaceuticals, Christian Social Services Council (CSSC), Novo Nordisk and the Royal Danish Embassy (RDE). The initiative is expected to run until 2024. Furthermore, the initiative is expected to provide an estimated 5,900 people with affordable insulin shots in addition to building the capacity of approximately 350 Health Care Providers (HCP).

 

ZAMBIA – 25 MAR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 25 MAR 2022 (09H35) The Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) have announced new revised COVID-19 guidelines aimed at strengthening surveillance at the country’s points of entry. ZNPHI Director-General Roman Chilengi has stated that the restrictions are set to apply to all international travellers entering through the Points of Entry to Zambia effective from Monday, 28 March 2022. Fully vaccinated travellers are not required to present any form of a negative COVID-19 test result but shall be required to provide proof of full vaccination status. The MoH and ZNPHI have stated that international travellers who are not fully vaccinated are required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test obtained within 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.

 

ZIMBABWE – 25 MAR 2022

  • VICTORIA FALLS – 25 MAR 2022 (12H10) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially opened the 3rd Renewable Energy International Conference at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls. The conference is expected to establish concrete recommendations and models to enhance adaptation and climate change initiatives. Mnangagwa has stated that the adoption of clean, renewable sources has the potential to advance and maintain environmental sustainability. The President has further reiterated Zimbabwe’s continued commitment to climate change initiatives’ global aspirations and goals. As part of efforts to address the power supply deficit in the country, the Government is in the process of expanding the lifespan of ageing plants. The completion of the Hwange 7 and 8 power plants are expected to provide more than 600 megawatts (mW) of energy to the national grid. Mnangagwa has noted that his Administration is also undertaking dam construction programs in all provinces to ensure food security.
  • HARARE – 25 MAR 2022 (15H50) The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has issued a statement on reports of alleged electoral misconduct in Harare and other areas of the country ahead of the scheduled council and parliamentary by-elections on Saturday, 26 March 2022. The ZEC has raised concerns regarding the alleged harassment of its electoral officer at the Mhizha Primary School by Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance candidate for Highfield East Constituency, Gilbert Bgwende on Thursday evening, 24 March 2022. This follows social media reports depicting that the electoral officer had been involved in an illegal pre-voting exercise. The elections management body has since reported the matter to the Police for further investigations. The ZEC statement indicates that the actions of the MDC Alliance candidate constitute an electoral offence as outlined in Section 88 of the Electoral Act.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 25 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.
  • KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that United Democratic Alliance (UDA) nominations have been scheduled for 14 April 2022 countrywide.
  • 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.
  • 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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