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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 26 MAY 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 26 MAY 2022
- LUANDA – 26 MAY 2022 (14H10) UPDATE Senegalese President Macky Sall has departed Luanda following the conclusion of his three-day state visit to Angola at the invitation of Angolan President João Lourenço. During his visit to the country, President Sall participated in a Plenary meeting of the National Assembly. The two Heads of State also presided over the official Angola/Senegal meeting, during which several cooperation agreements had been signed. (10H45) Senegal’s President Macky Sall has signed three bilateral agreements with the Head of State João Lourenço in cooperation to enhance in areas of hydrocarbon, trade and tourism. This follows after President Sall arrived in Luanda on 24 May 2022, at the invitation of President Lourenço. During the visit, the two Heads of State confirmed the opening of an embassy of Senegal in Luanda. Hereafter, President Sall will travel to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, for two Extraordinary African Union Summits on 27 May 2022 and 28 May 2022, focused on humanitarian issues and the fight against terrorism and unconstitutional Government changes.
BOTSWANA – 26 MAY 2022
- GABORONE – 26 MAY 2022 (11H40) President Mokgweetsi Masisi is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today, 26 May 2022. Masisi is currently engaged in a meeting with the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Masisi is also scheduled to meet with the Executive Director of International Trade Centre, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, and then the Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, Chido Munyati, among others. During the meetings, Masisi is expected to discuss developmental issues affecting Botswana and how the country can benefit from associating with the organisations.
- GABORONE – 26 MAY 2022 (11H50) Protest reported in the vicinity of the University of Botswana, Gaborone. Tertiary institutions students have embarked on a strike calling on the Government to increase their allowances by 35%. The students are demonstrating with placards. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are on the scene.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 26 MAY 2022
- KIBATI – 25 MAY 2022 (19H40) The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has announced that an estimated one thousand people have been displaced due to the ongoing armed conflict being experienced in the vicinity of Kibumba and surrounding areas, North Kivu province. The displaced residents have reportedly fled to the localities of Rugari and Kibati. The OCHA has noted that these displaced communities urgently need humanitarian assistance, including food aid and other essential household items. Humanitarian sources have stated that approximately 26,000 people have been displaced since the unrest resumed on 22 May 2022 in Rutshuru. An influx of refugees has reportedly also been recorded in Kanyaruchinya as well as in neighbouring Uganda. This follows as at least 19,000 people have been deprived of aid due to the suspension of humanitarian activities in localities near Bunagana. OCHA has disclosed plans to travel to Rutshuru to support humanitarian coordination on the ground.
- KINSHASA – 26 MAY 2022 (12H30) Protest reported outside the Rwandan Embassy in Kinshasa. Demonstrators are holding a sit-in infront of the Consulate. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Police are attempting to disperse the crowd.
- BUTEMBO – 26 MAY 2022 (16H40) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) health officials have announced the launch of the first phase of the polio vaccination campaign in the town of Butembo, North Kivu province, today, 26 May 2022. The campaign aims to inoculate children aged between 0 to 59 months. Principal Health Commissioner Mowa-Baeki-Telly Roger has officially launched the campaign during a ceremony at the Masuli health centre located in the southern area of the city. More than 880,000 children are expected to be vaccinated against poliomyelitis between Kanyabayonga in Lubero and Eringeti in Beni, which form part of the Butembo health zone. The first phase of the campaign is expected to be conducted until Saturday, 28 May 2022. The second phase is set to be launched in June 2022 in other affected provinces of the DRC.
- RUMANGABO – 26 MAY 2022 (16H30) Attack reported on a Military camp located within the Rumangabo base in the Rutshuru area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) eastern region. Armed clashes between the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) forces and the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group have been ongoing in the North Kivu province, approximately 40 kilometres (km) from the provincial capital Goma, since Wednesday, 25 May 2022. The Army has confirmed that the rebel group has also attacked Military positions in the Nyiragongo and Rutshuru areas. Deputy Army Spokesperson General Sylvain Ekenge has stated that the Army is attempting to regain control of the Rumangabo area, where the base is located. The situation remains volatile.
ESWATINI – 26 MAY 2022
- MBABANE – 26 MAY 2022 (16H20) The Maphalaleni Constituency in northern eSwatini has received more than E15 million in funding for ongoing water projects expected to benefit more than 2,000 residents and 497 homesteads within the region. The funding has been received from the Republic of China, presented by the Chinese Ambassador, Jeremy Liang. An additional E35 million has also been donated to three constituencies, including Nkwene, Matsanjeni and Sigombeni. The total funding received for water projects in eSwatini is estimated at E45 million. This is expected to allow the eSwatini Government to complete ongoing water projects aimed at preventing water-borne diseases by improving water quality across the country.
ETHIOPIA- 26 MAY 2022
- MOTTA – 26 MAY 2022 (07H15) The Motta City Administration of Peace and Security Command Post has revised its measures, including a two-day ultimatum, to the Motta City with immediate effect. The Command has announced the newly revised curfew between 19H30 and 06H30. The Command stated that security forces were working to ensure peace in the area, where clashes occurred between Federal and Regional Security Forces and armed militia members, Fano, in the Amhara State, led to the death of civilians, as well as Hailu Ayele, a resident of Motta town. The Command has further issued a warning to individuals who are wanted by law enforcement to surrender at the Local Police station and that the security forces will not assume any responsibility for any action taken against those who resist the order.
- ADDIS ABABA – 26 MAY 2022 (17H00) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and an Ethiopian delegation have arrived in Malabu, Equatorial Guinea, to attend the ongoing African Union (AU) Extraordinary Summit. The Summit is being held between 25 May 2022 and 28 May 2022. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the delegation travelled to Malabo after concluding a two-day official visit to Nigeria. During the visit, Abiy is expected to attend the AU Extraordinary Summit on humanitarian operations, terrorism and unconstitutional changes in Africa.
GHANA – 26 MAY 2022
- ACCRA – 25 MAY 2022 (20H20) The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced plans to sanction political parties that fail to meet regulatory requirements, including having a presence in two-thirds of the country. The sanctions are expected to include revoking the licenses and expunging the names of non-compliant political parties from the EC’s records. EC Commission Chairperson Jean Mensa has stated that the move is in line with the Commission’s mandate.
- ACCRA – 26 MAY 2022 (11H30) The Mozambican President, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, has addressed the Parliament of Ghana, on Wednesday, 25 May 2022, during his four-day official state visit to Ghana. During the address by President Nyusi, he stated that the regional integration of Africa and its economic liberation remain high on the agenda of leaders at various forums. Nyusi stated that the economic liberation and the regional integration of Africa remains an issue and has been a priority for cooperation at bilateral and regional levels such as the South African Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the East Africa Community (EAC), and the African Union (AU). Furthermore, Nyusi has stated that the country seeks to benefit from establishing a legal framework for sustainable management of resources like gold, oil, and gas and strengthening Mozambique’s private sector. This follows after President Nyusi held a visit to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat in Accra on 23 May 2022.
KENYA – 26 MAY 2022
- NAIROBI – 26 MAY 2022 (09H15) His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, has arrived at the 19th National Annual Prayer Breakfast at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi City County, accompanied by national leaders, the clergy and stakeholders. The event, hosted by Kenya’s Bicameral Parliament, is held under the theme of Transition and is in attendance of several delegates from Tanzania, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, among other foreign nations. The purpose of the National Prayer Breakfast aims to engage and pray for the nation in the company of fellow leaders from all sectors of society.
- NAIROBI – 26 MAY 2022 (14H00) The Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) announced the temporary closure of the Wilson Airport on Saturday, 28 May 2022, from 07H00 until 14H00. KCAA stated that the temporary closure is necessary to allow the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Museum Air Show Festival to be held. KCAA further stated that the closure will affect flights to and from the airport. Therefore, passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for flight updates.
LESOTHO – 26 MAY 2022
- MASERU – 26 MAY 2022 (15H25) The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that the Government of Japan has contributed $1,7 million towards Early Childhood Care and Development Centres (ECCDs). WFP stated that the donations contribute to Lesotho’s Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to facilitate the provision of nutritious food in ECCDs. MOET stated that the donation ensures the provision of two nutritious meals each day for 12 months.
MADAGASCAR – 26 MAY 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 26 MAY 2022 (11H00) The Criminal Court of the anti-Corruption Centre of Antananarivo has sentenced Mbola Rajaonah, a former business person, to 5 years in prison for embezzlement of public funds and customs offences. This comes as the court delivered its verdict today, 26 May 2022, after the second day of trial. Rajaonah is also sentenced to pay a fine of Ar27 billion, along with other accused freight forwarders. The other co-accused freight forwarders received a one-year suspended prison sentence. The trial of Rajaonah, accused of embezzlement of public funds and customs offences for facts that allegedly took place between 2014 and 2018, began on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.
MALAWI – 26 MAY 2022
- LILONGWE – 25 MAY 2022 (19H30) The Presidency has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera is scheduled to address the nation at 20H30 tonight, 25 May 2022. President Chakwera is expected to deliver a Presidential National Address during the occasion. The event is set to be broadcasted live on national television and other media outlets.
- LILONGWE – 26 MAY 2022 (08H40) The Ministry of Health has announced health authorities have been placed on high alert to detect any cases of the Monkeypox disease. The Secretary for Health Charles Mwansambo has stated that the Ministry has imposed measures to manage the infection from emerging diseases such as COVID-19 and Monkeypox. According to Mwansambo, 250 Monkeypox cases have been confirmed in 17 countries, with no deaths reported since the outbreak on 06 May 2022.
- BLANTYRE – 26 MAY 2022 (10H15) Police in Blantyre has launched a search operation for five prisoners who have escaped the Chichiri Prison today, 26 May 2022. Sources at the Chichiri Correctional Facility, the prisoners have managed to escape after digging a hole in a cell. Prison warders are currently conducting a census to identify and ascertain the figure of the escapees.
- LILONGWE – 26 MAY 2022 (12H00) UPDATE Police have reportedly used teargas to disperse the crowd near the ACB offices in Lilongwe. According to reports, the demonstrators are attempting to barricade the office of the ACB Director, Martha Chizuma. Two members of the Mbadwa Zokhudzidwa have been detained during the ongoing protest near the Kamuzu Mausoleum. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (10H30) Protest reported near Parliament building in Lilongwe. Members of a group, Mbadwa Zokhudzidwa in Malawi, affiliated with the Concerned Citizens of Malawi, are marching to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) offices in Lilongwe. The group is demanding that the ACB Director, Martha Chizuma, resign or that President Lazarus Chakwera dismiss Chizuma. Heavy Police presence is reported around the ACB offices in Lilongwe. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
MOZAMBIQUE – 26 MAY 2022
- MAPUTO – 26 MAY 2022 (16H10) The Mozambican Government has announced that the import of foot-and-mouth disease vaccines has commenced. The Government has stated that one million vaccine doses are expected to be imported during the program’s first phase and distributed to local farmers in the Tete province. The National Directorate of Livestock Development (DNDP) has stated that the import of the vaccines aims to contain the spread of the disease in other regions of the country, which are expected to receive their vaccines during phase two.
NIGERIA – 26 MAY 2022
- OGAMINANA – 26 MAY 2022 (05H20) Kidnapping reported in the Ogaminana Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State. Local reports indicate that a suspected armed group entered the village, firing sporadically, which led to the death of three community members, whereafter they kidnapped a Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) Board Member, Alhaji Salami. The Police Public Relations Officer, William Aya, stated that the Police, in collaboration with security agencies, have launched a search operation for the kidnapped victim.
- AWKA – 26 MAY 2022 (06H10) The Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has declared a curfew in Anambra State in effect from today, 26 May 2022, from 18H00 to 06H00. Soludo has stated that the curfew is implemented on motorcycles, tricycles, and shuttle buses in the Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South Local Governments until further notice. Motorcycles, tricycles and shuttle buses are banned from operating in these Local Governments from today until the sit-at-home is suspended.
- NOFIA – 26 MAY 2022 (09H40) Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has tendered his resignation as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). According to Obi, the recent developments within the party have led him to the decision. Obi has been a candidate contending for the presidential ticket of the PDP.
- ABUJA – 26 MAY 2022 (12H50) Lecturers of Colleges of Education across the country, on the platform of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), have given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to meet their demands or embark on an indefinite strike. This follows as the Mobilisation Coordinator of the Education Rights Campaign, Michael Lenin, accused the Federal Government of failing to support the educator sector. The COEASU National Vice-President and South-West Zonal Coordinator, Olusegun Lana, has stated that the Federal Government has disregarded the colleges of education and neglected issues affecting the Academic Staff Union of Unions (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) across the country. The unions have embarked on strike action to protest the Federal Government’s failure to meet their demands on funding the educational sector, salaries and allowances, the elimination of the use of IPPIS and several other demands.
- ABUJA – 26 MAY 2022 (17H20) President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to depart the country to travel to Equatorial Guinea today, 26 May 2022. During the visit, President Buhari is expected to attend the African Union (AU) Summit on Terrorism and Unconstitutional Change of Government. President Buhari is also expected to meet with other Heads of State to deliberate on humanitarian challenges in Africa and participate in the adoption of an Assembly Declaration of Humanitarian summit and pledging conference.
RWANDA – 26 MAY 2022
- KIGALI – 26 MAY 2022 (16H00) The Presidency has announced that President Paul Kagame has held a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on the occasion of the World Economic Forum 2022 (WEF22). During the meeting, the two leaders reportedly held discussions regarding various areas of bilateral cooperation, including vaccine manufacturing. Scholz is currently conducting a three-day working visit to Africa with a mandate to analyse new energy agreements as Germany seeks to discontinue associations with Russia.
TANZANIA – 26 MAY 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 26 MAY 2022 (14H40) The Tanzanian Government has announced that additional external funding is required to finance the construction of the next phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project. This follows after President Samia Suluhu Hassan recently noted that the Government is expediting efforts to complete road and railway networks with the aim of linking neighbouring countries as part of continental integration efforts. However, the country required additional external funding to finance the construction of the next phase of the SGR in addition to proposed highways to Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi. The President also noted that the projects are expected to significantly contribute to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) agreement.
ZAMBIA – 26 MAY 2022
- LUSAKA – 25 MAY 2022 (19H00) The British Government has announced that £1 million has been set aside with the aim of improving investment in Zambia over the following five years. British High Commissioner to Zambia Nicholas Woolley has stated the United Kingdom (UK) Government is also expected to finance Zambia’s Small Medium Entrepreneurs (SMS) through the provision of £100 million. Woolley noted that the British Government has also increased investment in renewable energy by £500 Million. The investments are in line with the UK-Zambia Green Growth Compact signed by Ministers during President Hakainde Hichilema’s visit to the UK in November 2021.
ZIMBABWE – 26 MAY 2022
- HARARE – 26 MAY 2022 (08H15) The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has issued a one-week ultimatum to the Government. This comes as the union expressed their grievances over their outstanding salary and other issues. The union has stated that failure to comply with their demand for the United States (US) dollar salaries and improved working conditions would compel the union to embark on a collective job action on 01 June 2022, as provided for under section 65(3) of the Constitution. The union’s President, Obert Masaraure, has stated that the union is determined to an industrial action until their grievances are addressed. The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) President Takavafira Zhou has pledged to participate in the protest action with the union, ARTUZ.
- HARARE – 26 MAY 2022 (11H35) Protest expected by the Zimbabwean Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) on 27 May 2022. ZCPSTU Organising Secretary, Charles Chinosengwa, stated that civilians are expected to protest due to the government’s reluctance to pay them in United States (US) dollars. Chinosengwa stated that a petition is expected to be delivered to the Ministry of Finance and the Parliament’s labour committee.
- HARARE – 25 MAY 2022 (09H00) Lafarge Corporate Area Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa/ Indian Ocean, John Stull, announced the company’s expected plans to expand operations in Zimbabwe. Stull stated that he met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Stull stated that Lafarge is currently busy working on a project for Zimbabwe and invited President Mnangagwa to participate in collaborations regarding the project. Stull stated that the exact date of the project to commence is expected to be announced in due course.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 26 MAY 2022
- NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear in a Federal High Court on 27 May 2022.
- NIGERIA: Nationwide protest expected by the Nigerian Association of the Blind (NAB) on 30 May 2022.
- REP. CONGO: Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) Executive Director Stephen Asiimwe announced plans for the first Uganda-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Business Summit from 31 May 2022 until 08 June 2022 in Kinshasa and Goma.
- 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