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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 28 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 28 MAR 2022
- BENGUELA – 28 MAR 2022 (06H30) The National Union of Doctors of Angola (SINMEA) has announced its decision to continue its strike after rejecting the Government’s counter-proposal. This comes after the union’s management held a meeting to discuss the 6% increase, which does not yet respond to the demands of the medical profession, declared in a 14-point claim book submitted in September 2021 to the Ministry of Health. The union has demanded that the Government urgently respond to medical workers’ grievances to avoid a continuation of the strike action and stoppage of activities at hospitals across the country.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 28 MAR 2022
- KASINDI – 28 MAR 2022 (04H00) Government officials have announced that the construction of the 125-kilometres (km) Kasindi-Beni-Butembo Road in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the Kasindi-Mpondwe border has commenced. The launching ceremony for the construction occurred at Mpondwe-Lubiriha on the Ugandan border in the presence of two Operation Shujaa Commanders, Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) Major General Bombelle Camille Ehola and Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Major General Kayanja Muhanga. The commencement of construction works on the route follows as the two countries are engaged in joint operations targeting Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels active in the region.
- BUNAGANA – 28 MAR 2022 (15H00) A terrorist operation has been reported at the Runyonyi and Tshanzu hills on Monday, 28 March 2022, at 03H00 between members of the 23 March Movement (M23) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Armed Forces. The terrorist operation has involved the taking of command of the Hills. Djomba Groupement Leader Katchuki Jackson has stated that the M23 members successfully captured the hills. Following the takeover, civilians have been sited moving towards Uganda, Rutshuru and other regions from 06H00. The Public is advised to remain clear of the area as reports indicate the clashes are still ongoing.
ESWATINI – 28 MAR 2022
- KWALUSENI – 28 MAR 2022 (02H30) Protest expected at the University of eSwatini Campus in Kwaluseni, Manzini, from 07H00 on Monday, 28 March 2022. The Swaziland Student Command has called on all students to assemble at the university’s main entrance at 07H00 in condemnation of alleged acts of incompetence by the student electoral team by allegedly depriving students of their right to democratic elections. The Command has stated that no classes will be attended until the institution’s students receive a democratically elected Student Government (SRC). Members of the Public and motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest. Authorities are expected to be deployed to the demonstration.
- MBABANE – 28 MAR 2022 (11H30) Prime Minister Cleopas Sipho Dlamini has received a courtesy call from the founder of the International Youth Fellowship, Ook Soo Park, from South Korea. This comes as Park is currently constructing an International Youth Centre in Manzini. During the discussions, the two delegates discussed youth unemployment, the 2021 social unrest and its effect on the economy as well as the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
- MPAKA – 28 MAR 2022 (11H35) A Special Envoy of King Salman Abdulaziz, Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Qattan, from Saudi Arabia, has arrived at the KMIII International Airport. Qattan is scheduled to hold a meeting with the Prime Minister, Cleopas Sipho Dlamini. Qattan will also hold discussions with His Majesty King Mswati III at Lozitha Royal Palace.
- MBABANE – 28 MAR 2022 (12H10) Protest reported outside the Ministry of Education and Training. The eSwatini College of Technology (ECOT) staff members have embarked on a protest action demanding the removal or resignation of the institution’s principal. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
ETHIOPIA- 28 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 27 MAR 2022 (19H45) The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Djiboutian President Ismail Omar has arrived at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on a two-day official state visit to Ethiopia. President Omar has been received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accompanied by several senior members of President Omar’s Government. The Foreign Ministry has stated that, during the state visit, the Djiboutian President is expected to engage in various bilateral discussions of mutual concern with Prime Minister Ahmed.
- DDIS ABABA – 28 MAR 2022 (11H10) President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, has held a visit to the Head Office of the Information Network Security Agency in the capital, Addis Ababa during his two-day official visit in Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accompanied the Djiboutian President during his visit to INSA Headquarters. The two leaders are expected to hold talks on bilateral, national and regional issues of mutual interest. This comes as Djibouti and Ethiopia plan to enhance cooperation in the areas of railway, road, water, telecom, electricity and other development sectors apart.
GHANA – 28 MAR 2022
- ACCRA – 28 MAR 2022 (01H00) Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has delivered the country’s 28th COVID-19 update on measures imposed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Government has issued a directive to fully reopen all of the country’s land and sea borders with effect from Monday, 28 March 2022. President Akufo-Addo has stated that fully vaccinated travellers entering Ghana are not required to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result from the country of origin. However, citizens and foreign residents in Ghana who are not fully vaccinated are required to provide a negative 48-hour PCR test result and be offered vaccination on arrival.
KENYA – 28 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 28 MAR 2022 (06H10) The Government is set to register about 2.5 million boda boda riders today, 28 March 2022, across the country. The Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has stated that principal secretaries will preside over the exercise at all Huduma Centers to issue Smart Driving Licences to qualified riders. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi said principal secretaries would preside over the exercise at all Huduma Centers with the primary objective of issuing Smart Driving Licences to qualified riders. The move is aimed at improving the transport sub sector and promoting road safety and security for the operators and their customers. National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) will provide 12 months of health cover to the first 200,000 licensed boda boda riders. This announcement follows after Matiangi and his Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) counterpart, Joe Mucheru, met with leaders of the sector on 23 March 2022 at the Kenya School of Government, Lower Kabete in Nairobi, as part of preparations for the exercise.
LESOTHO – 28 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 28 MAR 2022 (04H00) Authorities have announced that seven officials from the Lesotho Ministry of Finance have been accused of fraud and money laundering activities. The officials allegedly stole more than R50 million from state coffers by diverting payments from suppliers to their personal companies for services that had not been rendered. South Africa’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has reportedly successfully recovered R18 million that had been paid into local bank accounts. The R18 million is set to be reimbursed to the Lesotho Government. South African National Prosecuting Authority’s Phaladi Shuping has stated that the AFU is also expected to apply to forfeit additional preservation of R7,3 million in April 2022.
- MASERU – 28 MAR 2022 (12H30) UPDATE The coalition is currently demonstrating outside the High Court of Lesotho. The coalition will be submitting an application to the court for Police to grant a permit to march to the National Assembly in demand for a 25 % salary increment, among others. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (11H50) Protest reported outside the High Court of Lesotho. The Coalition of Lesotho Public Employees (COLEPE) is demanding correction of the financial estimates to ensure that civil servants’ salary increase is not less than 25% with effect from 01 April 2022, and a tax credit increase, as well as reduction of income tax to 20% and 28% respectively. The coalition will be delivering a petition to the Prime Minister of Lesotho, Moeketsi Majoro. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police are on the scene and monitoring the situation.
MADAGASCAR – 28 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 28 MAR 2022 (13H55) Expected adverse weather reported on Monday evening, 28 March 2022, by the Ministry of Transportation and Meteorology. The Meteorology Department has announced that a storm is set to form over the Highlands, Northwest coasts, and the Central and Southeast coasts of Madagascar. The Meteorology Department has warned against the expected stagnation of water in addition to landslides in the area. The Public is advised to remain cautious during the expected storm.
- ANTANANARIVO – 28 MAR 2022 (08H30) Madagascar is expected to observe Martyrs’ Day on Tuesday, 29 March 2022, in remembrance of those who died in the Revolt of 1947 against the French. The Malagasy people had gained their independence from the French in 1960, and former President Philibert Tsiranana established Martyrs’ Day seven years later.
MALAWI – 28 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 28 MAR 2022 (09H00) Member of Parliament in Mzimba South Constituency has asked the Ministry of Finance to refund 130 Malawi kwacha which has been misappropriated at M’mbelwa District Council in Mzimba. Parliamentarian Emmanuel Chambulanyina Jere has stated that the Ministry of Finance can assist the council in refunding the missing amount at the council. According to Jere, Mzimba South lost K6 million, Mzimba South East lost K17 million, and Mzimba North lost K27 million. Jere has added that Mzimba West lost K23 million, Mzimba Hora K19 million, Mzimba Central K18 million and Mzimba Solola K11 million. Jere has further asked the Ministry of Local Government to explain to the Parliamentary house the Ministry’s actions which will be taken to refund the missing funds.
- BLANTYRE – 28 MAR 2022 (09H15) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced a planned power outage expected on Wednesday, 30 March 2022, from 08H00 to 14H00 and on Thursday, 31 March 2022, from 08H00 to 16H00 in some areas of Blantyre City. ESCOM has stated that the outages will take place around CFAO Malawi offices in Mandala on Wednesday and Thursday, affected places will be at the ESCOM Mpemba Training Centre, Mpemba Health Centre, Mpemba Staff Development Institute, Mpemba TNM Tower and Mpemba Boys Home. The disruptions will take place due to ESCOM, which will be carrying out construction works.
- LILONGWE – 28 MAR 2022 (09H50) Southern African Development Community (SADC) to Convene a Hybrid Meeting of Ministers of Employment and Labour and Social Partners on Wednesday, 30 March 2022. The meeting of Ministers of Employment and Labour and Social Partners in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will take place on 30 March 2022 in Lilongwe, the Republic of Malawi, through a hybrid mode of delivery. The Ministers and Social Partners will review the progress being made by the SADC in the area of employment and labour, and several frameworks and reports are set to be adopted, including among others, the revised SADC Code of Conduct on Child Labour, the SADC Labour Migration Action Plan’s Monitoring and Reporting Framework and the Model Framework on Social Dialogue Institutions in SADC. The SADC Senior Officials responsible for Employment and Labour and Social Partners will hold a meeting on 28 and 29 March 2022 to prepare and clear documents for consideration and deliberation by the Ministers and Social Partners.
- THYOLO – 28 MAR 2022 (12H50) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to conduct a Crop Inspection Tour in Thyolo District at the M’mambo Village, Mchiramwera and the Tholora Village, Ngolingoliwa today, 28 March 2022, at 13H00. Chakwera will thereafter hold a Development Rally at the Luchenza School in Thyolo District. The Presidential Taskforce has notified that all COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered to.
- LILONGWE – 28 MAR 2022 (13H20) Protest reported in Lilongwe by the Concerned Citizens Coalition. Citizens from Rumphi and Chitipa districts are protesting over the poor road infrastructure on the Rumphi-Nyika-Chitipa Road. The coalition will be presenting a petition to the Ministry of Finance for its failure to allocate resources for the construction of the road. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
MOZAMBIQUE – 28 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 28 MAR 2022 (15H45) The list of investors for the sixth Licensing Round for the Concession of Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production is expected to be evaluated on 31 March 2022 by the National Petroleum Institute (INP). This follows after oil majors ExxonMobil, Rosneft, TotalEnergies, and others submitted their bids. The process is expected to include 16 intervention areas of an estimated 92,000 square kilometres (km²). Rovuma basin is expected to receive five intervention areas, Angoche seven, two in Zambezi Delta, and two areas the Government has reserved.
- MAPUTO – 28 MAR 2022 (17H45) Former Minister of Labor Helena Taipo’s case is expected to be heard in court on Wednesday, 30 March 2022. The Center for Public Integrity (CIP) has stated that they consider asset recovery essential as the assets are required to restore damages caused by the arrested Suspects’ This follows as the CIP reported that the estimated recovered assets per annum are below 50%. The Attorney General’s Office has noted the sizeable difference between the amounts lost and recovered from corruption. Jurist Paulino Cossa has reported that the Public Ministry possesses evidence that is expectedly able to convict Taipo of her charges.
NIGERIA – 28 MAR 2022
- FUKA – 27 MAR 2022 (21H15) Attack reported on six communities in Niger State’s Munya Local Government Area. Several residents have fled the area after unidentified armed suspects launched attacks on six communities between Saturday, 26 March 2022 and Sunday, 27 March 2022. The armed men reportedly occupied the Sarkin Pawa-Minna road for several hours following the attacks. The affected communities include the Fuka, Dandaudu, Mararaba, Kuchi, Chibani, and Injita axis. Residents have reportedly fled to Gwada in the Shiroro Local Government Area. The attack follows a week after Governor Sani Bello assured internally displaced persons (IDPs) of security, enabling them to return to their respective communities. State Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Emmanuel Umar, has stated that further assessments of the situation are ongoing.
- PORT HARCOURT – 28 MAR 2022 (00H50) Rivers State Governor Nyesome Wike has announced intentions to contest for President of Nigeria during the country’s upcoming 2023 Presidential Election. Wike, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opposition party, made the announcement during an official visit to Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom at the Government House in Makurdi. Nigeria is scheduled to conduct Presidential Elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
- ZARIA – 28 MAR 2022 (06H20) The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) have embarked on a nationwide two-week warning strike from today, 28 March 2022. SSANU and NASU are participating in the protest by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over unresolved issues with the Federal Government to affect academic and administrative activities in the nation’s public universities. The unions plan to present their preferred mode of payment, the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS), which would address the challenges in the remuneration system. This comes after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced a four-week warning strike due to the alleged failure of the Government to address their demands.
- BADAGRY – 28 MAR 2022 (07H15) A civilian has died following border clashes between Eiye and Aiye cult groups at the Seme border near Badagry, Lagos, on Friday, 25 March 2022. Local sources have noted that the clashes took place after a member of the Aiye cult group had killed a member of the Eiye cult group, Umar Isah. The State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Lagos, will be launching further investigations following the death of the civilian.
- ABUJA – 28 MAR 2022 (07H30) The National Rescue Movement (NRM) is scheduled to hold its national convention on Wednesday, 30 March 2022, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Accordingly, the completion of congresses at the Polling Unit, Wards, Local Government Areas and States, the NRM is set for the National Convention in Abuja. The event will be held at the M&M Event Centre, Area 11, Garki, beside NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja, will begin with accreditation of delegates at 09H00. Several party delegates and dignitaries from different parts of the country and the Diaspora are expected to attend the convention.
- LEKKI – 28 MAR 2022 (10H15) Four people had died following an explosion on Sunday, 27 March 2022, by a fuel tanker t the Kaiyetoro end of Lekki-Epe Expressway by Eleko Bus Stop, Ibeju Lekki Lagos. The Lagos Fire Service has stated that a 45,000 fuel tanker collided with a heavy-duty vehicle inward Lekki causing an explosion due to the impact of the collision. The Director of Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, has stated that the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Epe Station, responded to the incident and discovered that both vehicles had head collision as the tanker travelled in opposite directions to Lekki and trailer from Epe.
RWANDA – 28 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 28 MAR 2022 (04H30) A high-level delegation from Rwanda’s business community has travelled to Harare, Zimbabwe, to attend the second phase of the Rwanda-Zimbabwe Trade and Investment Conference on Monday, 28 March 2022. Rwanda’s delegation is led by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Beatha Habyarimana. Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) Chairperson Robert Bafakulera has called on the Zimbabwean business community to engage in the conference to expand their business opportunities. Bafakulera has stated that the second phase of the event is expected to focus on agriculture, agro-processing, agri-business, mining, energy and trade. The conference aims to provide an interface between actors in industry and commerce, business people, and Government officials from Rwanda and Zimbabwe to explore areas of cooperation.
TANZANIA – 28 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAM – 28 MAR 2022 (18H25) The Court of Appeal has announced the release of suspected Drug Baron Ayubu Kiboko and his wife. The court ordered the release of the prisoners, with the requirement being that they are not in jail for any other crimes other than those mentioned. This follows after the court appealed one of seven grounds advanced by the appellants, stating that the search operation by Drug Control Enforcement Authority (DCEA) has been illegal. The search has been observed as illegal due to section 38 of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA) stating that written permission is required to embark on search operations by Officers in charge of the district police station. The unlawful search resulted in the removal of obtained evidence by the DCEA regarding illicit narcotics and three motor vehicles
ZAMBIA – 28 MAR 2022
- KITWE – 28 MAR 2022 (17H00) The Ministry of Mines has announced the findings of its audit. Furthermore, the Ministry is expected to announce limitations on the number of mining licences a company can acquire at a time. The Ministry suspended the issuance of mining licences and launched the investigation due to public complaints regarding the lack of transparency in the Zambian licensing system. The investigation revealed that companies have expectedly owned approximately 50 licences simultaneously. Additionally, companies have been found not registered with Zambia’s patents and are expected to not be paying tax. The licensing department is expected to complete the audit within 14 days and re-open on 11 April 2022. The limitations are expected to increase investments in the mining sector of Zambia.
ZIMBABWE – 28 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 28 MAR 2022 (02H00) The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has released preliminary results of the 26 March 2022 by-elections across the country. The elections had been conducted for 28 Parliamentary and 122 Local Government seats that fell vacant following recalls of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance Legislators and Councillors. Several seats also fell vacant following the deaths of Councillors and Legislators that had been voted into office in 2018. The newly established Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party has reportedly won 22 of the 28 National Assembly seats. However, Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) has also registered significant progress after winning two seats previously occupied by the opposition, Epworth and Mutasa South. In Epworth, ZANU–PF’s Zalerah Makari garnered 10,248 votes above CCC’s Earthrage Kureva, who received 8,283 votes. ZANU–PF also retained its seats in Mberengwa South, Murewa South, Chivi South, Mwenezi East, Gokwe Central and Tsholotsho North. In Highfield East Constituency, CCC’s Erick Murai polled 5,610 votes to win the seat, retaining the position he had won in 2018. In the Kuwadzana Constituency, the CCC’s Matambo Johnson has been declared the winner following 7,157 votes. ZANU-PF’s Nhambu Betty followed with 2,636 votes. Madamombe Fatima of the MDC Alliance had 259 votes, while the United Democratic Alliance (UDA’s) Mapfumo Nesbet gained 56 votes. Nkulumame Constituency CCC’s Kucaca Ivumile Phulu retained the seat with 2,760 votes. Kambuzuma Constituency CCC’s Williams Madzimure also maintained the seat with 4,457 votes. Chivi South Constituency ZANU-PF’s candidate Munyaradzi Zizhou polled 6,832 votes to win the seat. In Kwekwe Central Constituency, CCC’s Judith Tobaiwa has been declared the new Legislator after garnering 6,639 votes. Further election results are expected to be announced as the vote-counting process is ongoing.
- HARARE – 28 MAR 2022 (06H00) The National Trade Development and Promotion Organization of the Republic of Zimbabwe (ZimTrade) has announced that the 2022 Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade and Investment Conference will be held in Harare from today, 28 March 2022, until 01 April 2022. Several businesses, Government ministries and affiliated agencies are expected to meet at the inaugural conference to strengthen bilateral trade. ZimTrade has stated that preparations are underway and that 100 Zimbabwean companies are expected to participate.
- HARARE – 28 MAR 2022 (16H30) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced the launch of the Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade and Investment Conference. The conference, named Explore, Invest, Export, is set to focus on the socio-economic development and growth of the two countries. The meeting is expected to include an estimated 60 Rwandan Businesses. Mnangagwa oversaw the signing of three Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), namely in Trade and Investment, Implementation agreement on Energy, and an MoU between Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation and the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce. The conference has been launched to increase the living standards and quality of life in Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 28 MAR 2022
- MADAGASCAR: Madagascar is expected to commemorate the country’s 75th Independence anniversary on Tuesday, 29 March 2022.
- BLANTYRE – 28 MAR 2022 (09H15) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced a planned power outage expected on Wednesday, 30 March 2022, from 08H00 to 14H00 and on Thursday, 31 March 2022, from 08H00 to 16H00 in some areas of Blantyre City
- 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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