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*WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 29 APR 2022 (19H00)*

April 29

*WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 29 APR 2022 (19H00)*

 

*ANGOLA* – 29 APR 2022

  • LUANDA – 29 APR 2022 (11H00) The United Nations (UN), Special Rapporteur Alice Cruz, has undertaken an official visit to the Republic of Angola from 28 April 2022 to 10 May 2022. The visit will focus on the issues of structural and interpersonal discrimination, anti-discriminatory policies, strategies for stigma reduction and inclusive development of the specific population affected by leprosy. Cruz is expected to meet Government representatives, civil society organisations, health, law, and social sciences experts, as well as affected people and their representative organisations. Cruz will also visit several Hansen’s disease communities in Luanda and Benguela regions to establish their priorities. Furthermore, Cruz will be holding a press conference to share her preliminary observations on 10 May 2022.
  • LUANDA – 29 APR 2022 (16H20) The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has requested that the health sector join the March of Millions expected on Saturday, 30 April 2022. The march is expected to join Doctors, Nurse, Civil society members, and others in support of the Executive’s social sector policies. This follows after Doctors under the National Union of Angolan Doctors (SINMEA) halted their strike action on 21 April 2022 due to the increased mortality rate. SINMEA doctors embarked on strike actions due to their working conditions and salaries.

 

*BOTSWANA* – 29 APR 2022

  • BULAWAYO – 29 APR 2022 (13H00) The Bulawayo Police have allegedly announced the arrests of three suspected illegal miners. The arrests follow a search operation by Police officers regarding the death of a 22-year old miner found in a mine shaft. The suspects have been identified as Prince Ncube of Happy Valley mine, Godknows Ncube of Hope Fountain and Director Sibanda of Marshobana. The search operation followed after mine workers notified the Police of the body in the mineshaft. The suspects are allegedly assisting the Police with their investigations.

 

*DEM. REP. CONGO* -29 APR 2022

  • KINSHASA – 29 APR 2022 (03H15) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced that President Felix Tshisekedi is expected to travel to Zambia today, 29 April 2022. Reports indicate that a bilateral cooperation agreement is expected to be signed between the Republic of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during the visit. The two leaders of each country identified the increase in Africa’s share of electrically operated vehicles and renewable energy value chain as areas of cooperation during a business forum in November 2021.
  • KALEHE – 29 APR 2022 (08H00) The Provincial Assembly of South Kivu, Jacques Kamanda, has announced the death of four people due to a landslide that occurred from Wednesday, 27 April 2022, to Thursday, 28 April 2022, in the locality of Nyamukubi in Kalehe, South Kivu. According to reports, heavy rainfall occurred, causing an overflow at a local river in Nyamukubi, which has led to the death of four people, several missing others, and more than 150 residences damaged.

 

*ESWATINI* – 29 APR 2022

  • MATSAPHA – 29 APR 2022 (13H00) The University of eSwatini has announced that they are expected to close today, 29 April 2022. The University is expected to close at approximately 14H00. The closure follows a protest by student members when the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) leaders allegedly announced that no student allowances are expected to be provided to the students. The University has requested that the students evacuate the premises before 14H00. Further, the University noted that examinations are available to final year students. The examination times are set to follow the Internal Memorandum allegedly issued on 14 April 2022.

 

*ETHIOPIA*- 29 APR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 28 APR 2022 (21H00) The Ethiopian Government has announced that the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) are still in the neighbouring region of Afar. This follows after they accepted to withdraw from the region following the unilateral ceasefire agreement between the Local military and Tigray forces on 25 March 2022. The ceasefire has been called to allow Humanitarian aid to enter the Tigray region. The Government noted that Tigray forces are still allegedly in Koneba, Abala, Berhale and Magale of Afar from Monday, 25 April 2022. Of the 100 trucks a day needed to assist Ethiopians, approximately 145 trucks have made it into Tigray.
  • ADAMA – 29 APR 2022 (17H45) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is expected to launch a malaria elimination program in Adama city. USAID and the MoH have allegedly renovated the Adama Malaria Training Centre. The program is set to join USAID and the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (MoH) to end Malaria in Ethiopia by 2030. The USAID Surveillance for Malaria Elimination activity is expected to track malaria cases in addition to identifying mosquito breeding sites. The United States (US) has provided laboratory supplies valued at approximately $200,000 and is expected to provide additional equipment worth approximately $110,000. The State Minister of Health has expectedly passed the centre over to be managed by the Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI).

 

*GHANA* – 29 APR 2022

  • ACCRA – 28 APR 2022 (23H30) The Millenium Development Authority (MiDA) announced the commissioning of a 52 megavolts amps (MVA) Primary Substation and Interconnecting Circuits (ICC) to serve the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) and its environs. Deputy Minister for Energy, Mohammed Amin Adam, stated that the substation has been connected to the existing Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) 33 kilovolt (kV) sub-transmission network. Adam stated that the substation is expected to improve power supply, quality, reliability and reduce technical malfunctions in the ECG’s Distribution System, subsequently contributing to improved financial performance.
  • ACCRA – 29 APR 2022 (08H30) The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has announced plans to rebury the former First President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, in November 2022. The opposition party has stated that Nkrumah had not been given a fitting State funeral. This comes as the party held a visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum on Wednesday evening, 27 April 2022, while celebrating 50 years since the demise of Nkrumah. The CPP has stated that further information on activities will be provided and will also inaugurate a funeral committee in due course. Furthermore, the CPP demanded that the Government return assets seized from Nkrumah after being overthrown in 1966 by a coup led by Lieutenant General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka on 24 February 1966.

 

*KENYA* – 29 APR 2022

  • NAIROBI – 28 APR 2022 (19H10) The Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe expectedly held a meeting with Czech Ambassador Martin Klepetko to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The meeting has been held to improve the bilateral relations between the countries regarding the health collaborations of both countries. The collaboration is set to provide a workforce exchange program, capacity buildings and medical speciality training. Klepetko noted that they are set to share their experiences in addition to the technical and financial support to increase Kenya’s ongoing reforms in the region.
  • NAIROBI – 28 APR 2022 (20H45) Deputy President (DP) William Ruto has been provided five days to respond to the suit seeking his removal from office. Mau Mau war veterans have called on the suit against DP Ruto as they state he has allegedly abandoned his official duties. Further, it is alleged that DP Ruto has not participated as the principal assistant of the President. Petitioners through Michael Kirungia stated that DP Ruto allegedly acknowledged receipt of the suit papers. Justice Hedwig Ong’udi has noted that the court hearing is set for 19 May 2022.
  • NAIROBI – 29 APR 2022 (10H15) UPDATE The military procession of the late former President Mwai Kibaki has arrived at Nyayo stadium. Several Heads of State and Government are attending the funeral service, which will be conducted between 10H00 and 14H00. A heightened security presence is reported in the vicinity of the stadium. (09H00) The military has begun its military parade from the State House, proceeding to the Nyayo Stadium for the late Mwai Kibaki’s state funeral. Kibaki’s State funeral will be held in his honour ahead of the burial at his Othaya home on Saturday, 30 April 2022. The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Philip Anyolo, assisted by Archbishop Martin Kivuva. Throughout the burial, a photo session will follow, and the casket will be reloaded to the gun carriage. President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady of Kenya, accompanied by other Heads of State, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Sudan President, Salva Kiir, will arrive at the Nyayo stadium at 10H30, and the state reception for Kibaki’s funeral procession will begin at 10H45 with a guard of honour followed by a procession to the altar. The National Police Service has reiterated its warning to motorists to avoid the Processional Way, Uhuru Highway, Kenyatta Avenue and Aerodrome Road to allow for the solemn procession. (09H05) The Nairobi State Traffic Department has advised all motorists to avoid several roads in Nairobi today, 28 April 2022, due to the late President Mwai Kibaki’s mass memorial being held at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. Traffic will be disrupted along the Procession Way, Uhuru Highway, Kenyatta Avenue and Aerodrome Road while the military will be moving Kibaki’s body from the State House, Nairobi, to Nyayo Stadium for the mass. Motorists have been advised to avoid Aerodrome Road and a section of Uhuru highway between Nyayo House and Lusaka roundabout from 07H00 on Friday. Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso also advised motorists to avoid the area around Nyayo stadium due to an expected gathering to attend the mass in honour of Kibaki. Police will be deployed to the affected areas to divert traffic.
  • GILGIL – 29 APR 2022 (16H45) Heavy Motor Vehicle accident reported near Kikopey on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. The accident involved three trucks and a car. The Police have evacuated the injured civilians. Following the accident, a truck has spilt oil on the road from its trailer. Police are on scene to ease congestion, and the local fire department has been contacted. Motorists are advised to drive slow in the area or use alternative routes.

 

*LESOTHO* – 29 APR 2022

  • QACHAS NEK – 29 APR 2022 (11H45) A Chinese company, Qingjing Group, has filed a notice of intent to dismiss workers due to financial issues following a delay of funds by the Government. The company has stated that teams which work after pay weekend should report for duty, yet the other teams will remain at home until further notice. Mining and Quarrying Allied Workers Union (CMQ) General Secretary Robert Mokhahlane has stated that the Labour Code has stipulated that the Government only grants a tender to a company that can pay salaries to its employees if a delay in the release of funds occurs. Mokhahlane further stated that the intended dismissals are unjust following the decision. The CMQ union has further announced plans to seek a court intervention should the company persist in proceeding with the illegal dismissals.

 

*MADAGASCAR* – 29 APR 2022

  • AMBODIMANGA – 29 APR 2022 (09H45) The state-owned company, Jirama, has announced that rehabilitation work is underway at the Andekaleka hydroelectric power station. This comes after the G2 Group had restored about 30 MegaWatts (MW) for the Antananarivo Interconnected Network (RIA). The Acting General Director of Jirama, Rivo Radanielina, has stated that the company has affirmed their commitment to rehabilitating the plant after a fire incident that occurred on 02 January 2022. The Andekaleka hydroelectric power plant is the largest power generation plant in Madagascar.
  • ANTSIRABE – 29 APR 2022 (12H45) President, Andry Rajoelina, is scheduled to embark on a regional visit to the Vakinankaratra and Menabe regions from today, 28 April 2022, until Sunday, 01 May 2022. During the visit, Rajoelina will inaugurate the inauguration of the House of Communication and Culture of Antsirabe on Friday, and thereafter, he will inaugurate the Morondava Hospital in Morondava, as well as preside over the inauguration ceremonies of roads and solar park of the town’s central hybrid. On Sunday, Rajoelina will inaugurate the co-cathedral of Saint Joseph.

 

*MALAWI* – 29 APR 2022

  • LILONGWE – 28 APR 2022 (20H50) President Lazarus Chakwera has elected Former President Dr Joyce Banda to represent him at the State Funeral of Emilio Mwai Kibaki. Joyce Banda has expectedly travelled to Kenya Nairobi on 28 April 2022. This follows as the State Funeral is expected to be held on Friday, 29 April 2022, at the Nyayo National Stadium. Furthermore, Kibaki is expected to be buried at the Othaya, Nyeri county, on 30 April 2022.
  • MZIMBA – 29 APR 2022 (05H10) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to host a Development rally at Emvueni Primary School Grounds in the Mzimba District today, 29 April 2022. Chakwera is expected to host the rally following his inspection of the crops from the Majuwani Mwandira, Robert Mseteka and Gwaza Hara villages. President Chakwera is expected to host the programme from 10H00.
  • MZUZU – 29 APR 2022 (13H00) The Police in Manzini have dispersed a protest action planned to be held today, 28 April 2022, held by the Human Rights Activists and Concerned Citizens at the Katoto Freedom Park. The demonstrators planned to demonstrate the dismissal of three public officials. The demonstrators are demanding the dismissal of the Director of Public Prosecutions Steve Kayuni, Attorney General Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda and Inspector General of Police George Kainja for alleged abuse of power of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). The planned demonstrations follow the expiry of the 14-day ultimatum organisation issued to Chakwera on 07 April 2022.
  • LILONGWE – 29 APR 2022 (13H50) The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana has expectedly announced the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Regional Governor for the Centre David Kambalame’s sentence. This follows after Kambalame’s conviction for allegedly assaulting Malawi Congress Party Secretary-General Eisenhower Mkaka on 11 April 2020 at a Lilongwe Police station. Msekandiana sentenced Kambalame to one-year imprisonment with a six-month suspension. Should Kambalame commit another offence within six months, Kambalame’s one-year imprisonment sentence is set to become effective automatically.

 

*MOZAMBIQUE* -29 APR 2022

  • MAPUTO – 28 APR 2022 (22H30) The Mozambique and Angolan Governments are expected to sign a memorandum to exempt travel visas for citizens with diplomatic passports. Minister of Foreign Affairs Agi Udongo stated that the Mozambican and Angolan Governments are also expected to sign bilateral agreements on air service, mineral resources, oil and gas, and also include youth employment.

 

*NIGERIA* – 29 APR 2022

  • LAGOS – 28 APR 2022 (22H15) The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has announced plans to hold the 12th Meeting of the West Africa Task Force (WATF) in Lagos, Nigeria, from 10 May 2022 until 12 May 2022. FCWC stated that the meeting is expected to be held between six member countries, including Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Togo. Discussions at the conference are expected to focus on the sustainability of regional monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS) centres on illegal fishing.
  • ABUJA – 29 APR 2022 (15H30) The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced that they are expected to embark on a three-day nationwide warning strike. The announcement has been made during the Congress’ Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting. The NLC is expected to protest in solidarity with affiliate unions and Nigerian students. This follows after the NLC provided the Government with 21 days to establish a High-Powered Panel on 13 April 2022. The Panel has been expected to resolve the issues resulting in the ongoing strike actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others.

 

*RWANDA* – 29 APR 2022

  • KIGALI – 29 APR 2022 (01H10) The Rwandan Government has called on the United Nations (UN) to support ongoing regional efforts within the existing peace and security framework in the Great Lakes Region. During a recent Security Council briefing, Permanent Representative of Rwanda Claver Gatete stated that the Great Lakes Region is experiencing positive political developments and normalisation of relations. This follows as the Inter-Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) peace dialogue meetings are ongoing in Nairobi, Nigeria, with representatives from 24 armed groups.

 

*TANZANIA* -29 APR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 28 APR 2022 (20H00) The Economic and Financial Committee Chairman, through the Peoples Assembly, is expected to address Tanzanians on 29 April 2022 at approximately 05H00. The press briefing is expected to be held at the Party’s Headquarters in Kinondoni.
  • DODOMA – 29 APR 2022 (09H30) President Samia Suluhu Hassan has declared Friday, 29 April 2022 and Saturday, 30 April 2022 as days of national mourning in honour of late former President Mwai Kibaki, who died on Friday, 22 April 2022. Hassan has further expressed her solidarity with Kenya as the State funeral of Kenya’s third President, Mwai Kibaki, is underway in Nairobi today, 29 April 2022. The Tanzanian flag will be flown at half-mast across the country and at diplomatic missions abroad on both days.

 

*ZAMBIA* – 29 APR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 28 APR 2022 (22H45) Luapula Province Minister Derrick Chilundika has announced the enforcement of additional security measures with the aim of eradicating illegal mining activities in the Chifunabuli District. Chilundika stated that the efforts intend to ensure that local miners legalise their activities. Chilundika further noted that licensed mining companies are requested to consider employing locals in their operations as a means to improve the country’s economy.
  • LUSAKA – 29 APR 2022 (06H30) The Zambia-European Union (EU) Economic Forum 2022 is scheduled to take place in Lusaka at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre from 18 May 2022 and 19 May 2022, which will be hosted under the auspices of President Hakainde Hichilema. The EU is a strategic investment and trade partner to Zambia and has significantly contributed to Zambia’s sustainable growth, fostering reforms and investments. The EU and its member states seek to strengthen their relationships with Zambia through development cooperation, private sector engagement, economic growth and job creation. In addition, high-level presentations will take place throughout the event, including business-to-business (B2B) meetings, Business-to-Government meetings (B2G), exhibitions and workshops.

 

*ZIMBABWE* – 29 APR 2022

  • HARARE – 29 APR 2022 (00H05) The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (ZINARA) has announced the distribution of $6 billion in the first quarter for the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme (ERRP). The ERRP is in line with the ethos of the National Development Strategy to include infrastructural development as a key enabler of attaining Vision 2023. Vision 2023 has set a target of transforming Zimbabwe into an upper-middle-income economy.
  • BULAWAYO – 29 APR 2022 (06H00) Road closure expected in Bulawayo from 07H00 and 17H00 today, 29 April 2022. The affected roads include Hillside Road from 14th avenue to 23rd avenue and Samuel Parirenyatwa street from 12th avenue to 14th avenue. The closure is set to accommodate the official opening of the 2022 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). Traffic Management Teams are expected to be deployed to assist in the diversion of traffic. Motorists are advised to use the designated alternative routes.
  • BULAWAYO – 29 APR 2022 (13H00) The Bulawayo Police have allegedly announced the arrests of three suspected illegal miners. The arrests follow a search operation by Police officers regarding the death of a 22-year old miner found in a mine shaft. The suspects have been identified as Prince Ncube of Happy Valley mine, Godknows Ncube of Hope Fountain and Director Sibanda of Marshobana. The search operation followed after mine workers notified the Police of the body in the mineshaft. The suspects are allegedly assisting the Police with their investigations.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 29 APR 2022

  • MALAWI: Service disruption expected in areas of Lilongwe on Saturday, 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.
  • ANGOLA: The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has requested that the health sector join the March of Millions expected on Saturday, 30 April 2022.
  • MALAWI: The second round of mass polio vaccinations is expected to be distributed at the end of April 2022.
  • KENYA: The Government of Kenya has declared Monday, 02 May 2022, as a public holiday in observance of Labour Day.
  • GHANA: The Ministry of Interior has declared Monday, 02 May 2022, and Tuesday, 03 May 2022 as public holidays in commemoration of Workers’ Day and the Eid-ul-Fitr, respectively.
  • 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.
  • NIGERIA: The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has announced plans to hold the 12th Meeting of the West Africa Task Force (WATF) in Lagos, Nigeria from 10 May 2022 until 12 May 2022.
  • MADAGASCAR: Protest expected in Antananarivo by the Taxi Association (TIM) and residents within Antananarivo on 13 May 2022.
  • ANGOLA: The African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), the Government of the Republic of Angola, and AMETrade are expected to host the 8th African Petroleum Congress and Exhibition (CAPE VIII), scheduled to take place from 16 May 2022 until 19 May 2022, in Luanda, Republic of Angola.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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