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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 29 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 29 MAR 2022
- HUAMBO – 28 MAR 2022 (23H30) The Angolan Government has announced that the formal inauguration ceremony of the 2022 judicial year is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 29 March 2022, in the city of Huambo. The opening of the judicial year, in accordance with the law, is marked by a ceremony in which the President of the Republic, the President of the Supreme Court and the Superior Council of the Judiciary, the Attorney General of the Republic, is present. Organic Law on the Organization and Functioning of Courts of Common Jurisdiction states that the judicial year occurs from the first day of March until 21 December of each calendar year. This follows as the Supreme Court has witnessed the launch of industrial action by employees, and the President of the Superior Court has been accused of violating the Constitution and committing acts of impunity after being accused of malfeasance and abuse of power.
- LUANDA – 29 MAR 2022 (08H00) Protest expected at the Sta Ana Cemetary on 09 April 2022, at 11H30. The demonstrators will be demonstrating for the release of the detained members of the Contesting Civil Society, Luther Campos King and Tanaice Neutro, who had been arrested during a protest action. The demonstrators will demonstrate to the Largo da Independência by 13H30 and call for an end to the armed conflict in Cabinda War. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Authorities are expected to be on the scene.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 29 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 29 MAR 2022 (12H00) The Congolese Foreign Ministry has summoned Rwanda’s Ambassador, Vincent Karega, over recent attacks on the country’s troops after accusing Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebellion group in a recent attack on military positions in the eastern regions of Tchanzu and Runyonyi. The Communication and Media Minister, Patrick Muyaya, has stated that Karega is scheduled to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs to explain the allegations of support by his country’s army to the M23 rebels. Rwanda has rejected the allegations.
- KINSHASA – 29 MAR 2022 (12H15) The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been officially admitted into the East African Community (EAC) bloc today, 29 March 2022, becoming the 7th member State of the bloc with Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Sudan. This comes as the EAC Heads of State convened for the 19th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State, including President Felix Tshisekedi.
ESWATINI – 29 MAR 2022
- PIGGS PEAK – 28 MAR 2022 (19H20) The Commission has announced an upcoming meeting at the Pigg’s Peak Hotel from Monday, 28 March 2022, until Friday, 01 April 2022. The Commission, through the Access Service Fund, has entered into a partnership with the University of eSwatini and the Ministry of Education. The meeting is expected to host a Capacity Building Workshop for Special Needs Educators
- ZANDONDO – 29 MAR 2022 (01H10) The eSwatini Government has announced that the Acting Minister of Natural Resources and Energy, Jabulani Mabuza, has officially inaugurated an E14,5 million water and sanitation project at Zandondo to benefit approximately 2,776 homesteads. The Zandondo Community Potable Water Supply and Sanitation scheme is a collaboration between the Government, World Vision and the Zandondo community. The project also reportedly supplies water to two schools and six churches in the community. Minister Mabuza has stated that the Government has prioritised clean water supply to all emaSwati under the National Development Strategy (NDS).
- MBABANE – 29 MAR 2022 (11H00) Prime Minister, Cleopas Sipho Dlamini, has announced new eased COVID-19 restrictions under Adjusted Risk Level 1 with effect immediately. Dlamini has stated that the level has been determined by the current COVID-19 situation and the need to boost the economy. Dlamini has stated that the cross-border travel restrictions require either proof of full vaccination for the COVID-19 certificate or a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Test of not more than 72 hours, not applicable for citizens under the age of 12. However, a negative PCR test may still be required when travelling out of the country. The wearing of face masks in open spaces is no longer mandatory, however, outdoor gatherings shall continue observing social distancing of at least one metre apart and continue to wear face masks. Citizens attending indoor events are required to wear face masks, including in public centres and stores. Religious gatherings are allowed to operate at full capacity in adherence to the COVID-19 measures, as well as Kufukama and night vigils. Sporting restrictions have been lifted for outdoor sporting activities, and all participants are required to wear a face mask at indoor events. Restrictions for entertainment events are lifted, and adherence to COVID-19 restrictions is required. The sale and consumption of alcohol on premises within approved trading hours are allowed. Dlamini has further emphasised the importance of vaccinating against COVID-19 and has urged the population to adhere to the implemented restrictions.
- MBABANE – 29 MAR 2022 (11H15) Protest expected in Mbabane by the Trade Union Congress of Eswatini (TUCOSWA) on Friday, 01 April 2022 at 09H00. The union will demonstrate over youth unemployment and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the country. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Coronation Park in Mbabane and march through Mbabane City to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and Commerce, Industry and Trade Government building. Motorists are advised to use an alternative for the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be on the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 29 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 29 MAR 2022 (09H40) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his delegation held a meeting with the President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Gele, and his delegation on bilateral ties and cooperation on 28 March 2022. During the meeting, discussions focused on trade, agriculture flow, joint infrastructure development, tourism, energy and other sectors to strengthen economic relations. The visit comes three after the Defence Forces of Ethiopia and Djibouti agreed to expand cooperation during the 9th Ethio-Djibouti Defense Chiefs of Staff meeting held in Addis Abeba.
GHANA – 29 MAR 2022
- ACCRA – 29 MAR 2022 (15H00) President Akufo-Addo is expected to present the State of the Nation (SONA) in Parliament on 30 March 2022. Akufo-Addo is expected to present his plans for his next three governing years. Furthermore, Akufo-Addo is expected to report on expected Government programs in addition to the strategies the Government will use to complete the programs. This follows Article 67 of the 1992 constitution, stating that he is expected to address the Parliament at the beginning of each session of Parliament and before the dissolution of Parliament.
KENYA – 29 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 29 MAR 2022 (00H15) Kenya is expected to receive Ksh450 million in looted funds recovered from former Finance Minister Chris Okemo and former Kenya Power Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Samuel Gichuru following a recent agreement signed in London. The funds, which had reportedly been confiscated by Jersey authorities in 2016, are expected to support Kenya’s COVID-19 response efforts. The Government of Jersey released a statement indicating that the funds had been seized following the successful conviction of a company associated with Gichuru, Windward Trading Ltd, on money laundering offences. The multilateral initiative to recover the assets associated with evasive offshore banking involved collaboration between Kenya, the United Kingdom (UK), Switzerland, and Jersey authorities. An estimated 90% of the funds will be set aside for the procurement of essential medical equipment, including Intensive Care Units and hospital beds, through Crown Agents.
LESOTHO – 29 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 29 MAR 2022 (14H25) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced several expected infrastructure development projects. The Foreign Affairs Minister Matsepo Ramakoae has stated that the project is expected to include the construction of roads, bridges, hydropower stations and rural electrification, among others. The projects are expected to be proposed through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) regarding job creation. This follows the increased unemployment rate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the project is expected to repair damages to the infrastructure of Lesotho caused by adverse weather. The project is further set to include the construction of infrastructure to connect villages that have been disconnected from essential services, namely, schools, health care facilities, among others. The Minister of Foreign Affairs from Japan, Hayashi Yoshimasa, said Japan is expected to assist African countries in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to adverse weather.
MADAGASCAR – 29 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 28 MAR 2022 (23H15) The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced a financial donation from the Government of Sweden to the value of approximately $900,000 to support FAO operations in Madagascar. The emergency assistance is expected to allow the rehabilitation of livelihoods of vulnerable groups affected by the prolonged drought and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Great South of Madagascar. The FAO has stated that an estimated 1,000 households are expected to benefit from the donation directly.
- ANTANANARIVO – 29 MAR 2022 (06H00) Madagascar is expected to commemorate the country’s 75th Independence anniversary today, 29 March 2022. This observes the country’s 75th year since gaining independence from French colonisation on 29 March 1947. The Council of Ministers has announced plans to hold commemoration ceremonies throughout the country’s 23 regions. In addition, the Government plans to hold official activities in observance of the event in Antananarivo, Manakara and Moramanga. The official opening of the commemorations is expected to be done by an ecumenical worship, followed by the opening of an exhibition in Analakely.
- ANTANANARIVO – 29 MAR 2022 (10H00) The transport association in Antananarivo have issued a 12-day ultimatum to the Urban Municipality of Antananarivo (CUA) to remove the motorcycle taxis operating in the region. The operators have stated that if their demands are not addressed, the operators, accompanied by the association of taxis operating in the city of Antananarivo (FTAR), will observe a general strike. This comes after the operators within Antananarivo raised their grievances with the motorcycle taxis in December 2021.
MALAWI – 29 MAR 2022
- ZOMBA – 29 MAR 2022 (00H40) The Malawi Government has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to conduct an inspection visit to several areas in Zomba from 10H00 on Tuesday, 29 March 2022. President Chakwera is set to conduct crop inspection tours at Aaron Village, Mjojo Village and Kaunde 1 Village in the Mlumbe Traditional Area of the Zomba District. Thereafter, the Head of State is scheduled to hold a Development Rally at the Namadidi Grounds in Zomba.
- LILONGWE – 29 MAR 2022 (04H00) Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) has summoned the Inspector General (IG) of the Malawi Police Service, George Kainja, following a deterioration of the security situation in the country. This follows after the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) requested the PAC to summon the IG on the alleged indicators of incompetence, nepotism and criminal negligence following an increase in illegal activities such as murders and robberies. Activists have attributed the situation to negligence by law enforcement agencies. CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa has accused Kainja of failing to improve internal security and address the recent criminal activities in the country’s major cities and towns. PAC Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo has stated that the Committee is expected to establish a date to hold discussions regarding the matter with the Police IG.
MOZAMBIQUE – 29 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 28 MAR 2022 (22H20) The International Monetary Fund and the Government of Mozambique have signed a staff-level agreement on the establishment of a $470 million facility. The facility is expected to be the country’s first programme since the IMF suspended support to the Government approximately six years heretofore. This follows after Mozambique announced significant state-supported lending that it had previously failed to disclose in 2016 in a $2 billion corruption case that prompted lenders to rescind aid and subsequently led to a currency collapse and debt crisis. The Fund has released a statement indicating that the final approval for the three-year Extended Credit Facility is set to be delivered by IMF Management within the upcoming few weeks. The IMF has stated that the Government’s medium-term programme focuses on economic growth, fiscal sustainability, and public financial management and governance reforms.
NIGERIA – 29 MAR 2022
- KATARI – 28 MAR 2022 (23H45) UPDATE The Ministry of Internal Security, Kaduna State, has issued a statement confirming that Military troops have secured the Abuja-Kaduna train previously seized by an unidentified terrorist group. Efforts are ongoing to convey the passengers from the location. The Ministry has stated that passengers with injuries have been transported to a hospital for urgent medical attention. Kaduna State Government is expected to liaise with the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to ascertain the list from the passengers’ manifest for efficient tracking. Security forces continue to search the general area in additional rescue efforts. The Ministry has further noted that emerging developments will be communicated to the public as the situation progresses. (21H50) Kaduna State security authorities have confirmed that an unidentified suspected terrorist group has detonated an explosive device on the rail track of the Abuja-Kaduna train, successfully immobilising the train. Reports indicate that the attack occurred at a location between Katari and Rijana. The attackers have reportedly surrounded the train and are sporadically opening fire. There are reportedly an estimated 970 passengers on board the train.
- WULGO – 29 MAR 2022 (06H05) Troops of Operation Desert Sanity have neutralized several Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists during an operation in the Borno State today, 29 March 2022. During the operation, the troops repelled an attack by the terrorists who attempted to carry out attacks in the Wulgo and Marte axis in Borno State. The troops have recovered several weapons and vehicles.
- ABUJA – 29 MAR 2022 (06H10) The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULDGE) is set to hold protests across the 36 States of the federation to force the Local Government autonomy. The National Assembly will transmit passed bills seeking to amend parts of the 1999 Constitution to the state Houses of Assembly today, 29 March 2022. The Speakers of the 36 State assemblies are expected to meet in Ibadan this week on which of the amendments to support. However, some governors, including the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, have already rejected autonomy for the Local Governments. The National President of NULGE, Hakeem Ambali, has stated that any legislator who voted against Local Government autonomy would not win re-election next year, 2023. Meanwhile, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Ojo Amos, would today meet with clerks to state Houses of Assembly in Abuja, during which the bills would be presented to them.
- LAGOS – 29 MAR 2022 (12H50) The Nigerian Railway Corporation has announced that it has temporarily suspended operations along the Abuja-Kaduna route. This comes after an unidentified suspected terrorist group carried out an attack on the route on Monday, 28 March 2022. The terrorist group had detonated an explosive device on the rail track of the Abuja-Kaduna train. The Managing Director of Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), Fidet Okhiria, has confirmed the attack, and investigations will be carried out.
- ABUJA – 29 MAR 2022 (16H10) President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear in a Federal High Court on 27 May 2022. This follows the Former Presidential candidate Chief Ambrose Owuru’s induction of the court action challenging the reinstatement of President Buhari for a second term of office. Owuru had contested the Presidency of Buhari during the 2019 presidential elections. Buhari is accompanied by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and the Minister of Justice as co-defendants. Owuru has requested that the courts inaugurate him in addition to allowing him four years of tenure as President. Furthermore, Owuru has requested that Buhari is removed from office in addition to refunding all salaries, allowances and emoluments he collected while being in office as the President unlawfully. Owuru implored the courts to grant an order that the salaries, allowances and emoluments recovered to be paid to him from 29 May 2019 until the date Owuru is inaugurated.
RWANDA – 29 MAR 2022
- KIGALI – 29 MAR 2022 (04H00) The Presidency has announced that recently appointed Ambassador Claver Gatete has presented his credentials to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres. Gatete has been appointed as Rwanda’s new Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. The appointment is set to come into effect immediately.
- KIGALI – 29 MAR 2022 (08H30) The East African Community (EAC) Heads of State are set to convene for the 19th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State, set to take place virtually, today, 29 March 2022. The Summit is expected to consider a report by the Council of Ministers on the negotiations between the EAC and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Summit is preceded by the 48th extra-ordinary meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers, which took place on Friday, 25 March 2022, to consider the provisional agenda and programme of the EAC Summit on the admission of DRC into the bloc. Following the Summit, EAC Secretary General, Peter Mathuki, is expected to hold a virtual press conference to brief the media on issues. This comes after EAC Chairperson, President Paul Kagame, received a letter from Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi on 08 June 2019, expressing his country’s wish to be a member of the bloc.
TANZANIA – 29 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 29 MAR 2022 (12H30) The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chief of Police, Simon Sirro, has announced new imposed leadership ranks in the army’s regions. The Army Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner (SACP), David Misime, has stated that the Kagera Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Wankyo Nyigesa, has been assigned to the army headquarters in Dodoma with his former Police Commander in charge of the Rukwa region, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP William Mwampagale. This move comes after Nyigesa allegedly violated the discipline of the Police Force on 26 March 2022. According to the statement, Nyigesa had urged President Samia Hassan to appoint him as the Commander in Chief of the National Police Force in an attempt at bribery.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 29 MAR 2022 (17H30) Tanzania has announced their cooperation with DP World for participation in its e-commerce platform. The online marketplace is expected to provide secure financial transactions and safe movement of goods. DP World is set to offer wholesale products to African businesses, domestically and abroad. Furthermore, the cooperation is expected to include a secure and reliable supply chain in addition to providing Tanzania with advanced technology and DP infrastructure. E-commerce revenue is expected to generate $46,1 billion by 2025. President of Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Paul Koyi, stated that the cooperation is expected to improve trading connectivity, build an easy access market, and ensure sustainable economic growth.
ZAMBIA – 29 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 29 MAR 2022 (03H00) President Hakainde Hichilema has announced the appointment of State Counsel Musa Mwenye as Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Board of Directors, subject to approval by Parliament. The President has appointed Irene Lamba, Henry Mbushi, and O’Brien Kaaba as Commissioners of the ACC Board. Hichilema has also appointed Alliance for Community Action Executive Director Laura Miti as Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission alongside Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) Secretary-General Emmanuel Chikoya. The Head of State has additionally renewed the tenure of Mudford Mwandenga as Human Rights Commission Chairperson with immediate effect. Mwandenga is also set to be deputised by the newly appointed Pamela Sambo. The Head of State has stated that all the appointments are subject to ratification by the National Assembly.
ZIMBABWE – 29 MAR 2022
- HARARE – 29 MAR 2022 (10H30) President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa seeks to deepen trade ties with Rwanda. This comes after Mnangagwa officiated the second edition of the Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade and Investment conference in Harare. The conference was held to establish strengthening commercial ties and expedite the implementation of mutual programmes and projects towards improving the standards and quality of life of the people of Rwanda and Zimbabwe. Rwanda’s delegation, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Beatha Habyarimana, has stated that the conference is taking place when both countries are significantly improving bilateral relations.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 29 MAR 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
- ESWATINI: Protest expected in Mbabane by the Trade Union Congress of Eswatini (TUCOSWA) on Friday, 01 April 2022 at 09H00.
- 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.
- ANGOLA: Protest expected at the Sta Ana Cemetary on 09 April 2022, at 11H30.
- 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.
- NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to appear in a Federal High Court on 27 May 2022.
- MOZAMBIQUE: President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi is expected to launch the 8th Edition of the Mining, Oil, Gas and Energy of Mozambique event from 02 June 2022 until 03 June 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo.
- RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
- KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
- ANGOLA: Energy Capital and Power (ECP) has announced that the 2022 Edition of Angola Oil and Gas (AOG) is expected to be held from 29 November 2022 until 01 December 2022.
- NIGERIA: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that Nigeria is expected to conduct elections on 25 February 2023 and 11 March 2023.
- MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) has approved a proposal that schedules 11 October 2023 as the date for the sixth municipal elections across the country.
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