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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 30 MAR 2022 (19H00)

March 30

ANGOLA – 30 MAR 2022

  • LUANDA – 30 MAR 2022 (08H15) The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, has appointed Adalberto Costa Júnior, Nimi a Simbi and Jorge Alicerces Valentim as members of the Council of the Republic. The Civil House of the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, in other decrees, terminated the positions of Isaías Henriques Ngola Samakuva and Lucas Benghy Ngonda, as members of the collegiate consultative body of the Head of State. The appointments follow as the Council has to adapt the composition of the Council of the Republic due to changes in the presidency of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) in compliance with the Constitutional Court, which validated the congresses of the two political formations, held in 2021. The UNITA congress elected Adalberto Costa Júnior as President, while the FNLA congress elected President Nimi A Simbi.

 

BOTSWANA – 30 MAR 2022

  • GABORONE – 30 MAR 2022 (13H50) Botswana has announced the construction of a vaccine manufacturing plant, NantBotswana. The factory is expected to open in 2026 and includes other remedies for ailments affecting civilians, including cancer. This follows after Africa received approximately 540 million (6%) of the distributed COVID-19 vaccines despite occupying 17% of the world’s population. President Mokgweetsi Masisi stated that the plant is expected to transform the development agenda of Botswana from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based one, following Botswana’s National Vision 2036. Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong noted that the plant is expected to focus on developing a COVID-19 vaccine that eliminates the virus instead of a vaccine that only generates antibodies.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 30 MAR 2022

  • BUNAGANA – 29 MAR 2022 (21H10) Terrorist attack reported by the Congolese Military in North Kivu. This follows after the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) stated that they lost communication with the aircraft. Furthermore, he stated that the United Nations (UN) aircraft has expectedly been shot down in a March 23 Movement (M23) controlled area. General Sylvain Ekenge stated that there had been six peacekeepers in addition to two civilians on board during the flight.
  • TSHANZU – 30 MAR 2022 (10H00) Eight United Nations (UN) military personnel had died on Tuesday, 29 March 2022, following an aircraft accident in the Tshanzu area, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Reports indicate that the helicopter crashed during a reconnaissance mission. The causes of the accident are still unknown. Meanwhile, the Armed Forced of the DRC have reported that the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels have allegedly shot down the aircraft. Among the victims are six Pakistanis, a Russian and a Serb, the UN and Pakistani authorities. Investigations will be carried out to determine the cause of the incident.

 

ESWATINI – 30 MAR 2022

  • MBABANE – 30 MAR 2022 (10H15) The two Member of Parliaments (MP’s), Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, are today, 30 March 2022, appearing before the Supreme Court for the hearing of the appeal where the Registrar of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice is appealing the judgment of Judge Doris Tshabalala to hear the urgent bail appeal. This comes as Tshabalala ordered the Registrar of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Bheki Maphalala, to enrol the bail appeal application of the MP’s in the first session of the Supreme Court in January 2022. However, Maphalala and the Supreme Court Registrar appealed the judgement as unfair and enrolled the bail appeal to April 2022.

 

ETHIOPIA- 30 MAR 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 30 MAR 2022 (10H50) Ethiopia has begun repatriating its citizens from Saudi Arabia. Government officials have welcomed 498 returnees at the Bole International Airport today, 30 March 2022. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including State Minister Birtukan Ayana, Women and Social Affairs Minister Ergoge Tesfaye, and Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Dina Mufti, are facilitating the repatriation of Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia. This comes as the Government plans to repatriate 100,000 Ethiopians from Saudi Arabia in 11 months.

 

GHANA – 30 MAR 2022

  • ACCRA – 29 MAR 2022 (20H20) Ghana’s Parliament has passed the E-levy tax bill. This follows the E-levy Bill that has been listed on the order paper of Parliament for 29 March 2022. After a long absence, the bill was sprung on the House under a certificate of urgency to allow for broader stakeholder consultations. This follows the removal of the bill from Parliament at the request of the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, for more comprehensive stakeholder engagements. After a 30-minute deliberation on the matter with the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, the Minority members against the E-levy bill walked out of Parliament. President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to announce the bill’s passage before it becomes law.

 

KENYA – 30 MAR 2022

  • HOMA BAY – 29 MAR 2022 (19H45) The Ministers of Corporate Affairs (MCA) have impeached Homa Bay County Speaker Elizabeth Ayoo. This follows after an expected unanimous vote by 49 MCA’s to remove Ayoo from office. Ayoo has been impeached over the alleged claims of misconduct, violation of the constitution and incompetence. Ayoo’s misconduct follows as she allegedly gave the Government Printer authority to publish the names of the members nominated to serve the board on 17 March 2022. Furthermore, she has expectedly disabled the operations of the County Government via the signing of the vellum of the County Supplementary Appropriations Act 2022. Deputy Speaker Orondo assumed the position of the County Speaker following the impeachment of Ayoo.

 

LESOTHO – 30 MAR 2022

  • MASERU – 30 MAR 2022 (06H00) The United States (US) has announced their contribution to combat COVID-19 activities. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is expected to contribute US$6,2 million, and the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) is expected to contribute an additional US$1,3 million. The funding is expected to increase the cold chain supply logistics of vaccines, address vaccine confidence and demand, in addition to increasing the accessibility of vaccine sites. Furthermore, the funding is set to support the monitoring of illnesses caused by COVID-19. USAID is expected to provide resources through the Initiative for Global Vaccine Acces (Global VAX).

 

MADAGASCAR – 30 MAR 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 30 MAR 2022 (10H30) Madagascar and the Principality of Monaco have signed an agreement to strengthen and diversify cooperation between the two States. Malagasy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Richard Randriamandrato, and the Monegasque Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Isabelle Berro Amadei, have signed an agreement to establish bilateral cooperation. Randriamandrato has stated that Madagascar is currently the first African country to receive public aid for the Monegasque. Madagascar is also expected to receive annual support of €3-million supported through the Monaco Consulate and the Monaco Non-Government Organisations and finance both development projects and emergency aid.

 

MALAWI – 30 MAR 2022

  • KARONGA – 30 MAR 2022 (15H00) Road closure reported on the M1 road in Karonga. The road has been damaged following heavy rains in the area. The road has been closed between Songwe and Kaporo. Contractors have been sent to investigate the damages. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 30 MAR 2022

  • CAMACHO – 30 MAR 2022 (08H30) Technical teams from Mozambique’s National Roads Administration (ANE) have announced that the installation of a metallic bridge over the Iledje River will be concluded by today, 30 March 2022, to allow the resumption of traffic along the north-south highway between Nicoadala and Namacurra, in Zambezia. The ANE Provincial Delegate, Jorge Govanhica, has stated that technical teams are assessing the stability of the metallic bridge, which will be followed by the placement of the bridge deck. Govanhica stated that light vehicles will be the first allowed onto the bridge, including heavy motor vehicles. This follows after ANE halted traffic on Sunday, 27 March 2022, in order to enable installation of the metallic bridge.
  • MAPUTO – 30 MAR 2022 (09H00) State-owned telecommunications company, Tmcel, has announced that it plans to reduce its workforce in ongoing efforts to allow the company to be sustainable and reduce the current MT120 million monthly wage bill and debt. The Chairman of the Board, Momed Rafique, has stated that Tmcel has not received any state operating subsidy since 2017, and owes more than US$300 million. This comes as a large part of Tmcel’s real estate assets is mortgaged to the bank with repayments of 200 million meticais per month, yet the company can only afford to pay half of the amount. Parliament’s Planning and Budget Committee held a visit to Tmcel as part of its supervision and inspection of companies in the state business sector on Monday, 28 March 2022.
  • MAPUTO – 30 MAR 2022 (11H20) President Filipe Nyusi will be officiating the 17th Edition of Mozambique’s Annual Private Sector Conference (CASP) today, 30 March 2022, at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo. The conference will allow several businesses and partners to share knowledge and interests during the event. CASP 2022 will be held under Reforming the Business Environment Towards Economic Recovery. The event is organised by the Confederation of Mozambique’s Economic Associations (CTA), in coordination with the Mozambican Government, and will take place until Friday, 01 April 2022.

 

NIGERIA – 30 MAR 2022

  • KADUNA – 29 MAR 2022 (19H10) The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Faruk Yahaya has announced a government search operation. This follows as Yahaya and his troops investigated the Abuja-Kaduna train bombing on Monday, 28 March 2022. Yahaya has been accompanied by Principal Staff Officers of the Army Headquarters and the General Officer Commanding 1 division. Furthermore, Yahaya requested the Public to provide any information to assist their investigations towards finding the suspects.
  • KADUNA – 30 MAR 2022 (06H00) An official in Nigeria’s northern state of Kaduna has confirmed that eight passengers have been killed and 26 others sustained injuries in the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train by unidentified gunmen on Monday, 28 March 2022. The train had been attacked between Katari and Rijana by an unidentified suspected terrorist group that had detonated an explosive device on the rail track of the train, successfully immobilising the train. However, the attack had been repelled by the Nigerian forces. Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing to ascertain the status of the passengers who were on board.

 

RWANDA – 30 MAR 2022

  • KIGALI – 30 MAR 2022 (12H50) Belgian delegations represented by firms in various sectors, including infrastructure, construction, health and Information Technology, have arrived in Rwanda seeking to explore business opportunities and partnerships in the country and the East African Community (EAC). The Sector Marketing Analyst at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Adelin Kajangwe, has stated that about five firms have had progressive discussions with RDB. Kajangwe has stated that a firm seeks to establish a manufacturing plant for hygiene products, while other firms in the health and construction sectors have expressed interest. RDB has affirmed its support to the entrepreneurs as it seeks to attract more jobs and offset the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. Export Manager of a construction company, METIGLA, Audace Ikuzo, will also be visiting the Kigali Special Economic Zone on 30 March 2022 to assess its viability for his company.

 

TANZANIA – 30 MAR 2022

  • DAR ES SALAM – 30 MAR 2022 (16H50) The Office of the Treasurer Registrar (TR) has announced the finalisation of the Ubinafsishaji Information System. The announcement follows the working session between TR, Mgonya Benedicto, and privatised entities’ owners and directors on Tuesday, 29 March 2022. The system is expected to determine the overall efficiency of the privatised firms. This follows the entities’ privatisation by the Government to increase their productivity and efficiency. Upon completing the system, investors would be expected to appoint representatives to report their information directly to the Government. The Government stated that the restructuring methods of the firms include asset sales, share sales, joint venture partnerships, leasing and insolvency.

 

ZAMBIA – 30 MAR 2022

  • LUSAKA – 30 MAR 2022 (12H15) Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe announced that the Zambian Government will restrict the number of mining rights a person or company can hold. This is due to some people owning more than 50 licenses with the same beneficial owner. Zambia, as being Africa’s second-largest copper producer, want the limits on licenses in place to promote investment. Zambia’s licensing system is being digitalised. The License Department will re-open on Monday, 11 April 2022.

 

ZIMBABWE – 30 MAR 2022

  • HARARE – 30 MAR 2022 (12H30) Zimbabwe and Rwanda are set to sign an agreement for student exchange programmes between the two countries. This announcement follows after the Zimbabwe-Rwanda Trade and Investment Conference in Harare that had agreed on the establishment of the agreement, which is meant to enhance exposure and improve the quality of graduates. The Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development Permanent Secretary, Fanuel Tagwira, has stated that work has begun following its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). During the exchange programmes, the two States students will be allowed to visit the countries during the course of their studies in order to work together and benefit from one another.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 30 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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