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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 31 MAR 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 31 MAR 2022
- LUANDA – 31 MAR 2022 (08H20) The Angolan Government has announced that it will suspend the salaries of the doctors who have embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike. This follows after the National Union of Angolan Doctors (SINMEA) declared a nationwide strike from 21 March 2022 in demand of improved working conditions and salaries. Minister Teresa Dias and her Health counterpart, Sílvia Lutucuta, have presented the progress of negotiations with the SINMEA and stated that the executive had made respective adjustments following the decision to suspend the doctor’s salaries. The Ministry of Public Administration, Labor and Social Security (MAPTSS) has further stated that all the demands claimed by the doctors have been resolved and other issues are in progress, as well as a 6% increase in the basic salary has been issued.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 31 MAR 2022
- KINSHASA – 30 MAR 2022 (21H05) The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRCs) Parliament has voted to remove Economy Minister Jean-Marie Kalumba from his position in Government. Parliament has accused Kalumba of being responsible for the significant increase in prices of essential goods and the mismanagement of the fishing industry, among other issues. The Minister has been provided with 48 hours to present his resignation following the vote of no confidence. The motion signed by lawmakers contains several complaints, including a lack of policy to support local fishing and frequent gas shortages, leading to increased transport prices.
BOTSWANA – 31 MAR 2022
- GABORONE – 31 MAR 2022 (12H20) Botswana and Romania have agreed to strengthen existing diplomatic relations. This follows after President Mokgweetsi Masisi received a letter of credence from Ambassador Monica Cecilia Sitaru of the Republic of Romania. Masisi has stated that the two countries have agreed to collaborate in the agricultural, manufacturing and digital sector. In addition, Sitaru has stated that Romania is seeking to expand scholarships for Botswana students to study.
ESWATINI – 31 MAR 2022
- MBABANE – 31 MAR 2022 (08H30) Prime Minister Cleopas Sipho Dlamini and Deputy Prime Minister, Themba Masuku, have arrived at the Editors’ Forum Meeting to engage with local journalists. The forum is being held for local media groups to engage with the Cabinet on pertinent national issues. Updates will be provided on Government social media platforms.
- NKAMBENI – 31 MAR 2022 (10H55) Madlangempisi Member of Parliament (MP), Sibusiso Scorpion Nxumalo, residence in Nkambeni, has been allegedly burnt following an arson incident on 30 March 2022. Reports indicate that unidentified suspects have torched the residence, which has caused extensive damage to the property. Preliminary investigations indicate that the suspects allegedly forced the occupants to evacuate the residence before setting it alight. Investigations have been launched to assess the cost of damage and conduct a search operation to apprehend the suspects.
ETHIOPIA- 31 MAR 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 31 MAR 2022 (02H00) The United Nations (UN) General Assembly Budget Committee is due to vote on the Ethiopian Government’s request to block funding for an independent investigation into abuses during the country’s civil unrest in the Tigray region on Thursday, 31 March 2022. This follows after the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva established the inquiry in December 2021 to assemble evidence and identify individuals responsible for abuses with a view to future prosecutions. Ethiopia declined to cooperate, stating that the move is politically motivated. The 139-member UN General Assembly in New York is required to approve funding for the investigation by a three-member panel of experts. Human Rights Watch has called on UN member states to reject the Ethiopian move, raising concerns regarding the extent of human rights violations and atrocities.
- HAWAASA – 31 MAR 2022 (11H40) The State Council of the newly constituted 11th regional state, South West Ethiopian Peoples’ Regional State, is scheduled to hold its first meeting in Bonga city today 31 March 2022. The Speaker of the Council, Wondimu Kurta, has stated that the formed Regional State has been formed in response to address the country’s state of insecurity. During the meeting, discussions are expected to focus on approved decisions in the State Council. The Council is also expected to review and approve the 2021-22 fiscal year budget plan and performance of the Council, the Executive, the Supreme Court and the Audit Bureau of the regional state, as well as review and approve the state budget and review and approve a proclamation to determine the structure and number of zonal councils and regional Parliament representatives.
GHANA – 31 MAR 2022
- ACCRA – 30 MAR 2022 (20H20) Ghana has announced that they are expected to start the production of COVID-19 vaccines in January 2024. The announcement follows President Nana Akufo-Addo’s statement during the State of Nation. Addo has reported a decrease in Ghana’s economy expectedly due to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. Reuters data indicates that Ghana has vaccinated an estimated 24,4% of its population against COVID-19
- ACCRA – 31 MAR 2022 (02H05) Ghana’s Parliament has announced the approval of a new 1,5% tax on all electronic payments, known as e-levy. This follows after Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta proposed the e-levy in November 2021 in a bid to expand tax revenues. The tax, which is set to include mobile money payments, bank transfers, merchant payments, and inward remittances, is expected to raise an estimated GH₵6,9 billion in 2022.
KENYA – 31 MAR 2022
- NAIROBI – 30 MAR 2022 (21H00) Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) General Robert Kibochi has received the Ethiopian National (CDF), Field Marshal General Birhanu Galalcha, at the Defence Headquarters in Nairobi. Birhanu inspected a half Guard of Honour mounted by Kenya Air Force troops. Further, Galalcha held a closed-door meeting with the CDF in addition to a delegation of Generals and Senior Officers from both militaries. The meeting has been regarding bilateral defence relations, training, and cooperation supporting the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) operations. The visiting CDF is expected to attend the Exercise’s closing ceremony scheduled for Thursday, 31 March 2022, in Karen, Nairobi.
- NAIROBI – 31 MAR 2022 (15H15) The Supreme Court of Kenya has announced the change to Kenya’s Constitution by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has not been procedural. BBI expected to expand the Executive in addition to introducing the posts of a Prime Minister and two Deputy Prime Ministers. The appeal filed to the Supreme Court followed after Attorney-General Kihara Kariuki, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), BBI co-principals Uhuru Kenyatta, and Raila Odinga’s appeal had been denied by the Court of Appeal. Furthermore, the Courts stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta does not have the right to apply constitutional changes via popular initiative attempts as it is reserved for the Wanjiku. Justice Smokin Wanjala stated that there has not been evidence of adequate public participation in the BBI process. Further, a draft bill or a general proposition is expected to be presented to the public regarding signatures for public involvement. Raila Odinga stated that they are expected to reintroduce the changes to the Constitution.
LESOTHO – 31 MAR 2022
- MASERU – 31 MAR 2022 (10H15) The leader of the new political party in Lesotho, Revolution for Prosperity (RFP), Sam Matekane, has urged all Basotho nationals in Lesotho to vote for his party in the upcoming national elections. This follows after Matekane held a press briefing with local media groups and stated that he would use his business leadership skills to address the economy’s challenges. This comes after the launch of the party that took place on 22 March 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 31 MAR 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 31 MAR 2022 (09H00) The Council of Ministers of Madagascar has announced new measures in addition to the entry of ports of Madagascar. According to the Council’s decision, mandatory isolation is no longer required. However, a rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) certificate is required to be presented upon arrival. Passengers that test positive for COVID-19 are required to be isolated for seven days. The Council has also stated that all passengers who are leaving the country should present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result.
MALAWI – 31 MAR 2022
- LILONGWE – 31 MAR 2022 (03H10) The Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) and the Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) have registered a revenue loss of more than K12 billion. This follows due to an alleged prepaid electricity units scam perpetrated by employees of the two power companies. The employees are alleged to have defrauded ESCOM of more than K12 billion by selling prepaid units to companies and individuals through parallel structures. ESCOM Spokesperson Innocent Chitosi has stated that the employees are suspected of operating the fraudulent scheme since 2018. Chitosi has noted that further investigations into the matter are ongoing.
- BLANTYRE – 31 MAR 2022 (06H00) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced a planned power outage expected 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 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.
MOZAMBIQUE – 31 MAR 2022
- MAPUTO – 31 MAR 2022 (04H00) The Standing Commission of the Assembly of the Republic has authorised President Filipe Nyusi to conduct an official State Visit to the Republic of Botswana from 13 April 2022 to 16 April 2022. The Commission’s Spokesperson, Alberto Matukutuku, has noted that the State Visit aims to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
- MAPUTO – 31 MAR 2022 (08H00) South32 Limited (South32) has announced a closing date delay for their acquisition of an additional shareholding and related rights in Mozal Aluminium from MCA Metals Holding GmbH (Mitsubishi). South32 has further noted that if the remaining conditions, including approval from the Competition Regulatory Authority in Mozambique, be satisfied, the acquisition will be expected to be complete in March 2022 quarter. The transaction consideration includes joint profit sharing on our increased shareholding with Mitsubishi for the period 01 July 2021 until the completion of the transaction.
NIGERIA – 31 MAR 2022
- ABUJA – 30 MAR 2022 (20H45) The Nigerian Government has approved the acquisition of improved technological equipment for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). The announcement follows a recent Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The FEC approved the contract for eye-scanning lie detectors valued at N498,850,000, which is expected to be completed within 90 days. Additionally, the contract for night vision goggles valued at N570,825,000 has been accepted and is expected to be completed within several weeks. The new equipment is expected to increase the NDLEA’s performance during night operations and interrogations.
- ABUJA – 31 MAR 2022 (02H25) The United Kingdom (UK) has issued an advisory to citizens to avoid travelling to seven northern Nigerian states due to an increased risk of armed unrest and kidnappings. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has cited the recent terrorist attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train and the invasion of the Kaduna airport as the reason for the travel advisory. The FCDO has identified the states to avoid in northern Nigeria as Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara.
- LAGOS – 31 MAR 2022 (12H40) The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has announced an indefinite shutdown at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos scheduled to take place on Friday, 01 April 2022. This comes as residents living around 1004 to Epe decided against the reopening of the Lekki Toll Gate. The Lagos State Government has further announced plans to open the Lekki Toll Gate, which was closed for over 18 months since the shooting incident at Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers during the EndSARS protest. Motorists are advised to be cautious during the duration of the disruption. Police will be deployed to the scene.
- ZARIA – 31 MAR 2022 (13H00) Unidentified armed bandits have allegedly kidnapped a customs officer and a civilian during a raid in the vicinity of Kofar Gayan in the Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Wednesday evening, 30 March 2022. Local residents have also claimed that the bandits have abducted two other civilians during its ambush in the area. The Kaduna Police Command forces have launched a search operation to recover and return the kidnapped individuals. The incident comes two days after bandits attacked an Abuja-Kaduna-bound train, killed eight people, injured 26 civilians, and kidnapped an unspecified number of people.
RWANDA – 31 MAR 2022
- RWANDA – KIGALI – KIGALI – 31 MAR 2022 (14H00) President Paul Kagame is expected to announce the launch of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR). This follows Rwanda’s partnership with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Innovation and the World Economic Forum from 2020. The Centre is expected to promote emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain. The Minister for ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, stated that the C4IR is expected to collaborate with private, public, and civil society stakeholders to gather information from various stakeholders to increase its effectiveness.
- KIGALI – 31 MAR 2022 (16H05) The Rwanda Government has denied the claims that Rwanda is assisting M23 members during attacks against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This follows after Congolese General Ekenge reported the arrest of the two Rwanda soldiers, Warrant Officer Jean-Pierre Habyarimana of the 65th Battalion and Private John Uwajeneza Muhindi of the 402nd Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Brigade, allegedly made during the M23 attacks on Monday, 28 March 2022. Rwandan’s Deputy Government Spokesman Alain Mukuralinda stated that the men presented are not Rwandan soldiers.
TANZANIA – 31 MAR 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 31 MAR 2022 (09H45) Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Dubai based Company, DP world, to promote business growth through e-commerce platforms. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade, Godius Kahyarara, has commended the move and stated that it would promote investment and business opportunities through e-commerce platforms. The Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Trade World, Mahmood Al Bastaki, has stated that the platform aims to promote Tanzania’s economic growth and achieve the vision of 2025.
ZAMBIA – 31 MAR 2022
- LUSAKA – 31 MAR 2022 (16H40) The Government has released K805 million for the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the first quarter of 2022. The funds are expected to be distributed among the 156 Constituencies. The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Gary Nkombo, stated that each Constituency is expected to receive K5,1 million for various development projects. The announcement follows after Nkombo attended a closed virtual workshop regarding CDF guidelines orientation for provincial Permanent Secretaries and provincial government heads of departments. Furthermore, the Ministery of Local Government and Rural Development Permanent Secretary Wisdom Bwalya reported that each Constituency has been allocated approximately K6 million.
ZIMBABWE – 31 MAR 2022
- VICTORIA FALLS – 30 MAR 2022 (20H00) German airline, Eurowings Discover of the Lufthansa Group, has launched scheduled flights between Frankfurt and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The airline is expected to operate three weekly scheduled return flights on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Frankfurt to Victoria Falls via Windhoek in Namibia. The inaugural flights follow two years since Zimbabwe introduced the country’s lockdown on 30 March 2020. Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Felix Mhona has stated that the launch of operations is expected to positively impact the development of tourism in Zimbabwe and the Kavango Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA).
UPCOMING EVENTS – 31 MAR 2022
- ESWATINI: Protest expected in Mbabane by the Trade Union Congress of Eswatini (TUCOSWA) on Friday, 01 April 2022, at 09H00.
- NIGERIA: The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has announced an indefinite shutdown at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos scheduled to take place on Friday, 01 April 2022.
- 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.
- MOZAMBIQUE: The Standing Commission of the Assembly of the Republic has authorised President Filipe Nyusi to conduct an official State Visit to the Republic of Botswana from 13 April 2022 to 16 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.
- 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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