2020 in East Africa
The following lists events that happened during 2020 in East Africa. The countries listed are those described in the United Nations geoscheme for East Africa: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The combined population of these 18 independent countries and two dependent territories is 445,405,606.
- Chief of state and Head of government: President Pierre Nkurunziza (since 26 August 2005)
- Chief of state: President Ismail Omar Guelleh (since 8 May 1999)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed (since 1 April 2013)
- Chief of state: President Sahle-Work Zewde (since 25 October 2018) Sahle-Work is the first female elected chief of state in Ethiopia; she is currently the only female president in Africa.
- Head of government:Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (since 2 April 2018)
- Chief of state and Head of government: President Uhuru Kenyatta (since April 9, 2013)
- Chief of state: President Andry Rajoelina (since 21 January 2019)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Christian Ntsay (since 6 June 2018)
- Chief of state and Head of government: President Peter Mutharika
Note: Due to irregularities in the May 21, 2019 election, on February 3, 2020, a panel of five judges annulled the results and ordered new elections within 150 days.
- Chief of state: President Prithvirajsing Roopun (since December 2019)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth (since 23 January 2017) Jugnauth also became Defense Minister on November 7, 2019.
- Chief of state: President of France Emmanuel Macron (since May 14, 2017)
- Head of government: Prime Minister of France Édouard Philippe (since May 15, 2017)
- President of the Departmental Council Soibahadine Ibrahim Ramadani (since April 2, 2015)
Note: Mayotte is an overseas department and region of France.
- Chief of state: President Filipe Nyusi (since January 15, 2015)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário (since January 17, 2015)
- Chief of state: President Emmanuel Macron (since May 14, 2017)
- Head of government: Prime Minister of France Édouard Philippe (since May 15, 2017)
- President of the Regional Council Didier Robert (since March 26, 2010)
Note: Réunion is an overseas department and region of France.
- Chief of state: President Paul Kagame (since April 22, 2000)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Édouard Ngirente (since August 30, 2017)
- Chief of state and Head of government: President Danny Faure (since October 28, 2016)
- Vice-President Vincent Meriton (since Ovtober 28, 2016)
- Chief of state: President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (since February 8, 2017)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire (since March 1, 2017)
- Chief of state and Head of government: President Salva Kiir Mayardit (since July 9, 2011)
- Chief of state and Head of government: President John Magufuli (since November 5, 2015)
- Head of government: Prime Minister: Kassim Majaliwa (since November 20, 2015)
- Chief of state: President, Yoweri Museveni (since January 26, 1988)
- Head of government: Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda (since September 19, 2014)
- Chief of state and Head of government: President, Edgar Lungu (since January 25, 2015)
- Chief of state: President Emmerson Mnangagwa (since November 24, 2017)
- January 8 – The United States announces sanctions against First Vice President Taban Deng Gai of South Sudan for human rights violations.
- January 13
- January 19
- January 29: The East African Community (EAC) announces that it is in the process of developing a common currency by 2024.
- January 31: Four journalists are sentenced to 30-month jail sentences in Burundi.
- February 1
- February 2: At least 40 people are killed in a stampede at a church in Moshi, Tanzania.
- February 3 – Human Rights Watch denounces Tanzania for denying adequate health services to LBGT people.
- February 4 – Two television reporters have been suspended for covering strikes in Comoros.
- February 5 – Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, 23, complains about racism as she is cropped out of a photo published by the Associated Press in which she originally appeared with Greta Thunberg, Isabelle Axelsson, Luisa Neubauer and Loukina Tille at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "Africans have truly been erased from the map of climate action," Nakate tweeted. AP said they will expand their diversity training for employees.
- February 9
- February 10 – There still is no agreement in South Sudan over the number and boundaries of its states. A week later talks are still stalled.
- February 11 – Kenya and the FBI sign an anti-terrorist agreement, the first of its kind outside the United States.
- February 12
- PowerChina International Group Limited (PIGL) applies for a permit to build a US$1.2 dam and power plant between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert in Uganda.
- A report on wildlife censuses conducted in October 2018 and November 2018 in the Selous-Mikumi ecosystem in Tanzania indicates that populations of elephants, hippopotamuses, and zebras have increased and that poaching has been brought under control.
- February 13
- The African Development Bank gives Uganda US $1 million to fight Ebola.
- The atoll of Aldabra in the Seychelles is designated an Important Marine Mammal Area (IMMA) because of its rare dugong breeding population.
- Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs and Peace-building Affairs, meets with Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and Lt. Gen. Abdelfattah El Burhan of Somalia in Khartoum.
- The The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) schedules a meeting on Somalia later this month.
- The government of South Sudan is accused of ignoring four reports linking oil pollution and birth defects in Upper Nile and Unity states.
- February 14 – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo begins a visit to Senegal, Angola, and Ethiopia.
- February 15 – Six mass graves with 6,000 bodies are found in Karuzi Province, Burundi.
- February 19 – Locust swarms spread from Uganda to South Sudan.
- February 20
Predicted and scheduled events
- March 12: Independence and Republic Day, Mauritus
- April 18: Independence Day, Zimbabwe
- April 26: Union Day, Tanzania
- May 20: 2020 Burundian general election
- May 24: Independence Day, Eritrea
- May 28 – Derg Downfall Day, Ethiopia (defeat of Mengistu regime)
- June 1 – Madaraka Day, June 1 (marks the day Kenya attained internal self-rule)
- June 18 – Constitution Day, Seychelles
- June 25 – Independence Day, Mozambique
- June 26
- June 27 – Independence Day, Djibuti
- June 29 – Independence Day, Seychelles
- July 1
- July 2 – 2020 Malawian general election
- July 6
- July 9 – Independence Day, South Sudan
- August 16 – 2020 Ethiopian general election
- September to December TBA: 2020 Seychellois presidential election
- October 9 – Independence Day, Uganda
- October 24 – Independence Day, Zambia
- October TBA – 2020 Tanzanian general election
- December 12 – Jamhuri Day (Independence Day, Kenya)
- TBA – 2020 Somaliland parliamentary election
- February 4: Daniel arap Moi, 95, former president of Kenya (1978-2002); undisclosed illness (b. September 2, 1924)
- February 5: Abadi Hadis, 22, Ethiopian Olympic long-distance runner (2016 Summer Olympics).
- February 11: Marcelino dos Santos, 90, Mozambican poet and politician, Vice President of FRELIMO (1970–1977) and President of the Assembly of the Republic (1977–1994).
- February 12
- February 13: Iddi Simba, former Minister of for Industry and Trade in Tanzania
- February 15
- February 16: Nikita Pearl Waligwa, 15, Ugandan actress (Queen of Katwe); brain tumor.
- February 17
- February 19 – Daniel Mburu, 24, motorcycle taxi driver shot by police in Nairobi, Kenya after saving a boy's life
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- The CIA World Factbook: Burundi Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Comoros Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Djibouti Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Eritrea Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Ethiopia Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Kenya Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Madagascar Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Malawi Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Mauritius Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Reunion Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Mozambique Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Rwanda Retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Seychelles Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Somalia Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: South Sudan Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- No breakthrough on South Sudan's states dispute The East African, 10 Feb 2020
- The CIA World Factbook: Tanzania Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- CIA Factbook: Uganda Retrieved 13 Feb 2020
- CIA Factbook: Zambia Retrieved 13 Feb 2020
- CIA Factbook: Zimbabwe Retrieved 13 Feb 2020
- US sanctions South Sudan’s vice president over abuses by Cara Anna, AP, 8 Jan 2020, retrieved 15 Feb 2020
- Comoros: Two Reporters Arrested in Comoros, Placed Under Judicial Control allAfrica, 16 Jan 2020, retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- Burundi: Chinese, Burundian FMs Hold Talks, Vowing to Strengthen Cooperation allAfrica, 13 Jan 2020, retrieved 13 Feb 2020
- Djibouti Rejects Awarding Port Operations to Dubai Firm retrieved 13 Feb 2020
- East Africa: EAC Edging Closer to Single Currency
- Burundi: Four Burundian Journalists Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison all Africa, 31 Jan 2020, retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- Kenya’s blood banks run dry after Trump administration cuts transfusion aid The Independent, 1 Feb 2020, Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- EAC treaty ripe for review, says Mfumukeko The East African, 1 Feb 2020, Retrieved 12 Feb 2020
- Tanzania Mourns As 40 Killed in Church Stampede, Floods
- Tanzania: Obstructions to LGBT Health, Rights
- Comoros: Two Leading Public TV Journalists Suspended in Comoros all Africa, 4 Feb 2020, retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- She was cropped out of a photo of white climate activists. Now, she says it's time to stop erasing African voices By Caleb Okereke and Stephanie Busari, CNN, 5 Feb 2020, retrieved 20 Feb 2020
- Swarms of locusts spread deeper into Uganda BBC, 10 Feb 2020, retrieved 11 Feb 2020
- Eyes on AU over Kenya, Djibouti UN Security Council seat dispute The East African, 9 Feb 2020
- South Sudan peace talks: Machar and Kiir in deadlock over states BBC WORLD, 16 Feb 2020
- Kenya, FBI partner on first anti-terror task force outside US The East African, 11 Feb 2020
- Uganda: Chinese firm wants to build dam on Nile River Al Jazeera, Feb 12, 2020
- Tanzania: Jumbo, Hippo, Zebra Numbers Up - Report 12 Feb 2020
- Uganda: AfDB Gives Uganda Shs3.7 Billion to Fight Ebola Feb 13, 2020
- Seychelles' Aldabra Atoll Given Special Designation Due to Rare Dugong Population Feb 13, 2020
- Sudan: UN Under-Secretary Dicarlo Meets Sudan's Military and Civilian Heads
- Somalia: UN Security Council to Hold Meeting On Somalia Later This Month
- South Sudan buries reports on oil pollution, birth defects AP, 13 Feb 2020
- US secretary of state heads to Africa after long absence by Kristin Larson, AP, 14 Feb 2020
- Over 6,000 bodies found in Burundi's mass graves Reuters, 15 Feb 2020
- South Sudan hit by desert locust swarm as plague spreads Al Jazeera, 19 Feb 2020
- Dutch government returns stolen 18th-century 'precious crown' to Ethiopia By Bukola Adebayo, CNN, 202 Feb 2020
- S Sudan president, rebel leader agrees to form unity government Al Jazeera, 20 Feb 2020
- Veteran Politician Batali Albino Dies
- Kenya's Daniel arap Moi: Thousands pack stadium for funeral BBC 11 Feb 2020
- Abadi Hadis dead: Ethiopian long-distance runner passes away aged 22
- Mozambique: Frelimo Founder Marcelino Dos Santos Dies
- In tribute: Sir Michael Berridge FRS
- Gen Benon Biraaro Passes On
- Tanzania: Former Minister Simba Is Dead
- Daily Monitor board chairman Simon Kagugube dies
- Africa University’s Founding Chancellor Passes On
- ’Runonzi Rudo’ hitmaker Prince Musarurwa dies
- Uganda's Queen of Katwe star Nikita Pearl Waligwa dies aged 15 BBC, retrieved 16 Feb 2020
- Morreu Mário Machungo, antigo primeiro-ministro de Moçambique (in Portuguese)
- Detained Rwandan musician dies in police cell
- Protests in Kenya after hero motorcycle taxi rider shot dead BBC World, 19 Feb 2020