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20220606 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 06 JUN 2022
- M’BANZA-KONGO – 06 JUN 2022 (07H30) The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) President, President João Lourenço, has announced the construction of two centralities in the province of Zaire aimed at resolving the housing allocation in the region of Mbanza Kongo. Lourenço noted that the centralities would be built in the capital city of Mbanza Kongo and the village of Soyo, with 1500 residences each. Lourenco also announced the construction of the Soyo Refinery, which will refine at least 100,000 barrels of oil a day. Lourenço stated that the decision is aimed at creating jobs, especially for the youth of Zaire, in the construction and operational phases. Furthermore, a fertilizer factory will be constructed in the province, while a foundation stone laying ceremony is scheduled to be held in June 2022, which will also provide employment, and will solve the lack of fertilizers. This follows after Lourenco addressed a mass political rally in the province of Zaire, within the scope of the elections on 24 August 2022.
BOTSWANA – 06 JUN 2022
- GABORONE – 06 JUN 2022 (14H30) The Botswana Government has announced the expected plans for the extradition of former President Ian Khama from South Africa. Reports indicate that the second mention of the arms of war case commenced today where former President Ian Khama, Police Head Keabetswe Makgophe, Directorate of Intelligence and Security Isacc Kgosi and Corruption Head Bruno Paledi are allegedly accused in. The court has allegedly amended the charge sheet for the accused people and is expected to commence on 30 August 2022 for status hearing.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 06 JUN 2022
- MINOVA – 06 JUN 2022 (03H30) Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government authorities have issued a temporary ban on fishing activities in a region of Lake Kivu at Minova, South Kivu province. The suspension follows recent reports from community members residing in the area of dead marine life rising to the lake’s surface. Local residents and authorities have cited methane gas as a possible cause of the dead marine life. Kalehe Territory Administrator Dede Mwamba has called on community members to refrain from fishing activities and avoid contact with the contaminated water until further notice. Mwamba has noted that a team from the Ministries of Environment and Health has been dispatched to investigate the matter.
- GOMA – 06 JUN 2022 (08H00) The Military Governor of North Kivu, General Constant Ndima, has announced that the meeting of the Chiefs of General staff of the armies of the seven-member countries of the East African Community (EAC) is set to be held today, 06 June 2022. The meeting is set to be held in a preparatory meeting of military experts from the countries concerned. The meeting aims to set a resolution adopted during the Conclave of Heads of State of the EAC, on 21 April 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting follows after the seven countries of the EAC agreed to set up a regional military force in an attempt to end the conflicts by militant activity in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
- KINSHASA – 06 JUN 2022 (08H15) His Royal Highness Prince Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are expected to hold an official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from Tuesday, 07 June 2022, until Monday, 13 June 2022, accompanied by a Government delegation by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès, and the Minister for Development Cooperation. During the official visit, the Belgium leaders will hold discussions with Congolese officials in Kinshasa, and meet with Corporal Albert Kunyunku, who is a veteran who fought in the Second World War (WWII) that took place between 1939 to 1945. The leaders will also travel to Lubumbashi on Friday, 10 June 2022, and hold an onsite visit to the Belgian school, as well as development projects funded by Enabel, the Belgian development agency, and thereafter visit Bukavu to meet the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Denis Mukwege.
ESWATINI – 06 JUN 2022
- MATSAPHA – 05 JUN 2022 (19H30) Eswatini Head of State King Mswati III and Republic of Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema have presided over the signing of two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) between eSwatini and Zambia at the Mandvulo Grand Hall in Matsapha. The eSwatini Government has stated that the MoUs aim to enhance bilateral trade and investment opportunities in the sectors of agriculture, tourism, mining and energy, among others, between the two countries. This follows amid President Hichilema’s official state visit to the Kingdom of eSwatini at the invitation of King Mswati III.
ETHIOPIA – 06 JUN 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 06 JUN 2022 (02H10) The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has announced that the ongoing drought conditions being experienced across Ethiopia are affecting more than 7,2 million residents. UNOCHA has released a statement noting that more than 7,2 million people in four regions of the country are in urgent need of food assistance. The regions that are currently most affected by the drought conditions include Somali, Oromia, Southern and South-West. The agency has noted that the climate-induced drought in the region is the most severe recorded within the preceding 40 years due to four consecutive failed monsoon seasons since late 2020. UNOCHA has further warned that the conditions are expected to expand to additional geographic areas in Ethiopia, necessitating an increase in emergency humanitarian relief.
GHANA – 06 JUN 2022
- ACCRA – 06 JUN 2022 (17H00) The Parliament has announced the establishment of a six-member bipartisan committee to investigate the death of Augustina Awortwe. The committee has been established due to the death of Awortwe on 04 January 2022 after being transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra from the Holy Child Catholic Hospital at Fijai. Furthermore, the investigations are set to follow due to Awortwe being referred to the Korle hospital when the Effia Nkwanta Hospital and the Central Regional Hospital had been closer. Reports indicate that the ambulance had been delayed due to the crew requesting GH₵600 as fuel money for transport. The Committee is expected to conduct their investigations within five weeks.
KENYA – 06 JUN 2022
- NAIROBI – 06 JUN 2022 (06H30) The Azimio Presidential Aspirant Raila Odinga is expected to launch his public declaration today, 06 June 2022. This follows a meeting held with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Sunday, 05 June 2022. The announcement has been made during a meeting with the European Business Council (EBC). The declaration is expected to include his agenda during Odinga’s first 100 days in office. Odinga is set to establish an enabling environment to increase investment opportunities in the country.
LESOTHO – 06 JUN 2022
- VAN ROOYENS – 05 JUN 2022 (21H45) Police Spokesperson Motantsi Makhele announced the arrest of 158 illegal immigrants during a joint operation with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) at a roadblock on the R702/R26. Makhele stated that in the process of stopping the one vehicle, a shootout between the drivers and Police occurred, and only injuring one civilian. Makhele stated that the arrested civilians are currently being processed before they are sent back to their country.
MADAGASCAR – 06 JUN 2022
- ANDEKALEKA – 06 JUN 2022 (11H30) Jirama has announced the resumption of electricity supply at the Group One (G1) of the Andekaleka Hydro Power Plant. The company has stated that the plant provides 14 MegaWatts (MW), and reparation work will commence for Groups two and three (G2 and G3) at the plant. Jirama noted that the resumption of the G1 is aimed at reducing power outages within the Antananarivo Interconnected Network (RIA). This follows after an explosion occurred at the plant in January 2022. Meanwhile, the company will be observing the plant for possible disruptions.
MALAWI – 06 JUN 2022
- LILONGWE – 06 JUN 2022 (03H00) The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has announced that External and Parliamentary Affairs State Minister (MoS) Shri Muraleedharan is expected to embark on an official working visit to the Republic of Malawi between Wednesday, 08 June 2022 and Thursday, 09 June 2022. During the visit to Malawi, the MoS is scheduled to meet with the country’s Head of State, Lazarus Chakwera. The Minister is also set to engage in talks with Malawian Foreign Affairs Minister Nancy Tembo on matters of mutual interest and cooperation. Minister Muraleedharan also intends to meet a cross-section of the Indian communities in the country and participate in events commemorating Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav festivities during the visit.
- GOLOMOTI – 06 JUN 2022 (11H00) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to commission a 20 MegaWatt (MW) Golomoti Solar Power project today, 06 June 2022, at the Canadian-based renewable energy company, JCM Power, in the Dedza district. According to JCM, the project has a 5MW battery energy storage (BESS), the first utility-scale solar plus storage project in sub-Saharan Africa and the second utility-scale solar project in Malawi. The Golomoti project comes after the company also invested in the 60MW Salima Solar Power project but has no battery storage technology.A
MOZAMBIQUE – 06 JUN 2022
- MAPUTO – 06 JUN 2022 (17H50) The Beluluane Thermal Power Plant Project Coordinator Marco Morgado has announced that the plant’s construction has been postponed to June 2023. The announcement had been made during the eighth Mining, Oil and Gas and Energy conference held on 02 June 2022. The delay has been called due to a delay in the final investment decisions towards the project. The Beluluane power plant is set to produce approximately 2,000 megawatts and be valued at approximately US$2.8 billion. The project is set to include the partnerships between Gigajoule, TotalEnergies and MGC, Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH) and Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). The final investment decisions are set to be completed before December 2022.
NIGERIA – 06 JUN 2022
- ABUJA – 06 JUN 2022 (01H00) National Assembly employees under the aegis of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) have launched an indefinite strike action in condemnation of salary and allowance payment delays. PASAN has issued the strike notice via a statement by its Secretary-General, Hammed Awobifa. The statement notes that PASAN declares an indefinite strike to demand full implementation of the revised conditions of service (2018). The association has indicated that the industrial action commenced after three notices had previously been delivered to National Assembly Management Clerk Amos Ojo within three weeks. PASAN listed the demands in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to include 24 months’ arrears of minimum wage and consequential adjustment in which Management has an outstanding balance of eight months and 13 days of remuneration, in addition to the full implementation of the conditions of service contained in the signed MoU. In the interim, the association has embarked on an indefinite strike with effect from midnight on Sunday, 05 June 2022.
- KUBWA – 06 JUN 2022 (05H30) Attack reported in the Genuine Estate in Gwarinpa, an estate in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Unidentified suspected armed bandits have reportedly abducted several people during the attack. This attack follows after armed men attacked the St Francis Catholic church in the town of Owo during a Sunday service on 05 June 2022 and abducted several church leaders and the Priest.
- ABUJA – 06 JUN 2022 (06H00) The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to hold its APC Presidential Primary Elections in Abuja at the Eagle Square from today, 06 June 2022 and Wednesday, 08 June 2022. Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command, Josephine Adeh, has further released a statement on the diversion of traffic on routes around Eagles Square. Security and Traffic officers have been deployed to various streets in the locality of the event, such as Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the Court of Appeal point, behind the Court of Appeal, at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) building by Women Affairs, Finance, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Kur Mohammed Avenue by the National Mosque, the Benue Plaza, at the NITEL Junction, Phase 3, and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Towers in Central Abuja. Adeh noted that there would be a security presence at the traffic points to enhance ease of transportation and urged residents to desist from violent acts during the period of the elections. The Presidential Primary Elections are set to be held after an extension of the deadline for the conclusion of the exercise by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been rescheduled.
- ABUJA – 06 JUN 2022 (06H50) The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Tehran has announced that the sixth session of the Nigeria-Iran Joint Commission is scheduled to be held from today, 06 June 2022, until Friday, 10 June 2022 in Tehran. The Nigerian delegation is expected to be led by Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. In addition, an estimated 40 Nigerian officials from various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are also set to participate in the event. Several agreements on trade, investments, air services and agriculture, among others, are also expected to be signed.
- GWASKA – 06 JUN 2022 (10H15) The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is expected to present the country’s proposed national carrier with Air Transport Licence (ATL), Nigeria Air, today, 06 June 2022. The licence will be presented to the interim management of the airline at the headquarters of the aviation regulatory body at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja in Abuja. This comes after a statement released by the Ministry of Aviation, which stated that the new national airline is expected to provide scheduled and non-scheduled services during the waiting period for the all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Nigeria Air Limited had, in April 2022, applied to the NCAA for a license to operate scheduled and non-scheduled passenger and cargo services.
- OWO – 06 JUN 2022 (12H35) Demonstration reported at the Saint Francis Catholic Church in the Ondo State. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are holding a demonstration in solidarity with the death of the church leaders who were killed during an attack on Sunday, 05 June 2022. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
RWANDA – 06 JUN 2022
- KIGALI – 06 JUN 2022 (12H15) The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states are set to hold the 2022 ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) from today, 06 June 2022, until 16 June 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda. The United States (US) delegation will be led by Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles, US Senior Representative for 2022 Conferences of the ITU and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission. The conference will be held under the theme of connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development, which aims to discuss information and communications technology issues, and will also declare their pledge to the ITU’s Partner2Connect (P2C) Digital Coalition. The pledge will include new resources, partnerships, and commitments to achieve universal and meaningful connectivity in each of the P2C focus areas.
- KIGALI – 06 JUN 2022 (12H20) The Head of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Major General James Birungi, is on a four-day visit to Rwanda aimed at strengthening cooperation in intelligence sharing. The Spokesperson of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), Colonel Ronald Rwivanga, has stated that Birungi will be holding discussions with the RDF Head of Military Intelligence, Brigadier General Vincent Nyakarundi. The visit follows a visit to Uganda by RDF senior officers, including its Spokesperson, Colonel Ronald Rwivanga and General Nyakarundi.
TANZANIA – 06 JUN 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 06 JUN 2022 (16H25) Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) has announced a planned service disruption on Thursday, 09 June 2022. TANESCO noted that they are expected to stop the purchasing of electricity services, Luku, from approximately 00H00 until 02H00. Further, the public is expected to be unable to purchase electricity via Mobile money services, banks or TANESCO sales agents. The disruption has been announced due to scheduled maintenance. Members of the public are advised to purchase power ahead of the disruption.
ZAMBIA – 06 JUN 2022
- LUSAKA – 06 JUN 2022 (12H00) The Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZESA) has announced the suspension of mining activities at the Dolomite Mine in Lusaka West. ZEMA Public Relations Manager Friday Phiri has confirmed the announcement and stated that the mine would only be operational after repairs have been done. According to reports, the explosion at the mine damaged about 20 residences. The Dolomite Mines Safety Manager Richard Zulu has stated that the mine has begun compensating residents who were affected by the explosions at the mine.
ZIMBABWE – 06 JUN 2022
- HARARE – 06 JUN 2022 (03H00) India’s Ministry of External Affairs has announced that the Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Muraleedharan, is scheduled to embark on an official visit to the Republic of Zimbabwe between Monday, 06 June 2022 and Tuesday, 07 June 2022. During the visit, Minister Muraleedharan is expected to engage in discussions with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and meet other senior leaders of the country. Muraleedharan is also set to hold talks with Frederick Shava, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Zimbabwe, on various matters to enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries. The Minister is also set to review the progress of the development assistance projects under the Government of India Lines of Credit (LoCs) and Grants in the country.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 06 JUN 2022
- ZAMBIA: The National Assembly’s Acting Clerk, Roy Ngulube, announced that the first session of the 13th National Assembly is expected to resume on Tuesday, 07 June 2022, at 14H30.
- REP. CONGO: His Royal Highness Prince Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are expected to hold an official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from Tuesday, 07 June 2022, until Monday, 13 June 2022, accompanied by a Government delegation by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès, and the Minister for Development Cooperation.
- NIGERIA: The Lagos State Government is scheduled to host the maiden edition of the National Transport Technology Conference and Exhibition (NTTCE) between 07 June 2022 and 08 June 2022 at Eko Hotels and Suites.
- TANZANIA: Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (TANESCO) has announced a planned service disruption on Thursday, 09 June 2022.
- MALAWI: Indian External and Parliamentary Affairs State Minister (MoS) Shri Muraleedharan is expected to embark on an official working visit to the Republic of Malawi between Wednesday, 08 June 2022 and Thursday, 09 June 2022.
- ZAMBIA: Proflight Zambia is expected to increase the frequency of its direct service from Ndola to Mansa from 13 June 2022.
- NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Ekiti state local elections are expected to be held on 18 June 2022.
- 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.
- BOTSWANA: The Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC), in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), will host an Investment and Trade Conference, Business to Business (B2B) meetings and an expo between Botswana companies and their counterparts from RSA in Gaborone, Botswana on 21 June 2022 and 22 June 2022.
- MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address Malawians on the second anniversary of his election, 23 June 2022.
- NIGERIA: Protest expected by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, at the Federal High Court of Abuja.
- ANGOLA: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) have agreed to increase the Cartel’s oil production from 400,000 to 648,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from July 2022.
- MALAWI: Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (EGENCO) has announced that they are expected to commence reconstruction works for the Kapichira power station in July 2022.
- NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Osun State local elections are expected to be held on 16 July 2022.
- ZAMBIA: Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, has announced that Zambia is expected to host the 4th Africa Union (AU) Mid-Year Coordinating meeting from 14 July 2022 until 17 July 2022.
- KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
- ANGOLA: Angolan President João Lourenço has declared Wednesday, 24 August 2022, as the date for the fifth general elections to be conducted in the country.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
- LESOTHO: The Kingdom of Lesotho is scheduled to conduct general elections in October 2022 to elect 120 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament.
- 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.
- RWANDA: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to host the second Annual International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA 2022) between 13 December 2022 and 15 December 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
- 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.