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20220607 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

June 7

ANGOLA – 07 JUN 2022

  • LUANDA – 07 JUN 2022 (17H15) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tete Antonio, announced the receival of Ambassador Tariq Al-Ansari’s credentials to officiate the beginning of his ambassadorship. Antonio stated that Al-Ansari is the Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar to the Republic of Angola.

 

BOTSWANA – 07 JUN 2022

  • GABORONE – 07 JUN 2022 (09H45) The Gaborone High Court Judge, Christopher Gabanagae, is scheduled to deliver a judgement in the corruption case against former Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP), Carter Morupisi. Morupisi, with his wife, Pinny Morupisi, is accused of bribery and money laundering after allegedly benefiting from proceeds of crime to purchase a vehicle. During the previous court proceedings, Morupisi denied the allegations charged against him and provided evidence to the court. A heightened Police presence will be reported in the vicinity of the High Court.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 07 JUN 2022

  • IRUMU – 06 JUN 2022 (20H55) Attack reported in Irumu community, North Kivu. Reports indicate that the suspected M23 armed group attacked a military camp in the North Kivu region. Army Spokesperson Jules Ngongo stated that the alleged M23 group killed two soldiers during the clashes between the two groups. Ngongo further stated that the Congolese security forces had launched a search operation for the suspected armed group.
  • KINSHASA – 07 JUN 2022 (06H10) His Royal Highness Prince Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium are expected to embark on an official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from today, 07 June 2022, until Monday, 13 June 2022, accompanied by a Government delegation under the auspices of 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 that fought in the Second World War (WWII), which 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 and development projects funded by Enabel, the Belgian development agency, and thereafter visit Bukavu to visit meet the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Denis Mukwege.
  • MWILA – 06 JUN 2022 (22H45) Attack reported in a village near the shore of Lake Albert, Ituri Province. President of the Ituri Province, Dieudonne Lossa, stated that the village had been attacked by the suspected Congo Economic Development Cooperative (CODECO). Lossa further stated that during the attack, 12 civilians were killed, but the death toll is expected to rise as clean up operations are underway. Lossa further added that the local Police force has launched a search operation for the suspected armed group.

 

ESWATINI – 07 JUN 2022

  • MBABANE – 07 JUN 2022 (06H30) UPDATE The joint unions in Swaziland have agreed on a total shutdown from today, 07 June 2022, until further notice. This comes as the unions released a statement to the members of the public advising them to remain at home and cautioned motorists to avoid providing transportation to commuters. (06H20) The Eswatini Kombi and Buses Workers Allied Union (EKABAWU), joined by the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA), Kwaluseni Campus, are expected to embark on a planned protest action, today, 07 June 2022. The transport operators have vowed to suspend their services in demand for improved remuneration due to the increase in fuel prices and transport fares. Commuters are advised to use an alternative mode of transport for the duration of the protest. Authorities are aware of the situation.
  • MBABANE – 07 JUN 2022 (13H40) The Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) is expected to deliver a petition to Prime Minister (PM) Cleopas Dlamini on 29 June 2022. The MSF is expected to urge PM Dlamini to provide answers regarding the killing of protestors by security forces during the June 2021 and July 2021 unrest. This follows after the MSF held a brief conference concerning the June 2022 Campaign, in line with the theme of #PowerToThePeople.

 

ETHIOPIA- 07 JUN 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 07 JUN 2022 (01H40) The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has issued a warning against the use of Bitcoin and other digital currencies for transactions in the country. The NBE statement follows recent studies indicating that members of the public are conducting financial transactions through the use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Ethiopia. The Bank has stated that the use of digital currencies significantly increases the risk of money laundering and other financial crimes. Therefore, the Bank has warned that legal measures will be taken against individuals using cryptocurrencies for transactions in Ethiopia.

 

GHANA – 07 JUN 2022

  • ACCRA – 07 JUN 2022 (01H10) Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ebenezer Essienyi has announced that plans are underway to upgrade the country’s energy transmission system. Essienyi has stated that this forms part of ongoing efforts by the Government to ensure a sufficient electricity grid system to meet increasing energy demands in established regions of the country. GRIDCo has noted that two main energy sector projects are scheduled for commencement in 2022. The projects include the Ghana-Germany Compact and the Western Corridor Transmission Lines Upgrade. Essienyi has noted that the two projects are expected to improve Ghana’s electricity grid capacity and ensure that the country is able to produce energy for local use and export purposes. Upon completion, the projects are also set to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages in the country.
  • ACCRA – 07 JUN 2022 (13H55) President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned approximately 100 mercury-free gold extraction machines. The announcement has been made at the Independence Square to assist small-scale mining and environmental sustainability. Furthermore, the acquisition of the machines is set to regulate the country’s mineral resources and remove the use of mercury in the processing of gold. The extraction machines, named Gold Katcha, have the capacity to recover approximately 90% of gold ore without mercury. President Addo noted that the sector accounts for an estimated 40% of gold exportation. Furthermore, President Addo is set to procure approximately 300 more Gold Katcha machines.

 

KENYA – 07 JUN 2022

  • RUIRI – 07 JUN 2022 (08H15) Five people have died, and 12 others were injured following an accident involving a train and a heavy motor vehicle in Ruiru, Kiambu county, on Monday evening, 06 June 2022. According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the heavy motor vehicle stalled along the railway track in the Kihunguro area in Kiambu. This comes after a road accident in Kitui, which led to the death of 12 people on Sunday, 05 June 2022. The NTSA has further released a report noting that over 1900 deaths were recorded due to road accidents.
  • NAIROBI – 07 JUN 2022 (11H00) Four Police Officers have been charged with the murder of Wycliffe Owuor, who had allegedly stolen Ksh 72 million from a Standard Chartered Bank Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Nairobi. The Police officers have allegedly assaulted and killed Owuor, who had been out on a Ksh 500,000 bond, on 24 March 2022 at the Kayole Junction. The Police officers have pled guilty to the incident and have been remanded at the Nairobi Remand House. The officers have applied to be released on bond. The matter is expected to be heard on 17 August 2022 and 18 August 2022, following the mention of the motion set for 21 June 2022.

 

LESOTHO – 07 JUN 2022

  • MASERU – 06 JUN 2022 (21H00) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised Lesotho’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 2,1% in the fiscal year June 2021 through 2022, decreasing from an estimated 3,1% in March 2022. The IMF has stated that the country’s economy had previously contracted by 6% the prior year. Lesotho’s economy is forecast to increase by 2,7% in 2022-2023 and by 1,4% on average thereafter. The Fund has further noted that global price increases of food and fuel are negatively affecting vulnerable communities in the country, with inflation expected to increase to 6,8% in 2022-2023.

 

MADAGASCAR – 07 JUN 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 07 JUN 2022 (11H30) The State of Madagascar is expected to host two national conferences for land and agriculture at the International Conference Center (ICC) Ivato from 08 June 2022 until 10 June 2022 and from 15 June 2022 until 17 June 2022, respectively. The conferences are expected to be held following a letter by the Head of State, Andry Rajoelina. The conferences are set to discuss solutions to the sectors, including the establishment of a special lands court. The Syndicate of Magistrates of Madagascar (SMM) has issued a letter of protest against the establishment of a special land court that is set to be discussed during the national consultation on land. The discussion of the special land court is set to follow the request by the Head of State Rajoelina to resolve the issues in the land sector and decrease the processing duration of cases in the relevant courts.

 

MALAWI – 07 JUN 2022

  • LILONGWE – 06 JUN 2022 (23H40) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that Malawi has requested a four-year extended credit facility as part of efforts to address the country’s debt payment difficulties. Malawi has been experiencing acute foreign currency shortages, with the Malawian Kwacha recently depreciating 25% against the Dollar. The statement follows after the IMF recently held discussions with Malawian Government officials and private sector representatives. During the talks, authorities reportedly requested an arrangement on the protracted balance of payments problem. The fund has stated that restoring debt sustainability and resolving the alleged misreporting of foreign-exchange reserves are pre-requisites for IMF support. The IMF team has agreed on a macroeconomic framework, policies and reforms while authorities address matters.
  • NSANJE – 07 JUN 2022 (08H50) Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) has announced a disruption of power supply due to a fault on a transmission line at the Mulambe Substation. The affected areas include Ngabu, Sorgin, Bangula, Phokera, Nsanje and Marka. Technicians from ESCOM have been deployed to the site and are currently working to repair the electricity supply. Residents are advised that relevant updates regarding the situation will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 07 JUN 2022

  • MAPUTO – 07 JUN 2022 (10H00) The General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, held a telephonic conversation with current President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, who is also President of the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo), aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries. During the discussions, the leaders agreed to continue promoting the cooperation between the Vietnamese Communist Party and the Frelimo, which displays a significant role in orienting the development of the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries. Discussions also focused on enhancing exchange activities and meetings, exploiting the potential and boosting cooperation in politics, diplomacy, economy, trade, security and national defence, education and training, tourism, culture and people-to-people diplomacy, as well as enhancing coordination in regional and international forums. Trong further stressed Vietnam’s consistent foreign policy of diversification and multilateralisation and noted that VietNam demonstrates great importance to the cooperation and friendship with African countries.
  • NACALA – 07 JUN 2022 (17H00) The Managers of the Nacala International Airport in the Nampula Province have announced the suspension of the airport’s services during the night. The announcement has been made due to the vandalisation and theft of the airport signalling materials. Reports indicate that the damages to the lighting structures are valued at approximately MT20 million. The Nacala International Airport management is expected to establish additional security measures for the airport.

 

NIGERIA – 07 JUN 2022

  • OBA – 06 JUN 2022 (19H00) The Anambra State Police Command has announced the arrests made during their recent intelligence-driven search operation. The operation had been established after suspects attacked and kidnapped civilians at Oko on Sunday, 05 June 2022. The Police arrived at the criminal hideout after receiving information from an arrested member of the group, where clashes commenced between the Police and the suspects. During the incident, the Police killed criminal leader Chinedu Ajogu and arrested five suspects. Several members have escaped the Police. The Police confiscated a submachine gun (SMG), rifle, Beretta pistol, an Acura sport utility vehicle (SUV) and other goods. The suspects are expected to be interrogated to obtain information on their involvement in their criminal activities. Additionally, the suspects are set to be interrogated to apprehend the escaped suspects.
  • LAGOS – 07 JUN 2022 (06H15) The Lagos State Government is scheduled to host the maiden edition of the National Transport Technology Conference and Exhibition (NTTCE) from today, 07 June 2022, until 08 June 2022, at the Eko Hotels and Suites. Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, has stated that the two-day event is organized by the Nigeria Transport Commissioners Forum under the aegis of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and is expected to feature transport technology and investment opportunities. Attendees are expected to include experts and operators in the road, rail, water, and air transport sectors. The event is expected to include discussions on current and emerging trends in smart transportation infrastructure to adopt and implement emerging movements in the Nigerian transportation sector.
  • OWO – 07 JUN 2022 (12H15) Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has declared a seven-day mourning in the State following the attack at the Saint Francis Catholic Church in Owo on Sunday, 05 June 2022. Akeredolu has ordered all public buildings, facilities, and official residences in the State to fly flags at half-mast for seven days in honour of the victims. The Vice President of Nigeria, Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, commiserated with the people at the St. Louis Hospital and held a visit to the Olowo of Owo State. Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome and Head of the Catholic Church, has further condemned the attack and conveyed his condolences to Catholics in Nigeria.
  • IKORODU – 07 JUN 2022 (12H50) The Lagos State Government has announced a planned road closure at the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway due to the Federal Government’s rehabilitation of the road’s dual carriageway from Thursday, 09 June 2022. Transportation Commissioner Frederic Oladeinde has stated that the Lagos/Shagamu axis rehabilitation is expected to be completed in December 2022. The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing further indicated that only 0-5 kilometres (KM) of the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway would be modified for traffic diversion, while the other lanes on the expressway would be accessible to motorists during the construction. The Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be deployed to the affected areas to divert traffic flow.
  • LAGOS – 07 JUN 2022 (16H00) Protest reported by Okada riders in the Idi area. The Okada riders are set to protest over the Rapid Response Squads (RRS) seizure of their vehicles. The confiscation follows the ban set on Okada riders from 01 June 2022. The protestors have barricaded the roads with burning tyres. The RRS and other security personnel have been deployed to the scene. Public Relations Officers Benjamin Hundeyin stated that the protestors were not involved in clashes with security personnel. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

RWANDA – 07 JUN 2022

  • RUSUMO – 07 JUN 2022 (16H25) Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) urged the Council of Ministers to attend to challenges faced by traders at the Rusomo border crossing. EALA stated that challenges faced at the border include unharmonised tax rates, limited access to essential utilities, laws on travel documents and visas, fuel and road tolls, disruptions in electricity supply, traffic and foreign vehicle transit charges. EALA urged the Council of Ministers to improve the situation at the border urgently as it affects the trade and movement of citizens.

 

TANZANIA – 07 JUN 2022

  • DODOMA – 07 JUN 2022 (12H05) President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to host the 13th Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) today, 07 June 2022. The meeting is set to establish a room for members to obtain information on the Business and Investment Blueprint Strategic Plan, an assessment of the Government systems on recurrent and development expenditures, and the Tourism Assessment and Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). During the meeting, President Hassan is set to receive various reports for the implementation of the resolutions of the 12th TNBC meeting. The Ministry has implemented approximately 85% of the 12th TNBC meeting resolutions.

 

ZAMBIA – 07 JUN 2022

  • LUSAKA – 07 JUN 2022 (06H00) The National Assembly’s Acting Clerk, Roy Ngulube, has announced that the first session of the 13th National Assembly is expected to resume today, 07 June 2022, at 14H30. The meeting is expected to be held in a hybrid system, with fewer members in the House and others participating through a media platform aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Ngulube stated that observing the sitting of the House in the Public Galleries remains suspended. However, members of the public are allowed to visit the National Assembly when the House is not in session.
  • LUSAKA – 07 JUN 2022 (13H00) Transport and Logistics Minister Frank Tayali has announced that Zambia Airways is expected to commence international flights to Johannesburg, South Africa, from 01 July 2022. The announcement had been released during the launch of a central ticketing office at East Park Mall. Furthermore, the establishment of the route is set to increase the ties between the countries through Zambia Airways. Zambia Airways Chief Executive Officer Abiy Astrat Jiru noted that Zambia Airways are holding discussion with manufacturers to obtain additional aircrafts.

 

ZIMBABWE – 07 JUN 2022

  • HARARE – 06 JUN 2022 (20H40) The Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church, in cooperation with Arundel Hospital, has announced the complementary provision of health care to residents of Harare. SDA stated that the 22-bed health care facility is expected to present maternity, x-ray amenities, accommodation for health personnel, an incinerator and a mortuary.
  • HARARE – 07 JUN 2022 (10H50) The Fourth Session of the Zimbabwe-European Union (EU) Article 8 Political Dialogue meeting is scheduled to commence today, 07 June 2022, in Harare. The meeting is held as part of the Second Republic’s policy of engaging and re-engaging with the global community. The two countries launched the dialogue process in 2019 established on the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which governs relations between member states of the African-Caribbean-Pacific regions and the EU.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 07 JUN 2022

  • 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.
  • ESWATINI: The Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) is expected to deliver a petition to Prime Minister (PM) Cleopas Dlamini on 29 June 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.

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