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20220608 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

June 8

ANGOLA – 08 JUN 2022

  • LUANDA – 08 JUN 2022 (06H00) The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Téte António, has called on the Secretariat of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OEACP) to invest in reforms to strengthen the organization. This follows as António addressed the Meeting of the Bureau of the Council of the 114th Session of the Council of Ministers of the OEACP. The Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States aims to become a firm institution capable of working in solidarity to improve the living conditions of the peoples of the 79 member nations. António encouraged all Member States to be represented at the tenth OEACP Summit of Heads of State and Government, which will take place from 6 December 2022 to 10 December 2022 in Luanda.
  • LUANDA – 08 JUN 2022 (12H45) UPDATE The SCC Movement have dispersed from the City Courthouse in Luanda, due to the prohibition of demonstrations near the vicinity of the Supreme Court. The demonstrators proceeded to demonstrate near the beach in Luanda. Meanwhile, Campos has arrived at the court ahead of the trial. (12H00) The National Police in Luanda have prohibited the movement from carrying out a demonstration near the City Courthouse in Luanda. Heightened security personnel is reported within the vicinity of Luanda. (07H10) Peaceful protest expected outside the Supreme Court of Angola near the Mutambo area. The Contesting Civil Society (SCC) has called on the public to demonstrate for the release of political activists and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) militant Luther Silva Campos, who was charged with alleged crimes, such as public instigation, criminal association, incitement to discrimination and damage to State property. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.

 

BOTSWANA – 08 JUN 2022

  • GABORONE – 07 JUN 2022 (22H40) Botswana’s Ministry of Health has issued a statement warning members of the public that the country is expected to experience a fifth COVID-19 wave amid a recent increase in infections. The Ministry’s Health Service Director, Pamela Smith-Lawrence, has stated that health authorities have raised concerns regarding the increasing infections and hospital admissions. Director Smith-Lawrence made the announcement during a recent briefing to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in Gaborone. The Ministry has stated that 635 new cases and two deaths had been recorded during the period between 22 May 2022 and 25 May 2022. As of 31 May 2022, the country has registered 30,126 COVID-19 cases. Members of the public are advised to continuously observe all health prevention protocols as part of efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 08 JUN 2022

  • GOMA – 07 JUN 2022 (19H00) Pope Francis announced plans to visit the Goma community, North Kivu, on 04 July 2022. Reports indicate that Francis is expected to celebrate a solemn mass on the site of Kibaya in redevelopment of the Nyiragongo territory.

 

ESWATINI – 08 JUN 2022

  • MBABANE – 08 JUN 2022 (12H15) Protest reported outside the Limkokwing University of Creative and Technology in Mbabane. The Economic Freedom Fighters of Swaziland (EFFSWA) are demonstrating in solidarity with several students that have not received their student allowances. The union is expected to deliver a petition regarding issues affecting students at LUCT. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
  • LOBAMBA – 08 JUN 2022 (12H40) His Majesty King Mswati III has appointed Sipho Tembe and Rejoice Ncamsile Ndzinisa as the Deputy Chairpersons and members of the Elections and Boundaries Commission today, 08 June 2022. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Pholile Shakantu, has confirmed the appointments and noted that the appointments will be in effect from today, 08 June 2022.

 

ETHIOPIA – 08 JUN 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 07 JUN 2022 (23H20) The international medical and humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has announced the resumption of activities in Ethiopia’s Gambella and Somali regions. This follows after MSF services in 84 locations across four Ethiopian regions, including Amhara, Gambella, Somali, and Tigray, had been suspended by a governmental decree between July 2021 and October 2021. The MSF has stated that the resumption of medical and humanitarian activities in Gambella and Somali regions is in addition to ongoing medical programmes in the Afar and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s regions. The organisation has also reiterated concerns regarding the impact of conflict, displacement, food insecurity and limited access to healthcare on vulnerable communities across Ethiopia. However, MSF has expressed commitment to continuously enhancing the availability and accessibility of health services in affected areas.

 

GHANA – 08 JUN 2022

  • ACCRA – 08 JUN 2022 (10H30) The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has threatened to embark on an industrial strike action if the Government fails to issue the payments of their 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) by the end of June 2022. The Vice President for NAGRAT, Jacob Annaba, has noted that the union are also demanding that the national tripartite committee, a body mandated by law per Section 113 of the Labor Act 2003 Act 6,5,1 should act urgently to determine the new minimum wage for the year 2003 by the middle of June 2022. The protest comes amid the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) also demanding the payment of 20% COLA due to the rising cost of living in the country. Annaba has further ordered all Regional and Zonal Secretariat to hoist red flags in front of the offices with immediate effect.
  • ACCRA – 08 JUN 2022 (16H40) The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed five cases of the Monkeypox disease reported. Director-General of GHS, Patrick Aboagye, stated that 12 suspected cases have been investigated since 24 May 2022. Aboagye stated that five cases can now be confirmed, and no deaths have been reported due to the disease. Aboagye stated that the vaccine for the Monkeypox disease is currently not available in Ghana.

 

KENYA – 08 JUN 2022

  • TOT – 07 JUN 2022 (19H30) Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Maalim Mohamed announced the immediate implementation of a night-time curfew in three Kerio Valley Counties. Mohamed stated that Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties will be affected by the curfew imposed from 18H00 until 06H00 for a period of 30 days. Mohamed stated that the curfew imposed is due to the rise of insurgent attacks in the area, and local security agencies are deployed to monitor the situation for the given period in the counties. Mohamed added that the curfew imposed does not affect the operations of essential services.

 

LESOTHO – 08 JUN 2022

  • ROMA – 08 JUN 2022 (09H00) The National University of Lesotho (NUL) has rejected allegations against reports noting an alleged disease circulating at the Roma Campus. This comes as statements circulating on media platforms in May 2022 involving an outbreak of a disease. The NUL Vice-Chancellor, Professor Isaac Olusola-Fajana, stated that the previous cases had been recorded and were inapplicable to the alleged disease. Fajana added that the district health management team has been on high alert on reported cases and has so far reported no indications of a pandemic. Fajana has further urged all stakeholders of NUL to remain calm and reiterated the need to refrain from publicizing false reports.

 

MADAGASCAR – 08 JUN 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 08 JUN 2022 (14H00) Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina has announced the banning of South African (SA) airlines into the country. Reports indicate that Rajoelina seems to be retaliating against SA after 73,5 kilograms (KG) of gold and an undisclosed amount of money was confiscated from passengers who arrived from Madagascar at the OR Tambo International Airport on 31 December 2020. Rajoelina demands the release of the arrested suspects and the return of all treasure before flights from SA can resume. The Pretoria Police, however, stated that the suspects committed a crime in SA and that the law is expected to run its course.

 

MALAWI – 08 JUN 2022

  • LILONGWE – 07 JUN 2022 (19H05) Vice President Saulos Chilima announced a courtesy visit from United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro. Chilima stated that during the visit, Ribeiro reaffirmed the UN support to the Malawian Government in efforts to escalate the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda in the country.
  • LILONGWE – 08 JUN 2022 (06H15) The Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Matola, is scheduled to host a press briefing today, 08 June 2022, at 09H00, at the Central Office of Information in Lilongwe. Matola will be providing the press with a brief on the power supply situation in Malawi and relevant updates on the situation. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM), Kamkwamba Wayera Kumwenda, will be participating in the briefing.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 08 JUN 2022

  • NAMPULA – 08 JUN 2022 (09H15) Two officers from Mozambique’s Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR) have been arrested on charges of kidnapping and fraud in Mogovolas district, Nampula province. The Spokesperson of the National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC), Enina Tsinine, has stated that the agents abducted two people and held them captive for four days until receiving MT10,000 ransom each. In addition to the two UIR officers, three other people involved in the abduction have been arrested. During an assessment presented in June 2022, Attorney General, Beatriz Buchili, stated that abductions and criminal groups involved had cross-border connections, maintaining cells in countries such as South Africa.

 

NIGERIA – 08 JUN 2022

  • SABON WUSE – 07 JUN 2022 (19H20) The Kaduna State Police Command has repelled an attempted attack on commuters along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in the vicinity of the Sabon Wuse village. The Command has stated that a combined team from the Joint Police Command, Military Operation Puff Adder and Operation Thunder Strike intercepted an armed group attempting to gain access to the Kaduna-Abuja highway. The security team and armed group members subsequently engaged in armed clashes before the suspects fled the scene. During the incident, the security forces also recovered three kidnapped individuals in addition to eight motorcycles utilised by the armed group. The kidnapped individuals have reportedly been transported to a hospital facility to receive medical attention.
  • ABUJA – 07 JUN 2022 (19H30) Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba has approved the establishment of the Electoral Offences Desk at the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The office is expected to be supervised from the Force Headquarters in Abuja by Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) Johnson Kokumo. The unit is expected to be set up Nationwide at State Commands. The Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Departments are expected to serve as State Desk Officers. The officers are set to collect and investigate all electoral offences and complaints. Furthermore, the officers are expected to determine the charges set before the courts for legal action. The unit has commenced its operations with cases recorded during the pre-election activities, including the screening process, conventions and primary elections.
  • ABUJA – 08 JUN 2022 (07H45) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government are scheduled to hold a meeting today, 08 June 2022, at 16H00, aimed at resolving their agreements reached during the previous meeting held on 07 June 2022. During the previous session, the union decided to extend the 72-hour ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet some of their demands, while discussions focussed on ending the strike, which had been ongoing for about four months. The union also may make some concessions in its demands from the Government. The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has confirmed that progress has been made, and the union will soon address the public over the situation.
  • OWERII – 08 JUN 2022 (10H15) Clashes reported by two suspected motorcycle thieves and community members at the Irette Daily Market. This follows after the two suspects allegedly stole a motorcycle along the Onitsha express road. The suspects attempted to escape, but the community members stopped a suspect at the Irette Market. Following this, the community killed and set alight the suspect. The Divisional Police Officer is expected to be deployed and investigate the incident.
  • ABUJA – 08 JUN 2022 (13H45) The National Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Anyanwu, has announced alleged plans to assassinate him and others. This expectedly follows after the PDP National Working Committee investigated the 26 May 2022 primaries in the Ahiazu Mbaise State Constituency following recommendations by a committee. Anyanwu noted that he received a voice note in which members threatened the PDP members. The Police are expected to investigate the incident further.

 

RWANDA – 08 JUN 2022

  • KIGALI – 08 JUN 2022 (11H00) Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN Rwandacell (MTN Rwanda) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mitwa Ng’ambi, held a meeting with Ericsson’s Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Head of Strategy Erik Ekudden, aimed to discuss their partnership following the annual Broadband Commission. During the meeting, discussions focused on the establishment of various services and products within MTN Rwanda and Mobile Money Rwanda Limited closing the digital divide and propelling financial inclusion. MTN, in partnership with Ericsson’s, have established services which include MTN’s modernized Network Operating Centre (NOC). In addition to telecommunication services, Ericsson has enabled Mobile Money Rwanda Limited with a platform for digital financial services such as Basic services, which are purchase to purchase (P2P), Cash-in, Cash-out and Airtime Purchase and Advanced payments MoMoPay, OpenAPI, Loans and Savings, Bill Payments and Remittances. Ekudden further stated that Ericsson’s remains committed to working with MTN to explore solutions that increase social and financial inclusion in Rwanda.

 

TANZANIA – 08 JUN 2022

  • BWANGA – 08 JUN 2022 (15H00) The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Samia Hassan, is currently on a three-day working visit to the Bangwa County of Geita Province. Reports indicate that Hassan is expected to address the rising oil prices in the country by elaborating on the Governments decision to provide subsidies to bring relief to oil prices.

 

ZAMBIA – 08 JUN 2022

  • LUSAKA – 08 JUN 2022 (16H55) The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has announced the suspension of the Senior Investigations Officer, Christopher Siwakwi. ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe stated that Siwakwi is suspended due to allegations of fraud and bribery. Chibwe stated that a Siwakwi had been implicated in a leaked audio soliciting a bribe from the previous Infrastructure Minister Ronald Chitotela in 2019 to suspend an investigation against Chitotela. Chibwe stated that an investigation have been launched by the ACC into Siwakwi’s operations.

 

ZIMBABWE – 08 JUN 2022

  • HARARE – 07 JUN 2022 (20H20) Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ) announced the disposal of a 76,45% stake to Fossil Mines Private Limited. LACZ stated that the agreement concluded today, 07 June 2022, after several entities were bidding for the shares. LACZ stated that the offer from Fossil was accepted however, the transaction is still pending due to further due diligence of asset and regulatory approvals. Fossil Mines stated that when the transaction is successfully completed, they aim to decrease Zimbabwe’s import of cement requirements.
  • HARARE – 08 JUN 2022 (12H45) Protest expected nationwide by teachers under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (Fozeu) on 27 June 2022. This follows after the teachers held a meeting on 04 June 2022 over salary increases, employers’ and workers’ representation and others. The teachers are requesting that their salaries be increased to US$540 a month. The teachers are expected to embark on a week-long industrial action. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 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.
  • ZIMBABWE: Protest expected nationwide by teachers under the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (Fozeu) on 27 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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