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20220614 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 14 JUN 2022
- LUANDA – 14 JUN 2022 (07H00) An Angolan delegation led by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Esmeralda Mendonça, is in the city of Helsinki, Finland, participating in the 19th Meeting of Nordic Foreign Affairs Ministers with Africa, a forum dedicated to informal consultations between Africans and Nordics. The event is organized to analyze aspects related to peace and security, sustainable societies and cooperation in multilateral forums. During the visit to Finland, the two delegates will review bilateral cooperation between Angola and the Nordic countries and current multilateral issues. The XIX Meeting of Nordic Foreign Ministers with Africa is a platform that addresses the most varied challenges of the international community, with emphasis on Peace and Security, Sustainable Development Goals, Fight against Terrorism, Migration, Human Rights and Equality.
- HUAMBO – 14 JUN 2022 (16H45) Head of the Local Health Inspectors, Jaime Muehombo, announced that during a local health inspection in Huambo Province, only 20 pharmacies out of 370 met the required requirements for operations to continue. Jaime stated that the other 350 pharmacies are either illegal or operate with a certificate of admissibility. Jaime further stated that the requirements involve the admissibility certificate, Tax Identification Number (NIF), the plant of the establishment and the Identity Card (BI). Jaime further noted that the illegal pharmacies face the closure of establishments and the arrest of the owners with a prison sentence of three years.
BOTSWANA – 14 JUN 2022
- LOBATSE – 14 JUN 2022 (08H30) Protest reported at the Pioneer Border Gate in Lobatse. This demonstration follows a protest by residents who were demanding that the Government intervene following the missing minor, who has been missing since March 2022. Security personnel are on the scene. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 14 JUN 2022
- MUKINGO – 13 JUN 2022 (19H00) Attack reported at the Bunagana border post. Reports indicate that The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)-based Movement (M23) attacked the borders post, forcing the Congolese soldiers and Police to evacuate to the neighbouring country of Uganda for safety. The Bunagana border post connects Uganda’s Kisoro district to the DRC’s Rishuru, North Kivu Province. Reports indicate that the attack by the M23 rebel group intensified on Sunday, 12 June 2022, throughout the night until the M23 group captured the border post.
- KINSHASA – 14 JUN 2022 (06H40) Protest expected at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa today, 14 June 2022, from 16H30. The Congolese citizens’ movements and supporters would be demonstrating outside the Ministry against the allegations of Rwanda’s support for the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group during recent clashes in the North Kivu province. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police will be deployed to the scene.
ESWATINI – 14 JUN 2022
- MBABANE – 14 JUN 2022 (12H10) UPDATE Judge Mumcy Dlamini has adjourned the proceedings to review the case documents. This comes as Judge Dlamini found that the amended indictment was not in the file. (10H15) The two Pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MP’s), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube have arrived at the High Court of eSwatini, in Mbabane for the hearing of their bail application today, 14 June 2022. This comes as the MP’s are appearing for their application to be acquitted after the plaintiff failed to prove a case against Mabuza and Dube. A heightened security presence is reported in the vicinity of the High Court.
ETHIOPIA- 14 JUN 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 14 JUN 2022 (06H00) China is expected to host the Horn of Africa Peace Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20 June 2022 to 21 June 2022. The conference follows the appointment of China veteran diplomat Xue Bing as its special envoy for the Horn of Africa region in February 2022. Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that China seeks to support countries in the Horn of Africa to address the challenges of security, development, and governance and follow a path of unity and self-improvement. According to South China Morning Post, the Chinese ambassador to Sudan, Ma Xinmin, stated that the conference would be an initiative from China to enhance stability, development and good governance in the region.
- GAMBELA – 14 JUN 2022 (11H00) UPDATE Local sources have indicated that the Senega and Gambella Liberation Front have launched a joint operation in the city of Gambella and seized control of some parts of the city. Sporadic shooting is ongoing in the city of Gambella near to Government offices. Casualties have been reported, and a few Gambella regional Forces have been transferred for treatment. (09H20) Armed clashes reported in the city of Gambella between Government security forces and the Oromo Liberation Army/ Gambela Liberation Front (GLF/OLA) rebel group. Reports indicate that the suspected GLF/OLA has exchanged fire with security forces along the road to Itang and Dembidolo. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. The situation remains volatile.
GHANA – 14 JUN 2022
- ACCRA – 13 JUN 2022 (23H10) The Ghanaian Government has signed a grant agreement with the African Development Fund and a financing agreement with the Government of Switzerland for the Ghana Mini-Grid and Solar Photovoltaic Net Metering project. The project is expected to benefit health centres, educational facilities and communities across the country. The agreement is expected to allow the development of 35 mini-grids and stand-alone solar PV systems. The signing ceremony had been attended by Ghanaian Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank Group, Ambassador Dominique Paravicini, the African Development Bank Group’s Governor for Switzerland, and Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. The project is expected to have an annual electricity output of 111,361 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable energy, corresponding to an installed capacity of 67,5 MW. The project is expected also to mitigate greenhouse emissions of 0,7795 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per year and create an estimated 2,865 employment opportunities during construction. The overall project cost is estimated at $85.88 million.
KENYA – 14 JUN 2022
- NAROK – 14 JUN 2022 (08H50) The Maasai community in Kenya supports its counterparts in Tanzania in protesting against the planned eviction from the Ngorongoro conservancy. The Maa community leaders in Narok seek the alleged eviction to be stopped, or else the Maa community will sue the Government. The Narok North Member of Parliament (MP) Moitalel ole Kenta has condemned the decision by the Tanzanian Government and appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga to plead with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu to stop the eviction. Kenta stated that the leaders of the Maa community would stand in solidarity with their counterparts in Ngorongoro, claiming that evicting the Ngorongoro residents is a violation of their rights.
- NAIROBI – 14 JUN 2022 (17H00) Somali Ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Nur Tarsan, reportedly walked out of an event convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta for Ambassadors and foreign diplomats. Reports indicate that Tarsan walked out of the event after the Kenyan Government invited Somaliland officials in the capacity of Ambassadors. Tarsan allegedly contacted Villa Somalia to inform them about the Kenyan government’s decision to recognise Somaliland as a fully-fledged country.
LESOTHO – 14 JUN 2022
- MOKHOTLONG – 13 JUN 2022 (20H30) Gem Diamonds has announced the recovery of a 245-carat white Type II diamond from the Letšeng Diamond Mine in Lesotho. Following the discovery of a 129-carat diamond on 23 May 2022 and a 125-carat diamond on 31 May 2022, the 245-carat Type II diamond represents the third diamond of over 100 carats recovered at the Letšeng mine within the preceding three weeks. The diamond had reportedly been discovered during operations at the mine on 11 June 2022. The recovery follows as prices for small diamonds have increased by an estimated 20% since March 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 14 JUN 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 13 JUN 2022 (20H00) India’s Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros, Abhay Kumar, has held a meeting with Madagascar’s Prime Minister Christian Ntsay. During the discussions, Ambassador Kumar announced a humanitarian aid delivery of 5,000 tonnes of food aid to be delivered to Madagascar in July 2022. The shipment from India is expected to arrive at the Malagasy port of Tomasina to be distributed to vulnerable communities affected by droughts and floodings in the country’s southern and northern regions. The two officials also held discussions regarding the progress made in bilateral relations between India and Madagascar.
MALAWI – 14 JUN 2022
- LILONGWE – 14 JUN 2022 (02H20) Malawian Foreign Affairs Minister Nancy Tembo has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera has cancelled two international meetings in line with the expenditure control measures recently announced by the Head of State. Therefore, Chakwera is no longer expected to attend the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund Development Forum in Viena, Austria, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2022) in Kigali, Rwanda. Both events are scheduled to occur in June 2022. Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola and Water and Sanitation Minister Abida Mia are expected to represent the President at the OPEC meeting, with the host of the meeting set to fund the visit. Minister of Foreign Affairs Nancy Tembo is expected to represent the President at the CHOGM 2022 meeting. Finance Minister Sosten Gwengwe has stated that an estimated K268 million is set to be retained due to Chakwera’s decision not to attend the two meetings.
- MZUZU – 14 JUN 2022 (11H30) Protest reported in Mzuzu. Msongwe Ward residents are marching to the City Council of Mzuzu to petition against the Malawi Electoral Commission for the removal of their councillor, former City Mayor Kondwani Brian Nyasulu. Motorists are urged to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
MOZAMBIQUE – 14 JUN 2022
- MAPUTO – 13 JUN 2022 (19H20) President Filipe Nyusi announced the appointment of Mateus Magala as the new Minister of Transport and Communications. The appointment of Magala follows after President Nyusi dismissed Janfar Abdulai and Joaquim Ribero from the positions of Minister and Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications earlier in the day. Reports indicate that Magala served as Vice President for Corporate Services and Human Resources at the African Development Bank (AfDB) before being appointed as Minister of Transport.
- BEIRA – 14 JUN 2022 (07H45) European Union (EU), Austria, and Mozambique have signed a grant agreement aimed at supporting the peace process in Sofala through the Local Development for the consolidation of Peace in Mozambique (DELPAZ) project. The agreement, worth €4.7 million, with the Provincial Executive Council of Sofala Province (CEPS) will operate until the end of 2024. The grant through the DELPAZ Sofala project includes support in investments in infrastructure, public services, agriculture development, and entrepreneurship to consolidate peace in Mozambique. The DELPAZ Sofala is a sub-program of the DELPAZ Programme funded by the EU.
- ANCUABE – 14 JUN 2022 (10H00) Triton Metals has confirmed casualties at its Mozambique Graphite Project in the Ancuabe district in northern Mozambique. According to a statement released by Triton, the site had been attacked on Wednesday, 08 June 2022, and two of Triton’s security and caretaker staff died. However, no material damage occurred, and we remain committed to the development of the Ancuabe Project. Meanwhile, the company is liaising with local authorities and security forces while assessing the situation.
NIGERIA – 14 JUN 2022
- ABUJA – 14 JUN 2022 (14H10) UPDATE Chairman of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), Sunday Sabiyi, stated that the National Assembly workers have suspended their protest action. Sabiyi stated that the suspension follows after agreements made by the Federal Government to pay allowances to workers by the end of June 2022. Sabiyi further noted that if the Federal Government does not comply with the agreements made, the National Assembly workers are expected to embark on indefinite strike action. (11H50) The National Assembly workers, under the auspices of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, have vowed to continue to protest in demand for the payment of their allowances. The workers had recently held a protest and closed the premises of the Parliament, blocking the main entrance. The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, appealed to the workers to call off their industrial action and hold dialogue to resolve their disputes. The Federal authorities are expected to resume plenary today, 14 June 2022.
RWANDA – 14 JUN 2022
- KIGALI – 14 JUN 2022 (13H50) The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) issued a press release stating the defence and security of the Rwandan population to be assured. RDF further noted that they will continue to seek guarantees that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) stops cross-border attacks on Rwanda’s territory.
TANZANIA – 14 JUN 2022
- KIA – 13 JUN 2022 (21H50) Oman Airports have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) for the development of a very important person (VIP) passenger terminal at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. The MoU has been signed by Oman Airports Business Development Vice-President Abdul Nasser Abdullah al Yamani and KADCO Acting Managing Director Christine Mwakatobe. The MoU specifies that Oman Airports is set to undertake the development of the General Terminal for VIPs and a hangar facility at Kilimanjaro International Airport, the establishment of a five-star hotel for passengers and a business complex/shopping mall within the airport. The MoU also has the capacity to develop additional facilities mutually agreed upon between the parties.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 14 JUN 2022 (09H00) The Sultanate of Oman and Tanzania have signed an agreement to clear double taxation and prevent tax evasion on income between the two countries. This comes as President Samia Hassan is in the Sultanate of Oman on a working visit aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation in sectors such as energy, tourism, natural resources, higher education and training, and national museums. In addition, an investment fund will be established between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Republic of Tanzania. The Oman Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Hamad Al Busaidi, stated that the establishment of an investment fund between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Republic of Tanzania had been finalised and will be concerned with investment in several sectors, including agriculture, fishing and mining.
ZAMBIA – 14 JUN 2022
- MUJIMANZOVU – 13 JUN 2022 (20H00) Zambian Health authorities have confirmed a measles outbreak in the northwestern Mujimanzovu district. The announcement follows three deaths and 18 confirmed cases recorded in the district since 06 June 2022. Acting Health Minister Ambrose Lufuma has stated that five new cases affecting children between the ages of seven and twelve years have been reported within the preceding 24 hours. Lufuma has noted that the outbreak has been attributed to low vaccine uptake among social-cultural and religious communities in the district. The Ministry has since launched a measles vaccination campaign targeting 16,000 children between the ages of six months and fifteen years within the Mushindano district. Minister Lufuma further noted that a technical team has also been dispatched to the area to assist with preventive and control measures and determine the magnitude of the outbreak and its epidemiology situation.
- LUSAKA – 14 JUN 2022 (08H00) Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a new Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to revitalise plans to construct over 1,000 MegaWatts (MW) power stations on the Luapula River Basin, as well as build a new power interconnector. The bilateral agreements initially signed in 2015 will be executed by the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) and the DRC power utility, National Society of Electricity (SNEL), which will also produce a new 330 KiloVolt (kV) Solwezi – Kolwezi Interconnector. The agreement aims to develop the 1,188 MW Luapula River generation project and the Kolwezi/ Solwezi transmission line. The joint Ministerial Signing ceremony of the lnter-Governmental MoU and the lnter-utility MoU between the DRC and Zambia, was held at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka.
- LUSAKA – 14 JUN 2022 (09H45) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director Antoinette Sayeh is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on President Hakainde Hichilema today, 14 June 2022. According to the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Sayeh will hold discussions with the Minister of Finance and National Planning, Situmbeko Musokotwane and Bank of Zambia Governor Denny Kalyalya, whereas discussions will focus on recent economic developments, the effect of global economic developments, such as high oil and fertilizer prices on the Zambian economy, and discuss progress made on debt restructuring. Sayeh is also expected to hold discussions with Members of Parliament, civil society and other stakeholders. Sayeh will be accompanied by Acting IMF Resident Representative Carlos Caceres, the serving IMF Resident Representative to Zimbabwe, IMF mission chief for Zambia Holland Allison, Stephanie Roudet, advisor, and other IMF staff.
ZIMBABWE – 14 JUN 2022
- HARARE – 14 JUN 2022 (11H25) The Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union (ZDAMWU) have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the RioZim Limited in demand of a review of their remuneration and improved working conditions. The ZDAMWU General Secretary, Justice Chinhema, has stated that the union have raised their concerns and is threatening to embark on a nationwide strike. Mine workers at Renco, Cam and Motor and ENR have raised their concerns, including delayed payment of salaries, lack of protective gear and bonuses to permanent employees, and prejudicing fixed-term contractors. The mine workers have agreed to down tools if their grievances are not addressed.
- HARARE – 14 JUN 2022 (15H45) Assistant Director for Press and Public Relations of Zimbabwe’s Yout Council (ZYC), Tanzikwa Guranungo, announced the elections for Zimbabwe’s next Child President is expected to be held tomorrow, 15 June 2022. Guranungo stated that after the elections, the 30th session of the Child Parliament is scheduled to be on Saturday, 18 June 2022. The Children’s Parliament consists of the National Assembly and the Senate, representing the country’s provinces and constituencies.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 14 JUN 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: President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have set the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
- ETHIOPIA: China is expected to host the Horn of Africa Peace Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20 June 2022 to 21 June 2022.
- 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.
- 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 African 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.