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20220615 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
20220615 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 15 JUN 2022
- LUANDA – 14 JUN 2022 (22H00) The Governments of Angola and Portugal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the defence sector with the aim of reinforcing collaboration between the two countries. Portugal’s Minister of National Defence, Helena Carreiras, has stated that the framework agreement includes several topics of common interest, including cyber defence, cartography, and hydrography, as well as addressing mutual concerns within the scope of maritime security, peace and security. Angolan Defence Minister João Ernesto dos Santos has stated that the agreement also aims to enhance joint participation in peace missions under the aegis of the United Nations and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP). Dos Santos further noted that the agreement is expected to significantly improve research, training and dissemination strategies between the two countries.
BOTSWANA – 15 JUN 2022
- GABORONE – 15 JUN 2022 (16H50) Gaborone City Council (GCC) has elected the Sebele Ward Councillor, Austin Abraham, as the GCC Mayor. Abraham has replaced the previous GCC Mayor, Father Maphongo. Abraham announced that the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) will develop Botswana’s cities to allow them to compete regionally and globally. Furthermore, the Council, under the leadership of Abraham, will maintain the potholes, reduce crime and join stakeholders to combat Gender-Based Violence (GBV) incidents. Furthermore, the GCC is expected to work with businesses to increase their economic participation.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 15 JUN 2022
- LUBUMBASHI – 14 JUN 2022 (20H10) Employees of Strauss Logistics, a logistics and fuel company in Harare, Zimbabwe, have called for investigations into allegations of an estimated 31 drivers that have been reported missing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following a recent industrial protest. This follows reports indicating that a truck operator had allegedly been detained by the DRC Army at the Group Sil port in Lubumbashi on Saturday, 11 June 2022. Employees have accused Strauss Logistics General Manager Adrian Smuts, Human Resources Manager Tawonga Machigere and Safety Manager Gilbert Musariri of failing to respond to the workers’ grievances regarding allegations of harassment and the victimisation of employees by the company, leading to the launch of an industrial protest.
- BUTEMBO – 15 JUN 2022 (10H00) Explosion reported in the village of Kyavikere, Mwenda. Reports indicate that an unknown device had exploded at 10H00, injuring a local farmer. The civil society member, Meleki Mulala, stated that the farmer had been travelling to his field in Kidedeya when he stepped on the device. The farmer has been transported to the local health facility. Mulala has requested that the anti-mine services be deployed to assist in finding and removing further devices in the area.
- BUNAGANA – 15 JUN 2022 (10H15) Mineral exports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through Uganda have stopped after authorities closed the Bunagana border post. The border post is a key route for the transit of minerals, including tin and tantalum, used in the aerospace and electronic industry. Uganda District Commissioner, Shafique Ssekandi, stated that the closure of the border is due to security reasons and will remain closed until further notice.
- GOMA – 15 JUN 2022 (09H30) Protest reported in the city of Goma, North Kivu. Reports indicate that demonstrators are protesting in support of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), engaging on the front lines against the March 23 movement (M23), supported by Rwanda in the territory of Rutshuru. Demonstrators are also demanding that the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, cease the aggression against the DRC. The Police Mayor of Goma, Francois Kabeya, authorised the demonstration under the supervision of Police elements. Commercial buildings are closed for fear of any act of vandalism. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
ESWATINI – 15 JUN 2022
- PIGGS PEAK – 15 JUN 2022 (16H35) The Swaziland Liberation Movement (SWALIMO) is expected to launch its political movement in the Hhohho region on Saturday, 18 June 2022, at the Gobolondlo Hall. This follows the launch of the political movement in the Shiselweni region, in which approximately 400 members joined the movement. The movement is led by self-exiled Siphofaneni’s Member of Parliament, Mduduzi ‘Gawuzela’ Simelane.
ETHIOPIA- 15 JUN 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 14 JUN 2022 (21H30) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced that the Federal Government has established a committee to oversee peace negotiations with rebel forces in the country’s northern Tigray region. The committee, led by Ahmed’s Deputy Demeke Mekonnen, has reportedly been provided with 10 to 15 days to establish agendas for peace negotiations. The negotiations are expected to address several issues, including security arrangements, detainees, humanitarian matters and the disputed territories in western Tigray. This follows as armed unrest has been ongoing in Tigray since November 2020, extending to the neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions in 2021. Numerous civilian casualties have been reported, in addition to the displacement of an estimated nine million people, leading to a subsequent humanitarian crisis in the region. The conflict has since alleviated after Abiy’s Government declared a unilateral humanitarian ceasefire. Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Chairperson Debretsion Gebremichael recently reiterated the group’s commitment to participate in a credible, impartial and principled peace process.
GHANA – 15 JUN 2022
- ACCRA – 15 JUN 2022 (08H15) The Ministry of Roads and Highways announced the closure of the Lakplakpa river bridge on the Accra-Tema Motorway from today, 15 June 2022, until Friday, 17 June 2022. Ministry’s Head of Public Relations Unit, Nasir Ahmad Yartey, stated that the road’s closure is due to maintenance work needed to be conducted. Yartey noted that motorists are advised to use the Fertilizer road, Tsui Bleoo road, Spintex road 1, Teshie link, Adon Highway and Burma camp roads 1 and 2 as alternative routes.
- SAVELUGU – 15 JUN 2022 (11H30) Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has cut the sod for construction to commence on phase one of the Savelugu-Walewale road. Bawumia stated that the 83 kilometres (km) road is a link for trade between Ghana and its neighbouring countries, including Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and for transit cargo from the Ports of Ghana to these countries. Furthermore, 1,500km of asphalt overlay work is expected to be completed by December 2024.
KENYA – 15 JUN 2022
- NAIROBI – 14 JUN 2022 (22H40) The Kenyan Transport Ministry has tabled bilateral air service agreements between Kenya and eight countries that are expected to allow Kenya Airways to expand its routes network to additional markets. The Ministry has stated that Kenya has concluded air service agreements with the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Chile, Belize, Suriname, Austria, Tanzania and Barbados. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has noted that the bilateral air services agreements are expected to enable airlines to expand existing route networks by directly operating scheduled services to other markets. In addition, the agreements also allow foreign careers to access the Kenyan market.
- MALABA – 15 JUN 2022 (08H35) Protest reported at the Malaba border post in Busia county. Reports indicate that truck drivers are protesting due to the decision made by the Minister of Transport and Public Services, James Macharia and his Ugandan counterpart instructing the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to divert empty trucks from the Busia and Malaba borders to the Lwakhakha border as a temporary measure to deal with the backlog of trucks in Kenya.
- NAIROBI – 15 JUN 2022 (13H45) President Hakainde Hichilema announced his arrival in Kenya for a two-day working visit with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Hichilema stated that during his visit, they will discuss ways of strengthening bilateral ties in enhancing trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.
- NAIROBI – 15 JUN 2022 (15H25) Kenya Airways(KQ) and United States (US)-based Delta Air Lines have signed an agreement to expand their codeshare partnership to additional United States (US) markets and increase flights in Africa. The agreement increases customers’ travel options to 19 cities in Africa and 25 in the US and Canada. Kenya Airways will place its code on Delta flights from New York-JFK, Boston, Buffalo, Norfolk, Rochester and Syracuse for customers flying on its nonstop Nairobi – New York – JFK services. Furthermore, Delta Air Lines will add its code to Kenya Airways’ additional frequencies between Accra, Ghana, Freetown, Monrovia, and Nairobi, amongst others.
LESOTHO – 15 JUN 2022
- MASERU – 15 JUN 2022 (09H40) The Government of Lesotho has announced the decision to allocate M30 million to subsidise petroleum products in the country. The Government stated that the subsidising of products is expected to start in July 2022 and will end by December 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 15 JUN 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 15 JUN 2022 (14H40) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the investment of $12,4 million in the Malagasy small and medium-sized enterprises and eco-responsible start-ups. USAID stated that the budget had been earmarked to assist for five years. USAID-Madagascar Director-General John Dunop stated that the five-year project is expected to assist businesses that are committed to environmental conservation and local communities through economic empowerment and land conservation incentives.
MALAWI – 15 JUN 2022
- LILONGWE – 15 JUN 2022 (04H00) Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Education, Training, Science, Technology and Innovation (ET-STI) are expected to hold discussions in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, to discuss policy decisions and the implementation of ongoing programmes and initiatives in the ET-STI sector. Malawian Minister of Education Agnes NyaLonje is chairing the meeting, which is preceded by the SADC Senior Officials meeting between 14 June 2022 and 16 June 2022. The joint meeting is expected to primarily focus on the SADC Revised Regional Strategic Indicative Development Plan (RISDP) 2015-2020 and the RISDP 2021-2030.
- LILONGWE – 15 JUN 2022 (06H45) Protest expected on Tuesday, 21 June 2022, in Lilongwe by members of the University of Malawi (UNIMA) Child Rights Clinic. The members will be protesting in condemnation against racist exploitation and abuse of Malawian children by Chinese nationals. The clinic has stated that the acts represented in the video display a violation of Malawi’s constitution, which in sections 19(1) and 23(5) criticizes the dignity of every Malawian and protection economic exploitation, work or punishment. The clinic has further released a statement noting that they condemn the acts of a Chinese national, Lu Ke, in the video and accuse the state of China of breaching its duties to ensure that its nationals respect the rights of children in Malawi. The demonstrators will protest from Njewa village in Lilongwe and proceed along the M12 road to the Chinese embassy in Lilongwe, through the Kenyatta Road and Presidential Way. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police will be deployed to the scene.
MOZAMBIQUE – 15 JUN 2022
- MAPUTO – 14 JUN 2022 (19H00) The Importadora Moçambicana de Petróleos de Moçambique (IMOPETRO) has launched a public tender for a new fuel supplier to the country from September 2022 until November 2022. IMOPETRO Director-General João Macandja stated that Mozambique is expected to import 150,000 tons of gasoline, 400,000 tons of diesel and 25,000 tons of gas during this period. Macandja further noted that the products are expected to be distributed from the Maputo, Beira, Nacala and Pemba ports. Macandja stated that the selection criterion for the following entity responsible for the supply of products will be selected by the best price, safety and reliability.
- MAPUTO – 15 JUN 2022 (14H50) The President of the National Assembly of Mozambique, Esperanca Laurinda Bias and a parliament delegation are expected to visit Vietnam from 18 June 2022 until 23 June 2022. Bias stated that during the visit, she is expected to meet with the National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, where they will review the traditional and multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.
NIGERIA – 15 JUN 2022
- ABUJA – 15 JUN 2022 (13H35) The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has announced that the screening of its Vice Presidential candidates for the 2023 elections is expected to take place on 16 June 2022. PDP stated that the screening will take place at the National secretariat in Abuja at 10H00. The PDP further added that the candidates for Vice Presidency are as follows Akilu Indabawa, Sunday Omobo, Idris Wada, former Governor of Kogi State, Osita Chidoka, former Minister of Aviation, Austin Opara, Aisha Madawaki, Ayotunde George-Ologun, Chidiebelu Mofus, Fidelis Tapgun, Binta Bello, and Mutiat Adedoja.
- ABAKALIKI – 15 JUN 2022 (16H05) UPDATE Governor Umahi has noted that the reason for suspending Orlando Nweze follows due to Nweze’s poor service delivery. The suspension has been signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kenneth Ugbala. Furthermore, Nweze has been informed to hand over all Government property in his possession to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry on Wednesday, 15 June 2022. (14H25) Secretary to the State Government, Kenneth Ugbala, announced the indefinite suspension of the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Orlando Nweze by Ebonyi Governor David Umahi. Ugbala stated that the reason for the suspension remains unknown.
- TUNGA – 15 JUN 2022 (15H45) The Police Spokesman in the state, Suleiman Nguroje, has confirmed the kidnapping of former Commissioner for Housing and Urban Planning, Babangida Kawuwa, at his house in the Bajabure village on Tuesday, 14 June 2022. During the incident, the suspects injured Kawuwa and several others, in addition to fatally injuring two others. The kidnappers have requested N30 million as ransom. The kidnapping follows after Kawuwa escaped an attack during the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries election. The Police are expected to launch operations to apprehend the suspects and rescue Kawuwa.
RWANDA – 15 JUN 2022
- KIGALI – 15 JUN 2022 (17H30) Government Spokeswoman Yolande Makolo has announced that Rwanda is not against receiving asylum seekers from the United Kingdom (UK) to Rwanda. This follows after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cancelled the first flight of asylum seekers through a court order on Tuesday, 14 June 2022. The UK has funded the £120 million agreement. Observers have seen the agreement as a method to increase the image of Rwanda and deflect issues over its human rights record. The Rwanda Government is expected to remain committed to the agreement as the refugees will share their skills with Rwandans.
TANZANIA – 15 JUN 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 14 JUN 2022 (22H40) The Presidency has announced that Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has travelled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Upon arrival at the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Hassan had been received by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, in addition to several other Government officials. During the visit, President Hassan is expected to perform Umrah, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca located in the Hejazi region of Saudi Arabia.
ZAMBIA – 15 JUN 2022
- LUSAKA – 15 JUN 2022 (01H00) Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane has announced that Zambian officials are expected to engage in discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday, 16 June 2022. This follows after an IMF mission led by IMF Deputy Managing Director Antoinette Monsio Sayeh recently arrived in Zambia on a two-day working visit to discuss the country’s debt matters. Sayeh is expected to meet with President Hakainde Hichilema, Minister Musokotwane, the Governor of the Central Bank and other senior Government officials. The country is seeking an expanded meeting with its creditors to avail funding and restructure its $17,3 billion debt. The Government aims to conclude negotiations by the end of June 2022.
ZIMBABWE – 15 JUN 2022
- CHIVHU – 15 JUN 2022 (04H20) The Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) has announced that the construction of the Chivhu Dam Water Treatment Plant and Pipeline project is currently at 98% completion. The $42 million project also includes the implementation of an irrigation scheme near the dam. Chivhu Dam has a capacity of 23 million cubic meters and is expected to provide safe drinking water to the Chivhu town in addition to providing irrigation water for surrounding communities. Upon completion, the project is expected to benefit more than 12,000 community members.
- HARARE – 15 JUN 2022 (08H50) Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Jenfan Muswere, announced the approval of nuclear energy conventions, protocols and agreements by the Cabinet. Muswere stated that the protocols, conventions and agreements include joint protocols relating to the Application of the Vienna Convention and the Paris Convention, the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage. Muswere further noted that the benefits of the approval give Zimbabwe maximum international financial security against damage resulting from the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 15 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.
- MALAWI: Protest expected on Tuesday, 21 June 2022, in Lilongwe by members of the University of Malawi (UNIMA) Child Rights Clinic.
- 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.
- 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.
- NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Osun State Local Elections are expected to be held on 16 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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