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20220617 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

June 17

20220617 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

ANGOLA – 17 JUN 2022
• UIGE – 17 JUN 2022 (07H35) Provincial Governor of Uige, Jose Carvalho de Rocha, announced that the construction of the Electrification Project for 13 Municipalities is expected to commence today, 17 June 2022. Rocha stated that the project is expected to cost the Angolan Government $330 million and is scheduled to be completed within the next 12 – 24 months. Rocha further noted that in the first phase, the project is expected to cover the municipalities of Bembe, Songo, Puri, Mukaba, Damba, Bungo, Kitexi and Ambuila.
• LUANDA – 17 JUN 2022 (08H10) Total Energies Exploration and Production (EP) Angola has awarded the French-American TechnipFMC a contract to supply subsea production systems for the CLOV3 development in block 17, offshore Angola. The CLOV3 contract includes Subsea 2.0 trees and associated controls, umbilical termination assemblies, jumpers and services.

BOTSWANA – 17 JUN 2022
• GABORONE – 17 JUN 2022 (12H10) Cobre Limited (Ltd) announced the company’s expected plans to acquire the remaining shares of Kalahari Metals. Martin Holland from Cobre stated that Kalahari Metal owns the second-largest tenement holding in the Botswana portion of the Kalahari Copper Belt. Holland further stated that the acquisition is a strategic step for Cobre as it aims to fully exploit Kalahari Metals’ exploration potential, and drilling is on the agenda imminently.
• MOSHUPA – 17 JUN 2022 (16H45) The President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, is expected to launch the Secure Land Title on Monday, 20 June 2022, at the Moshupa Subordinate Land Board in Moshupa from 08H30. The certificate will replace the old customary land certificate, which the Land Board launched in 1970.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 17 JUN 2022
• KINSHASA – 16 JUN 2022 (23H40) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Anti-Corruption Agency has announced irregularities found in the operations of state-owned mining company Gécamines, including instances of embezzlement. The irregularities had reportedly been discovered during a recent audit conducted by the General Inspectorate of Finance (IGF). The audit report asserts that of the $530 million in tax and $61 million in loans, which Gécamines alleged had been disbursed to the Government, $414 million remains unaccounted for. The mineral deposits, based on which the company’s share in the joint ventures is determined, are yet to be subject to an independent valuation. In addition, the joint ventures reportedly experienced excessive subcontracting with subsidiaries of their parent companies, to which they had been selling produce at discounted prices, facilitating tax evasion. The inspector further raised concerns regarding the use of revenues Gécamines collected from the joint operations. From the acknowledged profit of $2 billion made in the examined period, $60 million had been reinvested. The audit report suggests that the Government prohibit Gécamines from signing any further partnership contracts or concessions on the available mineral deposits.
• GOMA – 17 JUN 2022 (17H00) Clashes reported at the border ports in Goma between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda security forces today, 17 June 2022. One DRC official has been fatally shot, and several civilians have been injured. The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is assessing the incident. Community members gathered after the clashes to protest against Rwandan President Paul Kagame

ESWATINI – 17 JUN 2022
• LUDZELUDZE – 16 JUN 2022 (21H00) Fire reported at the Inyatsi Construction Sigombeni site. Reports indicate that the Swaziland International Solidarity Forces (SISF) had petrol-bombed the site. This follows after the Commander of the Solidarity Forces announced that they will target all Inyatsi Construction sites to provide emaSwatis with an opportunity to benefit from major road construction tenders. The SISF has set alight equipment, including several tractor loader backhoes (TLBs), graders, tipper trucks and others. Firefighters from Manzini and Matsapha Fire stations are on-site to extinguish the fire.
• LOBAMBA – 17 JUN 2022 (12H45) The Government of eSwatini has issued a statement on planned disruptions to public life on 29 June 2022 by the United for the Final Push movement. The Government urged the public to refrain from attending any social activities on 29 June 2022, as the United for the Final Push movement is expected to disrupt several areas in eSwatini. The Government sent out the statement with regards to the incidents that occurred on 29 June 2021, where several people were fatally injured through the movements planned by the group.

ETHIOPIA- 17 JUN 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 17 JUN 2022 (08H00) The Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation is expected to meet with Sudanese and Egyptian officials before filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This follows after Sudan’s officials expressed concerns regarding their safety holds on the Nile river without a formal agreement. Sudan has requested that the three affected countries, namely Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, meet to sign a long-term agreement on the sharing of water from the Nile and the establishment of safety protocols. Sudan officials have noted that the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses is set to guide the principle on the resolution of disputes. Sudan requests that the agreement include fair and reasonable use, the obligation not to cause significant harm, notification and exchange of information, and the peaceful settlement of disputes. The GERD is expected to be filled in the final week of June 2022 to increase electricity generation.

GHANA – 17 JUN 2022
• ACCRA – 17 JUN 2022 (10H40) The Ghana Police Service announced the re-opening of the Accra-Tema Motorway. According to the Police, repair work on the Lakplakpa bridge along the stretch has been completed and can be used by commuters again.
• KUMASI – 17 JUN 2022 (11H00) Explosion reported at the Kumasi Shoe Factory located at Atonsu-Agogo in the Ashanti region today, 17 June 2022, at 11H00. A gas tanker discharging fuel at the company reportedly caught fire resulting in the explosion. The area has been cordoned off by Police. Firefighters are attempting to extinguish the fire. The explosion caused a panic resulting in injuries to some workers of the factory.

KENYA – 17 JUN 2022
• NAIROBI – 16 JUN 2022 (22H30) Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema announced his departure from Kenya after a two-day working visit to the country. Hichilema stated that during his visit to Kenya, he and the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed six Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) to enhance efforts to improve trade between the two countries.

LESOTHO – 17 JUN 2022
• MASERU – 17 JUN 2022 (11H15) The Government of Lesotho has announced the decision to allocate M180 million to subsidise petroleum products in the country. The Government stated that the subsidising of products is expected to start on 01 July 2022 and will stop at the end of December 2022. The Government further elaborated that the M18 million will be divided into six month period.

MADAGASCAR – 17 JUN 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 17 JUN 2022 (04H00) The Government of Madagascar has announced a decision to permit Air Austral to increase provincial flight services in the country. This follows after the airline recently announced plans to improve its flight program between Reunion and Madagascar in June 2022. In agreement with the Malagasy Civil Aviation Authority, the company is set to offer an expanded flight program through additional services to and from Tamatave and Diego Suarez while also increasing flight frequencies to and from the capital Antananarivo. Air Austral is expected to operate five weekly flights between Reunion and Tananarive until 26 June 2022, to increase to seven weekly flights thereafter from 27 June 2022. The airline is also set to operate four weekly flights to Nosy Be from 27 June 2022, two weekly flights to Tamatave from 28 June 2022, and one weekly flight to Diego from 27 June 2022. Further negotiations are underway between the Malagasy Government and Air Austral to offer flight services to Tuléar and Fort Dauphin.

MALAWI – 17 JUN 2022
• LILONGWE – 16 JUN 2022 (19H10) Malawi Police Service has announced that traffic officers will be accompanied by armed Police officers while performing their duties. The announcement follows a Police internal communication of 14 June 2022 signed by the Director of Traffic Dorothy Kawale. The order follows after Inspector General of Police (IGP) George Kainja noted an increase in attacks by motorists and civilians on traffic Police officers. Kainja has noted that they are establishing methods to increase the relationship of traffic officers with motorists.
• LILONGWE – 16 JUN 2022 (20H10) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to launch the Private Sector Lab at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) on Friday, 17 June 2022. The Lab will assist Malawi by creating job opportunities and increasing food security in the country. Furthermore, the Lab has been launched to create a self-sustaining economy through the Malawi 2063 agenda.
• BLANTYRE – 16 JUN 2022 (20H40) The Electricity Supply Company of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced an expected power disruption for Sunday, 19 June 2022. During the disruption, the power is set to be off between 06H00 and 18H00. The disruption is set to follow due to maintenance works. The affected areas include Kaphatenga, Kamuzu road, Green Belt, Malawi Mangoes, Siyasiya, Thavite, Bzyobzyo, Benga, Khombedza, Salima sugar company, Salima town, Sunbird hotel, Ngolowindo, Nsangu, Kacherenje and Maganga. Updates will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
• LILONGWE – 17 JUN 2022 (12H25) UPDATE President Lazarus Chakwera has launched the Private Sector Lab. The platform will serve as a structured interface between the private and public sectors. The project will increase the development impacts in the Country. (20H10) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to launch the Private Sector Lab at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) on Friday, 17 June 2022. The Lab will assist Malawi by creating job opportunities and increasing food security in the country. Furthermore, the Lab has been launched to create a self-sustaining economy through the Malawi 2063 agenda.

MOZAMBIQUE – 17 JUN 2022
• MAPUTO – 16 JUN 2022 (19H00) The General Commander of the Mozambican Police, Bernadino Rafael, has confirmed Military escorts had been organised on Sunday, 12 June 2022, and Monday, 13 June 2022, for vehicles entering and leaving Pemba. The escorts have been organised due to security concerns following a recent increase in attacks by Islamic State (IS) terrorists in the Ancuabe District. This follows after the group recently attacked the Nanduli village 100 kilometres (km) from Pemba on 05 June 2022, in addition to the attacks on the Intutupue and Nipataco villages, 50km from Pemba. Furthermore, reports indicate that suspects attacked the Mieze administrative post, where they set alight three houses and destroyed two vehicles. The Military is expected to continue establishing escorts.
• CHIDENGUELE – 16 JUN 2022 (19H20) The Government of Mozambique and the European Union (EU) have launched the 31st Political Dialogue Session in Chidenguele, Gaza province, southern Mozambique. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation has stated that the meeting aims to analyse the state of bilateral cooperation between the two parties. During the two-day meeting, participants are expected to review the political, economic and social situation of Mozambique and the EU, as well as matters of bilateral cooperation and regional and international issues of common interest. The event is led by Mozambique’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Verónica Macamo, and attended by EU Representative António Sanchez-Benedito Gaspar.
• NGALONGA – 16 JUN 2022 (19H40) Armed clashes reported in Mozambique’s northern village of Ngalonga, Cabo Delgado province. Reports indicate that clashes between suspected militant group members and local security forces have been underway in the area since earlier this afternoon, 16 June 2022. Locals have reported sporadic gunfire in the area. The security situation in the village and surrounding areas currently remains unstable.
• MACHIPANDA – 16 JUN 2022 (20H30) Mozambican Border Security authorities have detained two Zimbabwean soldiers in Manica for attempting to transport more than 150 kilograms (kg) of explosives and detonators through the Machipanda border post. Manica Customs Director Ulisses Tembe has stated that the products have been seized due to the two suspects’ failure to produce accompanying transport permits. The two soldiers pleaded innocent, citing that they had been unaware of the nature of the cargo they had been delivering to its owner in the country. The owner has alleged that the explosives had been intended for blasting purposes in gold mines in Mozambique’s Penhalonga region. Tembe has stated that two dockets have been opened for investigations into the incident, including a criminal docket due to the illegal import of explosives into the country and a fiscal docket due to the smuggling of the goods.
• PEMBA – 16 JUN 2022 (20H20) Mozambican President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence and Security Force, Filipe Nyusi, has met with high-ranking members of the Mozambican Army and Commanders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Rwandan Military contingents in Pemba, Cabo Delgado. The meeting follows a recent significant increase in terrorist activities and attacks in several districts of the province, accompanied by civilian casualties, mass displacements, and infrastructure damage. A recent report published by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) states that an estimated 12,000 people have been displaced in the region during the period between 02 June 2022 and 13 June 2022. A Presidential statement has indicated that the meeting in Pemba aims to discuss a course of operations and possible agendas to address the situation.
• BALAMA – 17 JUN 2022 (04H30) Australia’s Syrah Resources graphite mining company has announced the resumption of movement on a primary transport route in Mozambique. The announcement follows approximately one week after the company declared the suspension of logistics and personnel movement on the primary route in northern Mozambique due to security concerns in Cabo Delgado, an estimated 200 kilometres (km) from the Balama graphite mine site. Syrah has stated that operations at the Balama mine had been unaffected by the travel restrictions. Movement has since resumed following direct monitoring and security assessments from third parties.

NIGERIA – 17 JUN 2022
• WURIO – 16 JUN 2022 (19H00) The Taraba State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of bomb expert Bala Usman in Tella town. Usman had been arrested and transferred to the Taraba Police Headquarters with the assistance of a local vigilante group in the area. During his arrest, the Police conducted search operations at Usman’s residence. Following this, the Police confiscated a Cz 999 pistol, 198 rounds of 7.6millimetre (mm) ammunition, 558 rounds of assault rifle ammunition, 20 plastic bottles of sodium azide acid, and 27 plastic bottles of locally made bombs, cable wires, 36 lighters and two empty AK47 rifle magazines among other goods. Reports indicate that Usman confessed to being a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group. The Police have launched search operations to apprehend his accomplices Abubakar Lawal and Abdullahi Garba.
• NSUKKA – 17 JUN 2022 (05H00) Clashes reported between suspects and Nigerian Police Service officers. The suspects have fatally injured a police officer at the Umeano junction in Nsukka. Furthermore, the suspects set alight a patrol vehicle at the Ibeagwa Ani checkpoint. During the incidents, the suspects confiscated a service pistol. The attacks followed after the State Government declared a curfew due to two officers that had been killed in Enugu-Ezike. The Police are expected to launch search operations in the vicinity to apprehend the suspects.

RWANDA – 17 JUN 2022
• KIGALI – 16 JUN 2022 (20H00) President Paul Kagame has held a brief meeting with Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau. During the meeting, the members discussed bilateral and global issues of common interest. President Kagame will continue the discussion during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2022 (CHOGM2022) on Monday, 20 June 2022.

TANZANIA – 17 JUN 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 16 JUN 2022 (23H30) The Governments of Tanzania and Sweden have signed a grant agreement allowing Tanzania access to Sh44,3 billion to finance the Productive Social Safety Net Phase II (PSSN II) project. The agreement has been signed under the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) by Tanzanian Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Tutuba and Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of Sweden in Tanzania, Sandra Diesel, on behalf of Sweden. Minister Tutuba has stated that the funds have been contributed by the European Union (EU) and supervised by the Swedish Embassy. The Minister further noted that the funds are expected to assist in the reduction of abject poverty in vulnerable communities in the country.

ZAMBIA – 17 JUN 2022
• LUSAKA – 16 JUN 2022 (22H10) Energy Minister Peter Kapala has announced that the Zambian Government has extended the fuel subsidy for an additional three months until September 2022. The announcement follows amid ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and international creditors regarding the restructuring of the country’s debt. Minister Kapala has stated that the extension aims to mitigate the adverse effects of unfettered fuel price increases.

ZIMBABWE – 17 JUN 2022
• GLENCOVA – 17 JUN 2022 (07H50) President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to attend the opening ceremony of a $300 million spodumene project at Bikita Minerals. A Chinese firm, Sino Mine, acquired Bikita Minerals and is investing funds to increase lithium output while extending the life of Bikita Minerals by 25 – 30 years. Reports indicate that the new investment by Sino Mine will assist Zimbabwe in consolidating its position as a top lithium producer in the world. The investment will also assist the second republic in its quest to grow the country’s mining industry to $12 billion by 2025.
• MACHEKE – 17 JUN 2022 (10H30) The Zimbabwe Police Services (ZPS) has established a search operation in the vicinity of Macheke. This follows a robbery incident at a Total service station that occurred on 15 June 2022 at approximately 19H00. During the incident, the suspects fired two warning shots and ordered the employees to lie down. The suspects confiscated US$450 from the fuel attendant and Z$300 from the shopkeeper. The Police have requested the public to provide any information leading to the apprehension of the suspects.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 17 JUN 2022
• MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to launch the Private Sector Lab at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) on Friday, 17 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: 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 President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, is expected to launch the Secure Land Title on Monday, 20 June 2022, at the Moshupa Subordinate Land Board in Moshupa from 08H30.
• 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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