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20220620 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
20220620 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 20 JUN 2022
- CATACHE – 20 JUN 2022 (09H45) The Angolan State’s participation in the shares of the Catoca mine in Lunda-Sul province has increased to 59% through Endiama, following the blocking of the participation of the Chinese company Leviev International. The Angolan State, represented by state-owned Angolan Diamonds Company, ENDIAMA, which held 41%, now maintains 59%, while the Russian multinational Alrosa with 41% in the shareholder structure of the Catoca mine in Saurino. IGAPE Administrator Raimundo Santa Rosa notes that the move is a patrimonial investigation process number 2/2020, within the scope of the National Service for the Recovery of Assets of the PGR. Rosa further added that the process is underway.
BOTSWANA – 20 JUN 2022
- GABORONE – 20 JUN 2022 (02H10) The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) has informed Debswana Mining Company Management of intentions to initiate legal action against the company for allegedly violating employees’ constitutional right to privacy. The Union reportedly also intends to assert its personality rights under Section 5 of the Data Protection Act by invoking the security of the Data and Information Protection Commission. The statement follows a recent case in which the Gaborone High Court Justice Abednico Tafa ruled in favour of the Union against the procurement of espionage equipment from Infotrac. Debswana has since indicated intentions to appeal the judgment. The Union alleges that Debswana failed to disprove that it procured the equipment with the intention of prying on its employees without their consent, in breach of collective agreements between the company and the Union. BMWU is further demanding the launch of a forensic audit into essential company operational processes, such as procurement, tendering and recruitment, as well as confirmation of espionage equipment.
DEM. REP. CONGO -20 JUN 2022
- KINSHASA – 20 JUN 2022 (10H00) The Government has adopted the draft ordinance law authorizing the extension of the State of Siege in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri for a period of 15 days. The Minister of State, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals Rose Mutombo has noted that the extension is in effect from 19 June 2022, at 00H00. Mutombo stated that the extension would allow the defence and security forces to continue operations, in particular against the March 23 Movement (M23) terrorist movement supported by Rwanda. The decision comes after the national deputies and senators held the 58th meeting of the Council of Ministers in Kinshasa.
ESWATINI – 20 JUN 2022
- BIG BEND – 20 JUN 2022 (17H50) The eSwatini Sugar Association (ESA) has announced an E110 million investment into a bagging facility and warehouse at the Ubombo Sugar Mill in Big Bend. The facility is set to have 50 kilograms (kg) and one-tonne bagging and an operating capacity to bag approximately 50 tonnes per hour. The facility will divert raw sugar from the world markets to various African markets. This follows by producing sugar for direct consumption that will be bagged per specification requested by the markets. The facility is expected to increase the trade between various countries and eSwatini.
ETHIOPIA- 20 JUN 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 20 JUN 2022 (06H00) China is expected to host the Horn of Africa Peace Conference from 20 June 2022 to 21 June 2022 at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa. 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.
GHANA – 20 JUN 2022
- ACCRA – 20 JUN 2022 (11H05) Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, announced the signing of a $24,98 million assembling plant project with the Resident Representative of the Indian EXIM Bank, Selva Kumar. Ofori-Atta stated that the plant is expected to be situated in Essienimpong, Ashanti Region. The project aims to bring farm machinery within reach of small and marginal farmers by popularising agricultural machinery. Ofori-Atta stated that the construction and installation of the plants, machinery and other civil works are expected to be completed within 18 months.
- ACCRA – 20 JUN 2022 (12H00) President Nana Akufo-Addo announced his departure from Accra to attend the 15th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) Forum in Brussels, Belgium. Reports indicate that Akofu-Addo is one of the eleven leaders speaking at the opening ceremony of the EDD Forum. The Forum aims to bring key actors together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions. Akufo-Addo is expected to attend the 26th meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations in Kigali, Rwanda, after his visit to Belgium.
- CAPE COAST – 20 JUN 2022 (17H15) The Head of Public Relations for the Ghana Highways Authority, Cecil Obodai Wentum, has announced the commencement of repair works to the Junkwa bridge. This follows after the bridge connecting the Twifo Praso to Cape Coast road collapsed on Saturday, 18 June 2022. Reports indicate that the bridge collapsed following heavy rainfall in the area. Additionally, the heavy rainfall caused the banks of the Surowi river to overflow, which led to the bridges’ collapse. The highway authorities have installed a temporary bypass for the affected communities in the area.
KENYA – 20 JUN 2022
- NAIROBI – 20 JUN 2022 (07H00) The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, has arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, to participate in the third summit of Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC). The summit will focus on the peace and security situation in the Eastern province of the DRC. The Kenyan Government has noted that discussions will focus on the deployment of the force meant to help restore peace and security in the eastern part of the country and on reviewing the regional military chiefs’ report.
- NAIROBI – 20 JUN 2022 (08H15) The National Construction Authority has suspended 18 contractors for their poor performance, which has led to an increase in cases of collapsed buildings. The NCA Executive Director Maurice Akech has stated that the suspension came after the conclusion of 21 inquiries by the NCA board. Akech has also stated that the authority has also been given the mandate to develop and enforce the building code. The development of the code is underway.
- NAIROBI – 20 JUN 2022 (11H30) President Paul Kagame announced his arrival in Kenya for the third East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Conclave on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reports indicate that the EAC summit is expected to focus on matters around the inter-Congolese dialogue under the Nairobi Process on the peace and security situation in the eastern DRC. DRC is the newest member of the seven-nation bloc, in addition to Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
LESOTHO – 20 JUN 2022
- MASERU – 20 JUN 2022 (08H30) His Majesty King Letsie III has embarked on an official visit to Brussels, Belgium, to attend the European Development Days (EDD) 2022 forum on international partnerships, scheduled to be held from Tuesday, 21 June 2022 to 22 June 2022, following an invitation from the European Commission President, Her Excellency Ursula Von Der Leyen. The forum will focus on Global Gateway, such as building sustainable partnerships for a connected world. Global Gateway is the new European Strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.
MADAGASCAR – 20 JUN 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 20 JUN 2022 (16H00) Air Australia has announced an increased flight frequency between Reunion and Madagascar from June 2022. The airline is expected to introduce seven flight paths from 27 June 2022. The frequencies include four weekly flights for Nosy Be, two weekly flights for Toamasina from 28 June 2022 and one flight a week for Antsiranana from 27 June 2022. Air Australia is expected to add flights to Toliara and Tolagnaro following Malagasy authorities’ consent.
MALAWI – 20 JUN 2022
- LILONGWE – 19 JUN 2022 (19H45) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced that the recent seven-hour national power outage registered on the evening of Saturday, 18 June 2022, had been due to the vandalism of power infrastructure in Blantyre. ESCOM Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kamkwamba Kumwenda has stated that power interruption coincided with the vandalism of conductors on the Nkula A to Blantyre 66 kilovolts (kV) overhead line. Kumwenda has confirmed that investigations have been launched into the incident.
MOZAMBIQUE -20 JUN 2022
- PEMBA – 20 JUN 2022 (04H00) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that more than 784,000 civilians have been registered as internally displaced people (IDPs) in northern Mozambique. This follows due to the ongoing insecurity situation experienced in the region amid an escalation of armed unrest perpetrated by non-state armed groups (NSAGs). The UNHCR has reiterated concerns for the protection and humanitarian needs of IDPs and host communities in Cabo Delgado and neighbouring provinces. The organisation has stated that it is collaborating with partners and local authorities to ensure that the needs of recent and previously displaced communities are addressed in northern Mozambique.
NIGERIA – 20 JUN 2022
- BENIN CITY – 20 JUN 2022 (07H20) The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in the Edo State have issued an ultimatum to the Council Administrators and Management in demand for their outstanding check-up dues and other deductions from the workers’ salary. The Union has vowed to embark on a strike action if the demands were not met. The Union, through its State Secretary, Olumuyiwa Cole, has released a statement vowing to carry out an industrial dispute following the Local Government Councils’ failure to remit all payments due from the deduction arrears from December 2021 to June 2022.
- LAGOS – 20 JUN 2022 (14H10) Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman in Cross River, Monday Ogbodum, issued a warning to the Federal Government today, 20 June 2022, in Calabar. Ogbodum stated that the government failed to act on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the workers regarding the payment of gratuity, incremental and minimum wage and promotion implementation in some sectors. Ogbodum stated that the government had been given time until August 2022 to fulfil the agreement before the Union embarks on indefinite protest action.
- KANO – 20 JUN 2022 (14H50) The Kano State House of Assembly has elected All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Kabiru Dashi as its Deputy Speaker. This followed after Malam Zubairu Massu resigned and defected to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). Furthermore, Dashi had been elected following APC Sale Marke’s nomination during the plenary meeting on Monday, 20 June. Dashi has been sworn in during the plenary session by the house’s legal matter Director Malam Nasidi Aliyu.
RWANDA – 20 JUN 2022
- KIGALI – 20 JUN 2022 (03H00) Road closures expected in the vicinity of the Kigali Convention Centre during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) event in the City of Kigali on Monday, 20 June 2022. The restricted road axis reserved for CHOGM delegates includes Serena Hotel, Payaje, Sopetrad, Kimicanga, Kimihurur, Gishushu, Gisimenti, Giporoso, Nyandungu, Mulindi, Inyange Industries, and Intare Arena. Motorists are advised to adhere to the regulations and use alternative routes. Police have also reportedly been deployed on affected roads to direct traffic.
TANZANIA – 20 JUN 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 20 JUN 2022 (14H40) Foreign Affairs Minister Liberata Mulamula announced that she had received the credentials of Japan’s Ambassador to Tanzania, Misawa Yasushi, today, 20 June 2022. Mulamula stated that receiving the credentials officially starts Yasushi’s Ambassadorship in Tanzania.
ZAMBIA – 20 JUN 2022
- LUSAKA – 20 JUN 2022 (01H00) Zambia’s Finance and National Development Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane has announced that the World Bank is expected to provide funding amounting to $275 million to Zambia over the following three years. The agreement remains subject to the approval of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Supported Programme by the IMF Board. The Bank recently committed to provide approximately $959 million towards Zambia’s recovery from the multiple debt and economic concerns and assist in implementing inclusive growth and poverty reduction reforms. Of the total amount, $294 million has been committed to increasing social money transfers and projects to strengthen COVID-19 response efforts, including vaccination and emergency health financing to improve service delivery. The remaining $665 million is expected to be presented in three operations to the World Bank Board for approval within June 2022.
- LUSAKA – 20 JUN 2022 (14H25) The Zambian Police Services (ZPS) announced that Patriotic Front (PF) member, Chishimba Kambwili, has been detained at the Kabwata Police station. PF Kambwili has been detained for communicating disrespectfully due to a person’s race, tribe or place of origin. The incident occurred between May 2021 and August 2021 at Kasama’s Radio Mano. Kambwili is expected to be transferred to Kasama, where the offence occurred, following investigations.
ZIMBABWE – 20 JUN 2022
- HARARE – 20 JUN 2022 (08H00) Teachers and Health workers have vowed to commence with their planned industrial action today, 20 June 2022, after rejecting the Government’s 100% salary increase proposal in Zimbabwe. This comes as discussions between Government and the workers reached an impasse on Friday, 17 June 2022, following the Government’s offer to increase salaries to $36 000 from $18 000 with effect from July 2022. The Educators Union of Zimbabwe Secretary-General Tapedza Zhou has further raised concerns about the teacher’s salaries, noting that the worker’s salaries have remained stagnant. The Zimbabwe Nurses Association and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe have vowed to support the planned industrial action.
- GWANDA – 20 JUN 2022 (12H15) The Zambian Police Services (ZPS) has announced the arrest of 11 suspects following an intelligence-driven search operation. This followed after the Police received information that a group of Gweru robbery suspects will rob Gwanda gold dealers. The Police apprehended the suspects at the Phakama Business centre. Further, the Police confiscated a Honda Fit, a 16-inch bolt cutter, two machetes, a knife and 10 grammes of fake gold concrete.
HARARE – 20 JUN 2022 (13H45) UPDATE Police have been deployed to the area to increase security. Furthermore, the Police have authorised the protest. The Police have requested the demonstrators to hold a peaceful protest and not damage any property or goods. (12H20) Protest reported by health practitioners at the Health Services Board offices. Reports indicate that the protestors are health workers at the Parirenyatwa Hospital. The protest followed after teachers and health workers vowed to commence an industrial strike due to salary disputes. The public is advised to exercise caution in the area.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 20 JUN 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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