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20220621 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
20220621 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 21 JUN 2022
- LUANDA – 20 JUN 2022 (20H50) The National Patriotic Alliance (APN) has officially presented its candidacy for the upcoming General Elections, scheduled to occur on 24 August 2022, to the Constitutional Court. The party, founded and led by Quintino António Moreira, is the third political formation to submit its candidacy list for President of the Republic, Vice-President of the Republic and Deputies to the National Assembly, following the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and Convergência Ampla de Salvação de Angola (CASA-CE). The ruling MPLA party formalized its candidacy on 08 June 2022, with a list of 355 potential deputies, followed by the CASA-CE on 15 June 2022, with 120 candidates.
BOTSWANA – 21 JUN 2022
- GABORONE – 21 JUN 2022 (06H10) 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 from today, 21 June 2022 to 22 June 2022. The forum aims to encourage business linkages between the two countries to facilitate trade and investment, as well as explore possible joint venture partnerships. The sectors of focus will include agriculture and agro-processing, tourism and hospitality, mining and mineral beneficiation, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, auto component manufacturing, and textile and financial services.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 21 JUN 2022
- KINSHASA – 20 JUN 2022 (22H30) East African Community (EAC) Member State Leaders have agreed on the deployment of a regional military force as part of efforts to stabilise the security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This follows during the conclusion of the third EAC Heads of State Conclave Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya, today, 20 June 2022. The announcement follows a deterioration of the security situation due to an escalation of armed unrest in several DRC regions, including Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu. During the meeting, the Heads of State also called for an immediate cessation of all hostilities in eastern DRC and for all armed groups to lay down arms immediately and unconditionally and commit to the political process.
- KANANGA – 21 JUN 2022 (17H00) The Congolese National Police (PNC) has announced the conclusion of a two-week training exercise for 30 PNC soldiers. This followed after an estimated 30 PNC soldiers underwent training to take over for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) following their departure. The officers trained in Butembo in andragogy which ended on 20 June 2022. The training provided included maintaining and restoring public order, judicial Police, local Police, road traffic Police, and investigation techniques in the event of kidnapping for ransom, among others.
- KINSHASA – 21 JUN 2022 (17H15) Members of the Constitutional Courts have elected Dieudonne Kamuleta Badibanga to be the President of the Court. Badibanga’s election followed after an elective plenary assembly where nine of the nine judges voted for Badibanga as President on Tuesday, 21 June 2022. Badibanga will obtain the position from the Interim President, Corneille Wansenda. Badibanga has been elected for a three-year term renewable once.
ESWATINI – 21 JUN 2022
- MBABANE – 21 JUN 2022 (11H15) The Eswatini Electricity Company (EEC) have announced a planned power outage from 23 June 2022 to 24 June 2022 from 09H00 until 17H00. The disruption will be due to routine maintenance on the electricity lines in eSwatini. On Thursday, 23 June 2022, the affected areas will include Siteki, Nhlangano, Manzini, Sithobela, Malkerns, Mhlume, Hluti, Madlangempisi, Pigg’s Peak and Stonehenge. On Friday, 24 June 2022, Siteki, Nhlangano, Sithobela and Madlangempisi will be affected. Relevant updates will be provided as the situation progresses.
- MANZINI – 21 JUN 2022 (18H15) UPDATE Inyatsi Construction has put a whooping E500,000 reward to anyone who will come forward and provide valuable information that may lead to the successful apprehension and prosecution of the terrorists behind the torching of its properties. (15H20) Inyatsi Construction announced the temporary suspension of operations. Inyatsi stated that the suspension of operations is due to escalating and recurring attacks by an unknown group that have destroyed machinery and equipment on construction sites, costing the company E65 million. Inyatsi stated that they currently have 18 more projects at a value of E700 million for the current financial year, including roads, water projects, maintenance, township developments and agricultural developments. Inyatsi further stated that they are constantly working on ways to improve the security of construction sites and employees. If the decision changes, all employees will be notified to return to work.
ETHIOPIA- 21 JUN 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 21 JUN 2022 (02H20) The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) has announced a decision to reduce food rations for refugees in several Eastern and Western African countries due to a lack of funding. The WFP has released a statement noting that a 50% reduction in rations is set to affect three-quarters of all refugees supported by the WFP in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. Refugees in West African countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, are also expected to be affected by the reduction. The organisation has cited severe funding constraints caused by significantly elevated hunger rates in West Africa as the primary reason for reducing rations. Additionally, WFP Executive Director David Beasley has warned of further food ration reductions due to continuously increasing global hunger rates and a lack of available resources.
GHANA – 21 JUN 2022
- ACCRA – 20 JUN 2022 (23H10) Ghana’s Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Attah, has announced the establishment of a rapid response team to ensure the repair and restoration of road infrastructure destroyed by floods. The Government has noted several cases of road infrastructure deterioration due to the recent torrential rainfalls experienced across the country. This has led to significant ground travel disruptions in the Central Region and other areas of the country, in addition to the seclusion of vulnerable communities. This follows after the Twifo Praso to Cape Coast Road’s 22-meter bridge recently collapsed due to the overflow of the Surowi River. Minister Amoako-Attah has stated that the rapid response team is responding to the situation.
KENYA – 21 JUN 2022
- NAIROBI – 20 JUN 2022 (20H25) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) stated that 22,120,458 voters have been registered to vote in the 09 August 2022 General Elections. The announcement followed the completion of the Voters Register audit by KPMG. Furthermore, the IEBC approved the deployment of 46,232 polling stations to be used for the elections. Approximately 246,265 deceased voters had been removed from the register. The Commission is expected to review its registration process to develop and implement automated data input validation controls. Additionally, the Commission will investigate the usage of an Integrated Population Registration System (IPRS) database.
- NAIROBI – 20 JUN 2022 (22H50) The Kenyan Government has announced the reinstatement of mandatory COVID-19 prevention measures as part of efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus amid the sixth wave of infections in the country. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has stated that the Government has reinstated the mandatory wearing of face masks in indoor settings. Kagwe has also called on unvaccinated Kenyans to urgently receive the inoculation. The Minister has noted that all unvaccinated travellers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya are required to present a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours of departure. This follows after the country recently recorded a positivity rate of 9,9% after 246 people tested positive from a sample size of 2,484 people tested within a period of 24 hours.
- NAIROBI – 21 JUN 2022 (12H15) His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived at the State House in Nairobi to preside over the official unveiling of the Joint National Mapping (JNAM) projects. The project, launched in 2018, aims to generate geospatial data and related info systems needed for national planning and development. The event will be held under the theme For Kenya By Kenya and will be attended by several delegates and business leaders.
- NAIROBI – 21 JUN 2022 (17H50) The Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) has announced that a trial run for public service vehicles (PSVs) at the Green Park terminus is set to commence on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. The trial run follows the delayed commencement of the Green Park terminus, which had been scheduled for 24 May 2022. Furthermore, the trial run has been set for 22 June 2022, following a meeting between NMS and transport stakeholders in Nairobi on Thursday, 16 June 2022. The trial will be evaluated in two phases. Phase one will involve PSVs halting at the railway station, and phase two will feature matatus plying the Ngong and Lang’ata roads. NMS Director of Transport Michael Ochieng stated that the commencement date for the terminus is set to be announced following the trial run.
LESOTHO – 21 JUN 2022
- MASERU – 21 JUN 2022 (15H25) The Lesotho Petroleum Fund (PF) has announced their collaboration with Ghana’s National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to increase the efficiency in the petroleum downstream sector of both countries. The announcement has been made following a working visit by a four-member Petroleum Fund team compromising of PFs Finance Manager Mohloko Lepamo, PFs Operational Manager Lebohang Makhoali, Corporate Affairs Manager Thato Kolisang, and led by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thato Mohasoa. During the visit, the members met with the CEO of the NPA, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid and visited the Ghana National Gas Company and the Tema Oil refinery. Under the established partnership, the members will share experiences of mutual assistance in the petroleum downstream industry and in the management of the Unified Petroleum Price Fund (UPPF).
MADAGASCAR – 21 JUN 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 21 JUN 2022 (11H30) Protest reported outside the Regional Directorate of Public Health in Analamanga. Medical interns are demanding the disbursement of their scholarship fees and other issues. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
- ANTANANARIVO – 21 JUN 2022 (12H20) Turkish Airlines has announced that they will resume flights to Madagascar from June 2022. The airline is expected to fly between Antananarivo and Istanbul once a week. The resumption of flights follows after the airline suspended flights in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkish Airlines stated that an increase in flights can be expected shortly to promote tourism in the country.
MALAWI – 21 JUN 2022
- LILONGWE – 20 JUN 2022 (20H10) Refugees have requested that the Government deploy additional Malawian Police officers to the Dzaleka refugee camp. The refugees additionally request that a patrol vehicle be deployed during the evenings. This follows due to the increased theft incidents that occur in the camp. The announcement had been made during a commemoration event for World Refugees Day by the Dzaleka Community Leader Niyihiragi Goreth. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that the UN is expected to investigate the mentioned issues and provide relevant solutions.
- LILONGWE – 21 JUN 2022 (06H00) Protest expected today, 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) criticises 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.
- LILONGWE – 21 JUN 2022 (07H15) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address the nation today, 21 June 2022, at 18H00. The address will focus on the country’s challenges of national interest. The address will be live broadcasted on corporated channels and various private media platforms.
- LILONGWE – 21 JUN 2022 (14H45) Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) has announced the increase in tariffs for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM). This follows after Mera compared the utility’s performance with key performance indicators (KPIs). Mera has approved a 4% tariff increase. Electricity prices will increase from K104.46 kilowatt per hour (kWh) to K108.63 kWh. The increase is expected to establish price increases due to increased production costs.
MOZAMBIQUE – 21 JUN 2022
- MAFAMBISSE – 20 JUN 2022 (19H00) The American company Lusitania Investment Capital announced that the company is busy negotiating with South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett to acquire its assets in Mozambique. Reports indicate that Lusitania has offered Tongaat Hulett $218 million (R3,5 billion) for the Mozambican assets, including holdings in the Xinavane and Mafambisse sugar plantations and mills. Lusitania stated that the company is involved in various operations across the African continent to develop operations in the sustainable growth of foodstuffs, agro-business and agro-industry dealing with food security.
NIGERIA – 21 JUN 2022
- ABUJA – 20 JUN 2022 (19H55) The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has announced the launch of a search operation in the Kubwa area. The announcement followed after receiving information about a body discovered by waste collectors at 10H00 by the PV bridge in Kubwa. The body has been found alongside two dead animals. The Police have requested the public to provide any information in connection with the incident.
- ORA – 21 JUN 2022 (10H50) The association of resident doctors (ARD) at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTHC) Ile-Ife has announced the decision to embark on a 48-hour warning strike from today, 21 June 2022, to Thursday, 23 June 2022. The doctors have concluded to carry out their strike following recurrent harassment of doctors at the facility. The resident doctors alleged a female doctor was forcefully held hostage, confined and verbally assaulted while discharging her duty by a Senior Nurse in the Female Adult Orthopedic ward (FAOW) on Thursday, 16 June 2022. The doctors have further demanded that the hospital management should institute a fact-finding committee to investigate the matter and implement appropriate disciplinary measures. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious.
- ABUJA – 21 JUN 2022 (12H45) President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated six candidates for the replacement of Ministers who have resigned to contest the Presidential election. This follows after the Senate President Ahmad Ibrahim Lawa received a letter of nomination in accordance with Section 8 Subsection 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The selected nominees are Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, Umana Okon Umana, Egwumakama Joseph Nkam, Goodluck Nnana Opiah, Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, Ademola Adewole Adegoroye and Odum Odih.
- ABUJA – 21 JUN 2022 (17H15) President Muhammadu Buhari announced that he transmitted the Business Facilitation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill to the House of Representatives for consideration. Reports indicate that the Bill seeks to promote the ease of doing business in Nigeria by amending relevant legislation in the Constitution.
RWANDA – 21 JUN 2022
- KIGALI – 21 JUN 2022 (08H00) The Rwanda Development Board (RDB), jointly with the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), has announced the commencement of the 2022 Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF 2022) from today, 21 June 2022, to 23 June 2022 in Kigali. CBF 2022 will address the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) held under the theme of Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming, with a focus on A Global Reset, dealing with the impact of the pandemic and the Commonwealth’s role in rebuilding and reinvigorating the global economy. Throughout the three days of the forum, participants will explore topics such as financing future growth, trade and regional integration, sustainability, inclusive and resilient food systems and the future of work.
TANZANIA – 21 JUN 2022
- DODOMA – 21 JUN 2022 (14H35) The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Joyce Ndalichako, announced the signing of a performance agreement with the heads of public universities and institutions to implement the $425 million Higher Education Economic Transformation (HEET) project. Ndalichako stated that the project is being funded by the World Bank (WB), which aims to strengthen the capacity and quality of selected universities. Ndalichako further stated that through the improvements, the project also aims to prepare faculty researchers and graduates and build a strong and flexible high-skilled workforce that can address Tanzania’s development challenges.
ZAMBIA – 21 JUN 2022
- LUSAKA – 21 JUN 2022 (10H30) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced that President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to visit Brussels and Rwanda from Thursday, 23 June 2022, to 25 June 2022. President Hichilema will be visiting Brussels at the invitation of the European Union (EU) Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola and will consolidate the New Dawn Government’s efforts to boost the country’s economy. In addition, President Hichilema will participate in a Roundtable Discussion on the cooperation between Trade and Food Security. Following his visit to Belgium, President Hichilema will travel to Kigali, Rwanda, to participate in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled for 23 June 2022. President Hichilema is expected to hold bilateral consultations with different leaders of the Member States of the Commonwealth on pertinent issues aimed at exploring areas of economic and social cooperation.
- LUSAKA – 21 JUN 2022 (17H55) President Hakainde Hichilema announced a working visit from Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alice Albright. Hichilema stated that the MCC aims to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and invest in future generations. Hichilema further stated that Albright chose Zambia for the second phase of support to deliver critical infrastructure and social services that transform the economy and advance Zambian people’s livelihoods.
ZIMBABWE – 21 JUN 2022
- ESIGODINI – 20 JUN 2022 (20H00) The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has confirmed the derailment of a Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (BBR) train in the vicinity of Esigodini, Matabeleland South. NRZ Spokesperson Martin Banda has confirmed the incident, stating that the train, which is operated by BBR under a 20-year Build Operate and Transfer Agreement, has derailed in the area between Esigodini and Mulungwane. The train reportedly traverses the Beitbridge-Gwanda-Esigodini-Bulawayo route. Local reports indicate that the crew has sustained injuries and has since been transported to a hospital in Bulawayo. The reason for the derailment remains undetermined at this time, as investigations into the incident are ongoing.
- HARARE – 21 JUN 2022 (10H40) Protest reported outside the Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare. Doctors, nurses and radiographers are demonstrating outside the hospital, demanding an increase in salaries and better working conditions. This comes as the workers declared an indefinite strike from Monday, 20 June 2022. The unions have claimed that the Health Minister, Constantino Chiweng, has refused to meet with them after assuming office. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
- MAZURABANI – 21 JUN 2022 (11H50) The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) announced the completion of a solar-powered water project in the Kairezi community. Councillor of the area Alderman Amon Mavedzenge stated that with the completion of the project, they are expected to transform the community by completing the construction of the local clinic and improving working and living circumstances for the community.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 21 JUN 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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