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20220627 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 27 JUN 2022
- LUANDA – 27 JUN 2022 (06H15) United States (US) President Joe Biden has announced the implementation of photovoltaic (PV) energy production systems in Angola, valued at $2 billion. The solar energy projects in Biopio and Baía Farta, in Benguela province are within the framework of a strategic partnership with the Angolan Government in the field of clean energy. The Biópio unit, with a capacity of 144 MegaWatts (MW), will supply energy for 265,000 residences and eliminate 440,000 gallons of high-carbon diesel that Angola imports and burns each year. In addition, this project is expected to use around $150 million in solar energy equipment exported from the US. Biden has stated that the US Government has just facilitated a partnership between two companies from this country and the Angolan authorities, which will help generate new business opportunities for technology and new jobs in Angola and across Africa.
- LUANDA – 27 JUN 2022 (06H40) The East and Southern Africa Money Laundering Prevention Group (ESAAMLG) are expected to hold meetings from today, 27 June 2022, to 15 July 2022, with financial system regulators and supervised entities, within the framework of the mutual evaluation that Angola has been undergoing, since October 2021. The group is composed of 15 specialists from the United States of America (USA), Portugal, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Lesotho, Namibia and Ethiopia, including experts from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. The mutual evaluation in place of the Angolan financial system will be based on meetings with representatives of the sectors and various institutions, including the supervisory and regulatory bodies of the financial system, as well as the Financial Information Unit (FIU), which is the National Bank of Angola (BNA), the Capital Markets Commission (CMC), the Angolan Insurance Regulation and Supervision Agency (ARSEG), the General Tax Administration (AGT), the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC). The team will also hold meetings with other entities that are supervised by these institutions, such as commercial banks, insurance companies, and real estate companies, among others. Furthermore, the ESAAMLG will announce the evaluation at a meeting in the first quarter of 2023 at a plenary session to be held in Arusha, Tanzania.
- LUANDA – 27 JUN 2022 (11H15) Angolan airline TAAG has resumed direct flights between Luanda and Madrid, the capital city of Spain, from today, 27 June 2022. The airline will commence flights twice a week, on Thursday and Sunday, to allow connections to 143 destinations in 43 countries with a single booking, within the framework of the Spanish airline, Iberia network, namely to Europe and America. Passengers of Iberia airline will have access from Luanda to national, intercontinental and African destinations through TAAG. The Luanda-Madrid section will be operated by TAAG, and the Madrid-Porto section will be operated by the Iberia airline, in line with the protocol signed with TAAG on 05 May 2022.
BOTSWANA – 27 JUN 2022
- GABORONE – 27 JUN 2022 (07H00) The Leader of Opposition and Botswana Congress Party (BCP), President Dumelang Saleshando, has been suspended from the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). This comes as Saleshando held a press briefing in Palapye on 25 June 2022. According to reports, Saleshando has been suspended with BCP Secretary General Goretetse Kekgonegile allegedly refusing to apologize to the UDC over alleged statements. Meanwhile, the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Central Committee (CC) is scheduled to convene an emergency meeting to decide on the following decisions taken by Saleshando and his advisors to be regularised by the CC on Tuesday, 28 June 2022.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 27 JUN 2022
- BENI – 27 JUN 2022 (07H30) The Civil Society in North Kivu has called on the Government to strengthen efforts towards the security situation ongoing in Beni. The Vice President of the Society, Edgard Mateso, has stated that efforts are currently concentrated in the territory of Rutshuru due to the resurgence of the M23 rebellion. However, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels have increased attacks against the communities in Beni. Mateso has stated that the security situation remains volatile in several villages of the territory of Beni, in particular in Mamove and Kokola. According to Mateso, an attack took place recently in Kilya in the Ruwenzori sector.
- OICHA – 27 JUN 2022 (08H00) Fourteen civilians have died following an attack on Saturday, 26 June 2022, by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The President of Civil Society in North Kivu, Kinos Katuo, has stated that the ADF rebels attacked the Mamove locality on Saturday, 26 June 2022. Reports indicate that about nine civilians have died, two others were injured, and two residences have been torched following an attack in the locality of Kisima centre on the Beni-Kasindi road. Thereafter, the ADF rebels killed five civilians during an attack in the locality of Kisima centre on the Beni-Kasindi road, near the border with Uganda.
ESWATINI – 27 JUN 2022
- MATSAPHA – 27 JUN 2022 (14H45) Police have launched an investigation into two separate incidents where two Police officers based at the Sigodvweni Police Station’s Traffic Department were fatally shot. The latest shooting occurred at Mathangeni, Matsapha in the Manzini Region on Sunday, 26 June 2022, at 19H00. The other incident took place near Manzini Club traffic circle on Saturday, 25 June 2022, at around 03H00. One Police officer was injured and another killed during the first incident. This followed after the officers responded to a traffic accident, in both incidents, that was reported through a phone call to the Matsapha Police Station.
ETHIOPIA- 27 JUN 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 27 JUN 2022 (12H45) Sudan has accused the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) of killing seven of the Sudanese forces and a civilian, who were alleged captives. This comes as the Sudanese military released a statement noting the incident and added that Khartoum would reciprocate accordingly. Meanwhile, clashes have erupted in the recent two years after Sudan allegedly claimed its territory and called on Ethiopia to withdraw troops from at least two border points. The two nations held discussions in Khartoum in December 2020 to settle the dispute over al-Fashaqa, but have not made progress.
GHANA – 27 JUN 2022
- ACCRA – 27 JUN 2022 (15H10) Protest expected at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, from 15H00 until Wednesday, 29 June 2022 at 10H00. Members of Arise Ghana are expected to protest against fuel increases, the electronic transfer levy, the grabbing of State lands by officials, the de-classification of the Achimota Forest reserve and increased police brutalities, among other reasons. A heightened security presence is expected in the area during the protest.
- ACCRA – 27 JUN 2022 (15H20) The Ghana Police Service is expected to apply for an interdict at the court today, 28 June 2022, against Arise Ghana’s planned protest. The protest is scheduled to take place at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, from 15H00 until Wednesday, 29 June 2022, at 10H00. The Police requested that the protest begin in the morning and end before nightfall. However, the organisers refused to change the plans. The Police will approach the court to address the disagreement.
KENYA – 27 JUN 2022
- NAIROBI – 27 JUN 2022 (10H15) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IBEC) is scheduled to hold a national planning meeting at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi today, 27 June 2022. According to the Commission, the meeting will be convened by election officials to review and strategize a programme for the 09 August 2022 General Elections. The Commission stated that the meeting allows an opportunity for sharing experiences and practices from previous elections and share strategies to ensure the Commission holds a free, fair and credible election. The meeting will also develop customized county operational plans for the General Election.
LESOTHO – 27 JUN 2022
- MASERU – 27 JUN 2022 (17H15) Public sector workers using public transport have raised concerns regarding the fare increase that has come into effect today, 27 June 2022. The workers are demanding a 25% salary increase. This follows after the Road Transport Board chairman, Limema Phoohlo, announced that prices will increase due to high inflation and the global rise in fuel prices. The transport fare has increased by 30% for local routes and 21.1 % for long-distance routes.
MADAGASCAR – 27 JUN 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 27 JUN 2022 (13H00) The Council of Ministers is expected to announce its decree following the demands of private-sector employees in Anosy. This follows after several employees within the private sector held demonstrations in June 2022 in demand for an increase in salaries and better working conditions. The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Civil Service and Social Laws has stated that the application is pending confirmation for a wage increase, and several other companies have recently increased workers’ salaries. However, a few other companies have continued to impose the 9.9% increase agreed upon by the social partners in March 2022.
MALAWI – 27 JUN 2022
- BLANTYRE – 27 JUN 2022 (03H10) Expected power outage in Zomba on Tuesday, 28 June 2022. The power is set to be disrupted between 08H00 and 16H00. The affected areas include Mulunguzi, Matawale, Skinner, Sogoja, Chinamwali, Chikupira, Air Base, Govala, Makwapala, Mpyupyu, Kachulu, Mikuyu, Pirimiti, Jali, 9 Miles, Mlenga Complex, Matiya and Mamphanda. The power will be disrupted due to ongoing maintenance works. Further updates will be provided as received.
- BLANTYRE – 27 JUN 2022 (11H45) Demonstration reported in Blantyre. Members of the Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA) have embarked on a march in commemoration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in Blantyre. Members of the Malawi Prison Band are participating in the demonstration. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the demonstration.
MOZAMBIQUE – 27 JUN 2022
- MAPUTO – 27 JUN 2022 (13H40) President Felipe Nyusi announced a working visit from the President of the Republic, Secretary-General of Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali. Nyusi stated that Ghali is on a working visit to the country of Mozambique. Nyusi further noted that during the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing and promoting them to the highest level in the interest of both countries. Nyusi stated that they also reviewed the latest developments related to the Sahrawi project.
NIGERIA – 27 JUN 2022
- ABUJA – 27 JUN 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by the Organised Labour in Ogun today, 27 June 2022, following the State Government’s failure to accede to their demands. The announcement comes after the Ogun State Chairman and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emmanuel Bankole, held consultations with members of the Labour Writers Association of Nigeria (LAWAN) at a session held in Abeokuta on Sunday, 26 June 2022. According to the association, their demands include the remittance of 21 months of salary deductions and the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme. Additionally, the members request that the Government pay eight years of outstanding leave allowances, the implementation of Consequential Adjustment on Minimum Pension and others. The final decision on the strike action will be announced at the workers’ parliament on 27 June 2022.
RWANDA – 27 JUN 2022
- KIGALI – 27 JUN 2022 (17H20) President Paul Kagame, received the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, who is on a one-day visit to Rwanda in Village Urugwiro, today, 27 June 2022. The two leaders held closed-door talks, focusing on strengthening normal relations between the two countries. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced that the country has launched a three-year partnership program to provide scholarships to senior African leaders, at universities in Singapore.
TANZANIA – 27 JUN 2022
- DODOMA – 27 JUN 2022 (16H00) The Government has been unable to recruit qualified Tanzanians to fill 736 advertised vacancies in the health sector. The vacancies are part of 7,612 advertised positions by the President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) following a recruitment permit from President Samia Hassan. The PO-RALG Minister, Innocent Bashungwa, stated that 6,876 qualified Tanzanians had been picked to fill vacancies in the sector. The unfilled vacancies will be re-advertised to acquire qualified applicants to fill the positions.
ZAMBIA – 27 JUN 2022
- CHITOSHI – 27 JUN 2022 (17H00) The Ministry of Health is investigating suspected movement disorders which affected more than 20 learners from Lunte boarding school in Northern Province. The learners are experiencing signs and symptoms of difficulty in walking, weakness, and painful knees and ankles. These learners were placed in a designated isolation area within the school confines. Health workers have been assigned to monitor the learners’ conditions daily.
ZIMBABWE – 27 JUN 2022
- HARARE – 27 JUN 2022 (09H40) The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) has urged its members to continue their stay-away from work in solidarity with President Obert Masaraure, who has been arrested and charged with alleged murder. Artuz Deputy Secretary-General, Munyaradzi Masiiwa, has stated that the members of Artuz would only be attending work on Monday, 27 June 2022 and Tuesday, 28 June 2022. The teachers union have further vowed to continue to demand the release of Masaraure and call for dialogue on salaries and conditions of service.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 27 JUN 2022
- NIGERIA: Protest expected by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, at the Federal High Court of Abuja.
- ZAMBIA: United States (US) Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power is expected to travel to Zambia and Malawi between 28 June 2022 and 03 July 2022.
- GHANA: Protest expected at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday, 28 June 2022, from 15H00 until Wednesday, 29 June 2022 at 10H00.
- ESWATINI: The Multi-Stakeholder Forum (MSF) is expected to deliver a petition to Prime Minister (PM) Cleopas Dlamini on 29 June 2022.
- MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique and Portugal are expected to host their fifth bilateral summit in July 2022.
- KENYA: Protest expected on Thursday, 07 July 2022, from 10H00 until 15H00 in the Central Business District (CBD) in Nairobi led by Operation Ondoa Panya.
- 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.