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20220628 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

June 28

ANGOLA – 28 JUN 2022

  • LUANDA – 28 JUN 2022 (06H05) The Angolan flag carrier, TAAG, has announced plans to launch direct flights to 20 new destinations in Africa in the following three years, commencing with Accra, the capital of Ghana. According to the airline, from 08 August 2022, the airline will launch direct flights from Luanda to Accra. This comes after the airline commenced flights from Luanda to Madrid on 27 June 2022, adding more connectivity from Africa to Europe.

 

BOTSWANA – 28 JUN 2022

  • LOBATSE – 28 JUN 2022 (04H35) The Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority has announced the adjusted fuel prices to take effect from today, 28 June 2022. Unleaded petrol 93 has increased by P1.93 per litre (p/l), unleaded petrol 95 has increased by P2.04 p/l, Diesel 50 parts per million (ppm) has increased by P1.28 p/l, and paraffin has increased by P3.67 p/l. Furthermore, Aviation Gasoline prices have increased by P7.63 p/l in Gaborone, P6.64 p/l in Maun, P6.88 p/l for Kasane and P7.34 p/l for Francistown. Additionally, Jet fuel prices have increased by P7.43p/l for Gaborone, P7.54p/l for Maun, P7.54p/l for Kasane, and P7.48 p/l for Francistown. The adjusted fuel prices are set to follow due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
  • GABORONE – 28 JUN 2022 (10H15) The Umbrella for Democratic Change’s (UDC) Parliamentary caucus is set to meet following its National Executive Committee’s (NEC) decision to suspend Vice President and Leader of Opposition (LOO), Dumelang Saleshando, who failed to follow a UDC NEC resolution to render an apology for misconduct to the party. The UDC NEC is expected to hold a meeting to elect a replacement for Saleshando and also review a statement by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngami, Carter Hikuama. According to the statement, Hikuama stated that the suspension of Saleshando and Goretetse Kekgonegile is unjust and has urged the party to review the imposed suspension, which has been made for a period of three months.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 28 JUN 2022

  • RUTSHURU – 28 JUN 2022 (13H40) Armed clashes reported in several localities located in the Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province. Security forces affiliated with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and members of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group have reportedly been engaged in armed conflict since earlier today, 28 June 2022. Local reports indicate that M23 rebels have seized control of several areas in Rutshuru, including Ntamugenga, Ruseke, Bushandaba and Nyabikona localities. Further reports of armed clashes in Bikenke and Bugina have also emerged. The insecurity situation has led to the displacement of several communities as residents have led the villages due to security concerns.

 

ESWATINI – 28 JUN 2022

  • MBABANE – 28 JUN 2022 (08H30) The Eswatini College Of Technology (SCOT) has announced the closure of the college with immediate effect today, 28 June 2022. The staff and students at the college have been directed to vacate the premises by 09H30 and further suspended classes until further notice. This follows after the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), Colani Maseko, announced the shutdown of all universities to observe 29 June 2022 of those who died during the 29 June 2021 massacre.

 

ETHIOPIA- 28 JUN 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 28 JUN 2022 (11H00) The Ethiopian Government has designated a team of seven mediators to hold potential peace negotiations with forces in the country’s Tigray region. The announcement follows after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently declared the establishment of a committee to conduct talks with Tigray’s ruling Prosperity Party. This follows after the Federal Government designated the party as a terrorist group in 2021. Justice Minister Gedion Timothewos has stated that Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen will lead the negotiating team. Tigray authorities have indicated their willingness to meet in Nairobi, Kenyan, to conduct negotiations hosted and facilitated by the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta.

 

GHANA – 28 JUN 2022

  • ACCRA – 28 JUN 2022 (17H30) UPDATE Ghana Police Service officers have closed the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange road to traffic due to the ongoing protest action. Reports indicate that officers have deployed teargas in an attempt to disperse the demonstration. Protestors have reportedly retaliated and are throwing rocks at the officers. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (17H00) The Ghana Police Service has arrested three protesters for incitement of public violence. (15H30) Demonstrators under the Arise Ghana Movement are expected to protest outside the Jubilee House in Accra. The Movement’s Leader, Mensah Thompson, has stated that participants are expected to continue the protest action until 22H00 tonight, 28 June 2022. Thompson has noted that an appeal filed against the High Court ruling requesting the protestors to follow routes proposed by the Police allows the demonstration to continue. The group is conducting a meeting with Police to deliberate on modalities for the proposed march. Motorists are advised of ongoing ground travel disruptions in the affected area. (10H30) The Inspector-General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, has deployed Police officers to maintain order throughout the ongoing Arise Ghana protest. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. (09H15) Demonstrations are underway in Accra. The Arise Ghana Movement has begun leading the demonstrators at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle, proceeding to the Independence square. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (03H25) Protest expected by the Arise Ghana group members today, 28 June 2022, from 08H00 until 16H00. The members will gather at the Obra Spot and end demonstrations at the Independence Square. This follows after a court order determining the time, route and location of the protest action. The members will be protesting against fuel increases, the electronic transfer levy and others. A representative from the Office of the President will receive the members’ petition. The Court has requested the members to adhere to the Public Order Act. A heightened security presence is expected in the area during the protest.

 

KENYA – 28 JUN 2022

  • NAIROBI – 28 JUN 2022 (12H55) The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) announced the temporary closure of its Nairobi Central and regional warehouses from 01 July 2022 until 08 July 2022. KEMSA stated that the closure will allow them to conduct an annual stock take. KEMSA further stated that services suspended include the issuance of receipts as well as the dispatches of medical supplies except for emergencies. KEMSA added that normal operations would resume on Monday, 11 July 2022.
  • NAIROBI – 28 JUN 2022 (15H30) The African Union (AU) has announced the deployment of an observer team to monitor the 09 August 2022 General Election in Kenya. The AU has released a statement noting that the Commission is deploying an international elected expert mission to Kenya comprising experts from eight teams following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Kenya to observe the General Election scheduled for 09 August 2022. The teams are expected to assess Kenya’s election preparations, political dynamics, and fairness in the electoral campaigns and maintain regular contact with national and international stakeholders before, during and after the elections.

NAIROBI – 28 JUN 2022 (17H30) Qatar Airways announced the signing of a comprehensive codeshare agreement with Airlink. Qatar stated that the agreement offers travellers enhanced services and greater connectivity for 45 destinations in 13 countries across Southern Africa, which include Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Qatar further stated that the new codeshare flights are available for sales and will commence travel on 06 July 2022, subject to government approval.

 

LESOTHO – 28 JUN 2022

  • MASERU – 28 JUN 2022 (11H55) The World Bank Group has announced the approval of a $26,5 million loan for the Lesotho Government to improve the efficiency and equity of selected social assistance programs and assist vulnerable households in designated communities across the country. The Pathways to Sustainable Livelihoods Project (PSLP) is expected to allow people in poor communities to engage in constructive economic activities and collaborate with the Ministry of Social Development to strengthen their social protection systems in addition to supporting digitalization. World Bank Country Director for Lesotho, Francoise Marie-Nelly, has stated that the project supports Government efforts to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing global food and fuel prices as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The project also supports the Government in addressing objectives outlined in the National Social Protection Strategy II (NSPS II, 2021-2031), focusing on the efficiency and responsiveness of social protection.

 

MADAGASCAR – 28 JUN 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 28 JUN 2022 (06H30) Air Madagascar is scheduled to resume direct flights between Antananarivo and Moroni from 07 July 2022. The airline will resume flights between Tana and Comoros with two or three weekly rotations. Air Madagascar will also resume direct flights from Marseille and Tana from July 2022 with three flights per week. The company has also stated that preparations are underway ahead of the opening of the route in order to enable recovery in the best conditions and meet customer expectations.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 28 JUN 2022 (07H30) Jirama, a state-owned electric and water company, has announced the implementation of load reduction in the Interconnected Network districts Antananarivo (RIA) from 17H30 and 20H00 in effect from today, 28 June 2022. According to the acting Director-General, Rivo Radanielina, the production and peak hour needs are limited to between 5 MegaWatts (MW) and 10MW for the RIA. The company stated that the reduction would not affect the COVID-19 Treatment Centres (CTC) in Antananarivo. However, it would have an impact on the supply of drinking water, as the water production units and pumping stations are powered by electricity. This comes after the resumption of the G1 group of the Andekaleka hydroelectric power station.

 

MALAWI – 28 JUN 2022

  • LILONGWE – 28 JUN 2022 (05H05) Vice President (VP) Saulos Klaus Chilima is expected to address the nation on Friday, 01 July 2022. Chilima will address the nation at the United Transformation Movement (UTM) offices from 10H00. Chilima will discuss the allegations of corruption charges against him. This follows after President Lazarus Chakwera stripped vice-president Saulos Chilima of all delegated powers on Tuesday, 21 June 2022, due to the allegations. The address will be provided live via various electronic media outlets.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 28 JUN 2022

  • NACALA – 28 JUN 2022 (15H40) High Commissioner of Mozambique in Rwanda, Amade Miquidade, has announced that Rwanda intends to utilise the Port of Nacala in Mozambique’s Nampula province to facilitate the movement of imported and exported goods. Miquidade has stated that the addition of the Port of Nacala to Rwanda’s import-export alternatives is expected to increase the port’s capacity to serve hinterland countries significantly. Previously, the development had been scheduled to commence in July 2022. However, it has been postponed to initiate in October 2022.

 

NIGERIA – 28 JUN 2022

  • IKIRE – 28 JUN 2022 (01H05) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator Iyiochia Ayu has approved the appointment of a 128 members campaign council. The council has been approved to observe the Osun State Gubernatorial elections to be held on Saturday, 16 July 2022. The members will consist of Bayelsa State Governor Duoye Diri as the Chairman of the council, and Governors Seyi Makinde, Nyesom Wike, Aminu Tambuwua, and Okezie Ikpeazu, amongst others. The Council is expected to be inaugurated on Wednesday, 29 June 2022, at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja.
  • AWKA – 28 JUN 2022 (06H00) The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared a sit-at-home order in the Southeast of Nigeria today, 28 June 2022, in solidarity with their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who will be appearing before the Federal High Court. The sit-at-home order will affect commercial activities such as stores, transportation, markets, and others. The IPOB Spokesperson, Emma Powerful, has stated that the stay-at-home order would take place in Igbo land and other areas. Kanu is scheduled to appear before Justice Binta Nyako-led Federal High Court today for the continuation of his trial after facing 11 counts of charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others.
  • BAGOMA – 28 JUN 2022 (09H00) The Ansaru militant group has reportedly banned political activities in some communities in Kaduna’s Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area (LGA). The Chairperson of Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU), Ishaq Kasai, released a statement noting that the militant group has recruited youth members in the area and banned political activities in communities in the eastern part of Birnin-Gwari LGA. This comes as the union have raised concerns over the insecurity ahead of the upcoming elections scheduled for 25 February 2023.
  • ABUJA – 28 JUN 2022 (10H40) Save Public Education Group civil society organisation has announced plans to mobilise students for a nationwide protest due to the continued strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The group has condemned the deterioration of the education sector in the country, noting that the insecurity situation being experienced in several states is a result of the sector’s failure. Convener Vivian Bello has stated that students in public tertiary institutions have missed an estimated 725 days of school as a result of the ASUU strike. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP ) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) are also currently on strike due to similar issues as ASUU. Bello has called on the Federal Government to urgently address the deteriorating situation in the country’s tertiary education sector. Co-Convener Dimeji Macaulay has stated that the organisation is awaiting the outcome of the ASUU meeting with the Government before declaring a 14-day ultimatum.
  • ABUJA – 28 JUN 2022 (12H50) Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has refused to grant bail to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. This comes after Justice Nyako denied bail to Kanu on 18 May 2022. Furthermore, Justice Nyako advised Kanu’s legal team to approach the Court of Appeal on the issue of bail. However, Justice Nyako stated that Kanu had breached his former bail conditions.
  • ABUJA – 28 JUN 2022 (16H30) Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Clem Agba announced the donation of $2,78 million by the Japanese Government for the procurement of high-speed boats for the Deep Blue Project to combat piracy. Agba stated that with this donation, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is expected to resume operations and services for coastal security. Agba further stated that this gesture by the Japanese Government is a stride aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
  • ABUJA – 28 JUN 2022 (16H40) Savannah Energy has announced that its 80%-owned subsidiary, Accugas Limited, has commenced gas sales to TransAfam Power Limited in Nigeria. This follows after Savannah recently signed an interruptible gas sales agreement with TransAfam to supply up to 35 million standard cubic feet (ft3) per day for an initial three-month period, with the option to extend. The agreement allows the provision of gas for use at its power plants in Nigeria. The plant is connected to the Accugas network. Savannah Energy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrew Knott has stated that the company has signed and operationalised gas sales agreements with power plants comprising approximately 24% of the country’s thermal generation capacity, representing a 14% increase from 2021.

 

RWANDA – 28 JUN 2022

  • KIGALI – 28 JUN 2022 (12H10) The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Invest Barbados have signed an agreement to facilitate and implement strategic private sector investments in the two countries. The agreement has been signed between RDB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Clare Akamanzi and Invest Barbados CEO Kaye-Anne Greenidge. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) mentions several sectors of partnership, including agro-processing for local and export markets, tourism, health, mining, real estate and financial services. Greenidge has stated that the MoU is also expected to allow the countries to establish avenues to introduce additional flight frequencies between East Africa and the Caribbean.
  • KIREHE – 28 JUN 2022 (16H10) Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth have officially inaugurated the Mushushito – Rukarara V Hydropower Plant in the Southern Province of Rwanda, Nyamagabe District. The facility has one joint powerhouse with two intakes in the Mushishito River and the Rukarara River. The plant produces five megawatts (mW) and is valued at approximately Rwf32 billion. The plant is expected to power an equivalent of 175,000 homes on average with clean energy. The project has been executed under a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) incorporated in Rwanda and operating under Omnihydro Limited, based on a Power Purchase Agreement signed between the company and the Energy Utility Corporation of Rwanda (EUCL).

 

TANZANIA – 28 JUN 2022

  • DODOMA – 28 JUN 2022 (12H30) The African Development Bank and the Tanzanian Government have signed a $125,2 million loan agreement to fund a project aimed at addressing water shortages in three districts of the country’s Dodoma region. The Dodoma Resilient and Sustainable Water Development and Sanitation Program (Phase I) is expected to benefit more than two million residents in the Bahi, Chemba and Chamwino districts. These districts have recently been experiencing deteriorating drought conditions due to increasing population growth. The agreement has been signed between Tanzanian Finance and Planning Minister Mwigulu Nchemba and the Bank’s Country Manager, Patricia Laverley. The project includes the construction of the 470 meters (m) Farkwa Water Dam, a 128,000 cubic meter (m³) clean-up facility, and a water treatment plant with a capacity of 128,000 cubic meters per day. The implementation of the project is scheduled for completion within the following five years.

 

ZAMBIA – 28 JUN 2022

  • LUSAKA – 28 JUN 2022 (06H15) United States (US) Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power is expected to travel to Zambia and Malawi from 28 June 2022 and 03 July 2022. During the visits, Power is expected to meet Government officials and agribusiness owners to discuss the impact of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine on food security and nutrition in the region. The Administrator is also expected to reemphasise the US’s support for the region’s democratic advances and the importance of democratic governance, civil society, anti-corruption efforts and independent media. During the visit to Zambia, the Administrator is scheduled to meet with President Hakainde Hichilema and other key Ministers to discuss Zambia’s democratic and economic reform priorities. Thereafter, the Administrator is expected to travel to Malawi to meet with President Lazarus Chakwera to reinforce the US’s support for Malawi’s commitment to democracy and mutual development objectives.

 

ZIMBABWE – 28 JUN 2022

  • BULAWAYO – 28 JUN 2022 (15H40) The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) Chairperson Martin Dinha announced that a tripartite agreement has been reached with Botswana and Mozambique. Dinha stated that the trilateral arrangement comes after separate bilateral engagements through Bi-National Commissions (BNCs) between President Emmerson Mnangagwa, President Mokgweetsi Masisi and President Filipe Nyusi. Dinha stated that the tripartite agreement is expected to enhance regional trade between the three countries by moving coal from Botswana via Zimbabwe to Mozambique.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 28 JUN 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.

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