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20220630 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

June 30

ANGOLA – 30 JUN 2022

  • LUANDA – 30 JUN 2022 (14H15) The Government of Angola, through the Ministry of Health, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Angola, have signed financing and cooperation agreements to expedite the implementation of the Resilience in Health Project. The agreement, valued at approximately €55 million, has been signed by Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta, EIB Representative Diederick Zambon, Head of the Public Sector and Sovereign Operations Division for Sub-Saharan Africa and by the UNDP Resident Representative, Edo Stork, in Luanda, Angola. Zambon has stated that the aid is expected to strengthen Angola’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and support efforts to improve the country’s health systems, including pandemic preparedness, in line with the Angola National Contingency Plan for Control and Response to COVID-19, 2022-2023.

 

BOTSWANA – 30 JUN 2022

  • GABORONE – 30 JUN 2022 (11H00) The Ministry of Transport and Public Works has announced a planned temporary road closure on the New Lobatse Road and Molepolole Road intersection from Monday, 04 July 2022, until Sunday, 17 July 2022. The closure aims to allow construction works at the centre of the junction. Traffic is expected to be diverted around the intersection. The Public is urged to cooperate with the Contractors and the Botswana Police Service, who will assist with traffic control during the closure period.
  • GABORONE – 30 JUN 2022 (12H50) UPDATE South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at the Gaborone International Convention Centre to attend the 7th Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit of Heads of State of Government today, 30 June 2022. Ramaphosa has been received by Botswana Head of State and Chairperson of SACU, Mokgweetsi Masisi. (06H40) President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, Chairperson of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit, is expected to host the 7th SACU Summit of Heads of State of Government today, 30 June 2022, in Gaborone, Botswana. The Summit will be held to consider the progress made on the implementation of the SACU Work Programme, which includes industrialisation through the development of regional value chains, investment attraction and export promotion, Regional Financing Mechanism, Trade Facilitation and Logistics and implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The Summit will further consider the five-year SACU Strategic Plan approved by the Council of Ministers on 02 June 2022. The SACU Summit will be held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre and will be attended by the Heads of State or Government and Representatives of SACU Member States.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 30 JUN 2022

  • KINSHASA – 29 JUN 2022 (19H00) Finance Minister Nicolas Kazadi has announced the signing of two financing agreements valued at $750 million with the World Bank Country Director Jean-Christophe Carret. Kazadi stated that $250 million is expected to be allocated toward economic governance reforms and $500 million to improve transport and connectivity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The World Bank has stated that the signing of the two financing agreement projects is expected to benefit an estimated 90 million people in the country. Kazadi further stated that the project will also enable better management of natural resources by financing reforestation activities along the roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • KALEMIE – 30 JUN 2022 (08H00) The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has announced the closure of its offices with effect from today, 30 June 2022, in Kalemie, in the province of Tanganyika. MONUSCO Head Bintou Keita has stated that the recent deployment of 80 Police officers in areas encountering security challenges proves that the Congolese authorities are committed to ensuring their responsibilities towards the communities. Keita assured that the United Nations (UN) Country Team will continue to support the Government’s efforts to preserve and consolidate the progress made with the support of the MONUSCO.
  • KINSHASA – 30 JUN 2022 (14H00) The Government has announced that President Félix Tshisekedi is scheduled to address the nation at 20H00 today, 30 June 2022. The national address follows as the country is observing its 62nd Independence Day today, 30 June 2022, after the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) gained independence from Belgium in June 1960. The address is expected to be broadcast live on national news outlets.

 

ESWATINI – 30 JUN 2022

  • MBABANE – 30 JUN 2022 (13H00) UPDATE High Court Judge Mumcy Dlamini has dismissed the bail applications of MPs Mthandeni Dube and Bacede Mabuza. The application sought an order to amend the charges levelled against the two accused. (12H40) Judge Mumcy Dlamini at the High Court of eSwatini is expected to deliver a judgment on the application for amendments of charges for Members of Parliament (MPs), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube, today, 30 June 2022. This follows after Dlamini adjourned the previous court proceedings to review the case documents on 14 June 2022. A heightened security presence is reported in the vicinity of the High Court.

 

ETHIOPIA- 30 JUN 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 29 JUN 2022 (19H10) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union (AU) have called for restraint and diplomatic solutions to the current ongoing conflict being experienced in the disputed al-Fashaga border region between Ethiopia and Sudan. This follows recent reports of artillery fire by the Sudanese Army since Monday, 27 June 2022, in the area east of the al-Fashaga region. IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu has urged authorities in the two countries to refrain from further acts of violence in a bid to avoid an escalation of the situation. AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki has also urged the parties to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the border dispute under the auspices of the AU Border Program. The two countries have reportedly summoned their respective Ambassadors to initiate consultations on the matter.

 

GHANA – 30 JUN 2022

  • ACCRA – 29 JUN 2022 (20H20) Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Botchway announced that Ghana is expected to host the 61st Ordinary Session of the Authority of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government in Accra on 03 July 2022. Botchway stated that President and Chairman of ECOWAS, Addo Akufo-Addo, will host his Colleagues Heads of State and Government from 12 ECOWAS Member States in the Region. Botchway stated that the Summit aims to discuss decisions on the region’s political, security and humanitarian situations. Botchway further noted that the summit will also review the current state of affairs in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

 

KENYA – 30 JUN 2022

  • NAIROBI – 29 JUN 2022 (19H00) The Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) is expected to temporarily suspend operations at its Nairobi Central and Regional warehouses between 01 July 2022 and 08 July 2022. KEMSA has stated that all receipts and dispatches of medical supplies are expected to be suspended during this period. The temporary suspension of operations is necessary to take account of its available stock. Operations at the facilities are scheduled to resume on 11 July 2022.

 

LESOTHO – 30 JUN 2022

  • MASERU – 29 JUN 2022 (19H00) Lesotho’s Petroleum Fund has announced planned fuel price decreases to be implemented nationwide with effect from Friday, 01 July 2022. This follows the M30 million monthly fuel subsidy recently announced by the Government of Lesotho. As a result, the price of Petrol 93 is set to decrease by M1,50 to M22,20 per litre. Petrol 95 prices are set to reduce by M1,50 to M22,65, while Diesel 50 is expected to decrease by M1,50 to M23,05 per litre. In addition, Parrafin prices are also set to decrease with M1,10 to be M17,80.
  • ALWYN’S KOP – 30 JUN 2022 (09H00) The Basotho Action Party (BAP) is scheduled to hold a political rally on 03 July 2022, from 12H00, in Alwyn’s Kop in Quthing. Supporters from Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing are invited to attend the development rally. The Leader of the BAP, Nqosa Mahao, is expected to deliver an address during the political activity. Mahao has called on the party’s supporters to attend the manifesto, which will be held under the theme of We make Lesotho a dignified, dignified one.

 

MADAGASCAR – 30 JUN 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 30 JUN 2022 (12H30) Protest reported in the vicinity of Ambohijatovo. Bus operators from Ambolokandrina and Ambohijatovo are protesting due to their dissatisfaction with the travelling routes enforced by the Ministry of Transport. Reports indicate that the operators have suspended services for the duration of the protest. The demonstrators are seeking to use the previous roadway in Ambohizatovo. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. Police are aware of the situation.

 

MALAWI – 30 JUN 2022

  • BLANTYRE – 30 JUN 2022 (15H10) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has issued a statement informing members of the public of an expected power supply interruption in Blantyre between 07H00 and 17H00 on Sunday, 03 July 2022. The electricity supply interruption is necessary to allow scheduled maintenance works in the Kristwick Area. Residents in the affected area are advised that electricity supply will not be available during the maintenance period. ESCOM is expected to provide relevant updates to the public as the situation progresses.
  • ZOMBA – 30 JUN 2022 (18H00) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced a scheduled power supply interruption expected to affect residents in Zomba and Machinga between 08H00 and 16H00 on Tuesday, 05 July 2022. ESCOM has stated that the electricity supply outage is necessary to conduct maintenance works in the affected areas, which include Old Naisi, Jokala, Songani, Domasi, Malosa, Sakata, Bimbi, Nsondole, Namwera, Chamba, Majiga, Mpita, Mposa, and Old Machinga Boma. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued to the public as the situation progresses.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 30 JUN 2022

  • MAPUTO – 30 JUN 2022 (08H15) The Maputo City Judicial Court is scheduled to rule over 48 people accused of involvement in issuing false visas from Mozambican consulates in South Africa. According to an indictment issued on 10 May 2022, the defendants appealed against the decision to set the trial for the High Court of Appeal and are awaiting a decision. Judge Ivandra Uamusse is expected to deliver a judgment that charged the defendants with association to commit crimes, embezzlement, abuse of office or function, forgery and aiding illegal immigration. The accused are also charged with passive corruption for unlawful acts or omissions, active corruption and violation of professional secrecy. This follows after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the National Migration Service (SENAMI) launched investigations following scams recorded in the Mozambican consulates in the South African cities of Mbombela (Nelspruit), Johannesburg and Durban.
  • DONDO – 30 JUN 2022 (10H15) The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, is expected to embark on a working visit to the Sofala province today, 30 June 2022. President Nyusi is expected to inaugurate the Pumping Station and Water Supply Network for the cities of Beira and Dondo and the administrative building of the Municipal Council in the city of Dondo. In Beira, President Nyusi will officially inaugurate the Beira Private Hospital and also lead a meeting with economic operators in Sofala province. President Nyusi will be accompanied by the Ministers of Economy and Finance, Max Tonela, The Minister of State Administration and Civil Service, Ana Comoana, and several other state officials.
  • ANCUABE – 30 JUN 2022 (14H20) The AMG Graphite Kopf Muhl mining company has announced the suspension of graphite mining operations in Mozambique’s Ancuabe district, Cabo Delgado province. This follows as armed Islamic State (IS)-affiliated insurgents have recently increased activities in the southern Ancuabe district, with at least 12 attacks and 16 fatalities recorded in the area since the start of June 2022. The current insecurity situation has led AMG Graphite Kopf Muhl to temporarily declare force majeure due to safety concerns.

 

NIGERIA – 30 JUN 2022

  • ABUJA – 29 JUN 2022 (19H00) The European Union (EU) announced plans to prioritise Nigeria, Mozambique, Angola and Senegal to expedite the transition into renewable energy systems on the continent. The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Samuela Isopi, stated that during the eighth edition of the EU Business Forum scheduled to take place from 30 June 2022 until 01 July 2022, the EU is set to elaborate under the European External Strategy (EES) on the process of diversifying supplies between Nigeria and three other countries. Isopi, however, urged the Nigerian Government to address its infrastructure and security challenges to enhance gas exports to Europe.
  • ABEOKUTA – 30 JUN 2022 (08H30) The Organised Labour in the Ogun State has vowed to continue to strike over the alleged refusal of the State Government to disburse their 21 months’ salary deductions. This follows after a meeting between the State’s Governor, Dapo Abiodun, and the leadership of the State’s labour unions ended in an impasse. The Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiating Council, as well as the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, have rejected the offer presented to them by the Government on Wednesday, 29 June 2022, during the meeting.
  • ABUJA – 30 JUN 2022 (17H00) The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has announced that an air interdiction by the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji has neutralised at least 82 terrorist elements in the vicinity of the Kofar Danya village in Bukkuyum Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State. The Military Command has also confirmed the arrests of 26 suspected oil thieves by troops during an operation in the Niger Delta region of the country. Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, has stated that this follows Military operations carried out across the country between 16 June 2022 and 30 June 2022. Onyeuko further confirmed the destruction of a terrorist encampment in the Kofar Danya village during air bombardments. Security troops have also recovered stolen crude, 68 wooden boats, and nine speed boats, amongst various other equipment, during operations in the South Zone.

 

RWANDA – 30 JUN 2022

  • KIGALI – 30 JUN 2022 (15H30) Rwanda has agreed to establish the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation pharmaceutical body, funded by the African Development Bank, to support regional efforts to produce vaccines, medications, and patent applications. This follows after the African Development Bank’s Board of Directors recently approved the establishment of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, a new institution expected to significantly enhance Africa’s access to technologies that allow the manufacturing of medicines. The Foundation is part of the Bank’s commitment to expend at least $3 billion during the following ten years to support the industry under its Vision 2030 Pharmaceutical Action Plan. The Foundation’s establishment is also expected to benefit the East African region by facilitating bilateral trade, among others.

 

TANZANIA – 30 JUN 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 30 JUN 2022 (04H50) President Suluhu Samia has elected Major General Jacob John Mkunda to the position of Chief of Defence Force (CDF) of the Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF). Mkunda had been the Chief of Operations and Training at the TPDF Headquarters. Furthermore, Mkunda will supersede command from the previous Chief of the TPDF, Venance Salvatory Mabeyo.

 

ZAMBIA – 30 JUN 2022

  • LUSAKA – 29 JUN 2022 (20H05) President Hakainde Hichilema announced a working visit from Samantha Power from PowerUSAID. Hichilema stated that during the visit, they discussed matters of mutual benefit while Power launched a new trade and investment program worth $30 million. The program is called TradeBoost Zambia, which will enhance the United States (US) government’s Prosper Africa and Feed the Future initiatives. TradeBoost will amplify market intelligence, increase investment in Zambian businesses, and direct targeted trade facilitation support to Zambian businesses to reach regional and international markets. Power announced a further two private sector partnerships in the maize and macadamia sector to enhance Zambia’s ability to grow food for people across Africa.

 

ZIMBABWE – 30 JUN 2022

  • MUZARABANI – 30 JUN 2022 (15H30) Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister Oppah Kashiri has announced that the Government is expected to launch a water project in the Muzarabani area under the country’s Rural Development Programme. Minister Kashiri has stated that the Government has recently acquired rigs to drill boreholes in Muzarabani. Subsequently, each village in the affected area is expected to receive a 200 meters (m) solar-powered borehole. Authorities are reportedly also expected to construct a dam for the district as part of the Second Republic’s policy of alleviating drought in marginalised communities. The Minister has noted that the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has developed the projects in collaboration with the Finnish Red Cross in the Kabaira and Chiwenga Wards of Muzarabani.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 30 JUN 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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