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20220704 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 04 JUL 2022
• LUBANGO – 04 JUL 2022 (11H40) The Transportes Aéreos de Angola (TAAG) passengers that travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa (SA), on Sunday, 03 July 2022, have been instructed to return to Luanda to depart on another flight to Johannesburg. This follows after the 737/700 aircraft scheduled to depart at 10H30 had been damaged. The flight landed at 14H00 in Mukanka International Airport, Lubango, following intelligence received regarding damages to the aircraft. The members had been transferred to hotel rooms on Sunday, 03 July 2022, following protests by affected passengers. The passengers protested due to TAAG’s failure to disclose information regarding the damages to the aircraft.
BOTSWANA – 04 JUL 2022
• GABORONE – 04 JUL 2022 (14H20) The United Nations (UN) Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is scheduled to conduct an official working visit to Botswana from today, 04 July 2022, until Friday, 15 July 2022. During the visit, members of the group are expected to assess the situation regarding allegations of deprivation of liberty in the country. The delegation is expected to visit Gaborone and other regions of the country to engage with Government officials, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders. The group is also set to visit prisons, police stations and institutions for juveniles, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities to gather information for the assessment. During the conclusion of the visit, the delegation is expected to communicate preliminary observations during a press conference at the UN Building in Gaborone on 15 July 2022.
• GABORONE – 04 JUL 2022 (16H15) Service disruption expected in the Gaborone area on Tuesday, 05 June 2022. The power outage is scheduled to take effect from 09H00 until 16H00. The affected areas are expected to include Ledumang, Sarona city, Tsholofelo east, Botlhale school, Ledumang School and Motswedi secondary school. The power outage is set to affect the Diltharapa area between 10H00 and 14H00. Additionally, the power is set to be disrupted between approximately 08H00 and 17H30 and affects the Moreomabele, Tutume, Masunga, Sebina, Tshesebe, Seviya, Marapong, Jackalas 1 and 2, Vukwi and others. The disruption follows due to the establishment of modifications to electrical supply systems. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued to the public as the situation progresses.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 04 JUL 2022
• BUTEMBO – 04 JUL 2022 (07H45) Attack reported by suspected Mai-Mai militia group between the Kirima and Vinjo villages. Reports indicate that the incident occurred between 07H30 and 08H00, approximately 30 kilometres (km) west of Butembo. The suspects ambushed and fired sporadically at an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldier and a motorcycle taxi driver. The FARDC soldier had travelled to the Vinjo area to collect taxes to supply the FARDC Kirima unit. Both members have been fatally injured. The FARDC is set to launch search operations in the vicinity to apprehend the suspects.
• MBANDAKA – 04 JUL 2022 (13H30) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has declared the end of the 14th Ebola virus outbreak in the country’s northwest city of Mbandaka, the capital of Equateur Province. This follows the confirmation of the virus outbreak in Mbandaka on 23 April 2022, after which national emergency teams in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners launched various response and counter measures, including testing, contact tracing, infection prevention and control, treatment and community engagement. Health authorities also launched a vaccination campaign on 27 April 2022. The four confirmed cases recorded during the outbreak have since passed. Health authorities are maintaining heightened surveillance and monitoring for any subsequent Ebola cases in Mbandaka and surrounding areas.
ESWATINI – 04 JUL 2022
• LOBAMBA – 04 JUL 2022 (12H30) The Kingdom of eSwatini is set to assume the Chair of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) from 15 July 2022 to 14 July 2023. This follows the 7th Summit of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the SACU, held in Gaborone, Botswana, on Thursday, 30 June 2022. President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi chaired the Summit, which focussed on the current global developments, including the 12th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference Russia-Ukraine conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic.
• MBABANE – 04 JUL 2022 (14H10) Finance Minister Neal Rijkenberg has announced the appointment of Brightwell Nkambule as the new Commissioner-General of the eSwatini Revenue Services. Nkambule is set to replace Dumsani Masilela following his resignation from the post and appointment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
ETHIOPIA- 04 JUL 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 03 JUL 2022 (22H50) Ethiopian Airlines announced the launch of direct flights between Addis Ababa and Chennai. Ethiopian Airlines stated that flight services are expected to be operated three times a week. Ethiopian Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Lemma Yadecha Gudeta stated that the airline will also increase to double daily and ten weekly flights to Mumbai and Delhi. Gudeta stated that the company will operate Boeing 737 of the Chennai-Addis Ababa route and mainly targets passengers for tourism and medical treatment from Africa to the Southern Parts.
GHANA – 04 JUL 2022
• ACCRA – 04 JUL 2022 (07H30) Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have lifted economic and financial sanctions imposed on Mali. This follows after the bloc imposed sanctions on Mali in January 2022 after the Military Government refused to hold a democratic election in February 2022. ECOWAS Commission President Jean Claude Kassi Broub stated that the sanctions had been lifted with immediate effect while borders with Mali will reopen and regional diplomats will return to Bamako. However, the bloc has decided to maintain individual sanctions and the suspension of Mali from ECOWAS until the return to constitutional rule. This follows after the ECOWAS leaders held a Summit in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Sunday, 03 July 2022, to assess efforts to secure timetables and other guarantees for restoring civilian rule in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso. Broub also stated that economic and financial sanctions on Burkina Faso were lifted after accepting a pledge from the Burkina Faso military of a new proposal for a 24-month transition.
KENYA – 04 JUL 2022
• NAIROBI – 04 JUL 2022 (06H30) Protest expected by the Nairobi City County workers today, 04 July 2022. This follows due to the Governments’ alleged failure to address concerns raised by the workers through the Kenya County Government Workers Union (KSCWU). The concerns include the payment of delayed salaries, unwillingness to promote qualified staff, and failure to pay monthly deductions to the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), among others. Acting Nairobi County Secretary Jarius Musumba stated that the Kananu Administration will address the issues raised by the workers union.
• NAIROBI – 04 JUL 2022 (07H50) Agano Party Presidential candidate David Mwaure Waihiga is expected to launch the party’s manifesto ahead of the 09 August 2022 General elections. Waihiga stated that his manifesto would focus on tax penalties payee in the country and recover funds embezzled through corruption. The launch will take place at Morningside office park located along Ngong road.
• NAIROBI – 04 JUL 2022 (13H10) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Assembly of the Heads of State and Government is scheduled to hold the 39th Extraordinary Summit at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi from 09H00 on Tuesday, 05 July 2022. During the meeting, participants are expected to discuss several matters of mutual concern in the region, including the ongoing drought situation, the state of peace and security, and COVID-19 response efforts.
• KILIFI – 04 JUL 2022 (14H10) The Kenya African National Union (KANU) has officially withdrawn support for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party in the Coast Region. The announcement follows allegations of being sabotaged and sidelined by the ODM regional leadership. KANU recently stated intentions to campaign and support Independent Governor Candidate Franco Esposito in Kilifi County in a bid to ensure he wins the 08 August 2022 elections. KANU National Organizing Secretary Abdulrahman Bafadhil has stated that efforts are also underway to select a party candidate to support in Mombasa County. During KANU’s official announcement of support for Esposito Bafadhil, the party warned ODM leader Raila Odinga against being misled by the Coastal party leadership.
• LAGDERA – 04 JUL 2022 (15H20) Community members from Lagdera in Kenya’s Garissa County have called for urgent Government interventions in response to increasing criminal activity in the area. This follows after unidentified armed suspects recently killed two community members in Banane, Lagdera Sub County. During the incident on Saturday, 02 July 2022, the suspects reportedly also stole over 1,500 livestock before fleeing into the neighbouring Isiolo County. The attack has reportedly led to the displacement of several communities after residents fled the areas due to security concerns. The regional leadership, led by Member of Parliament (MP) candidate Malyun Abdi, has denounced the incident, calling on authorities to urgently address the insecurity situation by deploying additional security teams to affected areas.
• NAIROBI – 04 JUL 2022 (16H00) Presidential Debates Secretariat Head Clifford Machoka has announced that the 2022 Presidential Debate is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 26 July 2022. The Secretariat has released a statement noting that the Deputy Presidential Debate has also been scheduled for Tuesday, 19 July 2022. The Secretariat has also arranged the Nairobi Governor Candidates’ Debates, which will be held on Monday, 11 July 2022. The debates are expected to be held at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) Main Campus in Karen, Nairobi, from 17H00 pm to 22H00.
• NAIROBI – 04 JUL 2022 (17H25) The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Omwoyo is expected to address the nation on Tuesday, 05 July 2022. Omwoyo is set to address the nation regarding the fair coverage of the 09 August 2022 General elections from 07H00. Additionally, Omwoyo will discuss the media findings observed by the Council regarding the elections. The address will be broadcasted live on national media outlets.
LESOTHO – 04 JUL 2022
• MASERU – 04 JUL 2022 (11H30) Lesotho’s Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) has established a Lesotho Authority II Bill 2022, which is set to provide for the domestication of the compact and Programme Implementation Agreement (PIA). The Bill aims to establish an accountable entity, a corporate body with responsibility delegated by the Government of Lesotho to implement Compact Projects under the agreement. The accountable entity will oversee the MCC-funded projects, the components and activities, allocate resources, oversee and implement a financial plan, approve expenditures and procurements, and continue the consultative process’s results. As part of the Bill, it seeks to validate enforcement of the signed Compact and PIA dated 12 May 2022 between the Government of Lesotho and the United States of America (USA). This follows after the Government of Lesotho and the United States (US) Government’s Millennium Challenge Cooperation signed the M4.9 billion Lesotho health and horticulture compact in May 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 04 JUL 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 04 JUL 2022 (18H25) Service disruption reported in Antananarivo today, 04 July 2022. The disruption follows due to an ongoing shortage of electricity supply to the Antananarivo International Network. The Government noted that the disruption will not affect sensitive sites, including hospitals and Community Treatment Centers (CTCs) treating COVID-19 patients. The affected areas include Faravohitra, Jule Ferry, Ampasandratsarahoby, Saite Marie Kely and others between 17H45 and 19H15. The Tana Watter Front, Ankorondrano, Sanifer, Morarano and others will be affected between 17H30 and 19H30. Additionally, the Mandroseza, Ambohidraserika, Ankaraobato and other areas will be affected between 19H15 and 20H15. The disruption is also expected to affect the water supply due to the power plants and power stations that require electricity to operate.
MALAWI – 04 JUL 2022
• MONKEY BAY – 04 JUL 2022 (12H15) The Monkey Bay Community Policing Coordinator, Sub Inspector Masautso Karemera, announced the establishment of a search operation. The operation is set to consist of the Police and members of community policing. The operation has been established to increase the safety of residents in the Monkey Bay area. During the operation, the Police will patrol selected areas to ensure local drinking establishments are closed during curfew, enforced between 00H00 and 06H00. Additionally, the Police and community policing members will patrol areas, including Devil Street. Owners of local drinking establishments that keep the facility open after 00H00 will be arrested and prosecuted. Furthermore, the Police are expected to arrest and prosecute people loitering during the curfew.
• NSANJE – 04 JUL 2022 (12H40) The Nsanje District Government is expected to finalise the list of displaced persons to be transferred to Mozambique by Friday, 08 July 2022. The displaced members are residing in eight accommodation centres in Malawi. The list will contain information regarding the heads of households, full names, places of origin, household numbers and other data. The repatriation of the Mozambican refugees in Nsanje will commence on 22 July 2022. Morrumbala Administrator Joao Nhambessa confirmed that approximately 2,300 plots had been allocated to the displaced families.
MOZAMBIQUE – 04 JUL 2022
• MAPUTO – 04 JUL 2022 (09H30) The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, is expected to receive a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, a senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, today, 04 July 2022, in Maputo. The Presidency of the Republic has indicated that Jiechi heads a high-level delegation visiting Mozambique, which includes the Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Deng Li and the Deputy Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of China Zhou Ping.
• MAPUTO – 04 JUL 2022 (10H50) UPDATE Members of the public have joined in the protest action in the central of Maputo. Reports indicate that the demonstrators are protesting against the increase in the cost of living. Police are on the scene and are attempting to control the situation at the Zimpeto terminal. (09H25) Protest reported in the vicinity of Maputo. Local transport operators are protesting against the increasing fuel prices in the country. Several roads have been blocked by burning tyres and debris. The transport operators have suspended transport services. According to an operator, the operators are demanding a fare increase of between MT3 and MT4 more. Motorists are advised to use an alternative for the duration of the protest.
NIGERIA – 04 JUL 2022
• LAGOS – 04 JUL 2022 (02H00) The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) announced that employees are expected to resume work today, 04 July 2022, after embarking on industrial action on 27 June 2022. The workers embarked on a protest action over unpaid deductions from salaries and 21 months of unpaid arrears. TUC Chairman Isa Olude stated that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed with the Federal government in which the government agreed to pay N1,5 million to offset part of the arrears, while the balance is expected to be paid by December 2022. Olude stated that employees can resume normal operations today to allow the government to fulfil their side of the agreement, and if they do not, the employees will embark on another protest action.
• ABUJA – 04 JUL 2022 (15H30) The Nasarawa State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of five suspects from a local armed robbery coalition. The arrests followed after an intelligence-driven search operation between the AYA junction, Abuja and Keffi, Nasarawa. The suspects include Aminu Adamu, Adamu Mohammed, Rilwanu Bala, Kabiru Usman, and Bashir Bashir. During the operation, the Police confiscated a Peugeot 406, two fake police warrant cards, two fake Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) identification cards, a spray teargas canister, and a blank motorcycle receipt booklet. The suspects have confessed to having confiscated approximately 30 motorcycles from commercial operators. The suspects will be charged and prosecuted by the relevant Courts.
• IGBOEZE – 04 JUL 2022 (16H40) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that 748 ballot boxes and 240 voting cubicles have been destroyed following a recent arson attack on the Igboeze North Local Government Area (LGA) offices in the Enugu State. The INEC Information and Voter Education National Electoral Commissioner Festus Okoye has stated that Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Emeka Ononamadu reported a fire at the Commission’s office at approximately 11H48 on Sunday, 03 July 2022. The fire had allegedly been caused by unidentified arsonists who trespassed on the premises and set the building on fire. Okoye has noted that the Commission has initiated efforts to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise. The incident has since also been reported to the Nigerian Police for further investigations.
RWANDA – 04 JUL 2022
• MUNINI – 04 JUL 2022 (10H30) Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has arrived in the Munini Sector, Nyaruguru District, to preside over the 28th Anniversary of the Liberation, known as the Kwibohora28. The event will be held under the theme of Together We Prosper, in celebration of a peaceful, united and prosperous nation. Ngirente is expected to participate in the launching of several infrastructure projects constructed in line with Liberation Day, which is observed today, 04 July 2022. As part of the celebrations to mark the 28th Liberation Day, The Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) is expected to inaugurate four Integrated Model Villages in three districts.
TANZANIA – 04 JUL 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 04 JUL 2022 (08H30) The Governments of Uganda and Tanzania have commenced a review of the application for the construction licence for the proposed East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). The application is expected to allow the construction of the 1,443 kilometres (km) pipeline. This comes as the application for the licence requires Midstream legislation, including the Petroleum Act and the Petroleum Act. The acting director of the Petroleum Directorate, Mr Honey Malinga, stated that the review process for the construction licence would be conducted in consultation with the relevant Government agencies. Malinga stated that the process involves consultation with the relevant Government agencies, departments, and agencies and added that the plan is to begin commercial oil production in the first quarter of 2025.
• DAR ES SALAAM – 04 JUL 2022 (15H00) President Samia Suluhu has presided over the signing of an agreement for the construction of the 165-kilometre standard gauge railway section between Tabora and Isaka. The agreement has been signed by Tanzania Railways Limited (TRC) Director General Masanja Kadogosa and Turkish construction firm Yapi Merkezi Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aslan Uzun during an event held at the State House in Dar es Salaam.
ZAMBIA – 04 JUL 2022
• LUSAKA – 04 JUL 2022 (01H20) Zambian Energy Minister Peter Kapala announced the construction of 700 kilometres (km) pipeline to pump diesel from Tanzania. Kapala stated that phase one of the pipeline will end in Mpika district, phase two in Ndola and phase three in Solwezi. Kapala stated that the pipeline has an estimated value of $300 million and will run alongside the current 1,710 km pipeline that transports raw minerals for refining from the port of Dar es Salaam to the Indeni Petroleum Refinery in Ndola. Kapala stated that the existing pipeline suffered wear and tear due to obsolete equipment. Therefore, the construction of a new pipeline is currently underway.
• KITWE – 04 JUL 2022 (13H20) The Zambian Police Services (ZPS) has announced the establishment of a search operation in the vicinity of Kitwe. This follows after a robbery incident that occurred on 02 July 2022 between approximately 02H40 and 03H30. During the incident, unknown suspects entered and exited the building via the roof. The suspects confiscated K326,450, several phones, a Digital Video Recorders (DVR) and company documents, including Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) tax certificates, Council documents, cheque books, and the company vehicle white book, among others. The Police have requested the public to provide any information leading to the apprehension of the suspects.
• LUSAKA – 04 JUL 2022 (15H10) The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is expected to announce the adjusted bus fare prices before Friday, 08 July 2022. This follows after the fuel prices increased by ZK1,8 per litre (pl) for petrol and ZK2,37 pl for diesel on 01 July 2022. The RTSA and bus operators have concluded a consultative meeting regarding the adjusted bus fare pricing. The proposed adjustment will be announced following the approval of relevant stakeholders, including the Ministry of Transport and Logistics and others.
• LIVINGSTONE – 04 JUL 2022 (17H10) President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to officiate the Zambian Diaspora Conference between Wednesday, 06 July 2022, and Friday, 08 July 2022, in Livingstone. Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister Stanley Kakubo has stated that the conference is expected to provide a platform for the Government and the Zambian Diaspora to engage in discussions regarding enhanced collaboration. The Zambian Diaspora Conference is being convened with the support of the Government and is expected to be attended by various stakeholders from multilateral institutions.
ZIMBABWE – 04 JUL 2022
• HARARE – 03 JUL 2022 (21H55) President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a working visit from a Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi. Mnangagwa stated that the two officials reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries during the visit and discussed ways to improve coordination.
• HARARE – 04 JUL 2022 (12H00) UPDATE Demonstrations are underway outside the PSA House in Harare Central. The civil servants and unions have embarked on a demonstration to deliver a petition to the Public Service Commission denouncing the deployment of Police to prevent the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) Annual General Meeting (AGM). (10H15) Protest expected outside the Public Services Association (PSA) Head office in Harare. Civil servants affiliated with the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) are expected to protest against the Government’s interference in the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) affairs. Heavy Police presence is reported near the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) Office Building and the PSA House in Harare. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
• HARARE – 04 JUL 2022 (13H15) Members of the Broad Alliance Against Sanctions have embarked on a march to the United States (US) Embassy in Harare today, 04 July 2022, denouncing the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by Washington in 2001. According to reports, the members have protested over their dissatisfaction with the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA). This comes as the United States of America (USA) celebrates its 246th Independence Anniversary.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 04 JUL 2022
• NIGERIA: Protest expected on Tuesday, 05 July 2022, at Government buildings in Abuja to coincide with the 100 days of remembrance following an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna AK-9 train.
• KENYA: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Assembly of the Heads of State and Government is scheduled to hold the 39th Extraordinary Summit at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi from 09H00 on Tuesday, 05 July 2022.
• KENYA: The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) David Omwoyo is expected to address the nation on Tuesday, 05 July 2022.
• ZAMBIA: President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to officiate the Zambian Diaspora Conference between Wednesday, 06 July 2022, and Friday, 08 July 2022, in Livingstone.
• ZAMBIA: Italian President Sergio Mattarella is expected to embark on an official working visit to Zambia from Wednesday, 06 July 2022, until Friday, 08 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.
• NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Osun State Local Elections are expected to be held on 16 July 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.
• KENYA: Presidential Debates Secretariat Head Clifford Machoka has announced that the 2022 Presidential Debate is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, 26 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.