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20220706 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 6

ANGOLA – 06 JUL 2022
• LUANDA – 05 JUL 2022 (20H30) The Governments of Angola and Namibia have announced intentions to open new official border posts on the common border between the two countries as part of efforts to increase trade relations. The new posts are expected to be opened in the Cunene, Namibe and Cuando Cubango provinces in Angola and the Ruacaná, Oshikango and Rundu provinces in Namibia. Angola and Namibia share a border of 1,367 kilometres (km) between land and sea. Angolan Migration and Foreigners Service (SME) Institutional Communication Director Simão Milagres has stated that the additional border posts are expected to facilitate the movement of citizens and improve solidarity ties between the two countries.
• LUANDA – 06 JUL 2022 (14H05) UPDATE Rwandan President Paul Kagame has arrived in Luanda ahead of a scheduled meeting with Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi and Angolan President João Lourenço. The President’s Office has stated that participants are expected to discuss the security situation in eastern DRC during the meeting. (06H40) The Head of State of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame are expected to meet in Luanda today, 06 July 2022, in a meeting mediated by Angolan President João Lourenço. This comes as President Tshisekedi accused Rwanda of allegedly supporting the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels. The two Heads of State are expected to discuss bilateral relations and the armed conflict in the eastern part of the DRC, where the M23 rebels have seized a town close to the Ugandan border, Bunagana, in June 2022. Rwanda has denied supporting the M23 rebels and urged conflict observers, United Nations (UN) experts and others to intervene.
• LUANDA – 06 JUL 2022 (14H40) Constitutional Court (TC) Judges have commenced efforts to verify the authenticity of documents submitted by political parties and coalitions ahead of the 24 August 2022 General Elections. This follows after the deadline for correcting the documents expired on 05 July 2022. The political parties are required to present 220 candidates, 130 for the National circle and five members for each Provincial circle. The parties to be verified ahead of the 24 August General Elections include the MPLA, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the Social Renewal Party (PRS), the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), Humanist Party (PH), the Nationalist Justice Party in Angola (P-NJango) and the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola – Electoral Commission (CASA-CE). The TC Judges will meet today, 06 July 2022 and Thursday, 07 July 2022, to admit and reject political parties following the verification process.

BOTSWANA – 06 JUL 2022
• HATSALATLADI – 06 JUL 2022 (08H25) The Ministry of Transport and Public Works has released a public notice indicating that the Molepolole – Shoshong Road along route No. B112 is expected to be temporarily closed at the Hatsalatladi Village Junction from today, 06 July 2022, to Thursday, 20 October 2022. The closure is necessary due to repair works undertaken at the intersection to the Hatsalatladi Village Junction from Molepolole. During the temporary road closure, traffic will be diverted onto a bypass road.
• GABORONE – 06 JUL 2022 (16H40) Business Botswana (BB) has entered into an agreement with Botswana Export Credit Insurance (BECI). This follows after the companies signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to collaborate together in several sectors. Areas BB will work with BECI to include extending relevant initiatives organized by BB, its membership, or partners to provide solutions to local exporters, manufacturers, and service providers to meet export funding problems through the exchange of technical expertise, knowledge, and training opportunities. The collaboration between BB and BECI will increase institutional relations and capacity building.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 06 JUL 2022
• KINSHASA – 06 JUL 2022 (18H00) The Government has announced that the 21st Ordinary Session of the Conference of Member States’ Heads of State and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) is scheduled to be held in Kinshasa on Monday, 25 July 2022. The announcement follows the 60th meeting of the Council of Ministers recently held in Kinshasa. Regional Integration and Francophonie Minister Didier Mazenga has stated that the high-level meeting is expected to be preceded by several preparatory technical meetings involving experts from the various Member States from 20 July 2022. The ECCAS Meeting is set to be held in a regional context marked by several threats to peace, security, and stability.

ESWATINI – 06 JUL 2022
• MBABANE – 06 JUL 2022 (07H00) The eSwatini Electricity Company (EEC) has announced a planned power outage expected to take place on Thursday, 07 July 2022, from 09H00 to 17H00 in eSwatini. The disruption is due to routine maintenance, reconductoring, transformer installations, rural project and relocations. The affected areas will include Siteki, Mhlume, Nhlangano, Elangeni, Sithobela, Manzini, Stonehenge, Hluti, Madlangempisi, and Pigg’s Peak, Malkerns and Matsapha. Relevant updates will be provided as the situation progresses.
• MBABANE – 06 JUL 2022 (16H10) Officials from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development have held the 8th Japan-Eswatini Official Development Assistant Policy Dialogue today, 06 July 2022. The dialogue aims to discuss possible areas of collaboration and support between the two countries in the medium term. Ministry Representative Thabsile Mlangeni has stated that the meeting presents an opportunity for the Government to convey the country’s gratitude to the Japanese Government for its support and partnership in economic development. The Government of Japan is a major socio-economic development partner by supporting Eswatini in improving the livelihoods of socially vulnerable people in various sectors of the economy. The eSwatini Government has received E145 million in support from Japan during the 2020/2021 financial year. Japan Embassy Counsellor Marie Hidaka has stated that the Government of Japan remains committed to supporting the Kingdom of eSwatini.

ETHIOPIA- 06 JUL 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 05 JUL 2022 (19H30) The Amhara Association of America (AAA) has called for the resignation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Oromia Regional President Shimelis Abdisa and the launch of an independent international investigation into allegations of an ongoing Amhara genocide in the western region of the country. The AAA has further condemned the 18 June 2022 attack on Amhara civilians by the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) in West Wollega Zone, Oromia Region, with complicity and the alleged involvement of Government security forces. The association has noted local reports of an estimated 378 civilian casualties recorded during the attack. The AAA reportedly recorded at least 1,688 killings and 62 abductions by the OLA in 2021. The recent attacks by the OLA are also occurring amid the launch of a law enforcement operation against Amharas by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Amhara Regional Government, the Amhara Prosperity Party (APP). The APP has conceded to the arrests of over 12,000 Amharas, including 20 journalists and 62 opposition party members, since May 2022. The association has further alleged ethnic cleansing of Amharas due to Oromia President Shimelis Abdisa’s failure to acknowledge the recurrent attacks on Amharas.
• ADDIS ABABA – 06 JUL 2022 (15H00) Ethiopia’s Trade Ministry has announced an increase in fuel prices across the country after a Government decision to reduce subsidies. The Ministry has stated that the cost of petrol at the pump has increased by an estimated 30% to Br.48,83, while diesel has increased by 40% to Br.49,02 under the new price regime that is set to remain in effect until 06 August 2022. The Federal Government reportedly plans to lift fuel subsidies progressively during the following few months.

GHANA – 06 JUL 2022
• MANSO – 06 JUL 2022 (01H20) President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the commencement of construction works on the €500 million Manso-Huni Valley section of the Western Railway. Akufo-Addo stated that the project is expected to be completed within 42 months. Akufo-Adoo further stated that out of the 947 kilometres (km) of the colonial narrow-gauge rail network, only 10% was operational, and that figure is expected to decrease in the coming months.
• ACCRA – 06 JUL 2022 (11H30) Former Toll Workers of Ghana, members of the Professionals and Allied Workers Union, have petitioned the Government against their outstanding six-month salaries and have appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The association has also urged the Government to reinstate them. This follows after the association held a protest in Accra on Tuesday, 05 July 2022, urging the Government to issue their payments outstanding since January 2022.

KENYA – 06 JUL 2022
• NAIROBI – 05 JUL 2022 (19H00) The Kenyan Shilling has depreciated to Ksh.118 against the US dollar as the local unit weakness extends into the second half of 2022. The currency had been quoted at Ksh.118,02 at the close of trading today, 05 July 2022, decreasing from Ksh.117.98 on Monday, 04 July 2022. The continued weakness of the local currency unit has been attributed to increased demand for dollars, mainly from the energy and manufacturing sectors, amid a global increase in commodity prices such as oil. Since January 2022, the Kenyan Shilling has depreciated against the US dollar by an estimated 4.31%. The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has estimated the current account deficit at 5,9% of gross domestic production (GDP) at the close of 2022.
• NAIROBI – 06 JUL 2022 (08H00) The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has arrested a senior Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) official over an alleged conflict of interest. According to the anti-graft commission, the official was arrested on Tuesday, 05 July 2022 and will be arraigned today, 06 July 2022. The suspect, who is also a director at the Ethics Institute of East Africa (EIEA), allegedly used the company to offer consultancy services to KPA and was paid Sh2,4 million. The official did not declare his role and interests in EIEA to his employer, the KPA. The Anti-Corruption Commission has added that public officers are prohibited from engaging in any conduct where their private interests contend with the public interest.
• WESTLANDS – 06 JUL 2022 (08H15) Several passengers have been injured due to a heavy motor vehicle accident at the Nairobi Expressway in Westlands. Local reports indicate that a local Super Metro passenger bus overturned after colliding with a guardrail while evading another vehicle using the expressway lane. The accident follows after an Embasava Sacco bus collided at the Mlolongo toll station, which led to more than 20 people being injured. Authorities are on the scene, and motorists are advised to use an alternative route for the recovery duration.
• ITEN – 06 JUL 2022 (09H30) Residents of Kerio Valley have urged the Government to lift the curfew imposed from 18H00 to 06H00 ahead of the General Elections scheduled for 09 August 2022. This follows after the Interior CS Fred Matiang’i announced a 30-day curfew in parts of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, and West Pokot Counties affected by insecurity. Police have increased security patrol and heightened curfew enforcement in security plans for the 09 August 2022 polls. Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos stated that the community had requested heightened security enforcement in Kerio Valley to enable the community to participate in the elections freely. More than 300 additional Police officers have been deployed for a security operation in the Kerio Valley region.
• NAIROBI – 06 JUL 2022 (09H50) The Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate is scheduled to take place on 11 July 2022, ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections. The debate will be jointly organized by the Media Owners of Kenya (MoA), Media Council of Kenya (MCK) and the Kenya Editors Guild (KEG). The Nairobi gubernatorial debate will be followed by a debate for presidential candidates mates which will be held on 19 July 2022, followed by the Presidential Debate on 26 July 2022 ahead of the 09 August 2022 election. The Head of the Presidential Debates Secretariat indicates that all the debates will be held at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) main campus in Karen, Nairobi, from 17H00 to 22H00.
• MARSABIT – 06 JUL 2022 (14H30) Deputy President (DP) William Ruto is hosting a campaign rally for the Kenya Kwanza political party in Marsabit town ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections. The rally included Kenya Kwanza members such as Kello Harsama, Steve Lenarokushu, Mohamed Chute, Naomi Waqo and others. DP Ruto has commenced with the campaign rally to increase the overall support for the Kenya Kwanza party. During the rally, DP Ruto promised that he will arrest members involved in corruption after being elected.
• NAIROBI – 06 JUL 2022 (15H30) Intel Research Solutions has announced that a recent opinion poll has placed the popularity of Deputy President William Ruto ahead of his opponent Raila Odinga at 49,9%. The Intel Research Solutions study indicates that Odinga received a rating of 42,5%, with 3,7% of individuals polled remaining undecided. Roots Party Presidential candidate George Wajackoyah and Agano Party counterpart David Mwaure also received ratings of 2,8% and 1,1%, respectively.
• NAIROBI – 06 JUL 2022 (18H00) The Ministry of Transport has announced the temporary restriction of commercial passenger vehicles, locally known as matatus, from using the Nairobi Expressway. The Ministry has cited isolated safety incidents and road accidents involving commercial passenger vehicles on the expressway as the reason for the limitation. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has stated that the incidents have necessitated an investigation into the cause of the accidents to ensure appropriate safety interventions are developed and implemented. Additional measures taken to enhance safety on the expressway include the installation of rumble strips on sections approaching toll gates. The Ministry has also stated that speed limits are expected to be enforced with speed cameras to enhance adherence to the speed limits. Additionally, Traffic Police officers are expected to be stationed at various locations along the expressway and toll stations.

LESOTHO – 06 JUL 2022
• MASERU – 06 JUL 2022 (12H50) The High Court has ordered Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli to reinstate 12 recruits who were dismissed from the Police Training College (PTC) in May 2022. Judge Tšeliso Mokoko stated that Commissioner Molibeli’s decision to expel the recruits was irregular and wrongful and ordered the reinstatement of the recruits into the police training programme in Maseru without any loss of status and benefits. This follows after reports indicated that the recruits were reported as medically unfit, while others were dismissed due to their behaviour.

MADAGASCAR – 06 JUL 2022
• FIANARANTSOA – 06 JUL 2022 (10H15) The Director of the National Railway Company, Andry Michaël Andriatsisalovanina, has announced a temporary suspension of transport activities on the Fianarantsoa-East Coast line (FCE). The suspension is due to maintenance operations that will be carried out on the FCE line. Andriatsisalovanina has assured the public that the suspension is not due to the strike by the employees of the National Railway Company and is set to continue operations by Saturday, 09 July 2022. According to a source, the employees have embarked on a strike action since Monday, 04 July 2022, to demand the payment of outstanding wages.
• ANTANANARIVO – 06 JUL 2022 (12H05) Power outage expected in the Ankazobe area at 15H00 today, 06 July 2022. Reports indicate that the expected disruption follows due to a damaged power generator. The power will be returned until the fuel supply has been depleted. Jirama is expected to receive additional supplies on Thursday, 07 July 2022.

MALAWI – 06 JUL 2022
• BALAKA – 05 JUL 2022 (19H45) Liwawadzi Ward Councillor Pharaoh Kambiri has been elected as Chairperson of the Balaka District Council against Councillor Michael Matthias Chauluka during elections held at the Council today, 05 July 2022. Kambiri received six votes, while opponent Chauluka received three votes. Councilor Lucius Elia has also been elected as Vice-Chairperson after going unopposed during the election. Kambiri replaces Councillor Steve Michael Sauka following his recent resignation from the position.
• LILONGWE – 06 JUL 2022 (08H45) The Parliament of Malawi is scheduled to host the 51st Plenary Assembly Session of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) from today, 07 July 2022, to 16 July 2022, at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe. President Lazarus Chakwera, in his capacity as current Chairperson of SADC, is expected to preside over the official ceremony of the Session on Monday, 11 July 2022. The 21st Plenary Assembly will be held under the theme Towards Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency in the SADC Region. In addition, a symposium will be held chaired by the Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Matola, on 11 July 2022, at 14H00.
• BLANTYRE – 06 JUL 2022 (13H50) The Malawi Police Service (MPS) arrested 71 people during a Police operation in the Blantyre area on 05 July 2022. The arrests followed search operations conducted by the MPS in the Limbe and Bangwe districts. The suspects have been arrested on charges of robbery, idle and disorderly conduct and operating a drinking outlet without proper licensing. The Police will continue with search operations to apprehend additional suspects.
• BLANTYRE – 06 JUL 2022 (15H40) Attack reported by community members at the Lundu Police Unit (LPU). This followed after the community members requested the Police to release a murder suspect. During the incident, the community damaged the LPU and set alight the LPUs furniture. The suspect had been arrested after fatally injuring a civilian following an altercation. The Malawi Police Services are expected to launch search operations to apprehend the community members involved in the attack.

MOZAMBIQUE – 06 JUL 2022
• MAPUTO – 05 JUL 2022 (19H15) UPDATE Mozambique and Italy have signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has stated that the Multi-Year Indicative Plan agreement is expected to be in effect between 2022 and 2026, with a primary focus on strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the sectors of energy, agriculture, industry, and culture. (11H50) Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has received his counterpart Sergio Mattarella, the President of Italy, at the Presidential office in Maputo today, 05 July 2022. The two Heads of State are set to discuss issues related to bilateral cooperation aimed at boosting trade and investment between the two countries. The visit comes as Italian oil company Eni is leading the start of natural gas exploitation in the Rovuma basin through a floating platform stationed about 40 kilometres off Cabo Delgado. According to the Mozambican Presidency, the meeting between Nyusi and Mattarella is also held to discuss the situation of their respective regions, continents and the world.
• MAPUTO – 05 JUL 2022 (23H35) Portugal’s Prime Minister (PM) Antonio Costa is expected to visit Mozambique from 11 July 2022 until 12 July 2022. Costa stated that during his visit, he is expected to attend the fifth Luso-Mozambican Summit and will also have institutional meetings with the Mozambican political authorities, businesses and Portuguese community residing in Mozambique. Costa is also expected to visit President Filipe Nysui to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
• SONGO – 06 JUL 2022 (06H20) The Cahora Bassa hydroelectric plant (HCB) is set to rehabilitate the power plant’s five generators and substations, vital components of the hydroelectric facility. This follows after the Portuguese State and the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) signed an agreement on 23 June 1975 to commence with the construction of the HCB. The rehabilitation aims to increase the reliability of electricity production and its transmission to HCB customers. The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of HCB, Boavida Muhambe, stated that the rehabilitation work would be funded out of HCB’s resources and aims to be completed within seven years.
• MAPUTO – 06 JUL 2022 (14H30) National Petroleum Institute (INP) Chairperson Nazario Joel Juliao de Jesus Bangalane has been sworn into office during a ceremony held at the Office of Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane in Maputo today, 06 July 2022. Bangalane replaces Carlos Zacarias following his appointment as Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy in March 2022. Bangalane’s appointment had recently been approved by Mozambique’s Council of Ministers, during which time Eni and its partners in Area 4 also confirmed the start of commissioning at the Coral Sul floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant.

NIGERIA – 06 JUL 2022
• DUTSINMA – 05 JUL 2022 (19H00) Attack reported on Kankara road near Dutsinma, Katsina State. Reports indicate that an unknown armed group attacked President Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy while on their way to Daura, where Buhari will visit for the Sallah holiday. Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, stated that during the attack two officials were wounded but are being treated at a local clinic and the other personnel arrived safely in Daura. Shehu stated that the convoy was attacked from several positions but was repelled by the military, police and security personnel accompanying the convoy.
• KUJE – 05 JUL 2022 (23H00) Attack reported at the Kuje Medium Security prison. Reports indicate that an unknown group planted several bombs around the prison, with the first detonation recorded at 22H25. The group fired several gunshots in the area. A prison staff stated that the group attacked the back of the prison. Emergency services have been notified about the attack. Further updates will be provided as received.
• LAGOS – 06 JUL 2022 (02H00) The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) announced the temporary closure of the Murtala Muhammed Airport’s 2,7 kilometer (km) 18L/36R domestic runway. The Managing Director of FAAN, Rabiu Yadudu, stated that the closure is to install Runway Airfield Lighting (AFL) because the runway has been without AFL since its rehabilitation in 2008. Yadudu stated that the construction of AFL’s are expected to be completed by the end of July 2022.
• ABUJA – 06 JUL 2022 (02H55) The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) announced the signing of a $50 million agreement with a Netherland Firm, Vitol. The agreement is set to establish a joint venture that will enable both firms to invest in a range of carbon avoidance and removals projects with local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. NSIA stated that the projects will aim to deliver social benefits alongside the highest carbon offsetting standards.
• ABUJA – 06 JUL 2022 (13H40) The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) have requested that President Muhammadu Buhari resign or be impeached. This follows due to his failure to address the ongoing terrorist attacks in the country. HURIWA noted that the government had not deployed the 12 Super Tucano fighter jets against the terrorist in the country. Reports indicate that community members in the Birnin Gwari Emirate of Kaduna State paid N400 million to bandits to be allowed to resume farming activities. Additionally, the request follows after two officers had been fatally injured during an attack on the security convoy of President Buhari Tuesday, 05 July 2022. President Buhari is expected to deliver a response to the HURIWA.
• ABUJA – 06 JUL 2022 (13H00) UPDATE The Nigerian Government has confirmed that at least 300 inmates currently remain missing following an attack by the Boko Haram armed group at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja at 22H00 on Tuesday evening, 05 July 2022. Defence Minister Bashir Magashi has confirmed that the escaped inmates are also Boko Haram suspects. NCoS Spokesperson Abubakar Umar has stated that security agencies attached to the Custodial Centre have restored control at the facility. Security operations are underway to recapture the remaining inmates. (12H15) Heightened Security presence and patrol operations are underway in the Kuje Local Government Area. This follows after an attack at the Kuje Prison on Tuesday evening, at 22H25, by unidentified armed men who allegedly released several prisoners. Prison and military officials have been deployed to various areas to apprehend the escapees. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route or plan extended travel time in the area.
• ABUJA – 06 JUL 2022 (14H15) President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to depart Abuja to travel to Dakar, Senegal, today, 06 July 2022. During the working visit, Buhari is set to participate in the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa Summit to be held on Thursday, 07 July 2022. The Presidency has stated that the IDA, an institution of the World Bank Group, is increasing support to countries affected by the global climate and COVID-19 crises, as well as increasing levels of insecurity, and the impact of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, through its $93 billion 20th replenishment cycle (IDA20), which is in effect between 01 July 2022 and 30 June 2025. The high-level event is set to be hosted by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal. President Buhari is expected to join other African leaders in an open dialogue on development challenges, priorities, and initiatives contributing to the Dakar Declaration.
• KATSINA – 06 JUL 2022 (14H20) The Katsina Government has confirmed the first monkeypox outbreak in the State. Health Commissioner Yakubu Danja has stated that the first patient has since been treated and discharged from an undisclosed hospital. Danja has noted that the Government has activated all emergency response teams to mitigate the further spread of monkeypox in the State. The Commissioner further noted that the State currently has at least 15 suspected monkeypox cases whose samples have been sent to Abuja for further analysis. In response to the outbreak, the State Government has distributed medical equipment and medication to the 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

RWANDA – 06 JUL 2022
• KIGALI – 06 JUL 2022 (11H45) A security delegation from the Republic of Ghana has visited the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Chief of Defence at the RDF Headquarters in Kigali. The delegation included the Ministry of National Security to the Republic of Ghana’s National Security Coordinator, Major General Francis Adu Amanfo, and the Ghana Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama. The delegation had been accompanied by the Secretary-General of National Intelligence and Security Services of Rwanda, Major General Joseph Nzabamwita. During the visit, the delegations held bilateral talks to increase the Defence and Security relations of both countries. The members discussed methods of sharing Security and Intelligence between the countries.

TANZANIA – 06 JUL 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 05 JUL 2022 (20H00) The Tanzanian Government has signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Aviation Safety Organisation (SASO) Charter as part of efforts to ensure air transport safety. SASO is a SADC subsidiary established to enhance civil aviation safety in the 16-member bloc. The signing of the Charter allows Tanzania to join other nine countries, including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe, in the list of SADC members states that have approved SASO. The Charter signing is also expected to improve aviation safety control, strengthen cooperation among SADC countries, acquire technical training and exchange aviation expertise. Works and Transport Minister Makame Mbarawa has stated that the Charter is expected to address resource shortages and the lack of comprehensive safety systems required to improve the country’s performance.
• DAR ES SALAAM – 06 JUL 2022 (13H10) Tanzania Air is expected to establish additional flights to Windhoek, Namibia. The flight path is set to be established after Tanzania signs the bilateral air service agreement. This follows after Namibia’s Ministry of Works and Transport submitted a draft document to the Tanzanian counterpart for confirmation. The bilateral air service agreement had been discussed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Namibia-registered airlines will have access to Tanzanian airports for arrival and departure flights. Additionally, Air Tanzania is set to provide additional routes in various regional economic communities. Namibia is expected to host a cooperation meeting with Tanzania in September 2022 to discuss and review several agreements.
• DAR ES SALAAM – 06 JUL 2022 (14H40) The Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has announced that 15 companies have secured permits to construct Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations amid increased demand for the service across the country. CNG Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) Section Manager Esebi Nyari has stated that 1,000 vehicles have been converted from using petrol to natural gas. However, the Manager has noted that project challenges are being experienced due to a lack of stations in Tanzania. Currently, three CNG stations exist across the country, located in Mtwara and Dar es Salaam. Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Managing Director James Mataragio recently noted intentions to construct a CNG Mother station in Dar es Salaam to enable large vehicles, including trucks, to load the gas and distribute it to various regions in the country, where infrastructure has not yet been constructed. The TPDC is currently in the process of tendering construction contractors for the project. Mataragio has stated that the project is scheduled for completion during the financial year 2022/2023.

ZAMBIA – 06 JUL 2022
• LUSAKA – 06 JUL 2022 (06H10) Italian President Sergio Mattarella is expected to embark on an official working visit to Zambia from today, 06 July 2022, until Friday, 08 July 2022. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, has stated that noted that President Mattarella is expected to hold bilateral talks with President Hakainde Hichilema, where discussions will focus on pertinent matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and international levels. National Assembly Acting Clerk Roy Ngulube has issued a media statement to the general public noting that President Mattarella is also expected to address the National Assembly of Zambia on Thursday, 07 July 2022, at 14H30.
• LIVINGSTONE – 06 JUL 2022 (13H45) UPDATE President Hakainde Hichilema has arrived at the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone for a one-day working visit. President Hichilema has been received by Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Chipoka Mulenga, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Stanley Kakubo, Southern Province Minister Cornelius Mweetwa, and United Party for National Development (UPND) officials, among other senior Government officials. The Head of State is expected to officially open and deliver a keynote address at the Diaspora Conference. (06H00) President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to officiate the Zambian Diaspora Conference, which is scheduled to take place from today, 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. The event is set to be held under the theme, Shifting Mindsets to Ignite Growth.

ZIMBABWE – 06 JUL 2022
• HARARE – 06 JUL 2022 (15H00) The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is expected to commence the trading of gold coins in a bid to introduce an alternative store of value in the market. The decision to introduce the gold coins follows a recent Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee meeting in June 2022. RBZ Governor John Mangudya has stated that the gold coins are expected to be called the Mosi-Oa Tunya Gold Coin with the characteristics of one troy ounce in terms of weight, purity of 22 carats and a serial number. Upon purchase, the buyer is expected to take physical possession of the coin and be issued a Bearer Ownership Certificate. Mangudya has stated that the coin will be capable of being converted to cash and is tradable locally and internationally in addition to being used for transactional purposes.
• GWANDA – 06 JUL 2022 (15H00) Shooting reported between the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and four armed robbers in the Gwanda CBD area. This follows after the suspects robbed a civilian of a vehicle at approximately 10H00. The Police commenced search operations to apprehend the suspects. Reports indicate that the Police fatally injured the four suspects after discovering their location at 15H00.
• CHIREDZI – 06 JUL 2022 (15H30) The Zimbabwean Government has announced plans to relocate farmers residing in the vicinity of the Buffalo Range Airport in Masvingo province ahead of an expansion project. Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has stated that Cabinet recently noted that continued farming operations in the airport’s critical zones have significantly increased human, domestic and wild animal incursions on the airfield. Cropping activities have reportedly also affected the aerodrome’s environs, while deforestation, bush fires and quarry mining activities on the airport’s western side have led to land degradation. Minister Mutsvangwa has stated that the relocation is expected to significantly enhance aviation security standards.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 06 JUL 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.
• DEM. REP. CONGO: The Political Party, the National Party for New Energy of Congo (PNEC), is expected to hold a patriotic vigil on Friday, 08 July 2022, at the royal square in the Commune of Gombe, in Kinshasa to empathise with the population of South- Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri victims following the deaths caused by armed groups.
• KENYA: The Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate is scheduled to take place on 11 July 2022, ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections.
• NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Osun State Local Elections are expected to be held on 16 July 2022.
• MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to travel to Lusaka, Zambia, on 16 July 2022.
• BOTSWANA: The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) is set to host a national conference from 16 July 2022 until 18 July 2022 at the Mahalapye Junior Secondary School.
• 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.

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July 6
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