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20220707 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 7

ANGOLA – 07 JUL 2022
• LUANDA – 06 JUL 2022 (19H20) UPDATE The Luanda Summit has concluded with President Paul Kagame and President Félix Tshisekedi agreeing to restore peaceful relations between the two neighbouring countries. The tripartite has decided on a process of de-escalation between Rwanda and the DRC. The objective is expected to be achieved through the gradual implementation of the Luanda Roadmap, focusing on reviving the DRC-Rwanda Joint Commission. The Roadmap aims to normalise diplomatic relations between Kinshasa and Kigali and also provides for the immediate cessation of hostilities and the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the M23 rebel group from its positions in the DRC. The Commission is scheduled to conduct its first meeting on Tuesday, 12 July 2022, in Luanda, Angola. (14H05) 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 today, 06 July 2022, in Luanda, 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.

BOTSWANA – 07 JUL 2022
• GABORONE – 07 JUL 2022 (16H20) President Mokgweetsi Masisi is attending the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) 1st Annual Labour Conference in Harare held today, 07 July 2022. During the Conference, President Masisi reiterated the Government’s commitment to cooperation with labour movements in the country to ensure that workers’ rights and interests are preserved and advanced.
• GABORONE – 07 JUL 2022 (16H55) The National Assembly is expected to pass the new Societies Act. The announcement was made during a meeting between the various political parties in Botswana. Under the Act, political parties must disclose their source of financial income. Additionally, the parties will be subjected to regular audits. The Act has reportedly been established to decrease the risk of illegal funding of political parties, among others.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 07 JUL 2022
• KINSHASA – 06 JUL 2022 (19H00) German’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has issued a partial travel warning for German nationals travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The travel advisory includes a warning against travel to the eastern and north-eastern regions of the country in addition to the Kasai and Lomami provinces. German citizens are also advised to avoid non-essential travel to several other provinces, including Bas-Uele, Haut-Uele, Tshopo, Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema, Tanganyika, Haut-Lomami, Haut-Katanga, Lomami, Kasai, Kasai-Central and Kasai Oriental. This follows as violent incidents between Congolese security forces and various armed groups, including the Allied Democratic Force (ADF), occur sporadically in the mentioned regions. A major military offensive against the ADF is currently being carried out by the Congolese Army, which is expected to lead to further increased armed clashes and unrest. Additionally, due to the escalation of armed clashes between the DRC Army and the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group in the border area with Rwanda and Uganda, citizens are also advised against all travel to the affected regions.
• KANYABUSORO – 07 JUL 2022 (16H15) Armed clashes reported in the localities of Kanyabusoro and Kazuba in the Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province. Reports indicate that Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) troops and members of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group have engaged in an exchange of fire after the rebel group allegedly attacked Military positions in the area. The clashes follow a bilateral agreement to de-escalate diplomatic tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Rwandan President Paul Kagame and President Felix Tshisekedi agreed on the immediate cessation of hostilities and the retreat of M23 fighters from the DRC. However, M23 Spokesperson Willy Ngoma has stated that the agreement is irrelevant as no ceasefire agreement currently exists between the M23 and the DRC Government. Local Civil Society Group Spokesperson Jean-Pierre Karabuka has stated that the armed clashes have displaced several civilians from communities affected by the unrest. The security situation remains volatile.

ESWATINI – 07 JUL 2022
• SIBOVU – 06 JUL 2022 (20H00) The Ministry of Public Works has announced that construction works on the Sigcineni-Sibovu Road have reached 80% completion. This follows as the Ministry continues with the construction of roads in rural areas across the country as part of efforts to improve the country’s road infrastructure. The project has employed more than 50 emaSwati to date.
• KWALUSENI – 07 JUL 2022 (11H10) Heightened security presence reported at the University of eSwatini Kwaluseni Campus. This follows students’ plans to hold a stay away demonstration after a Limkokwing University of Creative Technology student died on 06 July 2022. Reports indicate that the student had committed suicide. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.
• MBABANE – 07 JUL 2022 (12H30) UPDATE The students at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology have boycotted the institution in demand of the recognition of the deceased student and demanded the university’s management issue a compensation fee. The students have shut down the institution and locked the main gate. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area due to possible unrest. (11H15) Protest reported at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Mbabane. Reports indicate that the students are protesting following the Administration’s alleged denial of the late Information technology (IT) student, Phephisa Madonsela, administration at the University. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Police are deployed at the scene.

ETHIOPIA- 07 JUL 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 07 JUL 2022 (07H15) Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of Sudan General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan have held a meeting aimed at resolving the current disputes between the two countries. The discussions focused on resolving problems through dialogue and strengthening bilateral ties between the countries. The Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser, Redwan Hussein, has noted that the two leaders have agreed to resolve border issues through consultation with the African Union (AU) and international stakeholders, in addition to the establishment of a joint committee. The leaders also agreed to strengthen efforts of the AU, noting that the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is a source of development and connectivity in the region.
• ADDIS ABABA – 07 JUL 2022 (16H00) The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has issued an official warning of famine conditions in eastern Ethiopia due to several years of drought conditions. UNICEF Ethiopia Representative Gianfranco Rotigliano has stated that the agency is not receiving the necessary foreign aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in the country. Rotigliano further warned that the country has been experiencing the most severe drought conditions since 1981 due to four years of failed rainfall seasons, leading to widespread crop failure. The Representative has noted that only $55 million of UNICEF’s $351 million financial assistance appeal to address increasing humanitarian conditions across Ethiopia in 2022 has been received, calling for urgent financial support and investments to mitigate the impact of climate change.

GHANA – 07 JUL 2022
• ACCRA – 06 JUL 2022 (23H55) Interior Minister Ambrose Dery has announced that Monday, 11 July 2022, has been declared a national public holiday for Ghanaians. Dery stated that because 09 July 2022 falls on a Saturday, the Government has declared 11 July 2022 a public holiday commemorating Eid-ul-Adha. Eid-ul-Adha, often referred to as the Feast of Sacrifice, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.
• TAKORADI – 07 JUL 2022 (10H00) Teachers from the various unions within the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) are participating in the nationwide strike by the Teachers Union in Ghana to demand their 20% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA). This follows after four teacher unions declared an indefinite strike from Monday, 04 July 2022, due to the high cost of living in Ghana after the Government failed to issue their COLA salaries. Meanwhile, the Government has attempted to engage with the unions. However, discussions have since reached an impasse.
• ACCRA – 07 JUL 2022 (13H40) The Convention People’s Party (CPP) has called for the resignation of Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta following Ghana’s return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial support. The CPP has accused Minister Ofori-Atta of failing to follow directives after allegedly consistently rejecting calls to engage with the IMF for support. CPP Chairperson Nana Kumankuma has alleged that the Minister’s negligence has led to a severe deterioration of the country’s economy. Therefore, Kumankuma has called for the immediate resignation of the Finance Minister.
• HO – 07 JUL 2022 (15H35) The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Volta Regional Manager Emmanuel Lumor has announced that the power supply has stabilised in the region. This follows after ECG invested in various projects, including the buffering transformer systems and the replacing of transmission lines and system networks. Additionally, the ECG has installed meter allocation systems to decrease the number of fraudulent incidents. ECG is expected to establish enhanced capacity transformers at Sokode and a substation at Peki. ECG Regional manager is monitoring the customers’ feedback, and customer care centres are being operated with 24-hour sessions.

KENYA – 07 JUL 2022
• KISUMU – 07 JUL 2022 (11H25) Protest reported by members of the community in the Kisumu Central Bussines District (CBD) area. The participants are demonstrating due to the country’s high cost of living ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections. Reports indicate that the demonstrators have barricaded various roads in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• NAIROBI – 07 JUL 2022 (12H00) UPDATE The IEBC has announced the arrival of the first set of Senator ballot papers. The IEBC will receive six ballot papers per registered voter for each elective seat amounting to 132,722,748 total papers in total. The IEBC noted that the Presidential ballot papers are expected to be received after 29 July 2022. (11H20) The Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Wafula Chebukati, and two additional Commissioners are expected to receive balot papers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for the 09 August 2022 General Elections. The announcement was made during a meeting with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) on 07 July 2022. The IEBC has implemented security precautions which include serial numbers for the ballot papers calibrated to the number of registered voters.
• NAIROBI – 07 JUL 2022 (14H30) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has suspended five officials today, 07 July 2022. IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati made the announcement during a press conference at the Bomas of Kenya. The members have reportedly been suspended due to irregular voter transfers. The information has since been transferred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for further investigations.
• NAIROBI – 07 JUL 2022 (14H45) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is expected to host a National Conference on 11 July 2022 and 12 July 2022 ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections. Election Stakeholders and Development Partners will join the Conference themed Moving Kenya Towards A Stronger Democracy at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). The members are expected to discuss the safety procedures and measures to follow during the 09 August 2022 General Elections.
• NAIROBI – 07 JUL 2022 (14H45) UPDATE Demonstrators are protesting outside Harambee House in central Nairobi. Participants are calling on the Government to urgently decrease food and basic commodity prices as a precondition for Kenyan citizens to participate in the upcoming General Elections on 09 August 2022. Motorists are advised of ongoing ground travel disruptions in the area of the demonstration. (12H30) Protest reported in Nairobi Central outside President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office. Reports indicate that citizens of Kenya have embarked on a demonstration against the cost of living in the country. Motorists have been advised to avoid Nairobi Central due to demonstrations taking place along the Globe Roundabout from the Kenyatta International Convention Centre to the Nairobi National Museum. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation. (06H00) Protest expected today, 07 July 2022, from 10H00 until 15H00 in the Central Business District (CBD) in Nairobi led by Operation Ondoa Panya. The citizens in Kenya will be embarking on a protest action in demand of an immediate intervention involving the cost of living and basic commodities, as well as the implementation of the Mwananchi Budget. Other demands include the immediate removal of increased taxes on fuel and other items, an end to the increase in public debt, free and fair conduct of the General Elections, and the prevention of electoral violence, an immediate end to Police brutality and State Repression, access to healthcare and provision of clean water. The protest will be in line with the failure of the National Government to implement Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which assures Social and Economic Rights. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Tom Mboya Monument on Moi Avenue before 10H00. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.

LESOTHO – 07 JUL 2022
• MASERU – 07 JUL 2022 (10H30) The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Mats’epo Molise-Ramakoae, has signed an Administrative Arrangements Agreement between the Government of Lesotho and the European Delegation to deploy the European Union Observation Mission (EU-EOM) to observe the upcoming 2022 General Elections in the country. The European Union (EU) has also launched an appeal for Basotho to register for the forthcoming General Elections scheduled to be held in October 2022. Ramakoae has further praised the EU Ambassador and expressed anticipation that the mission will undertake its mandate according to the agreement.

MADAGASCAR – 07 JUL 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 07 JUL 2022 (06H50) The Council of Ministers has adopted a decree dissolving the National Solidarity Fund for Health (CNSS) at the Ministry of Public Health. The CNSS was established in 2017 as part of the National Strategy for Universal Health Coverage, aimed at protecting individuals against the financial risks associated with access to healthcare. This follows after the Council adopted the decree of dissolving the Massive Solute Supply Unit (UASM) public establishment.

MALAWI – 07 JUL 2022
• LILONGWE – 07 JUL 2022 (03H30) Director of E-Government, Patrick Machika, announced that Malawi is expected to host the 2022 Africa Internet Governance Forum (AflGF) from 18 July 2022 until 21 July 2022. Machika stated that the forum aims to act as a learning and knowledge-sharing platform for African nations. Machika further noted that the forum is also expected to assist professionals in learning from other countries that are technologically advanced. The Africa Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be followed by the Global IGF scheduled to take place in Ethiopia from 28 November 2022 until 02 December 2022.
• LILONGWE – 07 JUL 2022 (06H10) 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 – 07 JUL 2022 (12H45) Power outage expected in the Machinga District on Friday, 08 July 2022. The power is expected to be disrupted from 07H00 until 16H00 due to maintenance works. The affected areas include Ntaja, Namandanje, Umbwa, Nselema, Chikweo, Ngokwe, Mpiri, Nyambi, Namphiwa, Nanyumbu, Nkwepere, Malundani, Mwitiya, Nkhwakwata, Manyamba and Chikuluma. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued to the public as the situation progresses.

MOZAMBIQUE – 07 JUL 2022
• PEMBA – 06 JUL 2022 (20H20) Mozambican Police have announced the detainment of four suspected arsonists in Pemba, Cabo Delgado province. The four suspects had reportedly been impersonating terrorists to loot residents and allegedly also subsequently set fire to 14 houses in the southern region. Pemba Police Spokesperson Mario Adolfo has stated that the four suspects have been detained on allegations of setting fire to 12 homes in Montepuez and two others in Ancuabe. This follows a recent significant increase in armed attacks by jihadist groups in southern Cabo Delgado. Further investigations into the situation are underway with the aim of apprehending additional suspects linked to the arson cases.
• MAPUTO – 07 JUL 2022 (08H15) Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has expressed interest in Italy to finance the Programme for Resilience and Integrated Development of the Northern Region (PREDIN), which aims to promote the recovery of basic conditions for sustainable economic and social development of northern Mozambique. This follows after President Nyusi received his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, who was on a state visit to Mozambique on Tuesday evening, 06 July 2022. President Nyusi stated that the Mozambican Government intends to revive the economy and sustainable socio-economic development of the northern region of the country in order to reduce poverty and promote job opportunities for the youth.
• MAPUTO – 07 JUL 2022 (14H00) The Government of Mozambique has announced the launch of the third round of vaccinations against the wild poliovirus type 1 disease. This follows as southern African countries are initiating further efforts to mitigate the spread of wild polio targeting children under the age of five years. Neighbouring Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia are also expected to embark on the third phase of mass vaccination campaigns during the following weeks. The four countries have administered an estimated 36 million vaccines during the initial two rounds. Mozambique detected its first wild poliovirus case in the country in May 2022. In addition to the vaccinations, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners are collaborating to support Government efforts to eradicate the virus.

NIGERIA – 07 JUL 2022
• ABUJA – 06 JUL 2022 (19H10) UPDATE President Buhari has announced a reshuffle of his Cabinet members following the appointment of additional Ministers. The adjusted Ministers include Umana as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Gbemisola Saraki, who transferred to the Minister for State Mines and Steel. Olorunimbe Mammora transferred to the Minister of Science and Technology, and Goodluck Nanah Opiah transferred to the Minister of State Education, among others. (15H00) President Muhammadu Buhari has elected several new Ministers ahead of the Federal Executive Council meeting. The Ministers have been elected following the Senates’ confirmation of the nominees. The elected members are set to replace the positions of Ministers that resigned to contest during the party primaries held in June 2022. The Ministers include Henry Ikoh of Abia State, Umana Okon Umana of the Akwa-Ibom State, Udi Odum of the Rivers State, Ademola Adegoroye of the Ondo State, Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub of the Kano State, Goodluck Nana Opiah of the Imo State and Ekumankama Nkama of the Ebonyi State.
• ABUJA – 07 JUL 2022 (06H20) The United States (US) Embassy has issued a warning to members of the public in Nigeria against travelling along the Airport Road in Abuja and other States in Nigeria. This follows after a terrorist attack on the Kuje Prison in Abuja and the escape of several inmates on Tuesday evening, 05 July 2022. The US Embassy has issued alerts amongst the States, including Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara and riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River. Citizens have been advised to only embark on necessary travel to Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, Sokoto, and Kogi within 20 kilometres (KM) of the border with Niger in Kebbi State, Abia and non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Plateau and Taraba States. The embassy has also noted that an increase in crime is likely expected in the vicinity of Abuja. US citizens have been advised to maintain a high state of personal security awareness for the following two weeks.
• KADUNA – 07 JUL 2022 (07H30) Peaceful protest reported by relatives of the Abuja-Kaduna kidnapped civilians at the Nagwamatse House. The demonstrators are requesting that the Federal Government negotiate with the bandits to release the remaining 50 civilians. The members are demonstrating 100 days after the incident occurred. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes while the demonstrations are ongoing.
• LAGOS – 07 JUL 2022 (08H40) The Lagos State Police Command has issued a warning to members of the Neo-Black Movement, also known as Black Axe or Aye Cult, over its planned 7/7 Celebration scheduled for today, 07 July 2022. According to the Police, 07 July is celebrated as a day new members are initiated into the groups, which also is used as an opportunity to incite violence. Reports indicate that members of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa have allegedly planned to celebrate the day in the State. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP) Abiodun Alabi has cautioned the suspected groups to withdraw from planning to celebrate the planned 7/7 celebration in the State. This follows as suspected cult groups are planning to hold rituals with the possibility of violence in the Lagos, Ogun and Edo States. Members of the public are advised to maintain high alert and caution in areas known for cult violence, including in Ikorodu.
• ABUJA – 07 JUL 2022 (13H45) The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has announced the decision to commence a two-week withdrawal of services from 13 July 2022 until 27 July 2022. The announcement had been made during the AMBCN monthly meeting on Wednesday, 06 July 2022. The members will commence the withdrawal of services due to the increase in bakery materials. The members are requesting that the Government intervene and decrease the tariffs on baking materials. The members also request that the flour millers have easy access to the foreign exchange market.
• ABUJA – 07 JUL 2022 (14H00) The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Kuje Medium Security Custodial Centre in Abuja. During the incident, which occurred at approximately 22H00 on Tuesday evening, 05 July 2022, three armed ISWAP groups reportedly freed 879 inmates, including 64 IS members. Nigerian security forces are continuously searching for at least 400 escapees who currently remain at large. The group has stated that the attack had been part of the IS group’s campaign to free its members from prisons.
• ABUJA – 07 JUL 2022 (15H00) The Federal Government has declared Monday, 11 July 2022, and Tuesday, 12 July 2022, as public holidays in commemoration of the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir, also known as Eid al-Adha, religious festivals. Eid-el- Kabir is a consecrated month in Islam, during which Muslims perform the Ḥajj, a holy pilgrimage. Nigerian Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola has called on all Nigerians to exercise vigilance and remain observant of suspicious activities in their respective communities during the religious holidays.
• ABUJA – 07 JUL 2022 (17H30) The European Union (EU), in collaboration with development finance institutions, has announced a $1,4 billion financial investment to support various projects in Nigeria. The financing aims to aid Nigeria’s efforts to address climate change by supporting an estimated 60 projects across the agriculture, climate and digital sectors. EU Ambassador Samuela Isopi has stated that the funds are expected to enable the country to achieve a low carbon, resource-efficient and climate-resilient development, employment creation for youth and economic growth. The EU funding is expected to support project development until 2027, including the establishment of a fish farm in Ogun State in southwestern Nigeria and a waste-to-energy initiative in Cross River State, southern Nigeria.

RWANDA – 07 JUL 2022
• KIGALI – 06 JUL 2022 (19H40) A Somalian delegation from the Ministry of Planning, Investment and Economic Development’s Investment Promotion Office (SOMINVEST) led by Director Mohamed Dubo has arrived in Kigali, Rwanda. The delegation is expected to participate in bilateral meetings with various Rwandan officials, including authorities from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the leadership of the Rwanda Development Board, and officials from the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA). During the visit, the delegation is also set to exchange investment promotion approaches and concepts with the host counterparts in order to advance a collaborative framework between Somalia and Rwanda to facilitate reciprocal investment from both countries.

TANZANIA – 07 JUL 2022
• MWANZA – 07 JUL 2022 (14H30) The Federal Republic of Germany has announced a financial grant of €22,5 million allocated toward the Integrated Water Resource Management Project at the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC). This is expected to finance new investments and wastewater treatment in the vicinity of the lake. The contribution is also expected to support capacity building at the Commission to assist in the management of resources shared by the five East African Community (EAC) partner states. German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development Representative Claudia Imwolde-Kraemer has stated that the project, funded by the KfW Development Bank, has been extended by €20 million. Imwolde-Kraemer noted that the project seeks to improve water quality and availability through the sustainable management of the Lake Victoria Basin by LVBC. The Integrated Water Resource Management Programme is based on long-term cooperation between the EAC, KfW Development Bank, and European Union (EU).

ZAMBIA – 07 JUL 2022
• LUSAKA – 06 JUL 2022 (21H40) Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo announced the arrival of Italian President Sergio Mattarella for a three-day working visit to the country. Kakubo stated that Mattarella is scheduled to address the National Assembly of Zambia tomorrow, Thursday 07 July 2022. Thereafter, Mattarella is expected to meet with President Hakainde Hichilema to discuss matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and international levels.
• LUSAKA – 07 JUL 2022 (10H35) The former First Lady of Zambia, Esther Lungu, has been summoned to appear before the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Headquarters in Lusaka at 11H00 today, 07 July 2022. This follows after Lungu accused the DEC of trespassing her property after claiming ownership of the 15 residences seized by the DEC in Lusaka’s State Lodge area. The DEC had repossessed the properties for allegedly being proceeds of crime on 01 July 2022.

ZIMBABWE – 07 JUL 2022
• HWANGE – 07 JUL 2022 (01H30) The United Kingdom (UK) based Contango Holdings company announced the signing of its first offtake agreement with a South African trading company for coking coal production from its Lubu project in the Hwange basin. Contango stated that metallurgical coal or coking coal is a grade of coal that can be used to produce good quality coke. Coke is an essential fuel and reactant in the blast furnace process for primary steelmaking. Contango stated that Atoz Investment agreed to purchase 10,000 metric tonnes a month at a price established by the state-owned mineral trader, the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ). The coal price currently stands at $120 a ton. Contango stated that the contract is expected to yield earnings of $10 million annually, with the coal mining company expected to benefit from margins of $70-$80 a ton.
• BULAWAYO – 07 JUL 2022 (12H45) Former employees at the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) have petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa, demanding the removal of General Manager Respina Zinyanduko. This comes as the former employees accused Zinyanduko, who joined the railway firm in December 2021, of gross corruption, incompetency, favouritism, deception, regionalism and patronisation. In addition, the employees also demanded the dissolution of the NRZ Board led by Martin Dinha with immediate effect, as well as the reinstatement of all contract workers who they claimed have been replaced by Zinyanduko’s relatives.
• HARARE – 07 JUL 2022 (14H10) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sworn in Commissioners to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission at the State House. The Commissioners have been nominated by the Parliament in terms of Sections 237 and 238 of the Constitution. The Commissioners include Catherine Mpofu, Abigail Millicent Mohadi Ambrose, Jane Mbetu Nzvenga, Kudzai Shava, Rosewita Murutare and Shepherd Manhivi. The elected members will supersede six Commissioners whose terms of office expired on 06 July 2022.
• HARARE – 07 JUL 2022 (14H45) Cash in transit (CIT) robbery reported at the Newlands shopping centre. Reports indicate that the armed suspects attacked a Securico Security Services armoured vehicle at approximately 14H45 at a Standard Chartered Automatic Teller Machine (ATM). During the incident, the suspects stole an estimated $80,000. The Police are expected to establish search operations in the vicinity of the incident to apprehend the suspects.
• HARARE – 07 JUL 2022 (16H15) The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has launched a search operation in the vicinity of Harare. This follows after a robbery incident that occurred on 06 July 2022 at approximately 20H30. During the incident, the suspects attacked two civilians and stole $34,000. The Police have requested the public to provide any information to assist in the apprehension of the suspects.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 07 JUL 2022
• 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: The Federal Government has declared Monday, 11 July 2022, and Tuesday, 12 July 2022, as public holidays in commemoration of the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir, also known as Eid al-Adha, religious festivals.
• KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is expected to host a National Conference on 11 July 2022 and 12 July 2022 ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections.
• NIGERIA: The Association of Master Bakers and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) has announced the decision to commence a two-week withdrawal of services from 13 July 2022 until 27 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.
• 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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