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20220708 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 8

ANGOLA – 08 JUL 2022
• LUANDA – 08 JUL 2022 (13H00) People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) Leader President João Lourenço is expected to hold a development rally in Talatonto, Luanda’s Camama Urban District, from 09H00 on Saturday, 09 July 2022. The rally aims to increase public support for the MPLA political party ahead of the country’s fifth general elections scheduled for 24 August 2022.
• LUANDA – 08 JUL 2022 (16H00) UPDATE The Angolan Government has declared a five-day national mourning period following the death of former President José Eduardo dos Santos. The period is expected to come into effect from 00H01 on Saturday, 09 July 2022, during which the national flag shall be hoisted at half-mast and all shows and public demonstrations cancelled. (13H40) The Angolan Government has confirmed the death of former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos. The former Head of State has reportedly died in Barcelona, Spain, following an undisclosed illness. Dos Santos returned to Barcelona in March 2022 to continue medical treatment that has been administered to him since 2019.

BOTSWANA – 08 JUL 2022
• FRANCISTOWN – 08 JUL 2022 (14H00) The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has announced the nomination of Mmoloki Wairi as its candidate following the official release of the Writ of Election for the Moselewapula Ward by-elections in Francistown, Botswana. BCP Publicity Secretary Mpho Pheko has stated that the party is expected to retain the ward. The Moselewapula Ward by-elections are scheduled to occur on Saturday, 30 July 2022.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 08 JUL 2022
• KINSHASA – 07 JUL 2022 (19H10) The United States (US) Government has announced an additional $3 million in financing to support transparent, credible, and inclusive political processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The funding includes $2 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Elections and Political Processes Fund and $1 million in new funding from the Department of State’s Africa Regional Democracy Fund. The financial assistance aims to support the international and local observation of the DRC’s 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections by qualified, non-partisan observers.
• KINSHASA – 08 JUL 2022 (06H00) The National Party for New Energy of Congo (PNEC) political party is expected to hold a patriotic vigil today, 08 July 2022, at the Royal Square in Kinshasa to empathize with the populations of South- Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri amid insecurity and armed unrest. Organizers of the event have indicated that the vigil aims to express their solidarity with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and denounce the alleged Rwandan support of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels.
• MWENGA – 08 JUL 2022 (06H40) Mining and Hydrocarbons Thematic Working Group in South Kivu member organizations have denounced the decision to lift measures suspending the activities of certain Chinese mining companies, in particular Oriental Resources Congo (ORC), in the territory of Mwenga. The organization has raised concerns regarding the decision to lift the restrictions on mining activities without a parliamentary inquiry. The organization has stated that the decision does not consider the authorities’ specifications and does not restore the State and the communities’ rights per the mining code and regulations provisions. This follows after the Provincial Government of South Kivu suspended operations on 20 August 2021 at Chinese mining companies due to illegal exploitation of minerals, non-compliance with community specifications and mining standards and regulations.
• RUSEKE – 08 JUL 2022 (15H20) Armed clashes reported in the vicinity of the Ruseke village near Ntamugenga in the Bweza region of Rutshuru, North Kivu province. Reports indicate that armed clashes between Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) soldiers and members of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group have been ongoing since 05H00 today, 08 July 2022. The clashes reportedly ensued after M23 rebels attempted to seize control of the Ruseke village, prompting Military intervention from the FARDC. Civilians residing in Ruseke and Ntamugenga have reportedly fled the area to seek refuge in Buhuri. The security situation remains volatile in Jomba, Bweza and Kisigari areas.
• LUME – 08 JUL 2022 (17H00) The Beni Administration has announced a decision to implement a security curfew between 19H00 and 05H00 in the territories of Bulongo and Lume with effect from today, 08 July 2022. The two areas are located in the North Kivu region of Rwenzori. The curfew aims to address the deteriorating security situation in the area following the death of 14 people during an overnight attack between Thursday, 07 July 2022 and today, 08 July 2022, in the vicinity of Lume. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the Military has blamed the Mai Mai militia group for the incident. The curfew also aims to allow local security forces to maintain a heightened security presence in the affected area and monitor for any possible unrest.

ESWATINI – 08 JUL 2022
• LOBAMBA – 08 JUL 2022 (11H40) King Mswati III is expected to attend the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Security Organ on 21 July 2022. Regional leaders are expected to hold a Summit in South Africa (SA), chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the current Chairperson of the SADC. The Summit is expected to focus on several national issues, including political dialogue in eSwatini. This follows after Ramaphosa held a visit to eSwatini in 2021, following nationwide protests in June 2021, by citizens demanding democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners in eSwatini.

ETHIOPIA – 08 JUL 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 07 JUL 2022 (20H10) Ethiopian Airlines has announced an increase in flight service frequencies on the existing route between Addis Ababa and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The airline is expected to operate one additional flight to Victoria Falls, increasing the total number of weekly flights to five. Ethiopian Airlines Representative Menbere Worku has stated that the additional flight frequencies are in response to increased demand for flights into Zimbabwe. This follows after the airline also recently announced plans to launch the Bulawayo route with effect from November 2022.
• ADDIS ABABA – 07 JUL 2022 (22H15) Safaricom has announced that they are expected to launch commercial services in Ethiopia by August 2022. Chief External Affairs and Regulatory Officer Matthew Harrison-Harvey, stated that Safaricom Ethiopia is set to activate network services in Dire Dawa in August 2022 and 24 other cities in phases across the country during the following months.

GHANA – 08 JUL 2022
• ACCRA – 07 JUL 2022 (20H00) Petrofac, an international energy services company, has been awarded a five-year contract by Tullow Ghana Limited for Kwame Nkrumah, the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel installed on the Jubilee field offshore Ghana. Petrofac has stated that its obligations on the Jubilee development in Ghana, which is among the largest oil fields discovered offshore West Africa in 20 years, include the provision of operations, maintenance works and technical support services. The contract follows recent recognition for decommissioning seven wells in Mauritania on Tullow Oil’s Banda and Tiof fields and providing offshore operations services for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) Project.
• ACCRA – 07 JUL 2022 (22H05) The Government of Ghana has announced a $10 million grant from the World Bank. The Government noted that the grant is expected to enhance the tourism industry following significant disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government further noted that 1,500 businesses operating within the tourism industry are expected to benefit from the grant. The funds will also be used to rehabilitate tourist destinations across the country.
• ACCRA – 07 JUL 2022 (23H00) Ghana’s Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research has announced the preliminary finding of two cases of the Marburg virus in the country. Marburg is a highly infectious viral haemorrhagic fever and can be classified in the same family as the Ebola virus. Noguchi Memorial Institute stated that the samples of the two patients have been sent to the Institut Pasteur in Senegal, which is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre, for confirmation. Reports indicate that the WHO is deploying experts to support Ghana’s health authorities by bolstering disease surveillance, testing and tracing contacts, preparing to treat patients, working with communities to alert and educate them about the disease’s risks and dangers, and collaborating with the emergency response teams.
• SUNYANI – 08 JUL 2022 (14H10) The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has announced the launch of construction works at the €133 million water treatment plant in response to increasing demand for water supply in the Sunyani Municipality and parts of the Bono Region. The water treatment facility is located at the Abesim headworks of the GWCL. Bono Regional Chief Engineer Samuel Ason has stated that the project includes the construction of a 57,500 metric cube intake facility, 55,000 metric cube conventional water treatment plant, ground-level reservoirs and elevated tanks with a total capacity of approximately 16,500 metric-cube. Upon completion, the facility is expected to process an estimated 12,1 million gallons of water per day. The project is being funded by the Ghanaian Government and is scheduled for completion by 2025.

KENYA – 08 JUL 2022
• MAU – 07 JUL 2022 (19H30) The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has welcomed a judgement delivered by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights in the case of the Ogiek of Mau indigenous group in Kenya. The case follows the issuance of an eviction notice by the Government against the indigenous community in 2009. KNCHR Chairperson Roseline Odede has stated that the human rights court previously confirmed the violation of the right to religion, the right to culture, ancestral land rights, and the right to development as provided for under the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. Following the delivery of the judgement, the Government of Kenya appointed a Multi-Agency Taskforce to advise on the implementation of the Court’s decision. However, the report of the Taskforce is yet to be made public. Therefore, the Court observed that the violations it had identified and confirmed in its previous judgment remained unaddressed. The Court subsequently ordered that the Kenyan Government compensates the Ogiek community an amount of Sh.57,850,000 in material damages and Sh.100,000,000 in moral damages, among others.
• NAIROBI – 08 JUL 2022 (10H15) Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared Monday, 11 July 2022, a public holiday in Kenya in commemoration of Eid-ul-Adha. Islam nationals in Kenya will observe the day to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim, Abraham, to sacrifice his son, Ismael. The decision has been declared in the exercise of the law conferred by Section 2 (1) of the Public Holidays Act.
• NAIROBI – 08 JUL 2022 (12H15) President Uhuru Kenyatta has received several religious leaders from the Central Region of Kenya at the State House in Nairobi today, 08 July 2022. This follows ahead of the upcoming General Elections scheduled for 09 August 2022. President Kenyatta held a worship and prayer service during the visit. The meeting comes after the Jubilee party led a development rally in the Central region of Kenya and had discussions with traditional elders in the areas.
• NAIROBI – 08 JUL 2022 (14H50) National Police Service (NPS) Deputy Inspector General Edward Mbugua has led a joint security inspection of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). Mbugua is accompanied by Representatives from the Chinese Embassy and Afristar Company. This follows as NPS officers have been offering security services for personnel and infrastructure during the construction and operationalisation of the SGR for the preceding five years. Mbugua has visited various stations along the SGR, pledging continued support from the Police in protecting critical infrastructure and SGR employees.
• NAIROBI – 08 JUL 2022 (17H20) President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the appointment of Maseno University Vice-Chancellor Julius Nyabundi as the new Kenya National Examination Council Chairperson. In a Gazette Notice issued today, 08 July 2022, the Head of State indicated that Nyabundi is set to serve in the position for a period of four years. Nyabundi succeeds previous Chairperson John Ondigo Onsat, following the conclusion of his term of duty.

LESOTHO – 08 JUL 2022
• MASERU – 08 JUL 2022 (16H30) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that Lesotho’s new Representative, Deepak Bhaskaran, has presented his Letters of Representation to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Mats’epo Molise-Ramakoae. The event occurred during a ceremony held at the Qhobosheaneng Government Complex in Maseru today, 08 July 2022. Bhaskaran succeeds former UNICEF Representative Anaruta Bains following the expiration of her term of duty in June 2022.

MADAGASCAR – 08 JUL 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 08 JUL 2022 (09H15) The Independent National Commission for Human Rights (CNIDH) is expected to embark on a campaign awareness tour to several regions in Madagascar from 08 July 2022 until 12 July 2022. During the visit, the CNIDH is expected to assess the cases of possible violations or violations of human rights in the Manjakandriana, Moramanga, Vatomandry, Mahanoro and Brickaville regions. In addition, the CNIDH agents will also carry out campaigns on awareness-raising of human rights and the rights of vulnerable groups, as well as conduct a review of the prison environment and inmates in order to establish methods to prevent unrest and instability.

MALAWI – 08 JUL 2022
• LILONGWE – 07 JUL 2022 (19H00) The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested former members of the Malawian Revenue Authority (MRA). Reports indicate that the members have been arrested in connection with the misuse of former President Peter Mutharika’s Tax Identification Number (TPIN). This follows after the ACB launched investigations into the members in August 2022. During the investigation, the ABC found that the members had allegedly been facilitating the duty-free clearance of various imported goods using former President Mutharika’s TPIN. The members include the former MRA Deputy Director-General Roza Mbilizi, former Manager for Customs and Excise Fredrick Mpeusa and former Deputy Commissioner, Enforcement and Operations Abigail Kawamba. The members are expected to be charged with abuse of office and neglect of duty.

MOZAMBIQUE – 08 JUL 2022
• NANDULI – 07 JUL 2022 (19H00) Cabo Delgado State Secretary António Supeia has concluded a visit to the village of Nanduli in Mozambique’s Ancuabe district today, 07 July 2022, following recent terrorist attacks in the region. During the visit, Supeia observed the complete cessation of activities in the village as residents have fled the area due to insecurity concerns. The Secretary has also evaluated the extent of infrastructure damages caused by insurgents during the attack. Supeia has stated that the State Government is in the process of implementing interventions in the village.
• MAPUTO – 08 JUL 2022 (02H05) The Mozambican Petroleum Importer (IMOPETRO) announced that five companies have expressed interest in supplying Mozambique with liquid fuels for September, October and November 2022. IMOPETRO has stated that the company intends to import 150,000 tonnes of petrol, 400,000 tonnes of diesel and 25,000 tonnes of gas during the three months. IMOPETRO Director-General João Macandja stated that the winning bid will be announced on 15 July 2022. Macandja further noted that the products are expected to be distributed from the Maputo, Beira, Nacala and Pemba ports.

NIGERIA – 08 JUL 2022
• LAGOS – 08 JUL 2022 (02H55) Air Peace has announced plans to commence direct flights to Guangzhou, China and Mumbai, India. Spokesperson of Air Peace, Stanley Olisa, stated that the airline is expected to start with one weekly flight to China with effect from 13 July 2022. Olisa noted that Air Peace’s entry into both countries is expected to strengthen bilateral ties with the two countries and Nigeria. Olisa noted that Israel is also expected to join its international Network in due course.
• GAMAGE – 08 JUL 2022 (06H30) Troops of Operation Hadarin Kai have neutralized five Boko Haram terrorists and recovered various weapons during an operation in the North-East zone of the country. Defence Headquarters Media Operations Representative Major General Benard Onyeuko has stated that the troops of Op Hadin Kai continued to carry out operations to combat the insecurity in the North East from 03 July 2022. Onyeuko stated that the troops engaged in armed clashes with the Boko Haram terrorist group in Gamage in the Borno State and recovered various weapons, ammunition, cellulars, as well as other goods.
• ABUJA – 08 JUL 2022 (08H30) The Federal High Court in Abuja has disqualified Sheriff Oborevwori, the Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, from contesting in the 2023 Governorship Elections. Judge Taiwo Taiwo has ruled that Oborevwori was not eligible to contest the 2023 Governorship Elections in the State because he supplied false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Judge Taiwo’s ruling follows a claim filed by David Edevbie, a former Commissioner of Finance in the former Governor James Ibori administration, alleging inconsistencies concerning the academic certificates submitted to the INEC. This follows after Oborevwori won the Primary Elections of the PDP on 25 May 2022, and Edevbie was declared the second winner of the PDP’s Delta State Governorship Primary election.
• ABUJA – 08 JUL 2022 (10H00) Northern petroleum marketers under the aegis of the Northern Independent Petroleum Marketers Forum have threatened to down tools over unpaid salary claims to their members by the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA). The Chairman of the Northern Independent Petroleum Marketers Forum, Musa Yahaya Maikifi, stated that the NMDPRA has claimed that the marketers had received N74 billion within the past seven months, however, the Northern marketers received N42 billion of their bridging claims. Maikifi called on the authorities to issue the marketers unpaid claims before the end of July 2022, or else the forum will down tools. The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) further released a statement noting that the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association Nigeria, IPMAN Suleja Branch, noted that product scarcity resulted from non-payment of bridging claims.
• ABUJA – 08 JUL 2022 (13H00) The Federal Government has declared that 33 suspected Boko Haram terrorists are wanted after escaping from the Kuje Prison in Abuja on Tuesday evening, 05 July 2022. The 33 escapees were detained after being charged with cases relating to terrorism and being members of the Boko Haram terrorist group. This comes after suspected terrorists launched an attack on the facility and freed 879 inmates.
• ABUJA – 08 JUL 2022 (15H10) President Muhammadu Buhari has called an emergency closed-door meeting with Police Service Chiefs, heads of other security services and Ministers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting follows the recent invasion of the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje, Abuja, and after the Government announced that 33 suspected Boko Haram escapees are declared wanted. The meeting is expected to review contemporary challenges in the security system following the attack on the prison and the recent attack on the President’s advance team to Daura. Authorities attending the meeting include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno, among others.

RWANDA – 08 JUL 2022
• KIJOTE – 07 JUL 2022 (19H20) Rwanda’s Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have received 103 Rwandan refugees repatriated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The refugees have voluntarily returned to Rwanda after residing in the DRC for 28 years. The returnees are being hosted at the Kijote Transit Centre in Nyabihu District and are expected to receive two weeks of civic education before reintegrating into society.

TANZANIA – 08 JUL 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 08 JUL 2022 (12H40) Tanzania Railway Corporation (TRC) has signed a $900 million contract with Yapi Merkezi, a Turkish construction company, for the construction of the Tabora-Isaka section of the 1,219 kilometres (km) Dar es Salaam – Mwanza Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project. TRC has also signed a contract with the Korean national operator Korail to provide training for construction and operations following the line’s commission. The Tabora-Isaka section includes 130 km of mainline and 35 km of branches, which will operate for a period of 42 months, with six months of testing procedures. This follows after TRC awarded Yapi Merkezi a $900 million contract in January 2022.

ZAMBIA – 08 JUL 2022
• LUSAKA – 08 JUL 2022 (04H40) International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Kristalina Georgieva has announced that official creditors of Zambia, Chad and Ethiopia are expected to meet in July 2022. Georgieva stated that during the meeting, participants are expected to discuss agendas to promote efforts to address the three countries’ debt situations. Zambia’s Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane stated that a group of creditor nations is collaborating to provide financing assurances to the IMF with the aim of availing funds for Zambia.

ZIMBABWE – 08 JUL 2022
• WILTON – 08 JUL 2022 (00H30) President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to launch an Innovation and Agro-Industrial Park at the Marondera University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (MUAST) today, 08 July 2022. Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Nick Mangwana stated that the agro-industrial park is a product of the Government’s strategic policy, which mandates universities and other tertiary institutions to enhance innovation and industrialisation to provide goods and services to the economy.
• WILTON – 08 JUL 2022 (08H00) President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to officiate the Marondera University of Agricultural Science and Technology (MUAST) Innovation and Agro-Industrial Park in Marondera today, 08 July 2022. The Agro-Industrial Park is in line with the Government’s new strategic plan, which mandates universities and other tertiary institutions to be an innovation hub and industrialisation to provide goods and services to the economy. In addition, the park will be used as a teaching laboratory for students to be exposed to mechanised farming.
• HARARE – 08 JUL 2022 (15H00) An African Development Bank (AfDB) team is expected to travel to Zimbabwe next week to assess the country’s economic reforms, engage in discussions with Government officials and review support to the private sector. The team is expected to be led by AFDB President Akinwumi Adesina. The visit follows after the multilateral financier accepted the Government’s request for the bank to lead the country’s debt repayment strategy. During the visit, AfDB officials are expected to conduct talks with Government Ministers, Central Bank authorities, officials in the private sector, economic experts and development partners.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 JUL 2022
• 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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