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20220711 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 11 JUL 2022
- FORTE NORDESTE – 11 JUL 2022 (13H00) Governor of the Lunda-Norte Provincial Government, Ernesto Muangala, announced the government’s plan to re-open the Tchicolondo Border Post. Muangala stated that the closure of the border was due to preventative measures against the COVID-19 pandemic. Muangala noted that with the border re-opening, revenues in the countries are expected to increase as trade between Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) resumes. Muangala stated that the official date for the border re-opening will be announced in due course.
BOTSWANA – 11 JUL 2022
- GABORONE – 11 JUL 2022 (14H20) The Government is expected to host a public presentation to review the Constitution of Botswana from Tuesday, 19 July 2022, until Friday, 29 July 2022. During the presentation, the Government will receive submissions from the non Governmental civil societies and private and public organisations. The members had to submit their requests and relevant information to the Commission’s Secretariat on Thursday, 30 June 2022.
- GABORONE – 11 JUL 2022 (14H40) Botswana-focused metals explorer Kavango Resources announced that it is acquiring full ownership of the prospecting licences in the Kalahari Copper Belt and at Ditau, which has been in a joint venture with Power Metal Resources since 2022. The terms of the proposed agreement see Kavango issuing 60 million shares to Power Metal with a value of $2,16 million. Power Metal will also receive a 1% Net Smelter Return royalty across all Kanye licence areas.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 11 JUL 2022
- KOMANDA – 11 JUL 2022 (07H15) The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) has announced the arrest of a soldier who allegedly killed a local journalist from the Non-Government Organisation Convention for the Respect of Human Rights (CRDH). According to the Spokesperson of the military operations in Ituri, Lieutenant Jules Ngongo, the alleged soldier had been arrested and detained at the Komanda headquarters and will be charged with murder. Lieutenant Ngongo stated that further investigations would be carried out.
- KINSHASA – 11 JUL 2022 (08H00) The Congolese Transport and Ports Company have announced the resumption of movement between the rivers of Kinshasa-Brazzaville, including Kinshasa-Mbandaka-Kisangani, from today, 11 July 2022. The Deputy Director of the port and river traffic department, Armand Osase, stated that the resumption of traffic along the river would be operated by cargo freight under adjusted prices per goods and packages. Osase further urged the Government to assist with the resumption of traffic to connect with the Kasai line soon.
- KINSHASA – 11 JUL 2022 (12H50) The trial in the Bukanga Lonzo case is set to resume today, 11 July 2022, before the Court of Cassation. Former Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo and his co-defendants, Patrice Kitebi and Christophe Krobler will appear at the hearing after being prosecuted for embezzlement of funds planned for the Bukanga Lonzo agro-food park project. The Court of Cassation is set to rule over the indictment and justify the case after the Constitutional Court has declared itself incompetent to try the defendants.
ESWATINI – 11 JUL 2022
- MBABANE – 11 JUL 2022 (17H35) Power outage expected in the various localities of eSwatini on 12 July 2022. The affected localities include areas within Pigg’s Peak, Stonehenge, Madlangempisi, Sithobela, Nhlangano, Big Bend, Manzini, Siteki, Matshapha, Mhlume, Elangeni, Malkerns and Hluti. The power will be disrupted between approximately 09H00 and 04H30. Further, the disruption is set to follow due to ongoing maintenance works being done. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued to the public as the situation progresses.
ETHIOPIA- 11 JUL 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 10 JUL 2022 (21H10) The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has denounced alleged human rights violations by security forces and armed groups during the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia. The EHRC has published its first annual report since the appointment of Daniel Bekele as its Head in 2019. The report indicates various human rights violations committed by state and non-state actors in the context of conflict in several regions of Ethiopia. The report further accuses non-state actors of being responsible for large-scale violations such as ethnic and religious killings and forced displacement of civilians. Bekele has stated that the rights of life, security, justice, and freedom from inhuman treatment have also been violated in several of the country’s conflict zones. The Commission also noted a significant number of arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions recorded during the State of Emergency period imposed between November 2021 and February 2022. Bekele has called for urgent, impartial and transparent investigations into the situation by authorities.
GHANA – 11 JUL 2022
- ACCRA – 11 JUL 2022 (03H30) Ghana’s Ministry of National Security has reiterated the necessity for all citizens in Ghana to maintain extreme vigilance and report suspicious movements to security agents in the country. The Ministry has stated that all operatives have been activated to secure the country’s borders from threats of unrest and terrorism. The announcement follows a red alert issued by the Ghana Immigration Service for the arrest of 443 inmates who recently escaped from the Kuje Maximum Security Prison in Abuja, Nigeria. The escapees include 64 Boko Haram suspects. The alert cautions members of the public to remain vigilant for suspicious activity in their communities.
- ACCRA – 11 JUL 2022 (12H05) The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) is expected to conduct a meeting with 23 labour unions and organisations tomorrow, 12 July 2022, at the Ministry of Health in Accra. FWSC Chief Executive officer (CEO) Benjamin Arthur stated that the meeting aims to discuss the demands set by the unions regarding the Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) to avert an industrial action organised by the unions. The Government, however, urged the unions to call off the industrial action as a solution is expected to be reached.
- ACCRA – 11 JUL 2022 (17H15) Expo Ghana is expected to take place on 14 July 2022 at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel in London, United Kingdom (UK). The Expo is an initiative implemented by the Ghana Exim Bank to create awareness for Made-in-Ghana products and harness small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for potential exports. Chief Executive Officer of Akwaaba, Dennis Tawiah, stated that the Expo is expected to showcase Ghana-made products to the UK audience with the aim of promoting its patronage and also creating business relationships between the UK and Ghana-based entrepreneurs.
KENYA – 11 JUL 2022
- WAJIR – 11 JUL 2022 (23H50) Fire reported at the Soko Mjinga market in Wajir town in northeastern Kenya. The fire brigade and rescue personnel are on the scene and are evacuating members in the building out of the market. Local sources have indicated that the fire caused extensive damage to property. No injuries have been reported.
- NAIROBI – 11 JUL 2022 (06H00) The Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate is scheduled to take place today, 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.
- NAIROBI – 11 JUL 2022 (06H20) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is expected to host a National Conference today, 11 July 2022 and 12 July 2022, ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections. Members of the Election Stakeholders and Development Partners will participate in the Conference, which is being held under the theme, Moving Kenya Towards A Stronger Democracy, which will take place 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 – 11 JUL 2022 (09H30) The Nairobi Fire Services has contained a fire incident at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s head office in Nairobi, which occurred earlier today, 11 July 2022, at about 05H00. According to reports, the fire ignited at a canteen located within the Broadcasting House complex along Harry Thuku Road. No injuries have been reported. A preliminary assessment has indicated that a gas leakage occurred, which has led to extensive damage to the canteen.
- NAIROBI – 11 JUL 2022 (10H30) A Zambian national accused of an international syndicate of fake gold and currency fraudsters in Nairobi had been deported. The Spokesperson of the Nairobi Police, Bupe Chipando, has stated that detectives arrested the suspect after allegedly defrauding a Dutch National of over Ksh170 million in a fake gold deal. The Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, has issued deportation orders on the suspect.
- NAIROBI – 11 JUL 2022 (15H30) A Kenya-based health tech company, AfyaRekod, has launched a fully automated universal patient portal. This follows due to the issues of capturing and storage of data across various levels of the health sector. The Artificial intelligence (AI) platform allows patients to establish a portal with their relevant health data and gives them sovereign rights of ownership of their data. Through the AI platform, patients and medical professionals will have real-time access to the patients’ health data and medical history. The AI platform will ensure effective medical management and timely access to information in an emergency.
LESOTHO – 11 JUL 2022
- MASERU – 11 JUL 2022 (18H05) Minister Likopo Mahase of the Prime Minister (PM) Office, has requested additional funds to equip the Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS). The funding is set to provide the LMPS with relevant training on the protection of human rights and public riots. The request had been made to the National Assembly on Sunday, 10 July 2022. This follows due to the shooting incident that occurred on 16 June 2022 during a protest by students of the National University of Lesotho (NUL). During the incident, the LMPS fatally injured a student. Cases have been opened with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
MADAGASCAR – 11 JUL 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 11 JUL 2022 (06H50) The Malagasy Office of Hydrocarbons (OMH) has announced the decision to increase fuel and oil prices. This follows after a meeting between the Malagasy Government and the Oil Tankers Grouping in Madagascar. According to the adjusted increase, diesel will increase from Ar3,400 to Ar4,900, an increase of 43.9%. Superfuel will increase from Ar4,100 to Ar5,900, an expected 44.1% increase. Lampant oil has been increased by Ar300 only, from Ar2.130 to Ar2,430, an increase of 14.1%. The Energy and Hydrocarbon Minister Andry Ramaro has further stated that the Government is yet to establish a date of application of the new prices.
MALAWI – 11 JUL 2022
- MZUZU – 11 JUL 2022 (11H10) The Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) announced the resumption of work on the rehabilitation and expansion of the Nkhata Bay Town Water Supply and Sanitation project. The suspension was due to a civilian who fell into one of the pipeline trenches at the site and died. NRWB spokesperson Edward Nyirenda stated that the resumption follows the implementation of health and safety requirements as required by the African Development Bank.
- BALAKA – 11 JUL 2022 (11H30) Protest reported by community members in the Balaka area. The members are protesting for the release of a resident alleged to be involved in various killings. The members have damaged two of the suspects’ houses. Reports indicate that the Police have fired teargas to disperse the protestors. Shops in the area have been closed due to the ongoing clashes.
- LILONGWE – 11 JUL 2022 (13H00) His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Malawi, Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, is set to preside over the official opening of the 51st Plenary Assembly of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe today, 11 July 2022. The Plenary Session is being held under the theme of Towards Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Self Sufficiency in the SADC Region. During the Plenary Session, an opening ceremony will be held and addressed by President Lazarus, consideration and adoption of the Draft SADC Model Law on Public Financial Management, as well as a review of Executive Committee Reports and Members’ Motions. Other plenary objectives and expected outcomes include the promotion of solidarity and inter-parliamentary cohesion amongst members of Parliaments.
- LILONGWE – 11 JUL 2022 (14H55) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to launch the M1 Road Rehabilitation project on Tuesday, 12 July 2022, in the Mtiti, Madisi, and Dowa areas. The road will be rehabilitated due to the Presidential promises made by President Chakwera in 2020 regarding infrastructure development. The rehabilitation is set to increase the overall trade in the area due to the M1 serving various sectors.
- LILONGWE – 11 JUL 2022 (15H10) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to preside over the Handover Ceremony of Security houses and a rally in the Mangochi area on Thursday, 14 July 2022. This follows due to the increased accommodation issues for security agencies in the State. Approximately 10,000 houses have been constructed from the project. Malawi Police Services are expected to receive 4,000 houses, the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) 4,000, and the Immigration Department and Malawi prison will each receive 1000 houses.
MOZAMBIQUE – 11 JUL 2022
- PEMBA – 10 JUL 2022 (19H40) The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed the death of Staff Sergeant Johan Andries van Rooyen at a Level 2 hospital in Pemba, Cabo Delgado. The Sergeant had reportedly been part of Operation VIKELA contingent, South Africa’s contribution to the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). Van Rooyen reportedly passed away shortly after contracting an undisclosed illness. The Sergeant’s remains are expected to be repatriated to South Africa to allow the finalisation of funeral arrangements.
- MAPUTO – 11 JUL 2022 (08H45) Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, has cancelled his visit to Mozambique, which was scheduled for today, 11 July 2022 and 12 July 2022, due to an increased risk of rural fire in Portugal. The Presidency office of Portugal has stated that Costa has cancelled the official visit to Mozambique due to rural fires forecasted between Sunday, 10 July 2022 and Wednesday, 13 July 2022. Costa was due to leave on Sunday, 10 July 2022, for Maputo and participate in the 5th Luso-Moçambican Summit, which should consolidate and develop the strategic cooperation programme by signing a range of bilateral agreements.
- BEIRA – 11 JUL 2022 (08H10) Protest reported by minibus operators in Beira. Reports indicate that the operators demonstrated due to the failure to implement new fares by the Beira Municipal Assembly. On 16 June 2022, the Beira Municipal Assembly approved the new fares of an increase of five meticais for every ten kilometres travelled but, much to the minibus owners’ anger, they have not yet come into effect for reasons unknown.
NIGERIA – 11 JUL 2022
- ABUJA – 11 JUL 2022 (06H10) The Federal Government has declared today, 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.
- LAGOS – 11 JUL 2022 (08H15) Employees in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, under the aegis of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), have threatened to shut down electricity supply in the country should Nigeria’s Labour Congress (NLC) declare a nationwide protest over the Federal Government’s failure to meet the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demands. This comes as the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) threatened to embark on a solidarity strike in support of the demands of the ASUU. NUEE has called on the Federal Government to address all issues concerning the non-implementation of agreements and others affecting the country’s tertiary institutions. The unions are demanding their payments of the revitalisation fund, earned allowances, implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) scheme, as well as promotion arrears.
- UYO – 11 JUL 2022 (16H40) The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has established a search operation in the vicinity of Uyo to apprehend a roadside petrol dealer. This follows after a roadside petrol dealer set alight a student in the Department of Philosophy at Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU). Reports indicate that the incident occurred following an altercation between the members. The student has been transferred to a hospital in Uyo. The Police have requested the public to provide any information leading to the suspect’s apprehension.
RWANDA – 11 JUL 2022
- KIGALI – 10 JUL 2022 (22H40) Rwandan President Paul Kagame has announced plans to seek re-election during the country’s upcoming 2024 General Elections. This follows as Kagame has been in power since 1994, contesting and winning three presidential elections in 2000, 2010 and 2017. Kagame adjusted the Rwandan Constitution in 2015 to allow the Head of State to remain in office until 2034. President Kagame is expected to remain in office for the following 20 years if re-elected.
- KIGALI – 11 JUL 2022 (12H15) President Paul Kagame, who is also the Rwanda Defence Force’s (RDF) Commander-in-Chief, has promoted the ranks of four senior military officers. According to a statement from the military, Brigadier Generals Vincent Nyakarundi, Willy Rwagasana, and Ruki Karusisi have been promoted to the rank of Major General of the RDF. Colonel Ronald Rwivanga, the Spokesperson of the Rwanda Defence Force, was promoted to Brigadier General.
- KIGALI – 11 JUL 2022 (16H35) The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza announced a working visit from his Somali counterpart Abdi Hassan Mahamed at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru. Munyuza stated that during the visit, they discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in various policing areas. Munyuza further noted that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed in the training field. Munyuza noted that this is an opportunity for us to discuss as we endeavour to explore more areas of cooperation, including sharing of information and intelligence in fighting international organized crime and terrorism that continues to pose a threat to national, regional and international security.
TANZANIA – 11 JUL 2022
- KABANGA – 11 JUL 2022 (17H05) Tembo Nickel Corporation announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ngara District Council. Tembo stated that the MoU included the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects for the year 2022, worth $88,685. Tembo Nickel will assist with 11 projects in the district, which include the provision of desks for teachers and students, rehabilitation of school infrastructure, upgrading health centres and the provision of equipment and medicine.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 11 JUL 2022 (17H25) The Tanzanian company, Simba Gas, is expected to commence the exportation of its products to various countries. This follows after Simba Gas received exploration findings of the availability of commercially-viable natural carbon dioxide (CO2) content at the Suma ward in Rungwe from the University of Dar es Salaam’s School of Mines and Geosciences. Simba Gas is set to harvest the CO2 after obtaining regulatory approvals. Additionally, Simba Gas will export products to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, Angola, South Sudan, Rwanda and Namibia, among others. Simba Gas will produce products for various sectors, including welding and fabrication, healthcare, oil and gas, food and beverage, electronics and electrical, marine, construction, restaurants, breweries, airline catering and shipping, among others. Simba Gas is expected to invest in the CO2 market to meet the internal and external market demands. The demand for C02 in the local market stands at 1,060 tonnes per week with a 360 tonnes per week deficit. Additionally, the expected export market for CO2 stands at 2,000 tonnes, where the deficit is 1,460 tonnes. The investment will establish approximately 450 jobs.
ZAMBIA – 11 JUL 2022
- LUSAKA – 11 JUL 2022 (01H40) Zambia’s Finance Ministry has announced plans to cancel various projects financed by commercial loans to the value of more than $2 billion as part of efforts to reduce the risk of accumulating additional non-concessional debt. This follows as the country recorded external debts of more than $17,27 billion at the end of 2021. The Ministry also recently entered into negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to address the country’s debt challenges. The Ministry recently published the medium-term budget plan, indicating that the Government is in the process of cancelling projects worth an estimated $2,1 billion.
- LUSAKA – 11 JUL 2022 (16H20) Minister of Transport and Logistics Frank Tayali announced the government’s plans for the re-introduction of night travel for long-distance passenger buses. Tayali stated that the government is expected to lift the ban on night travel if operators adhere to all road safety measures.
ZIMBABWE – 11 JUL 2022
- HARARE – 11 JUL 2022 (11H35) Zimbabwe Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Isaac Kwesu announced a ban on the exporting of unprocessed granite. Kwesu stated that this is part of a process to add value to the Zimbabwean mineral exports. Kwesu further noted that Zimbabwe now, following investments in the industry, can cut and polish slabs before exporting, which will assist the country’s economy. Kwesu stated that pre-existing valid contracts for the export of unprocessed granite will be allowed to continue until they expire. Kwesu noted that unprocessed granite can still be exported after the Minister of Mines and Mining Development approves an application lodged by businesses.
- HARARE – 11 JUL 2022 (17H40) Belarus Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Alexander Sidoruk, announced the opening of the Belarusian Embassy in Harare. Sidoruk stated that relations between Zimbabwe and Belarus are expected to increase after the opening of the Embassy. Sidoruk further noted that Belarus had financed the construction of two facilities worth $51 million and $50 million for the country’s agriculture sector. Sidoruk noted that establishing the Belarus Embassy in Harare concludes the Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission on cooperation, the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement and the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement, among other areas of cooperation.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 11 JUL 2022
- 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.
- MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to preside over the Handover Ceremony of Security houses and a rally in the Mangochi area on Thursday, 14 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.
- BOTSWANA: The Government is expected to host a public presentation to review the Constitution of Botswana from Tuesday, 19 July 2022, until Friday, 29 July 2022.
- ESWATINI: King Mswati III is expected to attend the Extraordinary Summit of the Security Organ of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 21 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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