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20220714 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 14

ANGOLA – 14 JUL 2022

  • DUNDO – 13 JUL 2022 (19H20) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced that efforts are underway to repatriate an estimated 600 refugees from the Dundo Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the province of Lunda Norte in Angola from 19 July 2022. The decision follows a tripartite agreement recently signed between the UNHCR and the Governments of Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The refugees are expected to be repatriated to the DRC provinces of Kasaï-Central, Kasaï, Kasaï-Oriental, and Kwilu. The UNHCR recently concluded an investigation in these provinces, confirming that the security conditions have improved following previous armed conflict in the areas, which led to mass displacement of residents between 2016 and 2018. The UNHCR has noted that efforts are also underway to facilitate the reintegration of the refugees upon their return.

 

BOTSWANA – 14 JUL 2022

  • GABORONE – 14 JUL 2022 (06H50) The Assistant Minister for State President, Honourable Dumezweni Mthimkhulu, is scheduled to embark on an official visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho today, 14 July 2022, to attend a ceremony to observe the passing of the Omnibus Constitutional Amendment Bill by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Mthimkhulu will be attending the event to represent His Excellency, President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi. Mthimkhulu is expected to depart the country at 08H00 at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.
  • GABORONE – 14 JUL 2022 (17H30) Power outage expected in the Gaborone area between 15 July 2022. The disruptions will follow due to the establishment of modifications to the electrical supply system. The affected areas include G-West Industrial and Station and Around Fours. The power will be disrupted from 09H00 until 16H00. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued as the situation progresses.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 14 JUL 2022

  • BURUNGU – 13 JUL 2022 (21H00) Attack reported by community members at the sub-police station, Burungu village. Reports indicate that the community attacked the building at approximately 21H00 as the Police had detained an alleged murder suspect. During the incident, the members damaged the sub-Police station and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) offices. Additionally, the members set alight a box containing state exam items for the 2021-2022 financial year. Deputy Director of the Educational Province of Masisi 6, Jean Bosco Gakuru, has contacted the relevant authorities to request substitute questionnaires ahead of the exam on 18 July 2022.
  • MWENGA – 14 JUL 2022 (08H00) One person was killed and another injured by armed men on Wednesday, 13 July 2022, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, at a Chinese-owned mining company. Unidentified armed men attacked two machine operators from the company Oriental Resources Congo (ORC) in Kaboge in the gold mining territory of Mwenga. Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the civil society, Hilaire Isombya, has called on the Provincial Governor of South Kivu to suspend the mining activities, which has caused insecurity in the region.
  • IDIOFA – 14 JUL 2022 (10H15) The National Agency for Electrification and Energy Service in Rural and Suburban Areas (ANSER) has been awarded the construction of a 250 KiloWatt (kW) Punkulu Munim hydroelectric power station, which will be built in the Banga sector. The ANSER has launched a call for tenders for the construction of a micro-dam in the Banga sector in the territory of Idiofa towards the river Laba Iwung which will supply the communities of Lancas, Laba Nkoko and Punkulu Munim. The Provincial Energy Minister of Kwilu, Alpha Luma, has stated that the electricity will boost the development of the Banga sector in the country.

 

ESWATINI – 14 JUL 2022

  • MBABANE – 14 JUL 2022 (11H00) Protest reported outside the Ministry of Labour and Social Security offices in Mbabane. Students affiliated with the Economic Freedom Fighters of Swaziland (EFFSWA) are protesting outside the Ministry office in demand of their outstanding student allowances. The students have delivered a petition to the representative of the ministry. Security personnel are on the scene. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant.

 

ETHIOPIA- 14 JUL 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 14 JUL 2022 (17H15) The Federal First Instance High Court Judges have granted Federal Investigators (FI) a 14-day custody period of The Head of National Disaster Risk Management Commissioner Mitiku Kassa. This follows after the Federal Police detained Kassa and Eyasu Kassa on 13 July 2022 over corruption, misuse of public property and abuse of office charges. The FI is expected to interview members in addition to preparing the case files of the Kassa case, amongst other duties.

 

GHANA – 14 JUL 2022

  • ACCRA – 13 JUL 2022 (20H05) The Arise Ghana group members are expected to hold a public forum on 20 July 2022 at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Hall. The forum has been themed, Ghana’s Current Socio-Economic Position and The Prospects of an IMF Program. During the forum, experts and scholars will engage and discuss methods to solve Ghana’s economic challenges. Several speakers have been scheduled to share their experiences on the economic issues of Ghana.
  • ACCRA – 14 JUL 2022 (01H00) The Ghana Medical Association, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, Health Services Workers’ Union, and the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association have announced plans to withdraw services from 28 July 2022. The four associations have released a joint statement indicating that the decision follows the Government’s failure to respond to requests for the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) by Organised Labour. This follows the collapse of a recent meeting between the Government and Organised Labour on 12 July 2022. The associations have stated intentions to embark on a series of actions if the COLA negotiations are not completed by 22 July 2022. These actions include the withdrawal of Out-Patient Department (OPD) Services from 28 July 2022 to 31 July 2022 and the withdrawal of OPD and In-patient services from 01 August 2022.
  • ACCRA – 14 JUL 2022 (09H30) The Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has announced the decision to embark on an industrial action effective on Tuesday, 19 July 2022, over the Government’s failure to pay them Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA). This follows after the union demanded a 20% COLA due to the cost of living affecting the living condition of public sector workers. The General Secretary of the PSWU, Bernard Adjei, has released a notice of protest to the public stating that the Government has failed to respond to their demands despite the petitions delivered during the 2022 May Day Parade and a formal request on 24 June 2022. This follows after an emergency meeting was held by members of the Management Committee and representatives from over 65 institutions under the aegis of the PSWU. The members had decided to embark on an industrial action until the concerns were addressed.
  • KUMASI – 14 JUL 2022 (13H45) The Police have established a search operation in the Ashanti Region. The operations have been established to apprehend Amoako Mensah, Clement Osei, Lot Adu Asabre and Maxwell Boachie Degraft. The suspects are wanted due to the riot the suspects allegedly initiated at the Bosome Freho District Assembly meeting on Wednesday, 13 July 2022. The suspects have been advised to report to the Ashanti Regional Police Headquarters in Kumasi.

 

KENYA – 14 JUL 2022

  • NAIROBI – 14 JUL 2022 (09H35) Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced a meeting with national and regional security chiefs in Nairobi. Matiang’i stated that during the meeting, they discussed the preparedness of security and relevant contingencies for the polls in August. Matiang’i further stated that regional security teams have been holding regular engagements with election officials and have drawn up relevant responses, including simulations on effective crowd management. Matiang’i further noted that the security committees, which Regional Commissioners chair, will hold the final review and assessment meeting at the end of July 2022.
  • NAIROBI – 14 JUL 2022 (14H10) President Uhuru Kenyatta has authorised an Sh16.67 billion subsidy. The subsidy has been provided to reprieve Kenyans from an expected fuel price increase. The fuel prices had been expected to increase petrol from Sh159.12 per litre (p/l) to Sh181.13 p/l, diesel from Sh140 p/l to Sh193.64 p/l and kerosene from Sh127.94 p/l to Sh181.13 p/l. The Government subsidy has followed the allocation of approximately Sh100 billion from the fuel stabilisation programme during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 financial years.
  • NAIROBI – 14 JUL 2022 (14H25) UPDATE The Police have cordoned off the area to the public. An Armored Anti Riot Water Cannon Truck has been deployed to disperse members of the public from the site. Emergency services are underway to clean the spill in the area. (13H10) Motorists have been advised to avoid the Northern Bypass, towards Marurui intersection near Windsor. Including, the Marurui intersection towards Roasters. Traffic has been congested along the Embu-Nairobi Highway. According to reports, a fuel tanker has collapsed and has spilt fuel across the highway. (12H15) Road closure reported along the Thika Road/ Embu-Nairobi Highway in Nairobi, near Roysambu. The closure is due to a fuel tanker that overturned. Emergency services are on the scene. Traffic has been diverted, and advised motorists to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
  • NAIROBI – 14 JUL 2022 (17H15) United States (US) Ambassador to Kenya, Katherine Tai, announced the launch of the US-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership. Tai stated that the partnership aims to address regional and global challenges and represents an opportunity to work together on shared priorities, which include labor, environment, digital trade, trade facilitation and regulatory practices. Tai further noted that the partnership is expected to enhance trade and investment relationships between the two countries, as well as promote resilience and facilitate sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
  • NAIROBI – 14 JUL 2022 (17H45) President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to receive the President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, on 15 July 2022. This follows as part of President Embalo’s official three-day State visit to Kenya. President Embalo is expected to arrive in Nairobi today, 14 July 2022. President Kenyatta will be receiving President Embalo at the State House from approximately 11H00. During the meeting, the delegations of Kenya and Guinea-Bissau will be discussing ways of enhancing bilateral relations between the countries.

 

LESOTHO – 14 JUL 2022

  • MASERU – 14 JUL 2022 (14H50) King Lestie III has announced the dissolution of the tenth Lesotho Parliament ahead of the September 2022 General Elections. The dissolution has been made in terms of Section 83(2) of the Lesotho Constitution. No reason has been provided as to why King Letsie dissolved the Parliament. Additionally, it is expected that King Letsie dissolved the Parliament to call for a snap election. This followed as King Letsie dissolved the Parliament and called for a snap election on 28 February 2015.

 

MADAGASCAR – 14 JUL 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 14 JUL 2022 (06H30) Jirama, state-owned electric utility and water services company, has announced an additional 40 MegaWatts (MW) to the Antananarivo Interconnected Network (RIA) to provide an additional supply of solar power to Ambatolampy. The company stated that an additional 20MW produced through the expansion of this plant had been added to the RIA. This comes after the company completed an eight-month extension work due to the weather, which affected the electricity output from the power plants in Sahanivotry, Farahantsana and Ambatolampy.
  • MARAOMBILI – 14 JUL 2022 (10H10) Protest reported in Andranomifotitra in the Maroambihy commune. Local farmers are demonstrating over the shortage of consumers due to the Government’s imposed decision to move the trading market to the market in Antananarivo. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.

 

MALAWI – 14 JUL 2022

  • LILONGWE – 13 JUL 2022 (20H45) The former Secretary to President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara and Businessman Leston Mulli have been granted bail for their abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud charges. The court has ordered the members to pay a K500,000 cash bond in addition to a surety bond at K10 million. The courts have additionally instructed the members not to interfere with state witnesses and appear before the area 30 Police Headquarters every fortnight (14 days).
  • MALINDI – 14 JUL 2022 (06H00) President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to preside over the Handover Ceremony of Security Houses and a rally in the Mangochi area today 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 get 1000 houses.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 14 JUL 2022

  • MAPUTO – 13 JUL 2022 (21H00) The Government of Mozambique has declared five days of national mourning from Wednesday, 13 July 2022, following the death of former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos. The announcement has been made during the Extraordinary Session of the Mozambican Cabinet, the Council of Ministers, held at the Presidency Office in Maputo. During the mourning period, the country’s national flag and the flag of the Presidency will be hoisted at half-mast.
  • MAGASSO – 14 JUL 2022 (10H40) UPDATE Demonstrations reported along the N2 between Matola and Maputo. Motorists have closed the N2 highway and disrupted operations at the Portagem Matola toll booth. Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the motorists. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (08H50) The Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) has been placed on high alert to observe and maintain the demonstration, particularly in Maputo. The Spokesperson for the General Command of PRM, Orlando Modumane, stated that the PRM would be deployed to several areas throughout the national territory, including urban centres, main highways and terminals. (07H15) Demonstrations are underway within Maputo. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are deployed to the affected areas. (06H15) Protest expected on Thursday, 14 July 2022, in Mozambique due to the high cost of living and increased fuel prices. Several motorists will be blockading the N2/N8 Highway from Harare to Nyamapanda in demand for a decrease in fuel prices, an adjusted review of the cost of living prices, and a salary increase for all Mozambicans and better living conditions in the country. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to all affected areas.
  • MAPUTO – 14 JUL 2022 (15H00) ENI announced that their Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project offshore Mozambique is expected to commence in mid-September 2022. ENI stated that the first extraction from the Coral Sul FLNG in Area 4 will take place in September 2022. ENI further noted that an earlier start to the project is being contemplated, and relevant information will be released as soon as a decision has been made.

 

NIGERIA – 14 JUL 2022

  • PORT HARCOURT – 13 JUL 2022 (19H00) President of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Fegalo Nsuke, announced that the Ogoni community will resist any attempt by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Sahara Energy and Shell to gain access to the Ogoni oilfields. Nsuke accused the firms of enhancing violence that threatens the peace in the Niger Delta Region. Nsuke stated that the Government should propose an agreement that the Ogoni community benefits from before the companies can resume their operations.
  • AZARE – 13 JUL 2022 (19H00) The North East Zonal Secretary of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Alhaji Liman, announced the indefinite suspension of the State Acting Chairman of the party, Alhaji Sani. Liman stated that Sani lacked commitment to the party’s ideals, showed gross misconduct and disrespected a national party officer.
  • OKO ERIN – 13 JUL 2022 (20H25) The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has established a search operation in the vicinity of Oko Erin. This followed after armed suspects fatally injured a National Open University student of the Illorin campus on Tuesday, 14 July 2022, at his house in the Akerebiata area. The student’s body has been transferred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) for an autopsy. The public is advised to provide the NPF with any information leading to the suspects’ apprehension.
  • LAGOS – 14 JUL 2022 (09H15) Air Peace Chief Operating Officer Oluwatoyin Olajide announced the commencement of direct flights from Lagos to Guangzhou, China. Olajide stated that direct flights to Guangzhou will occur once a week. Olajide further noted that the airline had discussed plans to commence direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from Nigeria, utilising interline arrangements with an Asian airline. Olajide noted that other countries are also in line for direct flights with Air Peace, which include Malabo in Equatorial Guinea and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
  • ABUJA – 14 JUL 2022 (14H40) The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) advised the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Lang, to suspend all planned visits to Biafran territories. IPOB spokesperson, Emma Powerful, stated that they received information through their intelligence arm, the M-Branch, that an unknown armed group is planning to assassinate the envoy and blame it on IPOB. Powerful urged Lang to suspend all activities in the Biafran territory as her life is on the line.
  • AMAWBIA – 14 JUL 2022 (15H10) The Commissioner of Police (CP), Echeng Echeng, has established a task force to recover spy vehicle number plates in the Anambra State. This follows after the Inspector-General of Police, Baba Alkali’s announcement to ban the usage of the specified plates. The ban has been called to increase the country’s internal security and prevent the misuse of the number plates. CP Echeng Echeng has requested members who own spy number plates to remove them. The Police will confiscate the plates and arrest members who do not comply with the ban.

 

RWANDA – 14 JUL 2022

  • KIGALI – 14 JUL 2022 (16H00) Rwanda is expected to complete a stormwater master plan (SMP) by 2024. Members of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Finance have made the announcement during their assessment of informal urban settlements and urbanisation issues in Kigali. The SMP will provide a plan on how Kigali manages floods by establishing drainage systems. The SMP is set to be valued at approximately $1 million. Rwanda Urban Development Projects Project Engineer noted that about $200,000 will be utilised to establish flood sensors. During the project, members are set to merge various drainages to have different centralised drainage systems. The water will be transported into wetlands and other water bodies to assist with wetlands rehabilitation and conservation.

 

TANZANIA – 14 JUL 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 14 JUL 2022 (14H00) The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced its plan to establish an Entrepreneurial Development Bank in Tanzania. AfDB country manager in Tanzania, Patricia Laverley, stated that the bank will mainly assist with the needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME). Laverly stated that MSMEs have limited access to finance in the country due to the lack of formal registration, collateral, credit history and tailored financial products. Laverly further noted that the bank is expected to attract investors and enhance job creation in the country.

 

ZAMBIA – 14 JUL 2022

  • LUSAKA – 13 JUL 2022 (23H50) Zambian Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane has announced that the second meeting with official creditors, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is scheduled to be held on Monday, 18 July 2022. Musokotwane made the announcement following a recent meeting between Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema and World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, Victoria Kwakwa. The country is currently engaged in negotiations with creditors and the IMF to address significant debt accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • LUSAKA – 14 JUL 2022 (06H10) Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, has announced that Zambia is expected to host the 4th Africa Union (AU) Mid-Year Coordinating meeting from today, 14 July 2022, until 17 July 2022. Kakubo has stated that President Hakainde Hichilema has constituted an organising committee comprising Cabinet Ministers to preside over the hosting of the event. The committee is expected to be chaired by Minister Kakubo and deputised by the Minister of Tourism and Arts. Kakubo has further appealed to stakeholders in the private sector to collaborate with the Government in ensuring that the summit is successful. The summit is expected to be attended by 13 Heads of State and 800 foreign delegates.
  • LUSAKA – 14 JUL 2022 (06H20) The Lusaka City Council has released a public notice on traffic disruption expected on various roads in Lusaka from today, 14 July 2022, until Saturday, 17 July 2022. The traffic will be disrupted to facilitate the ease of movement of the Heads of State and Delegates attending the Africa Union Summit at the Kenneth Kaunda International Conference. The affected roads include Airport Road, Great East Road, Addis Ababa Drive, Nasser Road and Independence Road. Traffic officers will be deployed to assist the flow of traffic. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

ZIMBABWE – 14 JUL 2022

  • HARARE – 14 JUL 2022 (07H30) Protest expected outside the Magistrates Court in Harare today, 14 July 2022, from 09H00. Members of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) are expected to protest in solidarity with Job Sikhala, who has been detained for allegedly inciting public violence. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Police will be on the scene.
  • HARARE – 14 JUL 2022 (12H50) The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) announced extended loadshedding can be expected in the coming days for Zimbabwe. ZESA stated that the increase in loadshedding is due to decreased power generation during peak hours. ZESA further noted that the Munyati, Harare and Bulawayo Thermal Power Stations are currently offline. ZESA stated that maintenance work is currently underway at these power stations to ensure service restoration.
  • BULAWAYO – 14 JUL 2022 (15H30) The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) announced a water interruption is scheduled for the city from 15 July 2022 until 21 July 2022. Town Clerk Christopher Dube stated that the interruption is due to a burst pipe providing water to the Criterion Water Reservoir. Dube Stated that the interruption will start at 07H30 on Friday 15 July 2022 and will be back on Thursday 21 July 2022 at 07H30. Dube further noted that this will allow the technical staff to repair the burst pipe. Dube urged residents to plan ahead of the disruption and make sure they have enough drinkable water for this time.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 14 JUL 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.
  • KENYA: The Presidential Debates Secretariat announced that the deputy presidential debate is expected to be held on Tuesday, 19 July 2022, at the Catholic University in Nairobi.
  • GHANA: The Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has announced the decision to embark on an industrial action effective on Tuesday, 19 July 2022, over the Government’s failure to pay them Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA).
  • ZAMBIA: Protest expected in Lusaka on Tuesday, 19 July 2022, by members of the Socialist Party (SP).
  • 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.
  • ZIMBABWE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to commence the 2022 Mining, Engineering and Transport Expo (Mine Entra) on 20 July 2022 at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).
  • 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.
  • GHANA: Protest expected by members of the Arise Ghana group on 22 August 2022, in Kumasi.
  • 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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