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20220718 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 18 JUL 2022
- LUANDA – 18 JUL 2022 (06H30) The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, is expected to officiate the First Ordinary Meeting of the Interministerial Commission for State Reform (CIRE) for 2022 at the Presidential Palace in Cidade Alta, today, 18 July 2022. Discussions will include various issues within the scope of State Reform, including the implementation of the Project for Simplification of Procedures in Public Administration (Project SIMPLIFICA). According to official sources, the project aims to modernize, reduce bureaucracy, simplify, integrate and optimize pr
- LUANDA – 18 JUL 2022 (07H30) A Spanish Court in Catalonia has rejected the extradition of the body of the former President of the Republic, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, to Mozambique and ordered to conduct further investigations after the daughter of dos Santos claimed foul play. Dos Santos, who was the President of Angola from 1979 to 2017, has lived in Barcelona since April 2019 and died on 08 July 2022 in Barcelona after suffering a cardiac arrest on 23 June 2022. The court has ruled that it rejects to release of the body despite the preliminary autopsy report claiming his death was natural. The magistrate has agreed to additional tests after receiving a complaint about threats to the individuals. Dos Santos daughter, Welwitschia dos Santos, has filed a legal case in Spain against the former First Lady of Angola, Ana Paula, and his personal physician for attempted murder. Meanwhile, Angola’s governing party and current President, João Lourenço, and Paula are seeking to hold a state funeral and burial in Angola.ocesses. The meeting will also consider several legal diplomas related to the institutionalization of the Vehicle Title, a document that unifies the Booklet and the Vehicle Property Title. The agenda of the meeting provides the consideration of the Single Window for the Non-Present Provision of Public Services.
BOTSWANA – 18 JUL 2022
- GABORONE – 18 JUL 2022 (13H50) Botswana Innovation, Technology and Research Institution (BITRI) announced the signing of a C$129 million project with a Canadian firm, Process Research Ortech (PRO). BITRI stated that the project aims to extract minerals to develop batteries used in electric vehicles and other green energy innovations. Acting Communications, Knowledge and Technology Minister Lefhoko Moagi stated that through the investment, Ocean Partners from the United States (US), Serwe Mining and BITRI are expected to develop a plant that will produce 30,000 tonnes of nickel and cobalt annually.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 18 JUL 2022
- KINSHASA – 18 JUL 2022 (16H15) Loncor Gold announced that it has applied for an exploitation permit for the potential development of its Makapela gold resource in the Ngayu greenstone gold belt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Loncor stated that the development had indicated resources of 614,200 ounces of gold and an inferred resource of 549,600 ounces at a 2.75 grams per ton (g/t) gold (Au) cutoff. Loncor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Barker stated that a mining permit at Makapela would create a second avenue to release value held within the company’s deposits.
ESWATINI – 18 JUL 2022
- KWALUSENI – 18 JUL 2022 (08H20) UPDATE Members of the ENFES have successfully extinguished the fire at the University of eSwatini in Kwaluseni. Reports indicate that the campus storage room and photocopying room have been significantly damaged due to the fire. Investigations will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire. (06H20) Fire reported at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA) campus in Manzini. Reports indicate that the examination room at the campus has caught alight. The eSwatini National Fire and Emergency Services (ENFES) members are on the scene and are attempting to extinguish the fire. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. The cause of the fire remains unknown.
ETHIOPIA- 18 JUL 2022
- METEMA – 18 JUL 2022 (10H15) Sudan has resumed cross-border movement with Ethiopia in an effort to strengthen relations and resolve disputes between the two countries. Sudan’s Security and Defense Council has also stated that the Sudan council decided to intensify border monitoring and improve coordination at the Galabat-Metema cross-border to combat the movement of armed groups across the border. The decision comes after Sudanese Military-General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed held a meeting on Sunday, 17 July 2022. This comes after Sudan accused the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) of killing seven of the Sudanese forces and a civilian on 26 June 2022 in the al-Fashaga district.
GHANA – 18 JUL 2022
- ACCRA – 18 JUL 2022 (02H00) The Ghana Health Services (GHS) have confirmed two cases of the Marburg virus in the southern Ashanti region. This follows after the GHS detected the cases and delivered the samples to the Pasteur Institute in Senegal for confirmation on 10 July 2022. The GHS has identified 98 people as contact cases who have been quarantined. The virus has previously been identified in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO has advised the public to avoid caves inhabited by bat colonies. Additionally, members of the public, who have been in contact with Marburg patients, are advised to self-isolate and contact medical authorities.
- ACCRA – 18 JUL 2022 (06H00) The four teacher unions in Ghana have called off their strike action after the Government agreed to a 15% cost of living allowances (COLA) with organised labour and will resume work from today, 18 July 2022. The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers Ghana (CCT) demanded a 20% COLA and declared a nationwide strike on 04 July 2022. This follows after the completion of negotiations between the Government of Ghana (GoG) and the Management of the Ghana Education Services (GES) on the COLA. The GES Management has requested the Regional and District Directors of Education to ensure that teaching and non-teaching staff of the GES return to school to commence with the full academic work.
KENYA – 18 JUL 2022
- NAIROBI – 18 JUL 2022 (15H05) Kenya Airways suspended ticket sales from Heathrow, London, to Nairobi. The suspension follows a directive by Heathrow Airport to suspend all outbound bookings until September 2022 due to a shortage of airport staff. Kenya Airways stated passengers who already booked their tickets will still be assisted. Only new bookings will be suspended until further notice.
LESOTHO – 18 JUL 2022
- MASERU – 18 JUL 2022 (12H00) Deepak Bhaskaran, a new representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Lesotho, has assumed office to lead the organisation. Bhaskaran has presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Matšepo Ramakoae, and assured the Government of UNICEF’s continued commitment to improve the health and well-being of Basotho children and families. Bhaskaran has replaced the former UNICEF Representative, Anurita Bains, and congratulated the Government of Lesotho’s ongoing efforts to improve the well-being of children in the country.
MADAGASCAR – 18 JUL 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 18 JUL 2022 (12H30) The African Development Bank (AfDB) Board has granted an additional $20 million towards the development of the agricultural sector in 18 regions in Madagascar. The AfDB Board has noted that the funding is aimed at strengthening food security in Madagascar. In addition to the grant, 78% of the fund consists of a grant from the AfDB, while 22% is concessional financing from the Bank Group and the transition.
MALAWI – 18 JUL 2022
- LILONGWE – 18 JUL 2022 (02H40) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the extradition of Chinese National Lu Ke. This followed after Lu Ke fled to Zambia in June 2022 due to the videos he recorded of Malawians for profit. The extradition follows cooperation between the Government, the Zambian Government, and the Chinese Government. Through cooperation with the Chinese Government, Malawian officials established that the Zambian Government arrested Lu Ke due to irregular entry into the country. Additionally, the Malawian Government, through the cooperation of both countries’ Ministries of Homeland Security, Justice and Foreign Affairs, arranged Lu Ke’s extradition on Saturday, 16 July 2022, at the Mchinji border. Lu Ke is expected to appear in court for charges of contravening various laws of Malawi to be outlined by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
- LILONGWE – 18 JUL 2022 (08H50) The Committee of Ministers Responsible for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will meet in Lilongwe, the Republic of Malawi, on Tuesday, 19 July 2022. The Committee of SADC Ministers Responsible for DRM will meet to discuss the implementation of programmes and interventions on DRM, and review progress on the observations of SADC activities aimed at strengthening the region’s preparedness to address disaster risks, mitigating the impacts of disasters, enhancing relief efforts, and contributing to strengthening the region’s resilience to natural disasters. The meeting aims to discuss issues of several disasters in the region, including droughts, tropical cyclones, torrential rains, floods, and wildfires, among other natural disasters that devastate the region, resulting in deaths, disruption of services, and infrastructure destruction. Honourable Lobin Lowe, the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Malawi, will chair the meeting in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Committee of SADC Ministers Responsible for Disaster Risk Management. The meeting of the Committee of SADC Ministers Responsible for Disaster Risk Management will be preceded by the Meeting of SADC Senior Officials Responsible for Disaster Risk Management on 17 July 2022 and 18 July 2022.
MOZAMBIQUE – 18 JUL 2022
- MAPUTO – 18 JUL 2022 (07H50) The United States (US) Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Uzra Zeya, is scheduled to travel to Mozambique and Namibia from 18 July 2022 to 24 July 2022. Zeya will be expected in Maputo, in Mozambique, on 18 July 2022 and meet with Government officials and members of civil society to discuss opportunities to advance stabilization of violence-affected areas, leveraging new opportunities under the US Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability. Zeya will also expect to highlight the importance of the work the US provides to African and international partners to counter terrorism and trafficking, build the capacity of judicial and law enforcement partners, assist internally displaced persons (IDP) and people afflicted by violence in northern Mozambique, as well as promote food security, democratic principles, anti-corruption efforts, human rights, and religious freedom. Zeya will thereafter travel to Windhoek, Namibia, on 21 July 2022, and meet with Government officials to advance shared global priorities on climate change, transnational crime, energy, and discuss joint efforts to strengthen democracy, promote the human rights of all individuals, fight human trafficking, assist refugees, and promote regional security.
NIGERIA – 18 JUL 2022
- GUSAU – 18 JUL 2022 (02H10) The Zamfara State Government has announced the suspension of the Birnin Yandoto of Tsafe Local Government Area Emir Aliyu Marafa. Marafa has been suspended due to his decision to nominate a local bandit leader as a Chieftain. The announcement has been made by the Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Sarduana. Sarduana further established a committee consisting of Yahaya Goro as chairman and Musa Garba as Secretary, together with Yahay Kanoma, Muhammed Magaji, Lawal Zannah, Isa Moriki to investigate the circumstances leading to the Emir’s nomination. The District Head of Yandoto, Mahe Garba Marafa, has been elected to assume control of the Emirate’s affairs.
- ABUJA – 18 JUL 2022 (08H00) The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is expected to embark on a two-day national protest on 26 July 2022 and 27 July 2022 to demand the immediate reopening of public-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria following the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike. The ASUU, and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike since February 2022 over the alleged failure of the Government to adhere to meet their demands on funding the educational sector, salaries and allowances, the elimination of the use of IPPIS and several other demands. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, has added that the nationwide protest will be carried out in all state capitals of the federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Members of the NLC and supporters are expected to gather at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House in Abuja. Members of the public are advised to avoid the affected areas. Police will be deployed to the scene.
- LAGOS – 18 JUL 2022 (10H30) The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) has declared to protest in solidarity with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to demand the immediate reopening of public-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria following the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike. The NUBUFIE union has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and resolve the dispute. The ASUU, and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike since February 2022 over the alleged failure of the Government to adhere to meet their demands on funding the educational sector, salaries and allowances, the suspension of the use of IPPIS and several other demands.
- LAGOS – 18 JUL 2022 (15H55) The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has delcared to protest in solidarity with the National Labour Congress (NLC) on 26 July 2022 and 27 July 2022 in solidarity with the demonstration by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The ANAP has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and resolve the dispute. The ASUU, and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike since February 2022 over the Government’s alleged failure to meet their demands on funding the educational sector, salaries and allowances, the suspension of the use of IPPIS and several other demands.
RWANDA – 18 JUL 2022
- KIGALI – 18 JUL 2022 (14H40) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Bruta, announced a working visit from the Standing Committee of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. Bruta stated that during the meeting, they discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
TANZANIA – 18 JUL 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 18 JUL 2022 (16H50) Minister of Health, Ummy Mwalimu, confirmed 20 cases of Leptospirosis. Mwalimustated that after previous reports of an unknown disease, the laboratory results confirmed the patients in Ruangwa, Lindi District, have tested positive for Leptospirosis. Mwalimu stated that the fatality rate for people infected with Leptospirosis is currently 10% globally. Mwalimu further noted that patients who show disease symptoms should seek medical attention for the correct treatment of the disease.
ZAMBIA – 18 JUL 2022
- LUSAKA – 18 JUL 2022 (17H45) Zambeef announced that it has entered into a $35 million debt facility with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Zambeef is a fully integrated cold chain foods and retail company with operations Zambia, Nigeria and Ghana. Zambeef stated that this facility enables them to partially finance its $100 million investment strategy. Zambeef further noted that this investment will contribute to climate change mitigation by supporting Zambeef’s energy and fuel efficiency and reducing more than 14,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Zambeef stated that this investment will also enable them to introduce a new health and biosecurity management system across its animal production chain. The investment aligns with IFC’s strategic approach to agribusiness, which focuses on enhancing food security, inclusive growth and shared prosperity.
- LUSAKA – 18 JUL 2022 (17H55) The Unemployment Teachers Association (UTAZ) announced the launch of its Joint Voices Educators Enterprise. UTAZ stated that the organisation aims to offer educational skills and promote adult literacy in various communities. UTAZ President Francis Musonda stated that the centre will provide various job opportunities to civilians in either teaching or managing various centres across the country. Musonda further noted that various people are engaged to help the organisation have more insight into how funds can be accessed and raised and have close working collaborations with the government and other stakeholders.
ZIMBABWE – 18 JUL 2022
- HARARE – 18 JUL 2022 (03H00) The Government has approved the construction of three domestic airports and the maintenance of the existing three airports. The approval has been made to increase domestic air connectivity and to assist the tourism sector. The airports will be constructed in Mutare, Beitbridge and Gweru, while the Kariba airport will be relocated. The Masvingo and Hwange National Park Airport’s terminal buildings and runways will be refurbished. Furthermore, the Robert Gabriel Mugabe (RGM) International Airport is being improved and expected to be completed by June 2023. Airports Company of Zimbabwe (ACZ) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tawanda Gusha confirmed that authorities are mobilising resources for the programme.
- HARARE – 18 JUL 2022 (15H35) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Chamber of Mines, Isaac Kwesu, announced that the Chamber of Mines will host a one-day Mining Industry Forum tomorrow, 19 July 2022. Kwesu stated that the forum is aimed at addressing challenges affecting various suppliers of the mining industry. The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Mavis Sibanda, is also expected to present the Government’s perspective on promoting linkages in the mining value chain. At the same time, other topics would focus on strengthening linkages between the mining sector.