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20220719 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 19

ANGOLA – 19 JUL 2022

  • LUANDA – 18 JUL 2022 (19H00) TAAG Angola Airlines announced the lease of six new Airbus A220-300 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). TAAG stated that the Airbusses are expected to arrive in Angola between 2023 and the end of 2024. TAAG further noted that the A220-300, with its fuel efficiency, range and improved operating economics, will progressively replace TAAG’s Boeing 737-700 fleet and allow the airline to optimize and broaden its flight schedule coverage and destinations from Luanda.

 

BOTSWANA – 19 JUL 2022

  • MOCHUDI – 18 JUL 2022 (22H30) The Power Metal Resources PLC has announced positive findings from the prospecting license PL049/2022 of the Tati project. The announcement has followed after a site visit to the Cherished Hope gold mine within the PL049/2022 licence. The Tati project covers three individual prospecting licences for gold and nickel mineralisation which include PL126/2019, PL127/2019 and PL049/2022. Additionally, the company has identified two fine dumps on the site. The fines dumps consist of waste material from the Cherished Hope mine located near the historic gold workings. Power Metal is reviewing the site visit report and finalising the exploration steps, which include the sampling of the fines dumps material and a volumetric survey to determine an average gold grade range for materials of the fines dumps. The company is expected to commence a low-cost reverse circulation drilling programme to evaluate the along-strike and down-dip extent of the Cherished Hope mineralised quartz reef structures.
  • GABORONE – 19 JUL 2022 (06H30) The Republic of Botswana has noted that the Presidential Committee on the Review of the Constitution of Botswana is scheduled to hear submissions from the civil society/ non-governmental, private and public organisations from today, 19 July 2022, to 29 July 2022 in Gaborone. This follows after political parties and women’s organisations in Botswana made a submission to the Commission of Inquiry into the Review of the Constitution in June 2022. The members have called for a review of Botswana’s 55-year-old Constitution to ensure compliance with global, African, and Southern African regional commitments to attain gender equality.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 19 JUL 2022

  • GOMA – 19 JUL 2022 (07H30) The Provincial Government of North Kivu has announced the decision to assist vehicles on the Kasindi-Beni road axis after engaging with representatives of the Federation of Companies of the Congo (FEC), Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COPEMECO) and the Association of Customs Declarants (ACCAD). This follows after residents in the Far North held demonstrations demanding additional security from the State. The Governor’s Principal Adviser on Economic and Financial matters, David Kamuha, has further assured that the measure will be imposed soon, and delegates from the Government will visit the victims of recent attacks in Bulongo.
  • KINSHASA – 19 JUL 2022 (08H45) The Congolese authorities have announced the decision to auction 27 oil blocks and three gas blocks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the insecurity in the area. This comes despite petitions by an environmental protection organisation, Greenpeace Africa. The Congolese Minister of Hydrocarbons, Didier Budimbu, stated that calls for tenders for the allocation of rights would be launched on 28 July 2022, in particular the two blocks returned by Israeli businessman Dan Gertler and three gas blocks. Greenpeace Africa has noted that oil blocks should not be attributed to the Central Cuvette in biodiversity, which contains approximately 30 gigatonnes of carbon.
  • VIEUX BENI – 19 JUL 2022 (10H30) Three Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels and an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have died following clashes on Monday, 18 July 2022, near the Semuliki bridge, on the Beni-Kasindi road, in the Ruwenzori sector in North Kivu. According to the military spokesperson in Beni, Captain Anthony Mualushayi, the clashes occurred in Tingitingi while on patrol to the national road number four from the south of the territory of Beni for the North. Mualushayi has noted that the army has recovered two weapons. The situation has returned to normalcy, and the army has continued operations in the area.

 

ESWATINI – 19 JUL 2022

  • MBABANE – 19 JUL 2022 (05H05) Prime Minister (PM) Cleopas Sipho Dlamini has announced the adjusted COVID-19 restrictions to take effect immediately. PM Dlamini noted that the risk level has been adjusted to level 0. Face masks are no longer mandatory in indoor and outdoor venues. Unvaccinated visitors and returning residents will be required to provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. However, fully vaccinated members will not need to provide a negative PCR test. PM Dlamini noted that testing for COVID-19 remains available for all civilians who experience flu-like symptoms. Although, if tested positive, it is advised to self-isolate and wear a mask in public areas.

 

ETHIOPIA- 19 JUL 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 19 JUL 2022 (10H00) The Addis Ababa City Council has approved more than a Br100 billion budget for the 2022/2023 Ethiopian Fiscal Year. According to the annual budget, an overall growth of 41.6% had been recorded from the previous fiscal year. The approved budget will assist the city administration by prioritizing infrastructure, water, road, entrepreneurship, and industrial sectors. The city administration has also announced plans to focus on the participation of women and youth as well as job creation during the new budget year. The budget aims to strengthen the ongoing development of the administration further and improve management activities in the capital.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 19 JUL 2022 (16H15) The United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP) announced the donation of $60 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to support the humanitarian response in Ethiopia. The UN stated that the funding will provide food and nutrition assistance to 1,6 million people in the conflict-affected parts of north Ethiopia through food distributions in Tigray, Afar and Amhara.

 

GHANA – 19 JUL 2022

  • ACCRA – 19 JUL 2022 (14H30) The Government of Ghana announced that it is expected to meet a South African railway entity named Thelo DB on Monday, 25 July 2022. The Government stated that during the meeting, they are expected to sign an agreement worth $3,2 billion for the development and to make the country’s Western Railway Line operational. The Government stated that the Western Railway runs a total of 339 kilometres (KM) from Takoradi Port to Kumasi, but only 66km is operational. The Government further noted that the railway rehabilitation project is expected to improve Ghana’s economy.
  • ACCRA – 19 JUL 2022 (17H10) Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) announced that the Chambers of Commerce and Industry Summit is expected to be held from 27 September 2022 until 02 October 2022. GNCCI President Clement Osei-Amoako stated that the summit will be held between the GNCCI and Burkina Faso’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Osei-Amoako stated that the summit will focus on creating a platform and opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Small and Medium Industries (SMIs) in both countries. Osei-Amoako further noted that the summit will also focus on strengthening economic and trade relations between the two countries, which synergies of actions in the current context of the implementation of the African Continental Free Rade Area (ACFTA).

 

KENYA – 19 JUL 2022

  • NAIROBI – 18 JUL 2022 (20H45) Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to Seychelles, Raychelle Omamo, announced the signing of ten Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde. Omamo stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing of the MoUs during his working visit to the country. Omamo further noted that the MoUs are aimed at defence, mutual assistance on criminal matters, Blue Economy, MoU for peace, security and law enforcement at sea, maritime affairs, tourism development, agriculture, livestock and cooperative sectors, security and crime combatting, sports, promotion on partnership on gender equality and promoting women economic empowerment.
  • NAIROBI – 19 JUL 2022 (06H00) Presidential Debates Secretariat Head Clifford Machoka has announced that the 2022 Deputy Presidential Debate will be held today, 19 July 2022. The Secretariat added that the Presidential Debate would be held on Tuesday, 26 July 2022. The debates are expected to be held at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) Main Campus in Karen, Nairobi, from 17H00 pm to 22H00.
  • NAIROBI – 19 JUL 2022 (11H00) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is scheduled today, 19 July 2022, to conduct the second simulation exercise of the Result Transmission System (RTS). The exercise will be conducted at the national tallying centre in Bomas of Kenya as per the law, which requires the commission to test and simulate the system 60 days before elections. The first simulation was conducted on 09 June 2022, where 2,900 of the 46,232 polling stations were sampled. During the exercise, it was revealed that 1,111 polling stations were without third-generation or fourth-generation mobile telephone network coverage, with the commission pledging to deploy satellite modems in the affected areas. The commission has further noted that it was working closely with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and the service providers to address any technical issues, adding that the process will be open to the public.

 

LESOTHO – 19 JUL 2022

  • MASERU – 19 JUL 2022 (15H50) Standard Lesotho Bank Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anton Nicolaisen announced the decision made by the Central Bank of Lesotho (CBL) to withhold dividends of shareholders from the fiscal year 2020/2021. Nicolaisen stated that the decision made by the CBL is in response to assisting Lesotho in recovering from the impact made by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicolaisen further noted that any information given out regarding the matter will breach the agreement between the two parties.

 

MADAGASCAR – 19 JUL 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 18 JUL 2022 (20H05) Protest reported at the United States (US) Embassy in Madagascar by a group of refugees from Afghanistan. Reports indicate that the group are calling for their cases to be expedited after applying for the US Refugee Admissions Program in 2019. Bahar, a spokesperson for the group, stated that they will remain outside the embassy until they receive the needed information regarding their applications.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 19 JUL 2022 (06H50) The Urban Municipality of Antananarivo has urged all transport operators to comply with the tariffs imposed on transportation costs. This comes as the Malagasy Office of Hydrocarbons (OMH) announced an increase in fuel and oil prices. The Commissioner of the Republic has also imposed a ban on all transport operators charging commuters Ar800 in the Urban Municipality of Antananarivo, subject to sanctions for offending cooperatives and carriers. Meanwhile, the transport operators have called on the President of the Republic, adding that the tariffs imposed at Ar600 are not sufficient following the cost of fuel prices.
  • VOLOINA – 19 JUL 2022 (11H50) Protest reported on the Manambia bridge, along the RN5 near Voloina. Farmers within the district are protesting and have blockaded the bridge with their cartwheels. This follows after the suspension of exporting vanilla extracts due to a discovery of ethylene oxide in the products. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.

 

MALAWI – 19 JUL 2022

  • LILONGWE – 19 JUL 2022 (01H50) Senior Resident Magistrate James Mankhwazi has denied bail to Chinese National Lu Ke following his court appearance in the Lilongwe Magistrates Court. The Judge has decided to deny bail as Lu Ke fled to Zambia before his arrest. The Judge further remanded Lu Ke to the Maula Prison for 15 days until the State investigations are concluded. The Judges decision to remand Lu Ke to Police custody follows as the case has gained public interest. Lu Ke has been charged with five counts bordering on child trafficking in persons. The charges may increase following the outcomes of State investigations.
  • LILONGWE – 19 JUL 2022 (06H10) 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, today, 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 was preceded by the Meeting of SADC Senior Officials Responsible for Disaster Risk Management on 17 July 2022 and 18 July 2022.
  • LILONGWE – 19 JUL 2022 (13H00) The Concerned Citizens of Malawi (CCM) and five other non-governmental organizations have announced plans to embark on a nationwide demonstration on 28 July 2022. This comes as the organizations have urged President Lazarus Chakwera to remove presidential immunity, which will be the key to the fight against corruption in Malawi. The representatives of the organizations have noted that President Chakwera has received a two-week ultimatum, however the Government has not responded. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the planned demonstration.
  • PHALOMBE – 19 JUL 2022 (13H35) Protest reported in Phalombe. Members of the Mulhakho wa Alhomwe are demonstrating against alleged tribal persecution by the Tonse-led administration. The demonstration follows recent arrests of suspects from the Lhomwe belt by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). The demonstrators are marching to the District Commissioner’s office to deliver a petition. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 19 JUL 2022

  • MAPUTO – 19 JUL 2022 (08H00) The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced a loan of €6 million for the rehabilitation of a power line damaged by Cyclone Idai in 2019. The Executive Director of the Post-Cyclone Reconstruction Office (GREPOC), Luís Mandlate, has stated that the rehabilitation will be carried out on a 65-kilometres (KM) power line in the districts of Buzi and Nhamatanda in Sofala province, central Mozambique, and will be completed in 18 months. Mandlate stated that the quality of electricity in the area would improve after installing a robust line. Cyclone Idai affected central Mozambique in March 2019, causing more than 600 deaths, including the Sofala province and 90% of the city of Beira, the provincial capital, was destroyed.

 

NIGERIA – 19 JUL 2022

  • UYO – 18 JUL 2022 (19H15) The Master Bakers and Caterers Association of Nigeria urged the Federal Government to attend to challenges confronting the industry before embarking on a two-week industrial action from tomorrow, 19 July 2022. Chairman of the Kogi State chapter of the association, Gabriel Adeniyi, stated that the association demands that the Government subsidises their business as they banned the import of wheat into the country. Adeniyi stated that if the Government does not assist them, the economy and jobs will be affected.
  • LAGOS – 18 JUL 2022 (19H50) Aero Contractors Airlines announced the temporary suspension of its scheduled passenger operations. Aero stated that the suspension is due to the rising fuel prices and will be effective from Wednesday, 20 July 2022. Aero, however, stated that maintenance activities at its Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO), otherwise known as AeroMRO, the Approved Training Organisation (ATO), also known as Aero Training School, and the Helicopter and Charter Services operations will not be affected. Aero further noted that they will inform all roleplayers if their decision changes.
  • LAGOS – 19 JUL 2022 (00H25) The Lagos Federal High Court has ordered the arrest of two businessmen for refusing to appear for their court hearings. The businessmen include Lebanese National Nabil Maukarzel and French National Halawi Fidaa. The suspects had been expected to appear before the Court following the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) accusing them of obtaining N9,442, 788,578.93 from ECO BANK of Nigeria Limited under false pretences. This follows as the suspects allegedly obtained the cash from the ECO BANK of Nigeria Limited under the pretence that the money would be used to import goods to Nigeria. The Court has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the nearest Police Station upon apprehension.
  • AWKA – 19 JUL 2022 (00H50) The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has requested the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Sabon Birnin Yandoto Emir, Aliyu Garba Marafa. This follows after Marafa elected a known Fulani Bandit member to the position of Chieftancy. Marafa had been suspended on Sunday, 17 July 2022. However, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo noted that the suspension had not been an appropriate measure. This follows as the Ndigbo noted the action to be an open endorsement of banditry. Further, the Ndigbo requests the Government to interrogate Marafa to locate additional bandits in the Local Government Area.
  • ABUJA – 19 JUL 2022 (01H05) The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have signed a $460,000 agreement for surveillance equipment. The agreement will assist in the acquisition, installation and deployment of an automated surveillance system in the capital market. The total cost of the project is set at approximately $1 million. The project is expected to be completed by 2024. The grant will preserve and protect the security market integrity and increase the overall investment opportunities through Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). Additionally, the grant is set to increase the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provide job opportunities.
  • ABUJA – 19 JUL 2022 (12H30) The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced an increase in Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) prices from N165 per litre to N179 per litre, effective from today, 19 July 2022, in different parts of Nigeria. Petrol stations in Lagos have been approved to sell at the lowest price point of N169 a litre, followed by stations in Abuja, which would sell at N174. The price of the commodity will be N179 in the South West, South-South, and North Central, and will be N184 in the South East and North West. The NNPC also adjusted its ex-depot price for petrol from N148.17.
  • LAGOS – 19 JUL 2022 (13H55) The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announced that the power supply at the Lekki Transmission Substation in Lagos will decrease by 50 megawatts (MW) on Wednesday, 20 July 2022. TCN stated that the decrease in power supply at the substation is due to planned annual maintenance needed to be conducted on the line. TCN further noted that during the maintenance period, the power supply to the following areas will be affected, which include Lekki phase 1, Oniru, Elegushi, Waterfront, Igbo Efon and Twenty-first Century Estate. TCN stated that the normal power supply will resume on Thursday, 21 July 2022.
  • LAGOS – 19 JUL 2022 (18H10) Explosion reported along the Otto Warf Road in Lagos. Reports indicate that a fuel tanker exploded on the road. The reason for the explosion has not been determined yet. Emergency services have been notified. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area until further notice.

 

RWANDA – 19 JUL 2022

  • KIGALI – 18 JUL 2022 (19H30) Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Uzziel Ndagijimana, announced a working visit from former Austrian Chancellor Gerald Gusenbauer. Ndagijimana stated that during the visit, they signed a €7,5 million finance agreement between Rwanda and UNICREDIT Bank Austria, as well as discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Ndagijimana stated that the first loan from Austria to Rwanda will be used to construct a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) centre. The school is expected to be set up and equipped with technology from the Austrian market.

 

TANZANIA – 19 JUL 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 19 JUL 2022 (15H15) Director of Multilateral Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Robert Kahendaguze, announced a working visit from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) country representative, Mahoua Parums. Kahendaguze stated that during the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Tanzania and the UNHCR.

 

ZAMBIA – 19 JUL 2022

  • LUSAKA – 19 JUL 2022 (06H20) Protest expected in Lusaka today, 19 July 2022, by members of the Socialist Party (SP). The SP youth members will be protesting against the alleged removal of the mobile money booths in the Central Business District. The Socialist Party National Youth League Chairperson Simon Mwila has stated that in accordance with the provisions of the Laws of Zambia, the party plans to hold a peaceful protest over the illegal destruction of mobile money booths in Lusaka. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police will be deployed to the scene.
  • KATUBA – 19 JUL 2022 (17H55) Minister of Water Development and Sanitation Mike Mposha announced the launch of the Katuba water reticulation project at the Katuba Primary School. Mposha stated that the project has been funded by the Professional Insurance Corporation Zambia in collaboration with Village Water Zambia, have installed 15000 litres of water and 30 taps at Katuba Primary School, which has been operating without clean drinking water for 70 years. Mposha stated that the project will provide clean drinking water to over 2000 pupils and 30 teachers in the community.

 

ZIMBABWE – 19 JUL 2022

  • HARARE – 18 JUL 2022 (20H20) Security officials has threatened to embark on industrial action after negotiations with employers reached a deadlock. A negotiator of the Private Security Workers Union (PSWU), Mdladla Nduna, stated that officials are demanding a minimum salary of ZWD 91,900 according to the $65 000 for the month of July 2022, $75 000 for August 2022 and $85 000 in September 2022 offered by their employers. Nduna further noted that the matter has been referred to the National Employment Council (NEC). Nduna further noted that depending on the outcome of the NEC, they will communicate the date to all officials on which the industrial action will occur.
  • BULAWAYO – 19 JUL 2022 (01H30) The Acting Director of Clinical Services Mushawarima has announced the suspension of surgical operations at the United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH). This follows due to the lack of anaesthetic induction agents. The Hospital require Ketamine valued at $1.50, yet the Government has failed to provide the hospitals with any. Acting Director Mushawarima further noted that patients can buy their own drugs to proceed with surgical operations.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 19 JUL 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.
  • NIGERIA: 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.
  • MALAWI: The Concerned Citizens of Malawi (CCM) and five other non-governmental organizations have announced plans to embark on a nationwide demonstration on 28 July 2022.
  • BOTSWANA: The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that the Moselewapula ward in Francistown West will hold its by-elections on 30 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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