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20220720 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 20 JUL 2022
• LUANDA – 20 JUL 2022 (04H00) Former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s children are demanding an end to the criminal cases against them. This follows as Jose Filomeno is facing charges of allegedly participating in an illegal $500 million transfer. The children are additionally requesting an apology for how dos Santos had been treated after Defence Minister Joao Lourenco replaced dos Santos in 2017. Should their demands be met, the children have agreed to allow dos Santos’s body to be returned to Angola for the State funeral following the 24 August 2022 General Elections.
• LUANDA – 20 JUL 2022 (17H20) The Angolan Government has awarded a tender to a Trafigura consortium for the operation and expansion of railway infrastructure, an estimated $333 million investment. This aims to increase and improve commodity exports from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including copper, cobalt and other metals in trucks via Tanzania or South Africa. The Transport Ministry has stated that, as part of the 30-year concession agreement, the consortium has agreed to invest $256 million in infrastructure, $73 million in rolling stock, and $4,3 million in other activities to improve the Lobito corridor. The improved rail corridor is expected to contribute between $1,6 billion and $3,4 billion to Angola’s gross domestic product (GDP), generating an estimated $2,03 billion in revenues over the following 30 years. Trafigura has noted that the corridor is expected to transport 1,7 million tonnes of cargo annually by its fifth year of operation.
BOTSWANA – 20 JUL 2022
• LETLHAKANE – 20 JUL 2022 (13H00) Botswana Diamonds (BOD) announced the acquisition of an additional share in the Maibwe joint venture (JV). BOD Chairman John Teeling stated that an agreement had been reached after several years of negotiating with the liquidators of Bamangwato Concessions Limited (BCL), with BOD set to examine the potential of the Maibwe concession. BOD stated that Siseko Minerals has increased its stake in the Maibwe JV from 29% to 50%, and BOD holds a 51,7% stake in Siseko. The Maibwe JV has agreed to pay royalties of 2% to the liquidators of BCL Botswana from any future commercial development.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 20 JUL 2022
• KOLWEZI – 19 JUL 2022 (20H30) Komoa Copper Mine has announced the appointment of Metso Outotec, a company from Finland, to supply concentrator plant equipment to the company’s copper mining complex expansion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Komoa stated that the equipment includes an energy-efficient HIGmill regrind with polyurethane wear linings, Larox PF 60 series concentrate filters, and TankCell flotation cells to recover valuables efficiently. Komoa stated that the equipment would enable them to implement low-carbon technology to promote the sustainable production of copper.
• KINSHASA – 20 JUL 2022 (13H40) Fire reported at an unidentified building located at 9th Street in the Industrial District of Limete area, Kinshasa. Reports indicate that a fire is currently ongoing on the second level of the building. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Community members are attempting to contain the fire. Firefighters and other emergency services have been dispatched to the scene. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area.
• KINSHASA – 20 JUL 2022 (15H00) Foreign Trade Minister Jean-Lucien Bussa has announced the abolition of import-export taxes throughout the country with effect from today, 19 July 2022. Minister Bussa has stated that the Government decision follows as part of efforts to reduce the rate of 20 other taxes presented by the Federation of Congo Businesses (FEC). During a press briefing, Minister Bussa further noted that discussions are underway by the Government to reduce parafiscal taxes levied at all levels.
ESWATINI – 20 JUL 2022
• LOBAMBA – 20 JUL 2022 (11H35) The Government of eSwatini has declared Friday, 22 July 2022, a public holiday in commemoration of King Sobhuza II. The holiday is to commemorate King Sobhuza II, who led the country to independence in 1968 by opposing the colonial Westminster constitution proposed by the British Government.
ETHIOPIA- 20 JUL 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 19 JUL 2022 (19H30) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a donation of $50 million to support the humanitarian response program in Ethiopia. USAID stated that the donation aims to enhance the current food production supply by rebuilding water supply systems, granting agribusiness loans, training farmers, enhancing seed and fertilizer distribution networks and assisting farmers with purchasing farming equipment.
GHANA – 20 JUL 2022
• ACCRA – 20 JUL 2022 (12H35) The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) announced the donation of $4,3 million from the Government of Japan towards Ghana’s Kaizen initiative. UNIDO stated that the donation is expected to be implemented in partnership with the Ghana Enterprise Agency (GEA) to enhance the performance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) by providing technical assistance in the agribusiness sector to improve their operations in Ghana’s economic and social sectors.
KENYA – 20 JUL 2022
• NAIROBI – 19 JUL 2022 (19H20) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Group Managing Director (MD) of Kenya Airways, Allan Kilavuka, announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with South African Airways (SAA). Kilavuka stated that the agreement is set to allow each airline, under its code, to offer flights operated by each other. Kilavuka further stated that passengers travelling out of Kenya will have a variety of destinations to travel to in Southern Africa, and passengers from South Africa (SA) will have a variety of destinations to choose from, which include Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Mombasa and Kisumu. Kilavuka stated that passengers will also continue to earn Voyager Miles on these new codeshare flights while enabling passengers to combine flight segments and baggage on a single ticket. Kenya Airways stated that the partnership will see the addition of Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Douala, Lusaka, Ghana and Nigeria, subject to government approval as the airlines seek to offer more options for travellers within Africa.
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (00H25) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is set to postpone the 09 August 2022 General Elections in areas with late court orders. The IEBC Chairman Wanyonyi Wafula Chebukati has made the announcement during his response to media queries on the IEBC’s actions following the court ruling to approve Presidential Candidate Reuben Kigames’ second chance to present his nomination papers. Kigame had been one of 13 aspirants that the IEBC locked out of the presidential race. Issues to be addressed by the IEBC include the reprinting of ballot papers and the amount of Kenyan shilling required. Additionally, the IEBC will take note of the time available as the last ballot papers are set to arrive by 31 July 2022.
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (07H40) The Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) announced its plan to set new road maintenance rates and review the formula for spending money allocated through the Road Maintenance Fuel Levy (RMFL). Kenha stated that the RMFL currently receives Sh18 per litre of petrol, diesel and transit tolls. Still, after the necessary review, it is expected to increase to deliver quality maintenance for road users. Kenha stated that road maintenance costs are currently estimated and negotiated with contractors and will announce the conclusion of the meeting in due course.
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (14H00) The Kenyan Government has announced preliminary plans to withdraw the fuel subsidy by the end of December 2022 as part of efforts to alleviate fiscal deficits induced by the fuel price stabilisation strategy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a report indicating that Kenyan authorities are discussing plans to phase out the fuel price relief measure. The report indicates that the subsidy has consumed an estimated Ksh.10 billion per month, with the monthly allocation to the fund set at Ksh.13 billion in June 2022. Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has reportedly noted that the Government requests the establishment of a new structural standard, including a review of the pricing mechanism, and publicly announce and constitute a task force to oversee the progressive elimination of the subsidy within the first quarter of the 2022/2023 Financial Year.
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (15H20) Kenya’s National Intelligence Service Director General Major General Philip Wachira Kameru and Somalian counterpart Mahad Salad have discussed strategies to strengthen and enhance efforts against the al-Shabaab militant group. This follows after Kameru and Salad recently reached an agreement to resume cooperation on measures against Islamist insurgents as well as other methods to address cross-border crimes. During the meeting, the two officials also held discussions regarding the recent Kenyan airstrikes that have affected Somalian civilians and livestock in the Gedo region. Salad has called on Kenyan security officials to refrain from launching airstrikes without coordinating with the Somali Federal Government to minimise civilian casualties. The discussions also follow after Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud recently signed an agreement with Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta to resume diplomatic relations and cooperation in several areas, including security and defence.
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (16H40) The Kenyan Government has announced the launch of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at points of entry and exit as part of efforts to secure the country’s borders and promote legitimate trade. State Department of Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho has stated that the measure is expected to affect travel, investment, security, and business trade with global and regional countries. Kibicho has noted that the SOPs are also expected to assist in coordinating operations and information as well as resource-sharing among border agencies. The launch follows after the Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee (BCOCC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently partnered and established a technical working group. Border Management Secretariat (BMS) Secretary Kennedy Nyaiyo has stated that plans are underway to launch a five-year strategic plan regarding the continuous coordination of border points.
LESOTHO – 20 JUL 2022
• LA-TERAE – 20 JUL 2022 (08H30) Gem Diamonds announced the discovery of a 114-carat white Type I diamond at the Letseng Diamond Mine in Lesotho. Gem Diamonds stated that this is the fourth diamond of over 100 carats to be recovered in recent weeks.
• MASERU – 20 JUL 2022 (11H30) King Letsie III announced that the Lesotho National Assembly election is expected to be held on Friday, 07 October 2022, to elect 120 seats of the National Assembly. Letsie stated that at least 60 political parties have registered with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to contest the 2022 general elections.
MADAGASCAR – 20 JUL 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 19 JUL 2022 (23H30) Protest expected by Malagasy Nationals on Saturday, 23 July 2022. The members are expected to gather at 22H00 at the Malacam Stadium near Magro Behoririka. The members will be protesting over the poor living conditions of Malagasy Nationals. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the demonstrations.
MALAWI – 20 JUL 2022
• LILONGWE – 20 JUL 2022 (02H45) The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers Responsible for Disaster Risk Management will establish a $1,6 million disaster emergency fund. The fund will be established as an insurance cover for member States. The announcement was made on Tuesday, 19 July 2022, during a meeting of the Committee of Ministers Responsible for Disaster from SADC at the Cross Roads Hotel. The Council approved the fund in August 2019. Additionally, the Council has developed instruments to establish the fund. The Minister of Finance has been requested to operationalise the fund.
• LILONGWE – 20 JUL 2022 (18H00) UPDATE Lilongwe Police have detained 76 civilians amid ongoing anti-judiciary protests in the capital city. The arrested individuals include leaders of Human Rights Ambassadors, the group which organised the demonstrations. (16H30) Malawi Defense Force soldiers have been deployed to assist in ongoing efforts to disperse protests in Lilongwe. Reports indicate that demonstrators have looted several shops in Areas 22, 24, 36 and other surrounding areas. The security situation remains volatile. (15H10) Lilongwe Police Spokesperson Hastings Chigalu has confirmed the arrests of 56 people during the protest action in Lilongwe. Chigalu has stated that the suspects are expected to be charged with incitement of public violence and unlawful assembly, among others. (11H10) Reports indicate that the Police have used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area as the situation remains volatile and clean-up operations are underway. (10H55) The Police have barred the demonstrators from passing through Lilongwe Town, causing them to start burning tyres and closing the M1 road at area 36. (10H10) Reports indicate that the Human Rights Ambassadors group has split into two groups. One group still remains at the Lilongwe Community Centre, and another group is moving towards the Bunda Turn-Off along the M1 Road. A heightened security presence is currently monitoring the situation at both locations. (09H20) Protest reported by the Human Rights Ambassadors group at the Lilongwe Community Centre. Reports indicate that the group is demonstrating against selective justice and injustice by the Judiciary in Malawi. Reports indicate that the court has not permitted the group to demonstrate until they meet certain conditions and until an interparty hearing is held. A heightened security presence is currently briefing the group regarding the injunction restraining them from holding the protest. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area until further notice.
MOZAMBIQUE – 20 JUL 2022
• MAPUTO – 20 JUL 2022 (07H25) Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) announced that the airline will reschedule several flights departing from Maputo International Airport. LAM stated that this follows after one of the airline’s aeroplanes failed to land at the Maputo Airport due to adverse weather conditions. LAM further stated that after the aeroplane failed to land at Maputo Airport, it was redirected towards the Chimoio Airport, where it landed safely. Passengers and crew members are receiving indications following procedures for such situations. LAM noted that all passengers whose flights have been rescheduled will be informed to adjust to their schedule in time.
• MAPUTO – 20 JUL 2022 (16H20) The National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) has confirmed the arrest of an individual on charges relating to the planning, coordination, and execution of kidnappings in Maputo, Mozambique. The detainee is suspected of involvement in the abduction of a hotel owner in Maputo’s Polana-Caniço ‘A’ neighbourhood on 30 June 2022. SERNIC Spokesperson Hilário Lole has stated that the suspect had been arrested en route to Marracuene in possession of eight mobile phones and eleven subscriber identity module (SIM) cards. Further evidence indicating the suspect’s involvement in several kidnappings includes eleven passports found in his custody during the arrest. The passports reportedly belong to third parties, of which three belong to individuals outside the country. Lole has noted that three kidnapping victims currently remain in captivity. Efforts are underway by SERNIC officials to locate and apprehend the remaining suspects involved in the kidnappings.
NIGERIA – 20 JUL 2022
• ABUJA – 19 JUL 2022 (19H00) President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, a two-week ultimatum to resolve the ongoing protest action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Buhari gave the directives after receiving briefings from the relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies involved in ending the ongoing demonstration. Buhari also directed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to be present in all meetings with the relevant parties.
• ABUJA – 19 JUL 2022 (22H35) Nigeria has announced that the country will continue its $3,5 billion civil claim against Shell Plc and Eni SpA. This follows after Italian Prosecutors dismissed the criminal proceedings against the companies. Nigeria joined as a civil party in 2018 and is expected to appeal the March 2021 ruling by a Milan Court. The court acquitted the companies and several current and former Executives of corruption charges. It is alleged that the Prosecutors, who dismissed the charges, had knowledge that the 2011 deal of $1,1 billion for an offshore oil permit would have been paid into an escrow account to be disbursed as bribes. Nigeria is seeking compensation of $3,5 billion for the true value of the license purchased by Shell and Eni.
• ABUJA – 20 JUL 2022 (14H20) UPDATE The APC has announced former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima as its 2023 Presidential running mate. The party has unveiled Shettima as the running mate of Presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. (13H10) The All Progressives Congress (APC) ruling party is currently convening for an official unveiling event of the Vice-Presidential candidate at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja. The party’s Presidential candidate Nola Ahmed Tinubu, APC leadership led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu and several other party members are in attendance. A heightened security presence has been reported at the venue, with a large group of APC supporters gathering in the area. Motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions in the vicinity of the Centre during the event’s proceedings.
• OWERRI – 20 JUL 2022 (14H40) Protest reported on the Owerri-Onitsha national road, Imo State. Reports indicate that demonstrators are protesting after the death of 14 civilians in Awo-Omamma in the Oru West Council Area. Reports indicate that the group of 14 civilians were returning to their community in Otulu from Awo-Omamma after attending an event when an unknown armed group attacked the convoy, which led to their deaths. Demonstrators demand that security forces increase efforts to mitigate armed group activity in the area.
• LAGOS – 20 JUL 2022 (16H00) Service disruption reported nationwide due to the collapse of the Nigerian electricity grid. The Eko Electricity Distribution Company has issued a notice to members of the public regarding a system collapse on the national grid. The notice further states that the company is engaged in discussions with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the failure and a possible restoration timeline. The company is expected to issue relevant updates as the situation progresses.
RWANDA – 20 JUL 2022
• KIGALI – 19 JUL 2022 (20H15) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Bruta, announced a working visit from the Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, Hua Liu. Bruta stated that during the meeting, they discussed ways of cooperation in the nuclear sector by promoting the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technology.
• KIGALI – 20 JUL 2022 (04H25) Rwanda and Austria have announced the signing of a Bilateral Air Service Agreement between the countries. The agreement has been signed by the Minister of Infrastructure, Ernest Nsabimama and Austria’s Ambassador to Kenya and accredited to Rwanda, Christian Fellner. The agreement is a legal framework set to form a basis for various technical processes to follow. Processes included are the regulation of frequency and capacity of air services between the countries, pricing and other commercial aspects. Additionally, the agreement will provide rights for the operation of direct flights from Rwanda via intermediate points and Austria. Furthermore, the agreement will provide the right to choose passengers, cargo and mail to any points beyond Austria under the Fith Freedom Traffic Rights.
TANZANIA – 20 JUL 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 20 JUL 2022 (08H45) President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced the appointment of Camillus Wambura as Tanzania’s new Inspector General of Police (IGP). Hassan stated that before Wambura’s appointment, he was the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI). Wambura replaces Simon Sirro, who has been named Tanzania’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, and Hassan has appointed Ramadhan Kingai as the new DCI. Hassan stated that the latest appointees are expected to be sworn in today at the State House.
ZAMBIA – 20 JUL 2022
• LUSAKA – 19 JUL 2022 (19H05) ZESCO Managing Director (MD) Victor Mapani announced that Zambia has achieved an electricity generation surplus of 1,156 megawatts (MW) following the commissioning of four of the five units generating 150 MW each from the 750 MW Kafue Gorge Lower Power Station. Mapani stated that the installed national generation capacity currently stands at 3,456 MW against a peak national demand of approximately 2,300 MW. Mapani further noted that they are expected to commission the last unit by November 2022.
ZIMBABWE – 20 JUL 2022
• GWANDA – 20 JUL 2022 (01H10) Caledonia Mining Corporation (CMC) is set to provide the Blanket Mine with approximately $200 million for renewable energy sources. The investment will be made to provide an uninterrupted power supply and reduce energy costs. This follows as the country is expected to increase the demand for power by more than double due to the planned $12 billion mining industry set for 2023. Due to various energy interventions, CMC has decreased the spending on Blanket Mine’s diesel generation costs from $450,000 to $350,000.
• BULAWAYO – 20 JUL 2022 (06H35) President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to commence the 2022 Mining, Engineering and Transport Expo (Mine Entra) today, 20 July 2022, at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). Reports indicate that 180 exhibitors have reserved to take part in the Mine Entra, themed Explore, Extract, Expand, Towards Sustainable Mining Value Chains. During the Expo, Minister of Mines and Mining Development Winston Chitando is set to address small-scale miners. The conference will allow mining companies and small-scale miners to engage and do business with mining equipment suppliers.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 20 JUL 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.
• 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 on 07 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.