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20220721 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 21

ANGOLA – 21 JUL 2022
• BIÓPIO – 20 JUL 2022 (19H50) Angolan President João Lourenço has inaugurated and operationalised the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Angola, with 188,8 megawatts (MW) of power and 509,40 panels. The solar plant is constructed in the commune of Biópio, Catumbela municipality, in the north of the Benguela province, by the North American company Sun Africa LCC and the Portuguese construction company M.Couto Alves (MCA). The inauguration ceremony marks the 100% operationalisation of the Biópio solar park, one year and four months after the commencement of construction works and the completion of all required tests and trials. The 220 kilovolts (kV) electrical transmission line transferring energy from the plant to the existing sub-station in Biópio and the regional sectioning station has also been completed, covering a total of 1,575 meters and enabling the injection of 188,8 MW of energy in the interconnected national power grid.

BOTSWANA – 21 JUL 2022
• GABORONE – 21 JUL 2022 (16H40) Botswana Police have confirmed that two suspects recently arrested for an attempted cash in transit (CIT) robbery have been remanded in custody after appearing before the Gaborone Magistrates Court today, 21 July 2022. Botswana Police Spokesperson Near Bagali has stated that the two suspects are of South African nationality. The suspects were arrested after Police intercepted five armed suspects before attempting to rob a CIT vehicle near the Riverwalk Mall in Gaborone on Friday, 15 July 2022. An AK-47 rifle, three pistols, ammunition and an electronic communications jammer, were confiscated from the suspects during the arrest. Bagali has stated that the suspects have been remanded in Police custody and are expected to reappear before the Court on 04 August 2022 on charges of motor vehicle theft, unlawful possession of firearms, and illegally entering Botswana.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 21 JUL 2022
• KINSHASA – 21 JUL 2022 (06H15) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has announced that the 42nd SADC Heads of State and Government Summit is expected to be held on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). SADC stated that during the summit, they will review the progress made by countries in Southern Africa in economic development and discuss ways of enhancing development, peace, security and economic growth to alleviate poverty and enhance the quality of life of the civilians of Southern Africa.
• KINSHASA – 21 JUL 2022 (09H10) The Embassy of Russia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to conduct a two-day working visit to the country from 24 July 2022 until 25 July 2022. Lavrov is expected to meet the DRC’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Leonard Okitundu. Lavrov stated that during the meeting, they are expected to discuss ways of enhancing trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

ESWATINI – 21 JUL 2022
• MBABANE – 21 JUL 2022 (17H30) UPDATE The Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Security Organ has been postponed indefinitely due to King Mswati III’s inability to attend the meeting in person. This follows after the country’s Head of State notified South African President Cyril Ramaphosa of his intention to participate in the Summit virtually. However, President Ramaphosa has postponed the event to allow an in-person meeting regarding the political situation in eSwatini. (06H00) King Mswati III is expected to attend the Extraordinary Summit of the security organ of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) today, 21 July 2022. Regional leaders will hold a Summit in South Africa (SA), chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the current Chairperson of the SADC. In addition, the Summit will focus on several national issues, including political dialogue in eSwatini. This follows after Ramaphosa held a visit to eSwatini in 2021, following protests in June 2021, as the nation demanded democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners in eSwatini.

ETHIOPIA- 21 JUL 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 20 JUL 2022 (19H15) Ethiopian and Sudanese authorities have agreed to discuss possible solutions to several diplomatic disputes between the two countries through mediation by South Sudanese authorities. This follows after South Sudan Security Affairs Presidential Adviser Tut Gatluak Manime recently stated that President Salva Kiir has reiterated his commitment to resolving disputes between the two countries’ leadership through dialogue. However, Manime has noted that the mode of negotiations is yet to be agreed upon. This follows an escalation of diplomatic tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia regarding a spillover of the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and Ethiopia’s construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hydropower project on the Blue Nile.
• ADDIS ABABA – 21 JUL 2022 (08H55) The Russian Embassy in Ethiopia has announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to embark on a working visit to Ethiopia from 26 July 2022 until 27 July 2022. Lavrov is expected to address the diplomatic corps of Ethiopia and will focus on the preparation for the Russia-Africa Summit on development and cooperation.
• MEKELLE – 21 JUL 2022 (16H20) The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the immediate release of five journalists allegedly detained by Tigrayan rebels in the country’s northern region. This follows after the five journalists employed by Tigray TV had reportedly been detained in May 2022 and June 2022. Tigray TV is a Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)-affiliated channel. The journalists are being accused of collaborating with Ethiopian Federal Government and the ruling Prosperity Party. CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative Muthoki Mumo has called for journalists operating in Tigray to be excluded from politically motivated cases. The CPJ has also called on Ethiopian authorities to suspend the ongoing communications blackout in Tigray amid urgent food shortages and service disruptions to electricity, banking and other essential services.

GHANA – 21 JUL 2022
• ACCRA – 21 JUL 2022 (09H45) The Parliament of Ghana has announced the approval of a $750 million loan agreement between the Government and the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK). The loan agreement forms part of the Government’s international capital market program (ICMP), aimed at raising funds to finance infrastructure projects in sectors such as roads, energy, railways and health departments. The loan will also increase the Bank of Ghana’s (BOG) reserves, which have declined from $9 billion to $3 billion.

KENYA – 21 JUL 2022
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (19H00) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $235,6 million loan towards budgetary support to improve governance and economic reforms in Kenya. The loan forms part of the final set of funds issued under the 38-month Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF), totalling $1,208.2 million. The agreement aims to support Kenya’s program to address debt vulnerabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and global effects resulting from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (20H10) President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Peter Mbogo Njiru to the position of Kenya Army Commander. Njiru’s appointment follows the recent retirement of Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton from the post. During a recent meeting by the Military’s Board One, the President also promoted five officers of the rank of Brigadier to Major General ranks. Major General David Tarus had also been promoted as the General Officer Command of Western Command to replace Major GeneralJoseph Kivunzi following his retirement. Additionally, a total of 16 Officers of the rank of Colonel had also been promoted to the rank of Brigadier during the meeting. However, the President has yet to announce an appointment to the Chief of Defence Forces vacant position.
• NAIROBI – 20 JUL 2022 (20H20) Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiangi has announced the deployment of additional Police officers to strategic areas in the coastal region. The deployment follows as part of efforts to heighten security presence in the country ahead of the General Elections on 09 August 2022. Matiangi has stated that recent intelligence reports indicate politically-linked mobilisation of gangs and other illegal groupings that threaten the security situation in the region. Matiangi has noted that the Police officers and additional equipment are expected to arrive in the designated areas within the following week. The Interior CS has also stated that security teams are finalising strategies in line with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and are scheduled to commence mock deployments to polling stations to support the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) during the elections.
• NAIROBI – 21 JUL 2022 (01H30) Kenya is expected to receive funding from an Sh18 billion kitty to increase the disbursement of malaria vaccines to children in the country. The funding follows a decision to approve an Sh18 billion investment by the Gavi Board in December 2021 for the 2022-2025 financial period. The Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) has decided to provide Kenya, Ghana and Malawi with financing from the kitty. The countries are expected to formally request financing by 13 September 2022. Gavi noted that additional countries with high malaria infection rates are also allowed to apply for funding from January 2023.
• NAIROBI – 21 JUL 2022 (17H00) Kenya Kwanza Alliance presidential candidate William Ruto has confirmed plans to attend the 2022 Presidential Debate scheduled for Tuesday, 26 July 2022. Ruto’s presidential campaign Secretariat, Director of Communication Hussein Mohamed, has called for fairness to be exercised in the allocation of timeslots during the debate. During the discussions, which are set to be held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Ruto is expected to contest his political opposition, Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga, in the second tier of the session. During the first tier of the debate, the Roots Party candidate George Wajackoyah is set to contest Agano rival David Mwaure.

LESOTHO – 21 JUL 2022
• MASERU – 21 JUL 2022 (15H00) Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Director Mphasa Mokhochane is addressing a meeting being held in Maseru regarding the country’s upcoming elections on 07 October 2022. During the meeting, political parties are expected to sign a code of conduct to regulate the three months election campaign leading up to the elections. The code of conduct must be adhered to by all political parties during their respective campaigns. This follows as several parties have raised concerns regarding several unresolved internal issues, including party funding and media bias.

MADAGASCAR – 21 JUL 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 21 JUL 2022 (07H30) Air Madagascar has announced the suspension of flight services to the Comoros. Air Madagascar stated that the suspension is due to the 49 kilogram (KG) of gold confiscated by the Comoros Authorities at the Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport. Air Madagascar stated that banning flights to Comoros aims to compel Comoros to return the gold seized by Comorian authorities.
• ANTANANARIVO – 21 JUL 2022 (11H40) President Andry Rajoelina has received a working visit from the Indian Ambassador to Madagascar, Abhay Kumar. Rajoelina stated that during the meeting, the two officials reviewed the progress made in the India-Madagascar bilateral ties and discussed ways of strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

MALAWI – 21 JUL 2022
• LILONGWE – 21 JUL 2022 (08H10) Parliament has announced the approval of a bill presented by the Minister of Finance Sosten Gwengwe to loan K60 billion from the World Bank. Gwengwe stated that the loan will enable the Government to rehabilitate the Kapichira Power Station, which had been damaged earlier this year during Cyclone Ana. Gwengwe noted that K15 billion will be allocated to ESCOM for the required maintenance work on the transmission lines. Gwengwe stated that the project is expected to be completed by December 2022 and will restore the 130 megawatts (MW) required in the national grid.
• LILONGWE – 21 JUL 2022 (10H55) Protest reported in the central business area of Lilongwe. Reports indicate that workers from the Peoples Trading Centre (PTC) are demonstrating against the non-payment of salaries for the preceding two months. Security services are currently on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area for the duration of the protest.
• BALAKA – 21 JUL 2022 (14H00) Protest expected by members of the Advocacy For Eastern Region Development (AFERD) in Balaka and surrounding areas on Thursday, 11 August 2022. AFERD members are expected to protest against the Government’s alleged failure to rehabilitate and maintain the Chingeni to Liwonde road infrastructure. Demonstrators are also expected to hold vigils at the Chingeni Toll Plaza. Motorists are advised to avoid affected areas during the demonstrations. Police will be deployed to monitor the protest action.

MOZAMBIQUE – 21 JUL 2022
• MAPUTO – 20 JUL 2022 (19H10) United States (US) Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Under Secretary Uzra Zeya has announced that the Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated $116 million to Mozambique. The additional assistance aims to assist Mozambican authorities in responding to humanitarian needs, including severe food insecurity. The funding is in addition to $592 million in humanitarian assistance recently announced in Kampala to support refugees and conflict-affected civilians across Africa. The donation includes $106 million in humanitarian aid from USAID to support partners in addressing humanitarian needs emanating from the ongoing armed conflict in northern Mozambique and the effects of Tropical Cyclone Gombe. The funding also includes $10 million, subject to congressional approval, in development assistance for Mozambique.

NIGERIA – 21 JUL 2022
• ABUJA – 20 JUL 2022 (20H10) The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) has announced an extension of the ongoing nationwide strike action by an additional three weeks. COEASU has stated that the extension follows the failure of the Federal Government to accept the Union’s preference for the University Transparency Accountability System, United Technical and Allied Service (UTAS) and the failure of State Governments to address issues regarding state-owned education institutions. The Union has stated that the stay-away demonstration is scheduled to continue until 02 August 2022, whereafter the Union will be available for negotiations with Federal Government authorities.
• LAGOS – 20 JUL 2022 (20H00) The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced the indefinite suspension of Dana Airlines with immediate effect. NCAA’s Director-General (DG) Musa Nuhu stated that after the conclusion of an investigation conducted, it was revealed that Dana Airlines’ flight operations are no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and conduct safe flight operations. NCAA urged Dana Airlines to undergo a full operational audit before the suspension can be lifted.
• ABUJA – 21 JUL 2022 (00H20) President Muhammadu Buhari has announced that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will be revamped to be commercially driven. The announcement had been made during a State event on Wednesday, 20 July 2022, in Abuja. The NNPC will operate independently without relying on Government funding and regulations. The adjustment has been made due to the increased electricity prices and the lack of refineries, and a reliable electrical grid. The adjustment is expected to increase investment opportunities for the NNPC. The company will be prepared to list its shares on the stock exchange market by June 2023.
• ABUJA – 21 JUL 2022 (12H15) Protest reported by members of the Premium Bread Makers Association of Nigeria (PBAN) in various areas of Nigeria. PBAN President Emmanuel Onuorah stated that they had warned the Federal Government of embarking on a nationwide demonstration if the Government did not intervene in the current increase in prices, resulting in a financial loss for companies. Onuorah stated that if the Government fails to intervene after the four-day industrial action, further information will be given on when the next action will occur.
• DAMBOA – 21 JUL 2022 (15H10) Attack reported on a Nigerian Army camp located in the Damboa Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno State. Reports indicate that Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) and Nigerian Defence troops are engaged in armed clashes after ISWAP militants launched an attack on soldiers at the base. Reports of casualties are yet to be verified. The security situation in the area remains volatile.
• ABUJA – 21 JUL 2022 (16H15) The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed the complete restoration of power supply across the country. This follows after the national electricity grid collapsed on Wednesday, 20 July 2022. TCN has stated that the Company had recorded an aggregate generation loss of 457 megawatts (mW) due to the system collapse. TCN General Manager Ndidi Mbah has noted that the system failure followed due to a premature decrease in system frequency from 49,94 hertz (Hz) to 47,36 Hz, which created system instability. The Company has stated that efforts are underway to implement concerted interventions to enhance power supply reliability in a bid to prohibit future system collapses.
• WAGGA LUGERE – 21 JUL 2022 (17H20) The Adamawa State Police Command has announced the arrest of a Kuje Prison escapee attempting to flee to Bama, Borno State. The inmate, identified as Abubakar Mohammed, had been detained at the Medium Security Custodial Centre in Kuje, Abuja, on terrorism charges. State Police Commissioner Sikiru Akande has stated that the escapee has been located and detained along the border between the states of Adamawa and Borno. During the arrest, the Command reportedly also recovered various weapons. Akande has stated that the Command has commenced processes to hand over the escapee to the Nigeria Correctional Service for further actions.

RWANDA – 21 JUL 2022
• KIGALI – 20 JUL 2022 (19H20) The Parliament of Rwanda’s Chamber of Deputies and the Parliament of Ghana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on bilateral parliamentary cooperation. The MoU has been signed in Kigali by Speaker Donatille Mukabalisa, representing Rwanda, and Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, representing Ghana. During the signing ceremony, the two Speakers noted that the MoU forms part of ongoing efforts to strengthen and facilitate relations between the two countries. Under the agreement, the parties are expected to promote inter-parliamentary dialogue and enhance amicable bilateral relations and ties between the population of Rwanda and Ghana through inter-parliamentary cooperation in legislative and technical matters under their respective mandates.

TANZANIA – 21 JUL 2022
• DAR ES SALAAM – 21 JUL 2022 (10H00) Vice President Isidory Mpango is expected to embark on a four-day working visit to the Katavi Region to inspect various development projects. Mpango is expected to lay a foundation stone at the Nsemlwa Health Center and inspect a newly constructed national grid transformer centre in Mpanda Municipality. Mpango is thereafter expected to address a rally at the Katuma ward in Tanganyika District Council before handing over a cheque to community leaders for eight villages earned through the carbon credit trade. The Carbon Credit Tanzania is a firm that protects wildlife by working with communities and government departments that realize the economic value.
• MTWARA – 21 JUL 2022 (11H25) The Director of the Rift Valley Mining Association, Fahad Mkaandamu, announced that the Association is currently engaged in discussions with the Mtwara Port management to utilise its deepwater port. Mkaandamu stated that the Association, in Collaboration with investors from South Africa (SA) and England, will utilise the deep water port to export 110,000 tonnes of coal per month to Asia.
• ARUSHA – 21 JUL 2022 (16H10) UPDATE Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Arusha, Tanzania, to attend the 22nd Ordinary Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State. Upon arrival at the Arusha Airport, President Kenyatta has been received by Tanzanian Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Minister Liberata Mulamula and Kenya’s acting EAC and Regional Development Secretary Betty Maina. (14H20) Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has arrived in Arusha, Tanzania, to attend the 22nd Ordinary Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State today, 21 July 2022. Prime Minister Ngirente is attending the Summit on behalf of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The Summit is being held between today, 21 July 2022, and tomorrow, 22 July 2022, at the Arusha International Conference Centre, in Arusha, Tanzania. An estimated 300 participants from partner states, the private sector, civil society and development partners are expected to attend the High-Level Retreat and the 22nd Summit. During the 22nd Ordinary Meeting, the EAC Heads of State are expected to consider the Report of the Council to the Summit, assent to Bills passed by the East African Legislative Assembly, consider the report of the High-level Summit Retreat on the EAC Common Market, and appoint Judges to the East African Court of Justice.

ZAMBIA – 21 JUL 2022
• LUANSHYA – 21 JUL 2022 (14H40) The Zambian Government is expected to announce the successful bidder for the expansion of the Ndola-Lusaka Road and two other major roads in the Luanshya district. This follows the shortlisting of eligible applicants following an advertisement under the private-public partnership. Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo has stated that the Ndola-Lusaka Road works are expected to be extended to the Luanshya district, which will include the rehabilitation of the Luanshya-Masangano and the Luanshya-Fisenge roads. Luanshya Mayor Charles Mulenga has stated that the local authority has since secured K1,5 million from the Ward Development Funds to launch the rehabilitation works.

ZIMBABWE – 21 JUL 2022
• BULAWAYO – 20 JUL 2022 (19H00) President Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport on an Air Zimbabwe aircraft. President Mnangagwa has arrived ahead of the 25th edition of the Mining, Engineering and Transport (Mine Entra) exhibition. President Mnangagwa has been received by the Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Judith Ncube, Minister of Mines and Mining Development Winston Chitando, and Zanu Bulawayo Provincial Chairman Jabulani Sibanda, among others. Zanu-PF supporters have also welcomed President Mnangagwa at the Airport.
• ALASKA – 21 JUL 2022 (02H10) The construction of the copper processing plant at Alaska Mine has been completed. The announcement has been made by Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando during a recent post-Cabinet media briefing. The processing plant has been constructed through collaborations between Chinese investors, Grand Sanyuan and Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC). Chinese investors have provided an estimated $6 million capital injection of the $12 million required. The factory has four furnaces to process the raw materials of the Mhangura copper mine, Shamrock mine, Angwa mine, and Shackelton mine.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 21 JUL 2022
• DEM REP CONGO: The Embassy of Russia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to conduct a two-day working visit to the country from 24 July 2022 until 25 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.
• ETHIOPIA: The Russian Embassy in Ethiopia announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to conduct a working visit to Ethiopia from 26 July 2022 until 27 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.
• MALAWI: Protest expected by members of the Advocacy For Eastern Region Development (AFERD) in Balaka and surrounding areas on Thursday, 11 August 2022.
• DRC: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) announced that the 42nd SADC Heads of State and Government Summit is expected to be held on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
• 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.

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