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20220725 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 25

ANGOLA – 25 JUL 2022
• LUANDA – 25 JUL 2022 (06H30) Protest expected in the vicinity of Luanda on Monday, 08 August 2022. Members of the Contesting Civil Society (SCC) are scheduled to embark on a demonstration to demand the release of two political prisoners, Gilson da Silva Moreira and Luther Campos. Demonstrations are expected to affect several roads throughout Luanda. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the protest action. Police are expected to be deployed to affected areas.

BOTSWANA – 25 JUL 2022
• GABORONE – 25 JUL 2022 (15H10) Former Directorate of Intelligence Services (DIS) Isaac Kgosi has been granted P5,000 bail after appearing before the Village Magistrates Court in Gaborone today, 25 July 2022. Kgosi has been charged with one count of corruption in relation to the acceptance of over P500,000 from an electronic company to allegedly exploit a procurement decision from the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB). Prior to the court appearance, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) Director Stephen Tiroyakgosi notified Kgosi of intentions to indict him for trial before the High Court on the charge of corruption by a public officer.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 25 JUL 2022
• KINSHASA – 25 JUL 2022 (00H05) Hydrocarbons Minister Didier Budimbu has announced that the Government is launching compliance inspections on service stations from today, 25 July 2022. Budimbu stated that various teams from the Ministries of Hydrocarbons and Urban Planning and Housing are expected to inspect various stations in the country. Budimbu further noted that service stations that do not comply with the law are expected to be closed and equipment confiscated.
• KINSHASA – 25 JUL 2022 (02H00) Fire reported at the Commercial Company of Transport and Ports (SCTP) headquarters on June Street in the commune of Gombe, in Kinshasa. Reports indicate that the building has been severely damaged due to the fire. The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time. Emergency and rescue services are on the scene. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
• KALEMIE – 25 JUL 2022 (13H20) UPDATE Congolese Police have deployed teargas and opened fire at demonstrators during a march to demand the resignation of Governor Julie Ngungwa. Security forces have reportedly shot and injured a student during the incident. Increased security and localised road travel disruptions are ongoing in the vicinity of the university. (12H00) Protest reported at the Lumumba Boulevard, in Kalemie. Students from the University of Kalemie are protesting against the interference of the province’s new Governor, Julie Ngungwa, in the university’s internal affairs. Several roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and debris, especially in the central area in Kalemie. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
• GOMA – 25 JUL 2022 (13H45) UPDATE At least four civilians have reportedly sustained injuries during clashes between demonstrators and security forces in the vicinity of the MONUSCO base in Kanyarucinya. This follows reports of looting at the base and surrounding areas. Demonstrators have reportedly also barricaded several roads in the area. The security situation currently remains unstable. (12H10) Additional soldiers from the MONUSCO have been deployed to the RVA Land Office in Goma. Sporadic shots have been fired in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (11H20) The Mayor of Goma, François Kabeya, has arrived at the scene and is attempting to calm the situation. Police have been deployed to several areas in Goma. (11H15) Police are on the scene and have dispersed the demonstrators from the premises of MONUSCO. Demonstrators are burning tyres and debris outside the MONUSCO RVA Land Office in Goma. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (10H00) Demonstrations reported outside the MONUSCO stalls in Goma. Reports indicate that the protestors are vandalizing the properties of MONUSCO. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been deployed to the scene. (09H15) Protest reported in the locality of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. Reports indicate that protestors are demanding the withdrawal of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). This follows after the National Coordination of Intercommunity Youth of the DRC (CNJC-DRC) called on the population to demonstrate against MONUSCO. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. The situation remains volatile in the area. Police are on the scene.
• KINSHASA – 25 JUL 2022 (15H30) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government has announced plans to initiate the auctioning of rights to enable oil drilling exercises at more than 20 locations across the country. Hydrocarbons Minister Didier Budimbu has stated that 27 blocks for oil exploration and three for gas are expected to be auctioned off from 28 July 2022. These blocks include three areas located on the coast of the Congo River basin and nine in the central basin rainforest regions in the country’s west. The additional 15 locations are located near the Albert and Tanganyika great lakes in the east of the country. The three gas blocks are located at Lake Kivu, also in the eastern region. This follows as several environmental campaigners have protested against plans to drill in the central basin, where oil prospection is expected to affect rare species and the ecosystem adversely. Greenpeace Africa has stated that three of the blocks coincide with the Cuvette Centrale peatlands, a biodiversity hotspot containing approximately 30 gigatons of carbon, equivalent to three years of global emissions, which is expected to be released during the oil drilling.

ESWATINI – 25 JUL 2022
• HLUTI – 25 JUL 2022 (14H10) UPDATE Students are demonstrating at the Hluti Police Station. Participants are engaging with the Station Commander regarding a petition delivered to authorities in 2021 calling for the release of the detained MPs. (11H05) Hluti High School students are marching to the Hluti Police Station. Reports indicate that the students will be demanding an answer following a petition delivered in 2021 to release the two MP’s. Motorists are advised to avoid the affected areas. (10H00) Demonstrations reported at the Hosea High School in Hluti. Reports indicate the students are calling for the release of the two pro-democratic Members of Parliament (MPs), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been deployed to the scene.

ETHIOPIA- 25 JUL 2022
• ADDIS ABABA – 25 JUL 2022 (06H00) The United Nations (UN) has announced that members of the UN-appointed International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa today, 25 July 2022. The members are expected to embark on an official visit to hold discussions with Ethiopian authorities regarding modalities for engagements with the Commission. The UN Human Rights Council established the Commission with the mandate to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights, as well as humanitarian and refugee laws in Ethiopia committed since 03 November 2020 by all parties to the conflict in the country’s northern region.
• ADDIS ABABA – 25 JUL 2022 (08H00) Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (SEHOA) Mike Hammer has embarked on an official visit to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ethiopia from 24 July 2022 to 01 August 2022. During the visit, Hammer will be providing the United States (US) support toward developing a diplomatic resolution to issues related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). In Addis Ababa, Hammer will also consult with the African Union (AU), under whose auspices GERD talks occur. In addition, Hammer will review progress on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, accountability for human rights violations and abuses, and efforts to advance peace talks between the Ethiopian Government and Tigrayan authorities. This comes as the US vows to support advancing diplomatic efforts in support of an inclusive political process in peace and security in Ethiopia.

GHANA – 25 JUL 2022
• ACCRA – 25 JUL 2022 (14H00) Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is scheduled to present the Mid-Year Review Budget Statement and Economic Policy and Supplementary Estimate of Government to Parliament today, 25 July 2022. Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Kwamina Afenyo-Markin has stated that a debate on the Budget Motion has also been scheduled for Tuesday, 26 July 2022. Leadership is scheduled to conclude the debate with their own submissions on the Motion on Wednesday, 27 July 2022. Additionally, on Thursday, 28 July 2022, a sitting of the House is set to commence at 09H00.
• ACCRA – 25 JUL 2022 (14H30) Protest reported at the National Identification Authority (NIA) Ablekuma South District Office in Accra. Ablekuma South residents are protesting against poor and delayed services at the NIA District Office. Demonstrators are alleging incompetence and maladministration being experienced at the office. Motorists are advised of ongoing ground travel disruptions being experienced in the area of the demonstration. Authorities are monitoring the protest action.

KENYA – 25 JUL 2022
• NAIROBI – 25 JUL 2022 (06H00) The Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i has announced the deployment of Police officers from today, 25 July 2022, ahead of the 09 August 2022 General Elections. The officers will be deployed to ensure peace and increase security during the elections. The announcement was made during the commissioning of an Anti-Terrorist Police Unit (ATPU) station at the Coastal Regional Police Headquarters, Mombasa. Additional Police officers will be deployed to two counties in the Coast region. This follows after CS Matiang’i, together with the British High Commissioner Jane Marriott, Inspector General Hilary Mutyambai, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata, and other Police officers undertook a mapping exercise to determine areas prone to violence. In addition, intelligence indicated the politically-linked mobilisation of gangs and others in the areas. The Government will provide additional resources to reinforce the Police’s operations and planning. CS Matiang’i noted that the Government would establish operations to apprehend the politicians involved in the mobilisation of gangs.
• NAIROBI – 25 JUL 2022 (15H20) The Presidential Debates Secretariat has announced that the Presidential Debate is scheduled to proceed as planned tomorrow, 26 July 2022. The decision follows after Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition candidate Raila Odinga recently announced that he is not expected to participate in the debate. Raila’s campaign secretariat Spokesperson Makau Mutua has alleged that his main opponent Deputy President William Ruto, is deviating from issues affecting the country. Ruto recently declared that the debate should exclude topics such as corruption, integrity, ethics and governance. The Committee has since reiterated its affirmation to hold a discussion based on fairness, integrity, independence and accountability as enshrined in the Presidential Debates Guidelines.

LESOTHO – 25 JUL 2022
• MASERU – 25 JUL 2022 (13H50) The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Government of China have delivered the first consignment of medical assistance valued at $500,000 to the Government of Lesotho. The commodities have been handed over to the Ministry of Health for further disbursement to health centres across Lesotho. The assistance aims to ensure that healthcare workers have adequate supplies and equipment to deliver necessary healthcare assistance. The equipment is also expected to provide the public with available commodities, information, counselling and medical services.

MADAGASCAR – 25 JUL 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 25 JUL 2022 (15H41) Malagasy Police have announced the release of two recently detained leading members of the main opposition party following recent protest action in Antananarivo against the increasing cost of living and economic deterioration. This follows after several anti-government demonstrators gathered in the centre of Antananarivo on Saturday, 23 July 2022, amid heightened Military and Police presence. During the incident, Police forces arrested Rina Randriamasinoro, the Secretary General of the opposition Tiako I Madagasikara (TIM) party, and its National Coordinator Jean-Claude Rakotonirina on allegations of inciting public unrest following tensions between demonstrators and security forces. Randriamasinoro and Rakotonirina have since been released pending further investigations by authorities.

MALAWI – 25 JUL 2022
• BLANTYRE – 25 JUL 2022 (06H05) Minister of Justice Titus Mvalo announced that the Government of Malawi is expected to hold the National Anti-Corruption Conference from today, 25 July 2022, until Tuesday, 26 July 2022, in Blantyre. Mvalo stated that during the conference, stakeholders are expected to discuss and share commitments on how they will participate in the fight against corruption and inspire others to take part in the fight against corruption. The conference is expected to be held under the theme of Resetting the nation’s moral tone.
• MZIMBA – 25 JUL 2022 (12H30) Malawi is scheduled to host the Ngoni event, known as Mfecane, from 26 September 2022 to 30 September 2022 in the Mzimba district. The event will be held in commemoration of 200 years of a conflict between King Dingiswayo of Mthethwa and King Zwide of Ndwandwe in Zululand. The event will be held under the theme, Mfecane–200 Years of Regional Impact, and will be jointly facilitated by Khaya Heritage Foundation, the African Indigenous Young Leaders, Mzimba Heritage Association and Mzuzu City Council. Mzimba General Secretary Ndabazake Thole has added that delegates from Botswana, Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa, and Tanzania are expected to participate in the event.

MOZAMBIQUE – 25 JUL 2022
• PALMA – 25 JUL 2022 (15H50) Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Carlos Zacarias has announced that a verification team is deployed in Cabo Delgado to ascertain the necessary safety measures and conditions for the resumption of the TotalEnergies-led Rovuma Basin Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project. Zacarias has stated that the security situation in the area where the TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil projects are being implemented has improved significantly. This follows the Minister’s recent visit to the Inhambane province to monitor the Government’s Five Year Program (PQG), with a focus on the areas of oil and gas, energy and mines. The restoration of security in the district of Palma has permitted the return of several residents and the phased resumption of economic activities.

NIGERIA – 25 JUL 2022
• ABUJA – 25 JUL 2022 (04H25) The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced the approval of a $134 million loan for the Agro Pocket program in Nigeria. AfDB stated that the loan will enhance food production and livelihood resilience by implementing policy and institutional reforms. Director General of the Bank’s Nigeria Country Department, Lamin Barrow, stated that the project aims to assist five strategic crops, which include maize, rice, wheat, soya beans and sorghum, with a particular focus on wheat value chains.
• ONITSHA – 25 JUL 2022 (06H45) UPDATE Anambra State Fire Service, with the assistance of local residents, have successfully contained the fire. State Fire Chief Martin Agbili has stated that an investigation has been launched into the reason for the fire. The fire reportedly caused minor destruction to the building infrastructure during the incident. (04H35) Fire reported at a residential building located in Akunnia Street, Woliwo, Onitsha, Anambra State. Local reports indicate that a fire is currently ongoing on the first level of the building. The Anambra State Fire Service and local residents are on the scene and are attempting to contain the fire. State Fire Chief Martin Agbili has stated that the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time.
• ABUJA – 25 JUL 2022 (11H00) Protest reported outside the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja. Residents have blockaded the entrance of the Ministry, restricting the staff members from entering. Reports indicate that the demonstrators have accused the Government of failing to engage with the terrorists over releasing the remaining victims. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are on the scene.
• ABUJA – 25 JUL 2022 (16H10) The Federal Ministry of Education has announced the closure of all Federal Government colleges located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Ministry has further ordered the immediate evacuation of students and personnel in Abuja due to the high level of insecurity in the capital following recent security threats and concerns regarding impending attacks by armed groups. Several schools have directed students to vacate premises by Wednesday, 27 July 2022.
• BAMA – 25 JUL 2022 (17H40) Reports indicate that at least nine fatalities have been recorded following a bomb explosion at the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in the vicinity of Bama, Borno State. This follows after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated at the school premises by unidentified suspects at approximately 12H00 today, 25 July 2022. The incident follows recent threats to security by armed groups in the country. Local reports indicate that nine fatalities have been recorded following the explosion. Authorities are expected to launch an investigation into the incident.

RWANDA – 25 JUL 2022
• KIGALI – 25 JUL 2022 (16H20) The United States (US) has announced plans to suspend all US security assistance to Rwanda due to the country’s alleged support for the March 23 Movement (M23) militia group responsible for armed unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This follows as Human Rights Groups have recently stated that more than 160,000 civilians have been displaced, in addition to several civilian deaths and injuries, during the armed unrest in the DRC. US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairperson Robert Menendez has stated that the decision to suspend security assistance follows increasing concerns from the US Government regarding the situation in eastern DRC. President Paul Kagame has denied allegations that Rwanda is providing Military support to the M23. However, several independent analysts have reportedly recently concluded that Rwanda is supporting the militia group. United Nations (UN) experts have also alleged aerial footage and photographic evidence of Rwandan Military soldiers at M23 camps in eastern DRC. Menendez has further cited multiple other human rights violations by the Kagame Government, including attacks on exiled Rwandan dissidents and the detainment and killing of journalists, activists and opposition politicians. The Senator has stated that efforts are underway to review all US aid to Rwanda, including plans to halt all security assistance and funding for Rwandan troops in UN peacekeeping missions.

TANZANIA – 25 JUL 2022
• ZANZIBAR – 24 JUL 2022 (22H10) The President of Zanzibar, Hussein Mwinyi, has received Under-Secretary of the Foreign Ministry for Administrative and Financial Affairs, Mohammed Wahaibi. Mwinyi, who is on a working visit to the country, has held a meeting with Mwinyi, during which the officials reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and enhanced cooperation on joint interests. Mwinyi further noted that Wahaibi had invited him to conduct a working visit to the Sultanate of Oman in the coming days.

ZAMBIA – 25 JUL 2022
• LUSAKA – 25 JUL 2022 (00H45) Zimtrade Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Allan Majuru announced that Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show (ZACS) is expected to be held from 27 July 2022 until 01 August 2022. Majuru stated that 30 companies from Zimbabwe in the sectors of consumer goods, agricultural inputs and implements, leather and leather products, protective clothing, building and construction will participate at the ZACS. Majuru further noted that companies from the service sector will be represented by companies in the engineering, finance, insurance and education sectors. Majuru stated that Zimbabwe’s participation at the ZACS is expected to enhance trade and cooperation between the two countries.
• LUSAKA – 25 JUL 2022 (10H15) The President of the Democratic Party (DP), Harry Kalaba, has officially tendered his resignation from the party. The Deputy Spokesperson, Frank Sichone, noted that several other party members have also resigned from the party due to ongoing disputes within the party. In addition, Kalaba also indicated plans to launch a new political party.
• CHILILABOMBWE – 25 JUL 2022 (10H30) The Copperbelt Police Unit detained the United Party for National Development (UPND) Kwacha Constituency Youth Chairperson Lingo Nyirend, along with two accused in Kitwe for malicious damages to property. According to reports, Nyirend has allegedly damaged the Bulangililo Clinic in Kitwe, which was donated by the Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament Joe Malanji. Copperbelt Province Commanding officer Sharon Zulu has further stated that the incident occurred on Tuesday, 19 July 2022, at the Bulangililo Clinic as Malanji was donating equipment to the Clinic.

ZIMBABWE – 25 JUL 2022
• HARARE – 25 JUL 2022 (00H55) Acting Managing Director of Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), Howard Choga, announced the signing of a five-year power import deal with the Government of Zambia. Choga stated that Zimbabwe will receive 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity from ZESCO in early August 2022 on a monthly basis. Choga further noted that the Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) management is expected to visit Zimbabwe this coming week to discuss ways of increasing the current 50 MW received from Mozambique to 200 MW.
• HARARE – 25 JUL 2022 (14H40) Public sector workers under the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) have announced plans to embark on a two-day industrial action demonstration from Wednesday, 27 July 2022, until Thursday, 28 July 2022. This follows the elapse of the Union’s 14-day notice to the Office containing several demands to the employer, which are yet to be addressed. These demands include a restoration of the value of wages to pre-October 2018 statuses to be paid in United States Dollars (USD) with immediate effect. The Union is also demanding a halt to recent suspensions, summary dismissals, illegal disallowances and the alleged victimisation of teachers and nurses for participating in protest actions. Members also demand the payment of a medical allowance to all civil servants. All participating unions have signed a letter to Public Service Minister Paul Mavhima notifying him of the planned strike action.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 25 JUL 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.
• ZIMBABWE: Public sector workers under the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) have announced plans to embark on a two-day industrial action demonstration from Wednesday, 27 July 2022, until Thursday, 28 July 2022.
• ZAMBIA: Zimtrade Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Allan Majuru announced that Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show (ZACS) is expected to take place from 27 July 2022 until 01 August 2022.
• 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.
• ANGOLA: Protest expected in the vicinity of Luanda on Monday, 08 August 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.
• MALAWI: Malawi is scheduled to host the Ngoni event, known as Mfecane, from 26 September 2022 to 30 September 2022 in the Mzimba district.
• 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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