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ANGOLA – 28 JUL 2022
- LUANDA – 27 JUL 2022 (22H10) Lucapa Diamond Company announced the discovery of a 170-carat pink diamond at the Lulo mine. Lucapa stated that the diamond has been named the Lulu Rose and is a type 2A diamond. Lulo mine is a joint venture between Australia’s Lucapa Diamond Company and the Angolan Government.
- LUANDA – 28 JUL 2022 (15H40) TotalEnergies has announced the commencement of developments at three projects in Angola. The French oil major has stated that the Begonia oil field, located 150 kilometres (km) off the coast, is the first development of block 17/06 and represents an investment of $850 million, with commissioning scheduled in 2024. The company has reportedly also concluded a final investment decision for the Quiluma and Maboqueiro gas fields developments, which are set to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country. Production is scheduled to be launched in mid-2026. TotalEnergies holds an 11,8% interest in the project, alongside Eni, Chevron, Sonangol and British Petroleum (BP). In addition, TotalEnergies has also been awarded the concession for the construction of the Quilemba photovoltaic (PV) plant by Angolan authorities. The plant is set to have an initial capacity of 35 megawatts (mW) peak and the possibility of adding 45 mW in a second phase. Commissioning has been scheduled for the end of 2023.
BOTSWANA – 28 JUL 2022
- GABORONE – 28 JUL 2022 (04H45) Finance Minister Peggy Serame announced the reduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) by 2% to assist the economy with the increasing inflation rate. Seram has stated that VAT is scheduled to be reduced from 14% to 12% for a period of six months, with effect from 01 August 2022. Serame further noted that the reduction of VAT is expected to result in inflation returning to within the Bank of Botswana’s objective range of 3% to 6% in the second half of 2023.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 28 JUL 2022
- KINSHASA – 28 JUL 2022 (08H00) The Congolese Government will today, 28 July 2022, auction calls for tenders for the 27 oil wells and three gas blocks. Minister of Hydrocarbons, Didier Budimbu, has stated that among these blocks, there are in particular two deposits returned by the Israeli businessman Dan Gethler. The Ministry of Hydrocarbons has deployed a team of geologists from the Ministry of Mines to observe possible wetlands and the protected areas that do not form part of the designated blocks.
- KINSHASA – 28 JUL 2022 (13H50) UPDATE Former National Assembly First Vice-President Jean-Marc Kabund has arrived at the General Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Cessation to respond to his Summons. Kabund is accompanied by several activists from his party, Alliance for Change. Motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions in the vicinity of the Court during the proceedings. (12H30) The former First Vice-President of the National Assembly, Jean-Marc Kabund, is scheduled to appear before the Court of Cassation in Kinshasa today, 28 July 2022. Kabund will be attending a hearing after allegedly circulating false allegations against the Head of State, Felix Tshisekedi. This follows after the Office of the National Assembly authorized legal proceedings against Kabunda for contempt of the Head of State. Demonstrations are expected to occur in the area. Police will be on the scene.
- BENI – 28 JUL 2022 (14H30) Increased security presence reported at the United Nations (UN) Mission Madiba Base in the Boikene district, north of Beni, North Kivu province. Sporadic gunshots have been reported after a group of anti-peacekeeper demonstrators attempted to approach the base to protest against the presence of UN peacekeepers in the country earlier today, 28 July 2022. This follows recent violent protests in several cities across the country, including Goma, Beni, Butembo, Nyamilima, Sake and Uvira. At least 15 fatalities have been recorded during armed clashes between UN soldiers and protestors since the start of the demonstrations on Monday, 25 July 2022. Congolese Police and soldiers have been deployed at the UN Mission Madiba Base in Boikene to maintain peace and stability in the area.
ESWATINI – 28 JUL 2022
- MOTSHANE – 27 JUL 2022 (19H00) The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has commissioned the construction works phase of the Motshane-Kupheleni Road Project today, 27 July 2022. This follows the recent awarding of the contract for the project to Roots Construction. Public Works Minister Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe has stated that the project aims to improve road accessibility in the region and attract investment. The Ministry has noted that on-site works are scheduled to commence on 08 August 2022. The road project is set for completion within the following eight months.
- MANZINI – 28 JUL 2022 (12H45) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed from the Manzini Magistrates Court. SNUS President Colani Maseko’s trial has been postponed to 15 December 2022. Maseko will remain in custody at the Manzini Remand Centre. (11H00) Members of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS), along with the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) as well as supporters of SNUS President Colani Maseko, have gathered outside the Manzini Magistrates Court. Maseko is expected to appear before the Court, facing charges of sedition and malicious injury to property. Police are on the scene. (06H30) Protest expected at the Manzini Magistrates Court today, 28 July 2022, from 09H00. The Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) has called on the youth, students and all pro-democratic members of the public to mobilize in solidarity with SNUS President Colani Maseko, who will appear before the Court. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Police will be deployed to the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 28 JUL 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 27 JUL 2022 (19H20) The African Development Fund Board of Directors has announced the approval of a $4,3 million grant to fund capacity building within Ethiopia’s Finance Ministry and related Government Departments. The grant aims to enable the country to address declining growth and other economic challenges. The project is expected to be implemented by the Ministry of Finance and is set to strengthen the Government’s capacity in research and policy analysis. This follows in line with Ethiopia’s objective of developing a cadre of government staff with heightened capacity in research and policy analysis and formulation to facilitate the implementation of the country’s Ten-Year Development Plan and Homegrown Economic Reform Agenda.
- ADDIS ABABA – 28 JUL 2022 (09H00) Ethiopia and Russia have agreed to strengthen relations in the international diplomacy, economy, trade, science and technology sectors. This follows after the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen, held talks with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, on 27 July 2022, on various issues of mutual interest. Lavrov has reiterated the importance of the relationship between the two countries and reaffirmed Russia’s support for Ethiopia. Lavrov also highlighted the need to hold a ministerial meeting between the two countries.
- JIJIGA – 28 JUL 2022 (14H30) Somali Region President Mustafe Agjar has announced that plans are underway to annex areas in Somalia with the aim of establishing a security buffer zone to counter al-Shabaab attacks in the region. This follows reports that Islamist insurgents had recently infiltrated the border from Somalia into Ethiopia to launch an offensive against Ethiopian troops deployed in areas bordering Somalia. Regional authorities recently confirmed that a Military operation to eradicate the insurgents from the region had been successfully concluded despite reports of ongoing armed clashes in the Somali region of Ethiopia.
GHANA – 28 JUL 2022
- KUMASI – 28 JUL 2022 (00H35) Member of Parliament (MP) Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu announced that the Parliament of Ghana has approved a €135 million facility to finance the rehabilitation of Phase 1 of the Suame Interchange in Kumasi. Bonsu stated that the loan is also expected to enable the municipality to rehabilitate several other roads in the town. Bonsu further noted that rehabilitation work on the roads is expected to commence in the near future and that the exact date will be communicated in time to the relevant stakeholders.
KENYA – 28 JUL 2022
- NAIROBI – 28 JUL 2022 (06H10) The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has announced two scheduled airspace closures over Nairobi’s Wilson Airport from 10H00 until 16H00 today, 28 July 2022, and on Friday, 05 August 2022. Reports indicate that the airspace is scheduled to be closed due to the trooping of colours by the Kenyan Military. KCAA has stated that airlines operating scheduled services and charter flights from Wilson Airport, such as Safarilink, Air Kenya and others, are discussing arrangements to reschedule flights or rebook passengers for departures on subsequent dates.
- MURANG’A – 28 JUL 2022 (14H00) Agano Party leader and Presidential candidate David Mwaure Waihiga is currently conducting a political campaign rally in central Murang’a. The campaign follows in anticipation of Kenya’s General Elections scheduled for 09 August 2022. Waihiga is addressing residents in the town. Motorists are advised of ongoing ground travel disruptions in the area.
- MANDERA – 28 JUL 2022 (14H00) Increased security presence reported in several areas of Mandera, Kenya. Police officers have been deployed to strategic areas following a recent attack at the Anti-Stock Theft Unit Camp by suspected members of the al-Shabaab militant group. During the incident on 28 July 2022 at 02H00, security officers successfully repelled the attack. However, three officers sustained minor injuries during armed clashes with the militants. Security patrols have been increased as part of efforts to secure the area.
- NAIROBI – 28 JUL 2022 (15H00) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is scheduled to convene a consultative meeting with the four running Presidential candidates at the Bomas of Kenya from 11H00 on Friday, 29 July 2022. IEBC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marjan Hussein Marjan has issued a letter requesting Kenya Kwanza candidate William Ruto, Azimio candidate Raila Odinga, Roots Party candidate George Wajackoyah and Agano Party candidate David Waihiga to appear before the electoral agency. This follows concerns raised by Representatives of Presidential candidates regarding the printing of results forms 34 A and 34 B. The request follows after Odinga recently demanded an urgent meeting with the Wafula Chebukati-led Commission regarding the alleged printing of an additional booklet for the presidential declaration forms.
- NAIROBI – 28 JUL 2022 (15H35) United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Presidential running mate Rigathi Gachagua has been ordered by the High Courts Anti-Corruption division to submit the frozen Ksh202 million to the Government on Thursday, 28 July 2022. This follows after Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers arrested Gachagua on 23 July 2021 over money laundering claims in Nyeri. The money frozen by State agencies is set to be the proceeds of corrupt activities. Gachagua is alleged to have received Ksh12 billion from 42 proxy companies. Gachagua will appeal the Anti-Corruption Courts decision.
- NAIROBI – 28 JUL 2022 (16H50) Kenya Power has entered into an agreement for the importation of hydroelectric power from Ethiopia under the Kenya-Ethiopia Electricity Highway Project. The agreement involves a transmission inter-connector linking the two countries’ power systems and establishing an opportunity within the East African region to trade electricity. The project includes the construction of a 1,068 kilometres (km) power transmission line inter-linking Kenya and Ethiopia’s power grids. As per the agreement, Ethiopia is expected to initially export 200 megawatts (mW) of electricity to Kenya during the first phase of the agreement. The Ethiopia-Kenya electricity transmission line is expected to integrate the power systems of five countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, under the Eastern African Power Pool Master Plan.
LESOTHO – 28 JUL 2022
- MASERU – 28 JUL 2022 (10H00) Three Lesotho nationals have been extradited to South Africa to be charged in connection with a murder case in the country. The nationals, identified as Moeketsi Hlaudi, Kekekso Ntsabisa and Thabiso Ramollo, recently appeared in the Bonnievale Magistrate’s Court following their extradition from Lesotho. The suspects are expected to be charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, and the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition in connection with the 2019 murder of a farmer in Bonnievale. South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila has stated that the case has since been postponed for further hearings on Monday, 01 August 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 28 JUL 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 28 JUL 2022 (03H25) Ambassador of Germany to Madagascar, Michael Hausler, has embarked on a working visit at the invitation of Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina. During the visit, Hausler submitted his credentials to Rajoelina to commence his ambassadorship to the country. Hausler stated that they also reviewed the current bilateral cooperation agreements between the two countries and ways of enhancing further cooperation.
- VATOMANDRY – 28 JUL 2022 (11H30) Protest reported in the Vatomandry district. Supporters of the political party, I love Madagascar (TIM), are protesting against the high cost of living and lack of development in the country due to the Government’s failure. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious when travelling in the area. Police are on the scene.
MALAWI – 28 JUL 2022
- LILONGWE – 28 JUL 2022 (06H15) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is scheduled to host the Committee of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General today, 28 July 2022, and 29 July 2022, at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General to consider and review a few legal agreements that require legal review, guidance and clearance by the Ministers to ensure that SADC continues to operate in line with appropriate national, regional and international legal frameworks. During the meeting, the Ministers will review the Draft Memorandum of Agreement amongst the SADC Member States for the Establishment of the SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre and Draft Protocol Against Trafficking in Persons.
- LILONGWE – 28 JUL 2022 (12H10) UPDATE Police have reportedly fired teargas to disperse the crowd at the Lilongwe Community Ground. This follows after the demonstrators were gathering at the grounds to be addressed by the organizers of the nationwide protest. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (11H15) Organizers of the nationwide demonstrations, Action Against Impunity, are delivering a petition at the Lilongwe District Commissioner’s (DC) office. The demonstrators have petitioned the DC’s office to release Mundango Nyirenda, a member of the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) and a freelance journalist, who was reportedly detained on Wednesday, 27 July 2022. (10H00) Protest reported on Kenyatta avenue in the Lilongwe Central Business District by members of the Malawi Congress Party. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. (09H40) Demonstrators are reportedly gathering at the Lilongwe Community Ground. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Meanwhile, a heavy security presence is reported in Zomba and Mzuzu Central Business Areas. (09H30) A heightened Police presence is reported in the vicinity of Lilongwe ahead of a planned nationwide protest by the CCM, Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative (CDEDI), and other unions. Meanwhile, businesses and other developments have been suspended due to possible disruptions. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. (06H00) The Concerned Citizens of Malawi (CCM) and five other non-governmental organizations are expected to embark on a nationwide demonstration today, 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 is yet to respond. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the planned demonstration.
- BLANTYRE – 28 JUL 2022 (13H55) Power outage expected countrywide on Saturday, 30 July 2022 and Sunday, 31 July 2022. The disruption will follow due to a decrease in the country’s power supply by 100 Megawatts (MW) on 30 July 2022 and 135MW on 31 July 2022. The Nkula B power Station will be affected on 30 July 2022, while both Nkula A and B power stations will be affected on 31 July 2022. Esom will obtain 176 MW on 30 July 2022 and 140 MW on 31 July 2022 to provide essential services electricity, including hospitals, water pumping stations and others.
- BALAKA – 28 JUL 2022 (14H10) Peaceful protest reported at the Balaka District Council in Balaka, Malawi. Members of the Anti-Presidential Immunity demonstration have held a march to present a petition to Balaka District Commissioner Darwin Mngoli. The petition states that the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative (CDEDI) is calling on President Lazarus Chakwera to restrict his presidential powers as vowed during the Presidential election campaign, eradicate nepotism and corruption as well as dismiss all Cabinet Ministers and Government officials implicated in corruption allegations. The protest has caused significant disruption of business operations in the town. An increased Police presence has also been reported in various areas in the town.
- MZUZU – 28 JUL 2022 (17H00) UPDATE Demonstrators in Mzuzu under the Alliance Against Impunity banner have delivered a petition to the M’mbelwa District Council. The petition has been received by Administration Director Tamara Nyirongo. Protestors have dispersed from the area. (10H50) Protest reported in Mzuzu. The Mzuzu Young Caucus, along with five other unions, 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. Demonstrators have gathered at the Katoto Sports Ground. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation.
MOZAMBIQUE – 28 JUL 2022
- PALMA – 27 JUL 2022 (20H30) Italian oil major Eni and its Area 4 partners in the Rovuma Sedimentary Basin, located in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, have announced plans to position a second floating platform for the exploitation of natural gas reserves in the project area. This follows after Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH), which holds a 10% stake in the share capital of the Coral Sul floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project, noted that the bloc’s partners have recently documented an increase in demand for gas in Europe. Mozambique’s National Petroleum Institute (INP) Board of Directors Chairman Nazário Bangalane has stated that Eni is expected to present the development plan for the northern part of Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin for further consultation in due course.
- MAPUTO – 28 JUL 2022 (17H30) UPDATE The Maputo City Judicial Court has sentenced former Labour Minister Helena Taipo to 16 years imprisonment in connection to the case of embezzlement at the Ministry of Labour’s Directorate of Migratory Labour (DTM). Judge Evandra Uamusse has also convicted eight of the 11 defendants, who have been provided with 20 days to appeal the ruling. During the court proceedings, two defendants have also been acquitted. (06H20) The 10th Criminal Section of the Judicial Court of the City of Maputo is expected to deliver the verdict and sentencing in the case of embezzlement at the Ministry of Labour’s Directorate of Migratory Labour (DTM) today, 28 July 2022. The case includes the alleged diversion of MT.113 million from state coffers between 2010 and 2014, comprising social security contributions paid by Mozambican miners in South Africa and fees charged for hiring foreign labour.
NIGERIA – 28 JUL 2022
- ABUJA – 27 JUL 2022 (19H00) Nigeria’s Red Chamber has summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele to hold discussions regarding inflation and the Naira devaluation. This follows after lawmakers denounced the increasing exchange rate, noting that the United State Dollar (USD) to Naira has now increased to N700. Senators have raised concerns regarding the development, calling for immediate solutions to the matter.
- ABUJA – 27 JUL 2022 (19H00) The Nigerian Senate has declared a seven-week annual recess period with effect from today, 27 July 2022, until 20 September 2022. The announcement follows the adjournment of the Plenary Session led by Senate President Ahmad Lawan earlier today, 27 July 2022.
- OWO – 28 JUL 2022 (01H25) Explosion reported at Craneburg Construction Company in Owo, Ondo State. Reports indicate that after the explosion, several gunshots were heard from the area. Ondo Police Spokesperson, Olufunmilayo Odunlami, stated that the Police are currently on scene to investigate the incident, and the people injured during the explosion have been transferred to the local hospital for the needed medical attention. Odunlami stated that the reason behind the explosion can not be determined at the moment as various scenarios are being investigated. Odunlami further noted that if the explosion was a planned attack, the Police are expected to launch a search operation for the suspects.
- ABUJA – 28 JUL 2022 (14H30) President Muhamadu Buhari is currently presiding over a meeting at the Presidential Villa’s Council Chambers in Abuja. The meeting has been called to discuss a solution for Nigeria’s insecurity situation. This follows after the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari had recently been attacked on 05 July 2022. The meeting has also been called after opposition Senators issued a two-week ultimatum for President Buhari to address the increasing security situation experienced in the country. The meeting is being attended by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser (NSA), and Major-General Babagana Monguno, among others.
RWANDA – 28 JUL 2022
- KIGALI – 28 JUL 2022 (13H20) The Presidency has announced that President Paul Kagame has participated in the Second Special Summit of the African Peer Review Forum of Heads of State and Government being held today, 28 July 2022. The Summit is being held virtually and is attended by several Heads of State, including Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro, and Senegalese President Macky Sall, among others. Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio is chairing the event. The Special Summit is expected to peer review the Kenya targeted review report on The Big 4 Agenda and other salient issues.
TANZANIA – 28 JUL 2022
- DODOMA – 28 JUL 2022 (10H30) President Samia Suluhu Hassan has announced the appointment of Regional Commissioners (RC) to new stations, in addition to the dismissal of nine others. President Hassan appointed Albert Chalamila as the new Regional Commissioner for Kagera, replacing Major General Charles Mbuge had been dismissed. Peter Serukamba, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Northern Kigoma, has been appointed RC for Singida replacing Binilith Mahenge, and Rapahel Chegeni will serve as RC in the Mara region, replacing Ally Hapi, whose appointment has been revoked. Further, Fatma Mwasa has been appointed Regional Commissioner of Morogoro, replacing Martin Shigella, who has been transferred to Geita. Halima Dendego replaces Queen Sendiga as the new Regional Commissioner of Iringa as Sendiga is transferred to Rukwa. The District Commissioner (DC) of Longido, Nurdin Babu, has been promoted and will serve as Regional Commissioner of Kilimanjaro, replacing Stephen Kagaigai whose appointment has been revoked. Yahaya Nawanda has been promoted from District Commissioner of Tabora to Regional Commissioner of Simiyu, replacing David Kafulila, who has been revoked. In Mtwara, Colonel Ahmed Abbas Ahmed has been appointed as the RC, replacing Brigadier General Marco Gaguti. President Hassan has appointed Colonel Laban Elias Thomas, formerly DC of Nyasa, replacing Ambassador Colonel Wilbert Ibuge in Ruvuma. The newly appointed RC’s will be sworn in on 01 August 2022 at the State House in Dodoma.
- IRINGA – 28 JUL 2022 (16H30) Tanzania-Zambia Project (TAZA) Coordinator Elias Makunga has announced that the implementation of the project, which involves the construction of electricity transmission infrastructure between Tanzania and Zambia, is scheduled to commence in January 2023. Makunga has stated that the Sh1,4 trillion project to construct a 400 kilowatt (kW) line between the two countries is set to be completed by January 2025. The project is expected to be constructed from the Iringa Region toward Sumbawanga, covering a distance of 616 kilometres (km). TAZA is also expected to involve the construction of four new power stations. Makunga has further noted that the project is expected to improve access to electricity in Iringa, Njombe and Mbeya, as well as feed electricity into the national power grid in Songwe and Rukwa. TAZA is also set to enable Tanzania to connect with member countries of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) through Zambia and the Eastern Africa Power Pool (EAPP) through Kenya.
ZAMBIA – 28 JUL 2022
- LUSAKA – 27 JUL 2022 (19H30) Zambian Energy Minister Peter Kapala has announced that the country is set to commence the export of 100 megawatts (mW) of electricity from the Kafue Gorge Lower Power Station to Zimbabwe in August 2022. This follows as Zimbabwe is experiencing load management issues due to increased demand. Zambia and Zimbabwe recently signed a five-year electricity agreement allowing the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) to export 100 mW to the neighbouring country. The Minister has noted that Zimbabwe is experiencing an electricity shortage exacerbated by depressed generation at the Hwange and Harare thermal power stations, including the loss of one unit at Kariba South Power Station. The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZESA) is solely producing 1,201 mW at its five power stations against a national demand of 2,200 mW. Kapala has stated that the situation has compelled ZESA to facilitate the establishment of a group of energy users to finance power imports from the region, including Zambia. However, the export agreement remains premised on Zimbabwe meeting the pre-payment of $6,3 million for the export of the 100 mW of energy supply.
ZIMBABWE – 28 JUL 2022
- MARONDERA – 27 JUL 2022 (20H00) Information and Publicity Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has announced that the country is on high alert following a polio outbreak in neighbouring Mozambique. Minister Mutsvangwa has stated that the country has been placed on high alert for the virus as Zimbabwe has four districts in the Mashonaland East province that share a common border with Mozambique. This follows after Mozambique recently confirmed three polio cases in the Tete province. Mutsvangwa has stated that the Government is scheduled to launch a synchronised vaccination programme in the region as a prevention measure against the spread of the virus.
- HARARE – 28 JUL 2022 (03H10) Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mthuli Ncube, is expected to present the mid-term budget review today, 28 July 2022. The review will detail how Government revenue and spending have matched the budget approved at the end of 2021, and it will look at what changes might be necessary for the second half of 2022. The review also offers the opportunity to see if tax brackets can be adjusted due to the current inflation seen this year.
- HWANGE – 28 JUL 2022 (16H00) Energy and Power Development Minister Zhemu Soda has announced that the ongoing expansion and rehabilitation project at the Hwange Power Station is at an advanced stage, with Unit 7 expected to feed 300 megawatts (mW) into the national power grid in November 2022. Soda has stated that Unit 8 is expected to be commissioned during the first quarter of 2023 to feed an additional 300 mW into the national power grid. Upon completion of the expansion project, the thermal power plant’s installed capacity is set to increase from the current 920 mW to 1,520 mW.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 28 JUL 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.
- REP. CONGO: 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.
- ZAMBIA: President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to attend the Kulamba traditional ceremony on 27 August 2022 at the invitation of the King of the Chewa people of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique Kalonga Undi, at Mkaika in Katete.
- 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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