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20220729 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

July 29

ANGOLA – 29 JUL 2022

  • LUANDA – 28 JUL 2022 (19H20) TotalEnergies has announced the launch of a new $850 million subsea project in Angola. The project forms part of a nationwide energy development initiative that includes investment in solar power. This follows as the French oil company operates multiple floating production, storage and offloading vessels on blocks 17, 17/06 and 32 in Angola. In an effort to maintain production at the facilities, TotalEnergies has been conducting development and infill drilling works as well as subsea satellite tie-backs to the vessels.
  • LUANDA – 29 JUL 2022 (15H30) The Luanda Provincial Government (GPL) has rejected a march by opposition political parties scheduled for Saturday, 30 July 2022, due to its alleged compromisation of security and public order. Members of the Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) have condemned the announcement, accusing the GPL of using subterfuge to reject the opposition march. The peaceful demonstration had been planned by members of UNITA, Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola – Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), and Social Renewal Party (PRS), among other opposition parties, to demand equal treatment in the electoral process in Angola. UNITA Communications Director Alcino Kuvalela has stated that the party is expected to reschedule to march if illegalities remain.

 

BOTSWANA – 29 JUL 2022

  • GABORONE – 29 JUL 2022 (12H20) United States (US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held discussions with Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi regarding continued collaboration between the two countries. During the virtual meeting, Blinken and Masisi held discussions regarding global and regional priorities, including food security and cooperation in the health sector and the importance of democracy. The Secretary has also reiterated the US’s continued commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Botswana.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 29 JUL 2022

  • KINSHASA – 28 JUL 2022 (19H00) UPDATE The Attorney General at the Court of Cassation has postponed the hearing of Jean Marc Kabund until Tuesday, 02 August 2022. Kabund has since been released pending further investigations into the matter. (13H50) 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.
  • IDIOFA – 29 JUL 2022 (14H20) Increased Police presence reported in Yoko Banzadi, Kwilu. Provincial Police have deployed additional officers to the territory of Idiofa following recent armed clashes between Okum and Banzadi community members regarding an ongoing land dispute. Reports indicate that one person had recently been killed and four others injured during clashes on Tuesday, 26 July 2022. Kwilu Police Spokesperson Colonel Camille Atungal has stated that a heightened Police presence is being maintained in strategic areas of the territory to restore public order and avoid an escalation of the conflict.
  • KINSHASA – 29 JUL 2022 (17H00) The United States (US) has requested the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government to improve efforts to ensure the protection of United Nations (UN) peacekeepers and associated facilities amid protests in the country. The request follows recent mass demonstrations against the presence of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) forces in the country. The protests have resulted in the deaths of 19 people, including three MONUSCO officers. US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has called on national and local authorities to ensure the protection of MONUSCO sites and personnel and for protestors to exercise restraint during demonstrations. The US has also reiterated that attacks against UN personnel and sites are against international law, calling on the DRC Government to investigate these events.

 

ESWATINI – 29 JUL 2022

  • NSINGIZINI – 29 JUL 2022 (16H50) Shiselweni Regional Police have launched an investigation into a suspected act of vigilantism following the deaths of two residents in the Lombhiwako area located in the Nsingizini Chiefdom under the Hosea Constituency. Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendant Phindile Vilakati has stated that a group of approximately 110 community members from Lombhiwako allegedly assaulted six other residents accused of conducting robberies of livestock and other items in the area. Upon the arrival of authorities, the six suspects were transported to the Hlatikhulu Government Hospital. However, upon arrival, two of the suspects had been declared deceased. The remaining four suspects are reportedly in critical condition under Police surveillance. Vilakati has stated that investigations into the matter are ongoing.

 

ETHIOPIA- 29 JUL 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 29 JUL 2022 (12H30) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has announced that more than 1 million people are currently displaced by armed conflict across 178 accessible locations within Ethiopia’s Tigray, Afar and Amhara regions. The announcement follows recent data collection through a monthly Emergency Site Assessment (ESA), indicating that an estimated 1,000,052 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been detected in Tigray, in addition to 45,343 in the Afar region and 18,781 in the Amhara region. The data indicate that the IDPs are fleeing to towns and cities to seek humanitarian assistance and access essential services. The highest concentration of IDPs has been recorded in Shire, where an estimated 445,309 IDPs from Western and Northwestern Tigray are residing in overcrowded collective shelters. Surveys suggest that the majority of the IDPs are in urgent need of food assistance, emergency shelter, non-food items, access to healthcare services, and access to water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 29 JUL 2022 (18H00) The United States (US) Embassy has announced that members of the US Envoy for the Horn of Africa Region have arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier today, 29 July 2022. The US envoy is conducting a mission to advance peace efforts between the Federal Government and Tigrayan rebel forces. The US Embassy has stated that the envoy is led by Mike Hammer, the US Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to support efforts toward achieving a sustainable peace and security situation in the country. Hammer is expected to engage in discussions with Government officials, political parties and civil society members during the visit. Hammer is also set to facilitate a diplomatic solution to the regional dispute regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) mega-project on the Blue Nile.

 

GHANA – 29 JUL 2022

  • ACCRA – 28 JUL 2022 (19H00) The Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Education, has announced the release of a GH₵57,460,000 grant toward student allowances and food aid at 46 Colleges of Education across the country. The Ministry of Education has issued a statement noting that the financial grant follows as part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to improve and sustain quality education in the country.
  • ACCRA – 29 JUL 2022 (11H30) Jubilee House has issued a statement noting that President Nana Akufo-Addo has revoked the appointment of Sarah Adwoa Safo, Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome Kwabenya, as Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, with immediate effect. The statement has indicated that the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, is expected to continue to act in the position of Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, pending the appointment of a substantive Minister by the President.

 

KENYA – 29 JUL 2022

  • NAIROBI – 28 JUL 2022 (19H50) Kenyan High Court Judge Esther Maina has ordered Vice Presidential nominee Rigathi Gachagua to reimburse Ksh202 million, ruling that the funds are proceeds of corruption. Judge Maina has ruled that the fund originates from government agencies. However, no evidence has been provided to confirm that Gachagua had supplied any goods or services. Gachugua alleges that the judgement is intended to undermine his candidacy in the 09 August election. Gachagua has reportedly instructed his legal representative to appeal the ruling, alleging that Maina had refused his lawyers’ request to contest the evidence brought against him.
  • NAIROBI – 29 JUL 2022 (11H10) President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially commissioned the Kenya Army Band Headquarters at the Langa’ata Barracks in Nairobi. President Kenyatta is currently at the Lang’ata Barracks to attend a ceremony by the Kenyan Military ahead of the end of the Head of State’s 10-year tenure.
  • THIKA – 29 JUL 2022 (15H00) Jubilee Party Gatuanyaga Ward Governor James Nyoro and other local leaders have held a campaign meeting at the Komo Primary School grounds in Thika, Kiambu County. During the event, Chama Cha Kazi party member Michael Macharia reportedly sustained injuries after being attacked by community members from the ward. This reportedly follows after Macharia attempted to disrupt the Jubilee Party meeting. Police have since arrived at the venue to restore public order. Speakers at the event have condemned the incident, accusing the Chama Cha Kazi member of breaching election campaign rules by disrupting the meeting. The Jubilee Party has subsequently called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to address the matter accordingly.
  • NAIROBI – 29 JUL 2022 (16H00) Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Committee (NCIC) has announced intentions to suspend access to Meta Incorporated’s Facebook social media platform in the country due to its alleged lack of adherence to hate speech regulations. NCIC Commissioner Danvas Makori has cited Facebook’s failure to follow regulations suggested by the anti-hate speech body and its reported refusal to host peace messages published by the NCIC on the social networking platform. Makori has stated that the Government body has requested Facebook to comply with the regulatory requirement established by the NCIC. However, the Commissioner has noted that if Facebook fails to comply within the following seven days, the NCIC is expected to recommend that the social media platform’s services be suspended in Kenya.

 

LESOTHO – 29 JUL 2022

  • BUTHA-BUTHE – 29 JUL 2022 (14H00) The United Nations (UN) Lesotho is conducting an event in Makhunoane, Butha-Buthe, in commemoration of Anti-Human Trafficking Day today, 29 July 2022. The UN has stated that the district has been identified to pilot Trafficking in Persons interventions due to its porous borders. During the event, UN Representatives are expected to engage in discussions with members of the community regarding efforts against human trafficking incidents.

 

MADAGASCAR – 29 JUL 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 29 JUL 2022 (14H30) The Government has announced the launch of regional consultations regarding the Emerging Decentralisation Policy Letter in the Analmanga Region. The project aims to promote the development of the territory, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth in the country. The Government has called on all management stakeholders to mobilise and integrate resources toward the project. During the consultations, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Mayors from across the Analmanga region are expected to assess reports regarding the implementation of the project.

 

MALAWI – 29 JUL 2022

  • LILONGWE – 28 JUL 2022 (20H10) Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa has been located in the Nathenje area of Lilongwe. This follows after Namiwa’s alleged abduction on Wednesday, 27 July 2022, by unknown assailants in Area 3 of Lilongwe. The kidnapping followed after Namiwa had been expected to lead anti-government demonstrations in the capital city today, 28 July 2022. CDEDI Spokesperson Edwin Mauluka has stated that Namiwa has since been admitted to a medical facility for treatment after sustaining severe injuries during the abduction.
  • BALAKA – 29 JUL 2022 (11H00) Malawian Police have confirmed that 30 people have been remanded in Police custody following riots in Balaka in the Eastern Region on Thursday evening, 28 July 2022. Authorities have stated that the 30 detainees have been arrested on allegations of inciting public unrest, robbery with violence and arson. This follows after members of the Anti-Presidential Immunity group held protests to demand that President Lazarus Chakwera remove presidential immunity, eradicate nepotism and corruption, and dismiss all Cabinet Ministers and Government officials implicated in corruption allegations. The suspects are remanded in custody pending further investigations.
  • ZOMBA – 29 JUL 2022 (11H20) Police have confirmed the arrests of 25 people for participating in violent protests in Zomba in the Eastern Region since Thursday evening, 28 July 2022. Zomba Police have stated that the 25 people are under Zomba Police custody for incitement of violence and endangering the safety of road users. The arrests follow recent demonstrations by members of the Anti-Presidential Immunity group against presidential immunity, nepotism and corruption. The detained individuals remain in Police custody pending further investigations.
  • LILONGWE – 29 JUL 2022 (12H30) Malawi’s Ministry of Health has announced that efforts are underway to introduce additional measures to ensure the early detection of Monkeypox cases. This follows after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Monkeypox outbreak a world public health emergency. Monkeypox cases have been reported in more than 70 countries, with over 16,000 infections as of date. Ministry of Health Spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe has stated that the Ministry is currently mobilising resources to ensure heightened surveillance and timeous detection of the virus in the country.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 29 JUL 2022

  • MAPUTO – 28 JUL 2022 (21H00) Mozambique’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has announced intentions to appeal against a ruling by South Africa’s High Court to deny Maputo the right to appeal against the extradition of Mozambique’s former Finance Minister, Manuel Chang, to the United States (US). PGR Lawyer Busani Mabunda has confirmed that the Republic of Mozambique is expected to file an application to the Supreme Court of Appeal in the matter.

 

NIGERIA – 29 JUL 2022

  • IDO – 28 JUL 2022 (19H20) The Defence Headquarters have confirmed that troops of the 7 Guard’s Battalion and 176 Battalion supported by the Nigerian Airforce have neutralised more than 30 Boko Haram terrorists during a counter-terrorism security operation in the Kawu and Ido villages. Defence Media Operations Director Major General Bernard Onyeuko has stated that the troops successfully cleared the two villages and consequently also destroyed the terrorists’ enclave and shelters in the area. Onyeuko has noted that the advances follow as the forces have been tracking the armed group’s movement for several days after being deployed to the Bwari area on account of intelligence that Boko Haram is coordinating an attack on the Nigerian Law School. Onyeuko has stated that the soldiers also recovered six motorcycles, two AK-47 rifles, one light machine gun (LMG), and several ammunition during the operation.
  • OSOGBO – 28 JUL 2022 (19H10) The Osun State Government has declared Friday, 29 July 2022, as a public holiday in commemoration of the new Islamic year, Hijrah 1444 AH. State Commissioner for Special Duties, Olalekan Badmus, has issued a press statement confirming the public holiday across the State.
  • ZUBA – 29 JUL 2022 (00H05) Attack reported in Zuba, a town under the Gwagwalada area council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Reports indicate that an unknown armed group attacked the town while shooting sporadically. No casualties have been reported as the local Police are conducting investigations. The Police Command stated further updates regarding the attack will be provided in due course.
  • ILORIN – 29 JUL 2022 (03H25) Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has declared today, 29 July 2022, a Work-Free public holiday in the State for Voter Registration. AbdulRazaq stated that the public holiday is implemented to allow people in the State to register for their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) for the upcoming elections. AbdulRazaq further noted that the public holiday will assist people as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) closes the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on Sunday, 31 July 2022.

 

RWANDA – 29 JUL 2022

  • KIGALI – 29 JUL 2022 (12H40) Rwandan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Vincent Biruta is scheduled to embark on an official working visit to Harare, Zimbabwe, later today, 29 July 2022. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Spokesperson Livit Mugejo has stated that Biruta’s visit follows at the invitation of his Zimbabwean counterpart, Ambassador Frederic Shava. Biruta’s visit aims to discuss strategic bilateral relations between the two countries regarding the promotion and strengthening of existing cooperation between Zimbabwe and Rwanda. Mugejo has stated that the two Ministers are also expected to sign Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) being negotiated between authorities. The Spokesperson has noted that Biruta is also expected to officiate a ceremony to inaugurate the Embassy of Rwanda in Harare.

 

TANZANIA – 29 JUL 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 28 JUL 2022 (19H20) Foreign Affairs Minister Liberata Mulamula has held a discussion with the Egyptian Ambassador to Tanzania, Mohamed Gaber, during a meeting at the Ministry’s sub-office in Dar es Salaam today, 28 July 2022. During the meeting, the two officials exchanged dialogues on bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest to Tanzania and Egypt. Minister Mulamula and Ambassador Gaber have also agreed to strengthen efforts toward improved bilateral relations between the two countries.

 

ZAMBIA – 29 JUL 2022

  • KAFUE – 29 JUL 2022 (06H05) President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to embark on a one-day working visit to the Kafue District today, 29 July 2022. During the visit, Hichilema is expected to commission the $150 million Kafue Bulk Water Supply project in the area. Hichilema stated that the project is expected to add 46,000 households to the current water and sewer network. Hichilema further noted that the project will also provide clean drinking water to the Kafue community.

 

ZIMBABWE – 29 JUL 2022

  • HARARE – 29 JUL 2022 (00H30) Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube announced that the Zimbabwean Government will increase royalty rates on platinum producers and implement rates for lithium mines from 01 January 2023. Ncube stated that platinum miners will increase from 2,5% to 5%, and the new rate for lithium producers is also 5%. Ncube noted that the new rates imposed are expected to increase the Government’s revenue.
  • HARARE – 29 JUL 2022 (16H10) Rwandan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Vincent Biruta has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe. Biruta has been received by Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Frederick Shava and other Government officials at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE). The two Ministers have engaged in discussions regarding strategic bilateral issues regarding the promotion and strengthening of existing relations between the two countries.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 29 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.
  • NIGERIA: The Osun State Government has declared Friday, 29 July 2022, as a public holiday in commemoration of the new Islamic year, Hijrah 1444 AH.
  • 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.
  • 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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