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20220801 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 01 AUG 2022
- MENONGUE – 01 AUG 2022 (16H00) Provincial Electoral Commission (CPE) President Daniel Chimbinga Chande has requested political parties to reinforce the civic education of the electorate. The request has been made to decrease the number of invalid votes. This follows due to the 2017 elections where 530,927 voters had been registered, of which 2,751 had their votes invalidated. Reasons for the invalidations include civilians who used ink pens and folded the ballots incorrectly, among others. 783,684 voters have been registered for the upcoming 24 August 2022 General Elections.
BOTSWANA – 01 AUG 2022
- GABORONE – 01 AUG 2022 (13H45) The Minister for State President Kabo Neale Sechele Morwaeng will be holding a press conference today, 01 August 2022. Minister Morwaeng will be holding the conference at the OP, first-floor conference room at 14H00. During the conference, Minister Morwaeng will provide an update on essential bills passed by Parliament. The media is expected to attend and broadcast the conference.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 01 AUG 2022
- BENI – 01 AUG 2022 (15H05) UPDATE Officers of the Congolese National Police (CNP), in collaboration with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), have dispersed the protestors. Reports indicate that the CNP fired teargas, and soldiers of the FARDC fired warning shots into the air. Congolese security forces have established various security perimeters at United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) facilities, Beni. Additionally, MONUSCO has increased security at its facilities by stationing armored vehicles and battle tanks near the MONUSCO buildings. Reports indicate that the protestors have barricaded the main roads of Beni with debris. (12H00) A group of anti-MONUSCO youth members Is marching to the MONUSCO Headquarters in Butembo. The Congolese soldiers and Police have been deployed to ensure safety and maintain order at the United Nations (UN) bases. According to reports, several businesses and economic activities have been suspended due to the disruption in Beni. This demonstration follows after MONUSCO peacekeepers allegedly killed three people and injured 15 others in Kasindi on Sunday, 31 July 2022. (11H30) Protest reported in the city of Beni, North Kivu. Demonstrators are demanding the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Demonstrators are marching on the Nyamwisi Boulevard towards the Boikene district to the MONUSCO Headquarters in Butembo. Police are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the crowd with rubber bullets. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
- KINSHASA – 01 AUG 2022 (16H30) UPDATE The United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has confirmed the arrest of several UN peacekeeping soldiers. The soldiers are suspected of having opened fire on the civilians. During the incident, approximately two civilians had been fatally injured, and 15 others injured. Reports indicate that the troops had been returning from their leave. (12H15) The Congolese Government has condemned and deplored the shooting incident in Kasindi, in North Kivu province, by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) peacekeepers on Sunday, 31 July 2022. The Government Spokesperson, Patrick Muyaya, has called for calm in the Congolese population, including in the North Kivu province, and has assured that the Government, jointly with MONUSCO, has initiated an investigation to establish responsibilities and obtain severe sanctions against the peacekeepers who were involved in the incident. United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Bintou Keita, have condemned the incident in which peacekeepers opened fire at the Kasindi border post.
ESWATINI – 01 AUG 2022
- NHLANGANO – 31 JUL 2022 (20H40) Shiselweni Regional Police have announced the launch of investigations into the recent death of a Police officer attached to the Shiselweni Regional Police Headquarters in Nhlangano. This follows after the officer’s body had recently been located at his place of residence by community members from the area. The officer has been declared deceased on the scene by emergency responders due to unknown circumstances. Regional Police have stated that investigations into the circumstances surrounding the situation are underway.
- MASHOBENI – 01 AUG 2022 (10H20) Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini is set to commence an inspection tour at the Ndlotane Bridge following the construction of the MR13 Nhlangano-Sicunusa Road. This project is in line with the Governments efforts to rehabilitate affected roads in the Kingdom of eSwatini for 2022. This comes after Inyatsi Construction had been awarded an E647 million tender for the completion of the road. The project has been reported to be at 40% completion and is set to be completed by July 2023.
ETHIOPIA- 01 AUG 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 31 JUL 2022 (22H00) The Ministry of Health in Ethiopia has announced the delivery of humanitarian aid supplies to vulnerable groups affected by the armed conflict in the country’s Tigray region. The Government has stated that the Ministry of Health, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, are collaborating with international partner organizations to facilitate the delivery of essential medicines and nutritional supplies to civilians in Tigray. The delivered humanitarian supplies include an estimated 308 metric tonnes of health supplies, medicines, and medical supplies valued at Br71 million from the Ministry of Health and partner organisations. The Ministry has stated that the delivery of medications and other supplies will continue to be strengthened to reach vulnerable communities in need of humanitarian support and services.
GHANA – 01 AUG 2022
- ACCRA – 01 AUG 2022 (12H30) Members of the Gas Tanker Drivers and Petrol Tanker Unions have commenced their indefinite strike action from today, 01 August 2022. This follows after the unions agreed to protest against the poor working conditions and unfair treatment of drivers by Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) and the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), following the continuous ban on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stations under construction since 2017. The Chairman of the Union, George Nyaunu, has stated that the decision comes after the Government refused to address their concerns. According to the union, the Government’s refusal to re-open some gas stations that were closed after the 2017 gas explosion at the Atomic Junction in Accra has affected its members.
- BOLGATANGA – 01 AUG 2022 (12H40) The Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Emmanuel Kofi Dzotsi, has confirmed the death of one person after testing positive for monkeypox. This comes after the region recorded the case on 22 July 2022 at the Upper East Regional Hospital, where the patient had been experiencing fever and skin rash symptoms. Dzotsi added that 13 people close to the confirmed case had been identified for contact follow-up and monitoring. Meanwhile, the monkeypox outbreak has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. According to the Health Service, Ghana has recorded about 34 confirmed monkeypox cases in six regions, with more than 50% of cases in the Greater Accra Region.
KENYA – 01 AUG 2022
- NAIROBI – 01 AUG 2022 (07H20) The Judiciary Committee (JC) on Election has nominated the judges and magistrates who will handle petitions before Tuesday, 09 August 2022, General Election. The JC, led by the Commission Chairman Justice Daniel Musinga of the Court of Appeal, disclosed that the selected judges and magistrates are expected to be published in the coming week by Chief Justice Martha Koome. Justice Musinga further stated that the committee would expedite the Electoral Dispute Resolution (EDR) matters within stipulated timelines. In a statement released by Justice George Odunga on behalf of Justice Musinga, the committee would be resolving matters from the elections as judges, magistrates, and judicial officers. To enhance the EDR process’s efficiency, the committee has developed a module for filing election cases in the Judiciary through the Integrated Cases Management System and E-filing system.
- NAPEITOM – 01 AUG 2022 (13H00) Eight people were killed during an attack by suspected Pokot bandits in Napeitom on Sunday evening, 31 July 2022. The Area Chief Kaptan Ekiru has confirmed the incident and indicated that a minor had been abducted after the bandits allegedly set alight several residences. Reports indicate that the suspected bandits from Tiaty in Baringo County raided the village in Kapedo/Napeitom ward in Turkana and burnt more than eight residences. The Turkana Kenya Red Cross Society has dispatched Its team to monitor the area.
LESOTHO – 01 AUG 2022
- MASERU – 01 AUG 2022 (17H10) Various Political Parties have signed an electoral code of conduct. The code aims to allow free and fair elections ahead of the 07 October 2022 General Elections. The parties that signed the code include the All Basotho Convention (ABC), Democratic Congress (DC), Front for Democracy (PFD), Revolution for Prosperity (RFP), Movement for Economic Change (MEC), Basotho Action Party (BAP), Alliance of Democrats (AD) and the Basotho National Party (BNP). However, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and Socialist Revolutionaries (SR) has refused to sign. The code refrains political parties from purchasing votes and promoting discrimination. Additionally, the code prohibits political candidates, in Government positions, from utilising Government vehicles and other equipment for campaigning purposes. Furthermore, parties are prohibited from using security agencies such as the Lesotho Defence Force, the Lesotho Mounted Police Service, and others for political reasons. Parties who do not adhere to the code will receive a formal warning, a prescribed fine, and will be prohibited from using their media time provided by the Commission.
MADAGASCAR – 01 AUG 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 01 AUG 2022 (11H30) Jirama, the state-owned electric utility and water services company, has announced a disruption of power supply in localities within Antananarivo due to breaker failure on the TR2 transformer at the Tana Sud Substation. The company has announced that technicians have been dispatched to the substation to restore the wiring of the equipment. Relevant updates will be provided as the situation progresses.
- ANTANANARIVO – 01 AUG 2022 (14H00) Three people have been arrested following an attack in the village of Ambohitriniandriana in the rural commune of Ambolotarakely on Friday, 29 July 2022. The Commander of the Interregional District of the National Gendarmerie of Antananarivo, Colonel Jocelyn Randrianarijaona, has stated that investigations are underway after determining the suspected members who had killed 32 people in Ambolotarakely Ankazobe. The Head of Communication at the Army General Staff, General Zafiny Ibramdjee, has added that a joint operation with the regional officers will be conducted to apprehend the suspects. According to Ibramdjee, an anti-Dahalo operation had recently been carried out in the region by the Ikopa Defense and Security Zone, resulting in the arrest of several Dahalo gang members.
MALAWI – 01 AUG 2022
- LILONGWE – 01 AUG 2022 (03H00) The Malawi Government has issued a statement demanding $309 billion from United States (US) company Columbia Gem House in unpaid revenue on ruby and sapphire extracted from the Chimwadzulu mine in Ntcheu by Nyala Mines Limited, a subsidiary of Columbia Gem House. The demand is contained in a letter issued to the company by Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda. The letter indicates that natural untreated ruby is sold at between $20,000 and $25,000 per carat, while top-grade untreated ruby from Malawi is sold at $50,000. Citing the US Department of Interior, Nyirenda has stated that Nyala exported 150 kilograms of ruby and rare padparadscha and 300 kilograms of sapphire annually between 2008 and 2013 despite reimbursing K604,000 in tax to Malawi. Nyala’s declared price of untreated ruby of $25,000 per carat yields $9 billion worth of sales revenue annually from ruby and $15 billion worth of sales revenue per year from sapphire. Therefore, Nyirenda has stated that the total net tax revenue evaded by Nyala Mines Limited currently amounts to $309,6 billion. The Attorney General further notes that Malawi has the right to institute criminal proceedings as Nyala dishonestly exported ruby and sapphire from Malawi and failed to pay appropriate royalties and taxes in Malawi, thus committing tax evasion and money laundering. Nyirenda is demanding $309,6 million plus interest and 15% collection fees, warning that Malawi is set to commence civil proceedings if the company fails to reimburse the sum.
- LIWONDE – 01 AUG 2022 (10H10) Protest reported at the Machinga Teachers Training College (TTC) in Liwonde. Students at the TTC are demanding that the school management distribute their training allowances. Police are on the scene and are firing teargas to disperse the crowd. Motorists are advised to avoid the Machinga-Zomba Road.
MOZAMBIQUE – 01 AUG 2022
- MAPUTO – 31 JUL 2022 (21H00) Republic of Mozambique Police (PRM) Commander-General Bernardino Rafael has announced the deployment of Police officers to strategic areas in Maputo to prevent the disruption of public order and security. Rafael made the announcement during an address to PRM Maputo Province General Police Command officers at the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR) Barracks in Maputo city. The address follows in response to recent calls for demonstrations being circulated on social media platforms. The Commander-General has directed officers to increase vigilance and surveillance to ensure public order, security, peace, and the free movement of people and goods in Maputo.
NIGERIA – 01 AUG 2022
- MAIDUGURI – 31 JUL 2022 (21H00) The Borno State Government has declared Monday, 01 August 2022, as a public holiday in commemoration of the beginning of the new Islamic Year, 1444 AH. Borno Civil Service Head Simon Malgwi has stated that all Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and institutions are to observe the public holiday.
- BENIN CITY – 01 AUG 2022 (09H50) Protest reported on the Benin Warri Road from Benin Bypass to Ologbo. Residents are protesting due to the poor condition of the road. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police have been deployed to the scene.
- LAGOS – 01 AUG 2022 (15H30) The Olabimtan’s house has announced the observation of the ORO Traditional Festival from today, 01 August 2022, until Wednesday, 03 August 2022. The celebrations will be held in the Oniru Private estate and the vicinity of Iru Land. The public has been advised to follow a curfew between 23H00 and 04H30. The public is further advised to remain vigilant when outside during the stipulated times.
- ABUJA – 01 AUG 2022 (10H45) UPDATE Academic Staff Union of Universities president Emmanual Osodeke has confirmed the extension of the ongoing strike. The strike action will be extended by four additional weeks. The extension has been provided for the Government to resolve the ongoing issues. The extension has taken effect from today, 01 August 2022, at 00H01. (10H45) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to continue to protest as members of the National Executive Council (NEC) have not considered the option of suspending the action at a meeting today, 01 August 2022, in Abuja. The National Leadership of the NEC had reportedly only briefed the meeting on their interactions and submissions made to the Federal Government’s Professor Nimi Briggs Committee to renegotiate the 2009 Agreement with the ASUU. Including, the intervention of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) intervention in the subsequent nationwide solidarity protest held by the Congress and its affiliates. This comes after Members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and other trade unions held a two-day protest compelling the Federal Government to adhere to the union’s requests and for immediate reopening of the universities.
RWANDA – 01 AUG 2022
- KIGALI – 31 JUL 2022 (20H00) The Office of the Prime Minister has issued a statement regarding the outcome of a recent Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame at the Urugwiro Village in Kigali. During the meeting, Cabinet reviewed existing health measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Cabinet members have declared that COVID-19 testing is no longer required for arriving passengers at the Kigali International Airport. Citizens and Rwandan residents are required to be fully vaccinated to access public facilities, including public transport. Residents are advised to wear face masks indoors and in closed spaces. In addition, the public is urged to undergo frequent testing while continuously observing preventive measures, including social distancing. All other measures remain in effect and will be reviewed within one month upon an epidemiology assessment.
- KIGALI – 01 AUG 2022 (11H00) The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has appointed a few members of the Government of Rwanda, including the new Minister in charge of Public Investment, which is also a new Ministry in the Government of Rwanda. In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, President Kagame has appointed Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze as the Minister of Trade and Industry, replacing Beata Habyarimana. President Paul Kagame also appointed Ildephonse Musafiri, who was appointed Secretary of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, replacing Ngabitsinze, who was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry. President Kagame elected the appointments in a new Ministry, the Ministry of Public Investment, which was then given to Secretary Yvonne Umulisa. The new ministry will focus on public investments that are profit-oriented such as identifying opportunities for government investment, monitoring the performance of the existing government investments in various companies, and implementing privatization of public investments.
- KIGALI – 01 AUG 2022 (13H40) The Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Edouard Ngirente, is scheduled to appear before a joint session of the Parliament of Rwanda today, 15H00, today, 01 August 2022. Ngirente is expected to present the state of basic education in relation to the National Transformation Strategy. This follows after the Government initiated a Seven Year Government Programme (7YGP) in 2017.
TANZANIA – 01 AUG 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 01 AUG 2022 (09H15) Tanzania Oxygen Limited (TOL) has launched its fourth carbon-dioxide gas project at Ikama village in Rungwe District, Mbeya Region, at a total project value of Tsh13.65 billion. The Managing Director, Daniel Warungu, has stated that the plant has become the company’s second carbon-dioxide plant in the Ikama village and is expected to be commissioned by December 2022, aiming to increase the company’s capacity to produce industrial and medical grade carbon dioxide. The new development aims to enable the company to expand its market share in local and foreign markets such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Cong (DRC), and Malawi. According to Warungu, the new plant in Ikama will increase the carbon dioxide production capacity and ensure reliable supply through a diversified resource base. Warungu has further stressed that the company will continue producing other industrial and medical gases at its three existing plants in Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, and Mbeya.
ZAMBIA – 01 AUG 2022
- LUSAKA – 01 AUG 2022 (14H35) The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) has announced the adjusted fuel price for August 2022. The adjusted prices will take effect from midnight 01 August 2022. The price of petrol has decreased by K3.56 per liter (p/l), and diesel decreased by K3.14 p/l. The adjustment follows due to the Kwacha performance against the United States (US) dollar.
ZIMBABWE – 01 AUG 2022
- HARARE – 31 JUL 2022 (19H20) Rwandan Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Vincent Biruta and Zimbabwean counterpart Minister Frederick Shava have officially inaugurated the Rwandan Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe. This follows as Minister Biruta is currently on an official working visit to Zimbabwe to engage in discussions regarding strategic bilateral issues between the two countries. During the visit, the two Ministers also presided over the signing of additional collaborative frameworks increasing the areas of partnership between Rwanda and Zimbabwe to 22. The signed agreements include an extradition treaty, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on immigration cooperation, and an MoU on cooperation in the investigation of civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents, among others.
- HARARE – 01 AUG 2022 (06H50) President Emmerson Mnangagwa is scheduled to travel to Zambia and Mozambique to finalize power import deals with the countries Heads of State. This comes as the country has encountered severe electricity challenges due to the depressed generation at Hwange and Harare thermal power stations, including the loss of a generation unit at Kariba Power Station. President Mnangagwa stated that there is an increasing demand for power on account of heightened economic activity, with Zesa sitting on applications for a supply of over 2 000 megawatts by 2025, primarily from the mining sector. President Mnangagwa has stated that he had scheduled visits to the two countries to set up power supply deals as an interim measure to guarantee uninterrupted supply.
- HARARE – 01 AUG 2022 (16H45) Air Zimbabwe has announced that it will clear its debt to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The clearance will be made to rejoin the IATA global aviation group. Air Zimbabwe has noted that the funding has been acquired to repay the debt to IATA. Rejoining the IATA will provide Air Zimbabwe with an opportunity to establish global aviation alliances and provide services to the international aviation distribution system. Air Zimbabwe has additionally established a substantive board. The members of the board, led by Chairperson Silvanos Gwarinda, include Ruth Hungwe-Rukahwa, Edmund Murambiwa Makona, Lawrence Musendekwa, Ticharwa Garabga, and Mucharemba Kahombe. The board will aim to establish joint venture relationships with various Southern African Development Community (SADC) airlines.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 AUG 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.
- 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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