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20220802 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

August 2

ANGOLA – 02 AUG 2022

  • LUANDA – 02 AUG 2022 (01H00) The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Angola’s largest opposition party, has denounced recent acts of intimidation across the country. This follows the recent banning of a national march by the opposition party for the defence of legality and equal treatment of parties contesting the general elections on 24 August 2022. UNITA recently released a statement indicating that the party is experiencing violations of their electoral campaign rights. The march had been arranged to protest against violations of the Constitution, including the non-publication of provisional lists of voters, non-publication of the electoral roll, threats and intimidation by the Government through the Minister of State and Head of the Military, General Francisco Pereira Furtado, and defamatory attacks on UNITA leaders by alleging that the party is promoting activities to destabilise the country. The party’s statement further demands the equal and impartial treatment of all competing political forces and a republican stance by all state institutions.
  • LUANDA – 02 AUG 2022 (15H15) The Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola Electoral Coalitions (CASA-CE) head, Manuel Fernandes, has held a campaign rally in Luanda today, 02 August 2022. The rally has been held to increase overall public support for the CASA-CE coalition ahead of the 24 August 2022 General Elections. Fernandes noted during the rally that the CASA-CE’s Government actions will be based on ethics, transparency, professionalism and others if he wins. CASA-CE operates under the moto House, Work and Fair Salary. Additionally, the coalition consists of the Angolan Majority Free Alliance Party (PALMA), the Support Party for Democracy and Development – Patriotic Alliance (PADDA-AP), and the Angolan Pacific Party (PPA), among others.
  • DUNDO – 02 AUG 2022 (17H30) President Joao Lourenco has embarked on a visit to Dundo city today, 02 August 2022, for a two-day work visit. The visit has been made to campaign for the 24 August 2022 General Elections. During his visit, President Lourenco will host political rallies to increase his party’s public support. President Lourenco is set to discuss the Governments achievements between 2017 and 2022. Additionally, President Lourenco will discuss the Governance programs for 2022 until 2027. The election campaign, which commenced on 24 July 2022, will continue until 22 August 2022.

 

BOTSWANA – 02 AUG 2022

  • LETLHAKANE – 02 AUG 2022 (09H30) Botswana Power Corporation has announced a planned power interruption in Letlhakane scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 03 August 2022, from 08H00 to 17H00. The disruption will be due to rehabilitation work on power lines and the replacement of damaged equipment. Relevant updates will be provided as soon as the situation progresses.
  • GABORONE – 02 AUG 2022 (14H05) The Ministry of Health has announced the adjusted COVID-19 safety measures. This follows after a review of the issues that COVID-19 developed globally and in Botswana. Additionally, the Ministry reviewed the number of civilians that have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The wearing of masks has been made optional in outdoor areas. Civilians who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be isolated unless prescribed by a doctor. The immediate COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated members at the borders will no longer be conducted. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated members will require a 72-hour negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for entry into Botswana. The Ministry has advised the elderly and civilians with chronic illnesses to remain vigilant.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 02 AUG 2022

  • KASINDI – 02 AUG 2022 (02H10) The Ugandan Police has announced the deployment of a standby force to the border with the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The deployment follows after peacekeeping troops attached to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) opened fire on civilians at the Kasini border post between the two countries, killing two people and injuring 15 others. Uganda has stated that it has deployed a security team to monitor developing tensions in the eastern DRC resulting from the shooting incident.
  • GOMA – 02 AUG 2022 (13H50) The NGO Youth Action for Social welfare (AJBS), Roger Zumbu, has denounced the negligence of authorities and the insufficient number of officers committed on guard. This follows after 18 prisoners escaped from the Lisala central prison on Sunday, 31 July 2022. The fugitives escaped by destroying an old prison wall. Investigations found that there had been two officers on guard where it should have been five. Zumba has requested the Public Prosecutor to establish a search notice for the apprehension of the fugitives. The public is advised to remain vigilant and provide relevant information to the Police.

 

ESWATINI – 02 AUG 2022

  • MBABANE – 02 AUG 2022 (04H00) The eSwatini Government, through the Ministry of Public Service, has called for negotiations with four Public Sector Unions at 10H00 on Wednesday, 03 August 2022. The Government has issued a letter addressed to General Secretaries of the National Public Services and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU), Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), Swaziland Nurses Association (SNA), and the Swaziland National Association of Government Accounting Personnel (SNAGAP) to attend a meeting aimed at discussing the current financial year’s agenda items. The meeting is expected to be held at the Ministry’s conference room in Mbabane.
  • MANZINI – 02 AUG 2022 (10H50) Protest reported in the locality of KaShali in Manzini. Members of the Swaziland Unemployed People’s Movement (SUPMO) and Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF) have embarked on a protest in support of the unemployed local community members in KaShali who had an appointment with the KaShali Members of Parliament (MPs). However, the meeting had been postponed. The demonstrators have petitioned the MPs to fulfil their promises to the community. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious.

 

ETHIOPIA- 02 AUG 2022

  • DAJET – 02 AUG 2022 (09H50) Scandinavia-based gold exploration and boutique mining company, Akobo Minerals, has reached an agreement with South African company IW Mining to operate the underground mine at Segele, in Ethiopia. The agreement allows Akobo access to personnel and competence for mining the Segele gold ore. Mining operations are expected to begin in October 2022, with the first gold extraction to begin in the first quarter of 2023. In line with Akobo’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) guidelines, IW Mining will recruit and train Ethiopian personnel to work at the Segele mine. Meanwhile, Akobo is equipping activities in all areas to prepare for mining operations.

 

GHANA – 02 AUG 2022

  • ACCRA – 02 AUG 2022 (10H30) British multinational telecommunications company Vodafone Group has agreed on a sale of its operations in Ghana to Telecel Group. This comes as Vodafone seeks to refocus on key markets. Telecel has confirmed its plans to assist in funding the acquisition by offloading the Ghana business’ mobile towers. Vodafone plans to sell its share in Vodafone Ghana to Africa-focused Telecel, subject to certain conditions.

 

KENYA – 02 AUG 2022

  • NAIROBI – 02 AUG 2022 (02H30) Former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete has been appointed to lead the East Africa Community (EAC) Observation Mission to follow Kenya’s General Elections on 09 August 2022. During the appointment ceremony, Kikwete called for an inclusive, peaceful and impartial electoral process in the country. Kikwete has stated that the Commission is comprised of 50 observers from the EAC partner states. The former Head of State noted that the Mission is mandated to assess the level of preparedness, compliance with the electoral law and adherence to democracy before releasing a preliminary report following the conclusion of the electoral process. The Mission is expected to be deployed in the country from 01 August 2022 until 12 August 2022.
  • ORONGO – 02 AUG 2022 (07H15) President Uhuru Kenyatta has presided over the commissioning of the Kisumu Shipyard limited and the flotation of MV Uhuru Wagon Ferry today, 02 August 2022. Kenya Shipyards Limited is a state company under the Ministry of Defence with a mandate to boost and strengthen the ship-building industry in Eastern Africa. This comes as President Kenyatta is on a three-day working tour of the Nyanza and Western Kenya regions to launch several development projects. President Kenyatta has also officially launched the new ultra-modern Kisumu Railway Station located on Busia Road next to Kisumu Cotton Mills (KICOMI) on Monday, 01 August 2022. President Kenyatta will also, on Wednesday, 03 August 2022, award a Charter to National Defense University-Kenya Lanet Barracks in Nakuru, which is a fully chartered university.

 

LESOTHO – 02 AUG 2022

  • MASERU – 01 AUG 2022 (21H50) The Lesotho Government has launched investigations into allegations of Basotho nationals committing criminal activities in neighbouring South Africa. This follows after the Lesotho Consulate in South Africa denounced recent incidents of Basotho nationals being involved in illegal acts in South Africa. The announcement comes amid ongoing challenges being experienced regarding porous borders and the presence of undocumented migrants from Lesotho in South Africa. The Consulate has stated that the Lesotho Government has initiated efforts to collaborate with South African law enforcement to eradicate criminal activity and reach an amicable solution.

 

MADAGASCAR – 02 AUG 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 02 AUG 2022 (12H40) Protest reported in the locality of Itaosy, a rural commune in the Analamanga Region. Residents are protesting against the poor service delivery related to water and power outages. Demonstrators are burning tyres and debris on several roads within Itaosy. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched to the area.
  • ANTANANARIVO – 02 AUG 2022 (13H20) The Syndicate of the corps of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SYNCORMAE) have announced the suspension of its strike following the ministerial department’s agreement to resolve the worker’s grievances. This comes as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs workers held a sit-in due to their grievances with their management, including their poor working conditions. According to the SYNCORMAE, discussions will be held on Thursday, 04 August 2022, between the agents of the ministry and officials of the Presidency of the Republic. Meanwhile, the President of the SYNCORMAE, Andria Razakandrema, added that the strike would resume if no resolution had been made after the scheduled meeting.

 

MALAWI – 02 AUG 2022

  • LILONGWE – 02 AUG 2022 (06H30) The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has issued a restriction notice against Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority’s (MACRAs) plans to procure a replacer of the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System. ACB Deputy Director Elia Bodole has stated that ACB has instituted investigations into the procurement on allegations of corruption under the Corrupt Practices Act. This comes as the MACRA Director General Daud Suleman attempted to process procurement of Module Assurance Revenue. However, Bodole issued a warning to Suleman that non-compliance with the directive is an offence under the Corrupt Practices Act.
  • BLANTYRE – 02 AUG 2022 (13H10) UPDATE Several businesses and stores in the central business district area have closed due to Blantyre’s disruption. The demonstrators have also demanded the resignation of Vice President Saulos Chilima. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (11H10) Protest reported along the Masauko Chipembere/ M2 Highway in Blantyre. Members of the Action against Impunity and Corruption Network is protesting to compel President Lazarus Chakwera to resign for failing to remove presidential immunity. The group also demands that President Chakwera address issues on the current high cost of living. The demonstrators are marching to the Blantyre Central Business District and will deliver a petition to the Blantyre District Commissioner’s office. A heightened presence of police is reported in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid affected streets.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 02 AUG 2022

  • MAPUTO – 01 AUG 2022 (20H50) South African (SA) based airline Airlink has announced an additional flight route to Maputo expected to be launched on 30 August 2022. Airlink is expected to establish a direct flight path from Cape Town to Maputo. This follows due to the travel market’s increased demand to increase trade and tourism activities. Airlink will use a 37-seat Embraer 135 jet to operate three times weekly. Flights will depart from Cape Town at 17H10, arrive in Maputo at 19H40 and return to Cape Town at 06H10.
  • TETE – 02 AUG 2022 (02H00) The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has confirmed the detection of three additional wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases recorded in Mozambique’s north-eastern Tete province. This increases the total number of confirmed WPV1 cases to four. The GPEI has issued a statement indicating that two of the three new cases are closely linked with the WPV1 isolated from the first case in Mozambique with onset in March 2022 from the same province, indicating local circulation of WPV1 within the region. Mozambique has implemented three Immunisation rounds since the detection of the first WPV1 case.
  • PEMBA – 02 AUG 2022 (07H00) The Government has reiterated its commitment to continue to provide the business sector with training solutions targeting the oil and gas industry. This comes as the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, António Saíde, addressed a seminar on local content for the Coral South floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project in Pemba city in Cabo Delgado and stated that the business sectors should acquaint the results of the opportunities. The seminar had been aimed at demonstrating to Mozambican entrepreneurs business opportunities in the project’s goods and services supply chain. Saíde has urged Mozambican business entrepreneurs to invest in domestic and international partnerships to meet the standards required by the oil industry. Saíde has added that the Government would continue to work at creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to access training and other ways to boost local content.

 

NIGERIA – 02 AUG 2022

  • KATSINA – 02 AUG 2022 (06H40) The Katsina State Police Command has reinforced the ban on motorcycle operators known as Okada riders from 22H00 to 06H00 within the city of Katsina due to the recent threats of security by terrorists. The State Police Spokesperson (SP), Gambo Isa, has stated that the restriction in other Local Government Areas (LGA’s), including border areas, remained from 18H00 to 06h00. The State Government initially banned motorcycle movements due to insecurity, yet Governor Aminu Masari lifted the restriction during Ramadan.
  • BENIN CITY – 02 AUG 2022 (10H05) The Edo State Government will be embarking on a recruitment of forest Police following the documentation and audit of the state’s forests. The Media Project to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Special Adviser, Crusoe Osagie, has stated that the recruitment is part of a renewed effort to enhance security across the state. Osagie has stated that the recruitment is aimed at strengthening the security architecture and adopting various measures to sustain security in the state, including bush combing, registration of motorbikes and marketplaces, signing of the anti-grazing laws, and residents’ registration, among others.
  • LAGOS – 02 AUG 2022 (15H30) Emirates has stated to Nigeria’s Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika that it will decrease the number of flights to Lagos, Nigeria. Emirates will reduce the number of flights from 11 to seven from about 15 August 2022. This follows because Emirates has an unretrievable $85 million in the Nigerian economy. The Nigerian Government has withheld $450 million in foreign airlines’ earnings from May 2022 due to foreign exchange issues. Additional airlines are expected to decrease their number of flights to Lagos due to the Nigerian Government withholding cash.
  • ABUJA – 02 AUG 2022 (15H25) The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Oyo State has directed the Judiciary staff to strike from today, 02 August 2022. The directive follows due to the non-payment of the staff’s July salaries. The staff members have locked the Iyaganku Magistrate’s Court and High Court gates. JUSUN Public Relations Officer, Obafunso Okulaja, noted that the members will continue the strike action until they receive their salaries. Additionally, the JUSUN requests that the Government place the Judiciary on the priority list as the third arm of the Government.

 

RWANDA – 02 AUG 2022

  • KIGALI – 01 AUG 2022 (21H00) Rwanda has commenced the construction of an offshore gas extraction facility along with onshore gas processing and compression plants for Compressed natural gas (CNG). This follows after the Rwandan Government and Gasmeth Energy Company signed a $400 million agreement in February 2019. However, the excavation of CNG had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the excavation of CNG is set to relieve the ongoing increase in fuel and gas prices. Rwanda is expected to excavate gas from Lake Kivu for vehicles, cooking and industrial use. The CNG will be transported via underground pipes following a verification process. The facility is expected to provide gas by December 2023.

 

TANZANIA – 02 AUG 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 02 AUG 2022 (08H45) Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema is expected to arrive in Tanzania today, 02 August 2022, for a two-day state visit. President Hichilema will be received by his host President Samia Hassan at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam. The two Heads of State are expected to hold bilateral discussions focused on areas of mutual interest aimed at enhancing trade, investment and infrastructure development, amongst others, as well as discussions on the revamping, capitalisation and operationalisation of Tanzania Zambia Railways (TAZARA).

 

ZAMBIA – 02 AUG 2022

  • LUSAKA – 02 AUG 2022 (17H05) The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) will meet with bus operators today, 02 August 2022. The members will discuss the expected adjustments of bus fares for August 2022. This follows after the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) announced a decrease in fuel prices from 01 August 2022. RTSA Head of Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga noted that the Agency will announce the adjustments before or on 05 August 2022.

 

ZIMBABWE – 02 AUG 2022

  • HARARE – 01 AUG 2022 (21H05) The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has established a search operation in the vicinity of Sandton Park. This follows after a robbery incident that occurred on 31 July 2022 at approximately 12H00. Three armed suspects attacked four gas station employees and two customers during the incident. The suspects stole $2,600, ZWL$1,050, six cellphones, a laptop, a Closed-circuit television (CCTV), a digital video recorder (DVR) and a 9-kilogramme gas tank. The ZRP is requesting the public to provide any information leading to the suspect’s apprehension.
  • HARARE – 02 AUG 2022 (12H30) UPDATE The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has deployed officers from the Anti-Riot division. The officers dismissed the civilians who gathered in solidarity with Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole. The Police noted that the members had been removed due to the number of gatherers. Additionally, the removal follows due to the noise that is delaying court proceedings. (11H30) Demonstration reported at the Harare Magistrates Court in Harare. The Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), accompanied by supporters of Chairperson of the CCC, Zengeza West Member of Parliament (MP), Job Sikhala and Chitungwiza North MP, Godfrey Sithole, who are appearing before the court today, 02 August 2022. The MP’s has been detained for allegedly inciting public violence. During the court proceedings, the MP’s lawyers will make an application for refusal of remand. Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 02 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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