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20220804 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 04 AUG 2022
- SAURIMO – 04 AUG 2022 (08H00) The city of Saurimo, capital of Lunda Sul, has recorded a shortage of gasoline and diesel at petrol stations in the province. This comes as motorists have been experiencing difficulty in finding a service station with available fuel, which has led several service stations to shut down. In addition, the city of Saurimo has registered a reduced taxi service which increased the price of transport services from Kz200 to Kz300. According to sources, fillings stations have notified motorists that the lack of gasoline and diesel in Saurimo is due to the rupture of the stock of the products in the province.
BOTSWANA – 04 AUG 2022
- NGAMI – 04 AUG 2022 (02H30) Cobre Limited has announced the completion of a share placement to raise $7 million with affirmations from international and domestic institutional investors to support the acquisition of Kalahari Metals Limited, which owns the Ngami Project in Botswana. The equity raise consists of a two-tranche placement, with the first tranche being A$5,5 million and the second expected to include Metal Tiger and related parties to raise a further A$1,5 million. As Cobre’s largest shareholder, Metal Tiger is expected to maintain its pro rata 21% shareholding in the company via its involvement in the second tranche, subject to shareholder approval. Cobre Managing Director Martin Holland has stated that Cobre intends to continue its exploration in the Kalahari Copper Belt in Botswana, following on from the successful results of the first three diamond holes announced over the preceding ten days.
- GABORONE – 04 AUG 2022 (09H30) South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to travel to Botswana today, 04 August 2022, for a working visit at the invitation of the His Excellency, Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana. President Ramaphosa is expected to lead talks at the high-level South Africa-Botswana Business Roundtable. The High-Level South Africa–Botswana Business Roundtable follows after the fifth session of the South Africa-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), which took place on 22 April 2022, in Tshwane in South Africa. This comes as the two countries are commemorating 28 years of diplomatic and bilateral cooperation, which include trade and investment, energy, agriculture, tourism, youth and sport, infrastructure development, culture, mining, defence and security, immigration, environmental conservation and management, transport as well as information and communication technologies.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 04 AUG 2022
- KINSHASA – 04 AUG 2022 (01H30) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government has directed the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) Spokesperson Mathias Gilmann to depart the country. This follows amid a deterioration of relations between the Government and MONUSCO following recent mass protests against the foreign troops’ presence in the DRC. The protests have led to the deaths of at least 37 people and 170 injuries. Government Spokesman Patrick Muyaya has also noted that efforts are being expedited to complete the withdrawal of MONUSCO from the country.
- KINSHASA – 04 AUG 2022 (06H15) Commander of the Republican Guard, Christian Tshiwewe Songesha, has been appointed as the Lieutenant General within the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) by the President of the Republic Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi. Songesha was among the first ranger officers trained in Sudan after the departure of Mobutu, ousted from power by Laurent Désiré Kabila. From 1999 to 2000, Songesha followed the Mura staff command course and received the staff certificate for his course in Angola. In April 2020, Songesha was appointed as the Chief of the FARDC.
- UVIRA – 04 AUG 2022 (07H30) A delegation team from the Provincial Government of South Kivu led by the Provincial Executive Secretary, Cissa wa Numbe, has commenced investigations into the incidents that occurred during the anti-MONUSCO demonstrations in Uvira on 27 July 2022. Numbe held a meeting with the delegation team, including two human rights experts and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). According to the Deputy Mayor of Uvira, Kapenda Kifara Kyky, the delegation of investigators has included in its agenda to reassess and reconcile the framework of peace, security, stabilization and mutual trust between the population, the Congolese government and MONUSCO. In addition, the bodies of the five people who died during the demonstrations were buried after consultations between the families of the victims, civil society members and urban authorities of Uvira.
- GOMA – 04 AUG 2022 (16H45) A group within the United Nations (UN) have announced the discovery of evidence showing the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) conducted military operations in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between November 2021 and July 2022. Additionally, the UN group noted that the RDF assisted the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group’s advance in the Rutshuru territory. The findings have been contained in a confidential report. The evidence included photos of RDF troops in an M23 camp and drone footage showing M23 rebels with new uniforms and equipment similar to the RDFs. Additionally, reports indicate that the RDF troops provided the M23 with weapons and ammunition. DRCs Government Spokesperson Patrick Muyaya has accepted the investigations by the UN group.
ESWATINI – 04 AUG 2022
- MBABANE – 03 AUG 2022 (21H00) Public Sector Unions (PSUs) have agreed on several agenda items for negotiations with the eSwatini Government. This follows after members of the PSUs, the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT), the Swaziland National Association of Government Accounting Personnel (SNAGAP), the Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU) and the National Public Services and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) met with the Government Negotiations Team (GNT) for the 2022/2023 Negotiations. The negotiations remain at the Agenda setting stage since the unions have yet to reach an agreement with the employer on prioritising items in the Joint Negotiations chamber. SNAT has stated that further negotiations on substantive issues are scheduled to commence on Wednesday, 10 August 2022.
- MATSAPHA – 04 AUG 2022 (10H20) UPDATE The security workers under the aegis of SATU have announced that the demonstration has been postponed. The workers have noted that a meeting will be held to conclude plans for a protest. (10H15) Demonstrators have dispersed at the Kwaluseni Sports Ground. According to reports, the decision followed after attempted demonstrations in Mbabane stopped after the Mswati Police forces dispersed the crowd. (09H40) Protest reported in Matsapha in the Manzini Region. Security workers under the aegis of the Swaziland Amalgamated Trade Unions (SATU) are demonstrating in demand for a salary increase and their outstanding salaries. The demonstrators are planning to march to Mbabane to present a petition to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
- MANZINI – 04 AUG 2022 (14H00) UPDATE The demonstrators have dispersed from the Build It Hardware store in Manzini. This comes after members of the CPS engaged with the Management of Build It in Manzini. (13H30) The Build It Hardware store has closed its premises due to the protest action by members of the CPS. This comes after the Build It store in Manzini closed due to the ongoing protest action by workers over the unconducive working environment. (13H05) The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) are currently marching to the Manzini Build It Hardware store in Manzini. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. The General Managing Director of the Build It store is present on the scene. (13H00) Spokesperson Mzwakhe Dlamini is presenting the petition to the General Managing Director of Build It. Workers of Build It have resumed work following the demonstration. (12H50) The Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO) President Sakhile Nxumalo is currently engaging with the workers at Manzini Build It. The store has closed following the demonstration outside the store premises. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. (12H45) Protest reported outside the Manzini Build It Store. The Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) are protesting in solidarity with the employees at the store who are demanding permanent employment, salary increment, personal protective equipment, and addressing the shortage of staff members. Members of the CPS are expected to deliver a petition to the management of Build It. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.
ETHIOPIA- 04 AUG 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 04 AUG 2022 (09H15) The African Union (AU) High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo, is expected to brief the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) today, 04 August 2022, on the situation in Ethiopia. This comes as the Council is scheduled to convene its 1097th session for an updated briefing on the situation in the Horn of Africa. The briefing would provide an update on the activities of the High Representative since February 2022 and developments regarding the situation in the country. The PSC Chairperson for August, The Gambia’s Permanent Representative to the AU, Jainaba Jagne, is expected to officiate the session, as well as the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS), Bankole Adeoye. Obasanjo is expected to brief the Council on the outcome of his interaction with the Federal Government and the leadership of the Tigray region from May 2022 and June 2022.
GHANA – 04 AUG 2022
- SUNYANI – 03 AUG 2022 (19H00) President Nana Akufo-Addo has inaugurated Phase One of the Sunyani Airport Rehabilitation Project. During the inauguration ceremony, President Akufo-Addo noted that the rehabilitation of the airport forms part of the Governments vision to expand the Aviation Industry and promote Ghana as an Aviation Hub in West Africa. The project includes the rehabilitation and extension of the runway from 1,280 meters (m) to 1,400 m, the repair of the Apron to accommodate small and medium size aircraft, renovation of the Terminal Building and construction of internal airport roads.
- ACCRA – 04 AUG 2022 (12H30) The Ghanaian Government has lifted the ban on the construction of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stations in the country. This follows after a protest held by members of the Gas Tanker Drivers and Petrol Tanker Unions, and LPG Marketing Companies, which has led to the shortage of gas across the country. The union has embarked on an indefinite strike 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 NPA has further requested that all Oil Marketing Companies and LPG companies begin processes for approval to continue their construction works. This follows after the Cabinet granted a special dispensation to allow the completion of the construction of LPG stations across the country.
KENYA – 04 AUG 2022
- RANGWE – 03 AUG 2022 (19H50) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has delivered election ballot papers to the Rangwe constituency today, 03 August 2022. The ballot papers have been delivered to the Orero High School, which will be used as the constituency’s tallying centre. The ballot papers include the five elective positions, which include Governor, Senator, Ward Rep, Woman Rep and Member of Parliament positions. The IEBC has additionally provided training to the Presiding Officers, who are set to relay the training to clerks for polling centres. Sub-County Security Committee Chairperson Alfet Jilo has noted that officers will be deployed to address any violence. The IEBC is set to deliver all eight constituencies’ election materials by Sunday, 07 August 2022.
- NAIROBI – 04 AUG 2022 (10H30) Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) has entered into an agreement to acquire a share in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) based Trust Merchant Bank (TMB) to boost KCB’s regional presence. The Chairperson of the KCB Group, Andrew Wambari Kairu, has stated that the acquisition is aligned with the lender’s strategic focus on intensifying its regional presence. Kairu stated that the transaction is expected to close by the end of September 2022, subject to regulatory, shareholders, and other approvals. Kairu noted that KCB would acquire 85% of the shares in TMB, while the existing shareholders will continue to hold the other shares for less than two years, after which KCB will acquire the shares.
LESOTHO – 04 AUG 2022
- MASERU – 04 AUG 2022 (13H50) The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of Lesotho, His Excellency Sultan Abdullah al Angari, presented his Letters of Credence to His Majesty King Letsie III at the Royal Palace in Maseru today, 04 August 2022. This follows after the two countries agreed to strengthen their cooperation in various areas, including education and trade. The Saudi Kingdom has vowed to continue to support the Government of Lesotho’s developmental initiatives.
MADAGASCAR – 04 AUG 2022
- TOAMASINA – 04 AUG 2022 (11H45) Local officials from the Urban Municipality of Toamasina, led by the Prosecutor of the Republic, Ladislas Rasamitiana, held an emergency meeting over the ongoing insecurity in Toamasina. During the discussions, Rasamitiana highlighted the importance of the safety of the population and reviewed the current suspicious cases reported to law enforcement in Toamasina. The authorities have also called for compliance with safety rules in force, including the ban on motor vehicle transportation services from 20H00 and liquor outlets that should not operate after 22H00. Rasamitiana has further added that law enforcement will be deployed to several areas in Toamasina. This follows after suspected gang members carried out an attack at a local supermarket in Ampasimazava, Toamasina, in July 2022.
MALAWI – 04 AUG 2022
- LILONGWE – 03 AUG 2022 (19H20) Parliaments Natural Resources Committee Chairperson, Welani Chilenga, has requested the House of Assembly to allow Power Marketing Limited (PML) to manage the funds of Escom. The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) will only be managing the transmitting and distribution of electricity. This follows after Chilenga announced Escom’s K65 billion debt toward the Electricity Generation Company of Malawi. The legislators are discussing the Committee’s proposal of the single buyer system between Escom and PML that had been presented in Parliament on 20 July 2022.
MOZAMBIQUE – 04 AUG 2022
- MAPUTO – 04 AUG 2022 (02H00) The Mozambican Government has announced that the registration exercise for the upcoming 2023 Municipal Elections is scheduled to be held between 20 February 2023 and 05 April 2023. The municipal elections are scheduled for 11 October 2023. The period for voter registrations, proposed by National Elections Commission (CNE) Spokesperson Filimão Suaze, has been approved by the Council of Ministers during a recent Cabinet meeting in Maputo. Suaze has stated that the voter registration for the sixth municipal elections is expected to be held in the areas of administrative jurisdiction. The municipal elections are followed by general elections, scheduled to be held in Mozambique in 2024.
- NAMPULA – 04 AUG 2022 (08H50) The Head of the Department of Public Health at the Provincial Health Services of Nampula, Geraldino Avalinho, has confirmed that the suspected case of monkeypox in the Nampula province has been tested as negative. This follows after laboratory tests were conducted in South Africa (SA) after samples had been transferred from health authorities in Nampula. Avalinho stated that the suspected patient had tested positive for chickenpox and has been transferred for monitoring by a multi-sectoral team. Avalinho has further reassured the population, noting that the authorities have been on high alert for any possible cases.
NIGERIA – 04 AUG 2022
- ABUJA – 03 AUG 2022 (19H00) President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in four new recently appointed Permanent Secretaries during a ceremony at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The new Permanent Secretaries include Lydia Jafiya from Adamawa State, Udom Ekenam from Akwa Ibom State and Farouk Yusuf Yabo from Sokoto State. Other Government officials attending the swearing-in ceremony are Secretary Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff Ibrahim Gambari and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan.
- ABUJA – 04 AUG 2022 (07H00) Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has directed all Commissioners of Police (CP) to begin special visibility policing operations in their commands. The order had been given during an emergency meeting with Assistant Inspectors General, Commissioners of Police and Strategic Commanders on Wednesday, 03 August 2022, in Abuja. The meeting had been called by Baba to re-evaluate strategies for enhancing operational response and stabilising security order concerning the trend of increase in threat posed by terror elements, bandits, abductions, and violent criminal syndicates. Baba noted that the initiative would encompass the crime mapping of areas of jurisdiction, identification of vulnerable points and massive deployment of personnel on patrols of the cities. Baba also met with security chiefs over the insecurity in the country.
- LAGOS – 04 AUG 2022 (11H15) The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) announced the launch of the economic and financial audits of eight remaining domestic airlines in Nigeria. The Director-General of the NCAA, Musa Nuhu, has stated that the audit will be carried out to determine the financial health conditions of the airlines, adding that they have commenced intensive financial and economic audits on three other indigenous airlines, and thereafter, other five airlines. This follows after NCAA suspended the services of Dana Air following its alleged failure to provide safe operations and temporarily suspended Aero Contractors’ services in July 2022.
- TOMBO – 04 AUG 2022 (12H15) Suspected herdsman, known as the Fulani group, carried out an attack on villages in Ayilamo, Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, on Thursday morning, 04 August 2022. Reports indicate that the group raided the community at about 07H00 and killed several community members. A local community member, Godwin Agia, has indicated that the group is currently raiding several other villages in the Logo Local Government Area. The situation remains volatile. Law enforcement has been deployed to the community to restore public order.
RWANDA – 04 AUG 2022
- RWANDA – KIGALI – KIGALI – 04 AUG 2022 (18H15) The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the rescue of approximately 600 hostages in Cabo Delgado. Troops from the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), in collaboration with Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (MDAF) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force, have recovered the hostages. This followed after the RDF established offensive operations to attack terrorist bases in the Catupa forest. The RDF is set to continue their operations in the Nkoe and Nguida localities. This follows as reports indicate the Islamic State in Mozambique (IS-MOZ) terrorist groups fled to the areas after the RDF operations.
TANZANIA – 04 AUG 2022
- DODOMA – 04 AUG 2022 (10H45) Tanzanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Jumaa Aweso, has announced the commencement of the construction of the ten dams in drought-prone areas for both human and livestock use. This announcement follows after Aweso held a site visit to the construction of a dam at Kelema village in Chemba district in the Dodoma region. Aweso noted that the construction of the ten dams would cost Tsh4.5 billion. Aweso stated that six of the dams would be built in the Dodoma region and four in the Singida region, adding that both regions in central Tanzania experience prolonged dry spells. Aweso further stated that the dams will be used for harvesting rainwater that will be used for human consumption, irrigation farming as well as livestock during dry seasons. A
ZAMBIA – 04 AUG 2022
- LUSAKA – 04 AUG 2022 (14H15) Zambia has announced its interest in seeking more investments from Chinese firms following China’s participation as Guest Country of Honour at the Zambia Agricultural and Commercial Show, which was held from 27 July 2022 to 01 August 2022 in Lusaka. President Haikande Hichilema attended the event and noted that the New Dawn Government welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest in Zambia. President Hichilema has raised hopes that the event will increase resources and technology in various industries to promote Zambia’s economic development. During the event, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese Association of Zambia received the Best Delegation Recognition Award and Best Representation and Innovation Recognition Award.
ZIMBABWE – 04 AUG 2022
- SELOUS – 03 AUG 2022 (19H35) The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has established a search operation along the Selous–Ngezi Road. This follows after a robbery incident on 02 August 2022, 5 kilometres along the road. During the incident, four suspects robbed a motorist of US$ 2000, a Toyota Fortuner ADY 2907, two cellphones and a laptop. This followed after the motorist offered the suspects a lift from Harare to Chegutu. The ZRP is requesting the public to provide any information leading to the suspect’s apprehension. Additionally, the ZRP has advised the public to refrain from offering lifts to people in the area.
- HARARE – 04 AUG 2022 (17H00) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has embarked on his visit to Maputo from the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport. President Mnangagwa will visit Maputo to meet his counterpart President Filipe Nyusi. The members will be holding discussions relating to the bilateral issues of both countries. The members will also discuss increasing collaboration in the trade, transport, agriculture and technology sectors. President Mnangagwa is set to complete a firm power supply agreement with President Nyusi to address Zimbabwe’s electricity supply issue. Further, President Mnangagwa will visit Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema to discuss a power supply agreement.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 04 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.
- REP. CONGO: United States (US) Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to embark on an official working visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between Tuesday, 09 August 2022 and Wednesday, 10 August 2022.
- RWANDA: The United States (US) State Department has announced that Secretary Antony Blinken is scheduled to embark on an official working visit to Rwanda from Wednesday, 10 August 2022, until Thursday, 11 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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