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20220824 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 24 AUG 2022
- HUAMBO – 24 AUG 2022 (00H45) Provincial Electoral Commission (CPE) Spokesperson, Frutuosa de Jesus Cassinda, has announced the deployment of 47 National and Foreign observers to the Huambo region. The members have been deployed to various polling stations to monitor the 24 August 2022 General Elections. The observers include two Southern African Development Community (SADC) members and 47 Nationals. The members will ensure that citizens exert their right to citizenship with dignity.
- LUANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (06H00) Angola is scheduled to hold its fifth General Elections today, 24 August 2022. This follows an announcement by President Joao Lourenco in June 2022. The General elections will be held in Angola to elect the President and National Assembly. Incumbent Lourenço is eligible for one additional term in Office. The announcement follows the conclusion of consultations with the Council of the Republic, the Collegiate Advisory Body of the Head of State.
- LUANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (08H00) Voting stations have been opened in the Republic of Angola for the 2022 General Elections today, 24 August 2022. Angolans will be voting to elect the next President and National Assembly. Angolan President Joao Lourenco is contesting against the opposition leader Adalberto Costa Junior. The National Electoral Commission (CNE) has noted that polls opened at 07H00 and are expected to close at 17H00.
- LUANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (10H15) The People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) leader, João Lourenço, has cast his vote at Assembly 105 in the urban district of Ingombota, the municipality of Luanda. Accompanied by his wife, Ana Dias Lourenço, and members of the MPLA board, Lourenco cast his vote in the ballot box table 5. Lourenco, who is contesting for the President seat, is the eighth candidate qualified to contest in the General elections, along with UNITA leader Adalberto Costa Júnior, Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola–Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), Manuel Fernandes, Social Renewal Party (PRS) Benedito Daniel, National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) Nimi Simbi, National Patriotic Alliance (APN) Quintino Moreira, Nationalist Party for justice in Angola (P-NDJANGO) Eduardo Chingunji and Humanist Party of Angola (PHA) Florbela Malaquias. The General elections aim to elect the President of the Republic, the Vice-President of the Republic and the deputies to the National Assembly. In addition, the CNE has registered over 14,399,391 voters are registered, includeing citizens living in the country and in the diaspora.
- LUANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (10H30) The President of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Adalberto Costa Junior, has cast his vote at The Morning Star School, polling station 805, Urban District of Nova Vida, in Luanda. This comes as Junior is contesting against seven other candidates for the President of the Republic.
- LUANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (12H00) The Spokesperson for the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Lucas Quilundo, has confirmed that the 13,238 polling stations across the 164 Angolan municipalities are successfully open for the General elections today, 24 August 2022. This follows after the voting polling station in the Aníbal de Melo Press Center (CIAM) in Luanda opened at 07H00, and no incidents had been recorded. Quilundo stated that the voting process is currently taking place in an orderly and peaceful manner. The CNE has also planned a briefing media on the fifth Angolan General elections at 12H00 today.
- LUANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (14H30) The Angolan Government has announced that the country’s deceased former Head of State, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, is scheduled to be buried during an official state funeral service in Luanda at 10H00 on Sunday, 28 August 2022. This follows after dos Santos passed away at a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, after suffering cardiac arrest in July 2022.
BOTSWANA – 24 AUG 2022
- GABORONE – 24 AUG 2022 (14H00) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Rwandan Defence Minister Major General Albert Murasira has embarked on a three-day official visit to Gaborone, Botswana. Murasira is accompanied by a delegation comprising Ambassador James Musoni, Rwanda’s Ambassador accredited to Botswana, and Brigadier General Patrick Karuretwa, Head of International Military Cooperation. During the working visit, Minister Murasira is expected to engage in discussions with his Botswana counterpart, Kagiso Mmusi, and sign an agreement on Defence Cooperation between the two countries.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 24 AUG 2022
- KIKWIT – 24 AUG 2022 (06H30) Members of the Provincial Council of the Order of Physicians, a section of Kikwit (Kwilu), have denounced the insecurity in the city. This follows a recent attack by an unidentified armed group on the Provincial President of the Order of Physicians in Kwilu, Gracien Malala. The members have delivered a memorandum of grievances to the Urban Authority to intervene and enhance security in the city to restore normalcy. According to the members, the increasing insecurity has increased banditry in the city. This follows after the community of the Catholics of Kikwit marched to denounce the growing insecurity in the city after the murder of Father Godefroid Pembele by armed men on Monday, 15 August 2022.
- KINSHASA – 04 AUG 2022 (09H15) Jean-Marc Kabund, the former Vice President of the office of the National Assembly, is expected to appear before the Court of Cassation on 05 September 2022. The Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of Cassation is expected to deliver its judgement over the charges against Kabund related to contempt of Parliament, contempt of the Government, contempt of the Head of the State, Félix Tshisekedi, and propagation of false reports on radio frequency interference (RFI). According to the prosecutor, Kabund had been prosecuted for allegedly circulating false remarks at the launch of his party, the Alliance for Change (A.Ch), accusing that President Tshisekedi is incompetent. Pending the trial, the Court of Cassation assigned Kabund under house arrest. However, when his trial was scheduled, he was still being held in Makala central prison.
- BENI – 24 AUG 2022 (14H30) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that an Ebola vaccination campaign is scheduled to be launched in Beni, North Kivu province, on Thursday, 25 August 2022. This follows in response to a new case of the Ebola virus confirmed earlier this week on Monday, 22 August 2022. WHO has noted that more than 200 vaccine doses have arrived in Beni today, 24 August 2022.
- KOMANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (15H20) The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) has announced that Military operations are underway in the vicinity of Komanda and its environs in a bid to eradicate Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels from the area. This follows as more than 600 vehicles are reportedly stationary on the National Road 4 (N4) section between Komanda and Mambasa following the suspension of traffic movement in the area due to insecurity concerns. Regional authorities have accused ADF rebels of increasing operations in the Komanda-Mambasa section. FARDC Ituri Section Commander Lieutenant Jules Ngongo has noted that Military operations are underway to capture ADF rebels in the area and allow the resumption of traffic movement on the section of the road.
ESWATINI – 24 AUG 2022
- MBABANE – 24 AUG 2022 (13H20) The Government of eSwatini has announced that King Mswati III has embarked on an official working visit to Jarkata, Indonesia. During the visit, King Mswati III held a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Istana Merdeka Palace in Jarkata to discuss several issues of bilateral collaboration, including efforts to increase economic cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting, President Widodo reiterated the Indonesian Government’s commitment to assisting eSwatini in developing its energy sector, including examining opportunities to utilise its coal resources for beneficiation and export. King Mswati III is expected to sign several Joint Cooperation Agreements with Indonesia aimed at expanding areas of engagement between the two countries through financing infrastructure development, tourism and culture, technology transfer, as well as education and training. Other areas of cooperation are expected to include mining, agriculture, direct trade and investment, streamlined tax policies, and capacity building for peace and security. King Mswati III is also scheduled to attend an Eswatini-Indonesia Business Forum during the visit.
ETHIOPIA- 24 AUG 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 23 AUG 2022 (20H30) The Ethiopian Government has announced that an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation is expected to visit the country in September 2022. The Ministry of Finance has stated that the visit follows previous engagements with the Fund earlier in 2022 as part of ongoing debt restructuring efforts. Ethiopia’s bilateral creditors, co-chaired by France and China, initially met in September 2021. However, progress on debt relief has been marred due to the 21-month civil war in the northern Tigray region.
- KOBO – 24 AUG 2022 (14H20) UPDATE Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Spokesperson Getachew Reda has accused Ethiopian forces of launching a large-scale offensive against rebel positions in the vicinity of the Kobo district. The clashes have effectively concluded the unilateral humanitarian ceasefire previously imposed between armed groups and Federal Government forces. The Government has also issued a statement accusing Tigrayan rebels of launching an offensive against Government troops on the Eastern Front from Bisober, Zobel and Tekulshe direction. The Ethiopian Government Communication Service has stated that the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) and allied forces are conducting the necessary counter-offensives decisively to safeguard the peace and security of citizens. The security situation in the region remains unstable. (12H15) Armed clashes reported between the Amhara militiamen and the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) in the town of Kobo. Reports indicate that the ENDF allegedly launched an offensive during clashes between the Amhara militiamen and local Fano militiamen today, 24 August 2022, at about 05H00. Local reports indicate that the Ethiopian forces have engaged in a heavy exchange of fire with the Amhara militiamen along with the Fano militias. Heavily armoured vehicles have been reported advancing to the northern Tigray region. This attack follows an end of a ceasefire observed since March 2022 in an attempt to begin peace talks between the Ethiopian Federal Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces. The security situation in the area remains volatile at this stage.
- HIMORA – 24 AUG 2022 (16H55) The Ministry of Defence has announced that the Ethiopian Air Force has shot down an aircraft allegedly transporting weaponry and ammunition to Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) forces after it entered Ethiopian airspace through neighbouring Sudan. The aircraft has reportedly been shot down by the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) in the vicinity of North Humera while crossing Ethiopian air space. ENDF Joint Operation Division Head Major General Tesfaye Ayalew has stated that the owner of the aircraft remains unknown at this time. The incident follows after the TPLF allegedly effectively terminated the unilateral humanitarian truce the Government previously announced following the assault launched in the Eastern Front of Biso Ber, Zobel and Tekulesh earlier today, 24 August 2022.
GHANA – 24 AUG 2022
- ACCRA – 23 AUG 2022 (19H40) The Ghana Mines Workers Union has called on the Government to address concerns regarding the deteriorating security situation amid recent attacks on mine workers at mining sites across the country. The Union has alleged that the attacks are being perpetrated by several displaced small-scale illegal miners. Union Secretary Abdul-Moomin Gbana made the allegations during a recent meeting with Lands and Natural Resources Deputy Minister George Mireku Duker in Accra. Gbana has alleged that the displacement of the illegal miners has prompted them to launch an offensive against legal mining operators, resulting in increasing threats and attacks. The Union has called on the Government to increase security surveillance in affected areas to prevent further deterioration of the situation.
- KALEO – 24 AUG 2022 (06H50) President Nana Akufo-Addo has commissioned the 13 megawatts (MW) Kaleo Solar Power Plant in the Upper West Region. This follows after President Akufo-Addo embarked on a two-day tour in the region to establish and conduct site visits to various projects aimed at improving the region and livelihoods. President Akufo-Addo further emphasised that renewable energy is key to poverty eradication, improved livelihoods and a catalyst for socio-economic development. President Akufo-Addo had also inspected the progress of work at the Wa Shopping Centre and made a stop-over at Issa, the capital of Daffiama-Bussie-Issa, to inspect an Agenda 111 project.
- TAMALE – 24 AUG 2022 (14H50) Northern Region Police have launched an investigation into an attack on the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) party’s regional office in Tamale. This follows as the security situation has since returned to normalcy after unidentified armed suspects launched an attack on the NDC office, sporadically opening fire, damaging the property, and stealing a computer and several other items from the office. Police have stated that the motive for the attack remains unknown at this time. However, local reports indicate that the attack follows the appointment of an interim Chairperson following the recent death of regional Chairperson Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila. Police Spokesperson Murtala Issah has noted that the suspects currently remain at large, with further investigations into the incident ongoing.
KENYA – 24 AUG 2022
- MOMBASA – 24 AUG 2022 (11H00) The Mombasa Court has granted former Malindi Member of Parliament (MP) Aisha Jumwa a temporary reprieve in her graft case. The court has lifted a warrant of arrest issued against Jumwa to attend court sessions. Mombasa Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku stated that the decision follows a request from Jumwa’s lawyer, Shadrack Wambui. Mutuku further directed that Jumwa present her medical records to the court and prosecutors. This follows after Jumwa and six others are accused of conspiracy to commit fraud by paying KSh 19 million to Multiserve Contractors between 14 May 2018 and 12 October 2018 in Malindi.
- NAIROBI – 24 AUG 2022 (13H40) The Judiciary has announced the closure of the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi for a period of 11 days with effect from Friday, 26 August 2022, to allow hearings of Presidential Election Petitions. The court station is expected to temporarily host the Supreme Court sittings during the hearing of the nine petitions filed by various individuals and civil society groups challenging William Ruto’s victory in the 09 August 2022 elections. The petitions seek the invalidation of Ruto’s election and a repeat of the presidential election, as well as re-tallying of the votes and investigations into alleged election malpractices and irregularities. The proceedings will take place at the Milimani Law Court Ceremonial Hall. The Judiciary has stated that, during the 11-day closure, urgent matters will be addressed on the online platforms. All advocates, prosecuting counsels, the National Police Service, and the Prison Service are advised that the Milimani Chief Magistrate Criminal Court and Traffic Court will not be physically accessible due to the hearing of the Presidential Election Petitions from 26 August 2022 until 05 September 2022. All new pleas and certificates of urgency are expected to be filed and addressed at the City Court.
- NAIROBI – 24 AUG 2022 (14H10) UPDATE The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that all election forms have been submitted to the Supreme Court. The forms 34A, 34B and 34C, which had been used to declare the winner of the 09 August 2022 election, are expected to be used as evidence in the case challenging President-elect William Ruto’s win. (12H00) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is scheduled to present copies of all polling station forms 34A at the Supreme Court today, 24 August 2022. This follows after former Prime Minister and Azimio La Umoja Leader, Raila Odinga, filed a petition on 22 August 2022 challenging the presidential election result at the Supreme Court following the elections on 09 August 2022. Odinga also accused the electoral commission of electoral offences and malpractices. The electoral commission and President-elect William Ruto will have four days to respond to the allegations levelled against them.
LESOTHO – 24 AUG 2022
- MASERU – 23 AUG 2022 (20H00) The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that General Elections in Lesotho are scheduled to proceed as planned on 07 October 2022. The announcement follows after the Constitutional Court (CC) recently ordered the electoral body to revise the delimitation of 20 constituencies after being declared erroneous. The Government has since published a gazette illustrating the corrected 20 constituencies, followed by a statement from the IEC indicating that the elections are set to proceed on 07 October 2022, as proclaimed by King Letsie III.
MADAGASCAR – 24 AUG 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 24 AUG 2022 (08H30) The Leader of the Opposition for Democracy in Madagascar (RMDM) opposition party, Nambinina Heritsitohaina Raherimampianina, has announced a planned strike action at the Palace of Culture and Sports Stadium on May 13 Square intersection to protest against the high cost of living in Madagascar. This follows as Raherimampianina raised concerns over the dictatorship of the Government of Young Malagasies Determined (YMD), ruled by the Head of State, Andry Rajoelina. Raherimampianina also stated that the party has also applied to hold strike actions at the Coliseum-Antsonjombe in Antsonjombe, the Kianja Barea Mahamasina stadium and the Mahamasina stadium. Raherimampianina stated that the nation is facing challenges with the ongoing load reductions due to lack of power supply, constant water outages and the lack of employment due to the Malagasy Government’s negligence.
- ANTANANARIVO – 24 AUG 2022 (09H30) The Executive Office of the Union of Air Traffic Controllers Unions of the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (USYCAA) has announced a conditional suspension of the strike notice of the Agency for the Safety of Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). This follows after a hearing granted to the Syndicate of Sky Controllers of Senegal (SACS) and the Executive Secretary General of USYCAA by Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal, President of the African Union (AU). Thus, the trade unions have decided to suspend their strike action scheduled to take place on Thursday, 25 August 2022, until 27 August 2022. In addition, the unions have decided to observe the suspension only if the Administration of ASECNA adheres to their demands.
MALAWI – 24 AUG 2022
- BLANTYRE – 23 AUG 2022 (21H35) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has announced a reason for the power outage in various areas of Malawi today, 23 August 2022. The power has been disrupted from 14H10 due to maintenance works on the 66 kilovolt (kV) Nkhotakota to Chinyama overhead line. Escom deployed technicians to the area as the line has required maintenance work due to technical issues. The affected areas include Mtunthama, Kamazu Academy, Kasungu, Shayona, Nkhamenya, Malomo, Wimbe, and others. Residents are advised that Escom will issue relevant updates as the situation progresses.
MOZAMBIQUE – 24 AUG 2022
- MAPUTO – 23 AUG 2022 (19H20) The World Bank has announced that $300 million is expected to be disbursed in direct support of the Mozambican State Budget under a recently signed agreement in Maputo. The amount is expected to be disbursed as a financial donation and applied to the financing of infrastructure projects with the aim of improving the economy and living conditions in Mozambique. Economy and Finance Minister Max Tonela has stated that the support is expected to be applied to projects in the health, education and social protection sectors, as well as in areas related to energy and drinking water access. The financing is the first direct assistance from the World Bank to the Mozambican State Budget since the disclosure of the hidden debt scandal in 2016, which led international partners to suspend direct financial assistance.
- MAPUTO – 23 AUG 2022 (19H10) The Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has announced that the incoming Rwandan Security Forces Joint Task Force (JTF) Commander in Mozambique, Major General Eugene Nkubito, along with the outgoing JTF Commander Major General Innocent Kabandana, have held a meeting with Mozambican Defence Minister Major General Christovao Chume. The RDF has stated that the officials held discussions regarding various counter-terrorism operations in the Cabo Delgado province in continuous collaboration with Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (FADM). The RDF JTF Commanders also met with FADM Chief of General Staff Admiral Joaquim Mangrasse, the Police Commander of the Republic of Mozambique, Inspector General Bernardino Raphaël and the Director of State Security Service, Bernardo Lidimba.
NIGERIA – 24 AUG 2022
- ABUJA – 23 AUG 2022 (20H00) The Federal Government and Camões IP have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security (SWAIMS) within the scope of the implementation of the European Union (EU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) programme. The MoU has been signed between Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Zubairu Dada and Camões IP President Ambassador João Ribeiro de Almeida during a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. SWAIMS is an ECOWAS programme funded by the EU with €28 million, contributing to the improvement of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). The programme has the objective to strengthen the operational response of law enforcement and management of the Rule of Law at Sea in the 12 ECOWAS coastal countries. This SWAIMS component aims to allow ECOWAS coastal countries to meet the necessary conditions for deploying law enforcement forces capable of addressing unlawful maritime activities. Under the MoU, Nigeria is expected to receive two semi-rigid vessels and forensic equipment, as well as trained security crews, garrisons and shore teams with the capacity to conduct inspections and collect evidence effectively.
- ABUJA – 23 AUG 2022 (23H55) The Nigerian Federal Government and the United States (US) Government signed an agreement at the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation on Tuesday, 23 August 2022. The agreement has been signed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for Nigeria and the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard. The agreement has been signed for the US to return about $23,43 million of the Abacha loot to the State. The funds had been confiscated in relation to MECOSTA/Sani Mohammed Asset, Abacha V. The funds will be invested under the Presidential Development Infrastructural Funds (PIDF) projects, which include the Abuja-Kaduna road, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the 2nd Niger Bridge projects.
- LAGOS – 24 AUG 2022 (04H25) The Lagos State Government has commenced the COVID-19 Scales 3.0 vaccination campaign. The Lagos State Government will work in collaboration with the Federal Government to vaccinate the remaining unvaccinated population against COVID-19. The Scales 3.0 campaign will run for a three-month period to increase the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the State. The Government has requested eligible civilians, which include civilians 18 and over, to receive the vaccination. The request has followed to halt the renewed spread of the COVID-19 virus.
- AWKA – 24 AUG 2022 (10H50) The Majority Leader of the Anambra Assembly, Nnamdi Okafor, passed on Tuesday evening, 23 August 2022, at a Hotel in Sandton City, Johannesburg, South Africa. Okafur had reportedly collapsed while on a visitation tour in South Africa with other members of the House of Assembly for a legislative retreat. The cause of the death is undetermined at this stage.
- LAGOS – 24 AUG 2022 (12H50) Members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) are currently protesting against the suspension of its strike by their executives. This follows after the strike had been suspended on Saturday, 20 August 2022, by the leadership of JAC of SSANU/NASU, urging its staff to resume work today, 24 August 2022. However, the UNILAG branch members denounced the decision against the suspension of the strike. Members of the UNILAG branch have also demanded the removal of Secretary General Adeyemi Peters and Mohammed Ibrahim of SSANU. On 27 March 2022, the members of SSANU and NASU declared a 2-week warning strike over unresolved issues with the Government, which include the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, payment of earned allowances, usurpation of non-academic career positions by vice-chancellors, the inclusion of university staff school into the university community, non-payment of minimum wage arrears, and funding of state universities.
RWANDA – 24 AUG 2022
- KIGALI – 24 AUG 2022 (16H40) Rwandan Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza has led a Rwandan delegation on a four-day working visit to Singapore to establish bilateral cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the two countries. The also delegation includes the Secretary General of the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Colonel Jeannot Ruhunga. IGP Munyuza is visiting Singapore at the invitation of his counterpart, Commissioner General (CG) Hoong Wee Teck. During the visit, Munyuza and Hoong signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding primary areas of Police cooperation between the two Police forces in capacity development as well as combating and preventing transnational organised crime. A Cooperation Agreement has also been signed between RIB Secretary General Ruhunga and Singapore Police Commissioner General Hoong Wee Teck. The signing ceremony is also attended by Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Singapore, Jean De Dieu Uwihanganye.
TANZANIA – 24 AUG 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 24 AUG 2022 (16H00) Works and Transport Minister Makame Mbarawa has announced that several multinational companies have expressed interest in the development and operation of the proposed $10 billion Bagamoyo Port. This follows after Minister Mbarawa recently announced that Chinese and Oman firms had suspended talks with the Government regarding the port’s development due to an alleged loss of interest. However, Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Director General Plasduce Mbossa has noted that the Authority is processing several other submitted requests to commence negotiations.
ZAMBIA – 24 AUG 2022
- LUSAKA – 23 AUG 2022 (22H50) Qatar and Zambia have signed an agreement in the open air transport sector Tuesday, 23 August 2022. The agreement has been signed by the Qatar Minister of Transport Jassim Seif Ahmed al-Sulaiti and Zambian Minister of Transport and Logistics Frank Museba Tayali. The agreement has been signed in accordance with the framework of linking Qatar with air services agreements to increase its network of destinations. Following the signing of the agreement, the members held a meeting to review the bilateral relations between the countries in the transport services and civil aviation sector.
- LUSAKA – 24 AUG 2022 (00H10) The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Lemmy Kajoba has announced the deployment of officers during the 15 September 2022 by-elections. This follows after the Kabushi and Kwacha constituencies fell vacant due to the Constitutional Court nullifying the results. The elections had been nullified following a petition filed at the Court. During meetings with Copperbelt Minister Elisha Matambo, IGP Kajoba discussed preparations for dividing the officers in the constituencies. The officers will be deployed to maintain order during the elections.
- CHOMA – 24 AUG 2022 (10H45) The Southern Water and Sanitation Company (SWSC) has signed an agreement valued at €8 million to implement a water and sanitation project in the Kazungula District of Southern Province. The SWSC Public Relations Officer, Lungowe Mutumwenu, stated that the project, expected to commence with construction in October 2022, will comprise a new abstraction point and a solar photovoltaic as a substitute for power supply. Mutumwenu also noted that the water utility company had partnered with WaterAid Zambia and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to construct 66 water schemes for rural health centres and schools in Kazungula as parts of Monze districts.
ZIMBABWE – 24 AUG 2022
- HARARE – 24 AUG 2022 (07H40) The Spokesperson of the Men BelievED, Timothy Nyakudzuka, has announced that the Presidential Solidarity March scheduled to take place on Saturday, 27 August 2022, has been postponed. This is due to the by-elections scheduled to take place on 27 August 2022 for the vacant Gokwe-Kabuyuni seat. Nyakudzuka has stated that the march will be rescheduled to be held in due time.
- GOKWE – 24 AUG 2022 (07H50) The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has announced that the by-elections for the vacant Gokwe-Kabuyuni seat is set to take place on Saturday, 27 August 2022. This follows an announcement by ZEC Chief Elections Officer Utloile Silaigwana under General Notice 1793 of 2022 in the Government Gazette. Further, Silaigwana appointed Kudzai Nkomo as the constituency elections officer. The Gokwe-Kabuyuni seat fell vacant following the death of Leonard Chikomba, who died in a vehicle accident on 29 May 2022.
- HARARE – 24 AUG 2022 (11H20) Zimbabwe is set to build 500 MegaWatts (MW) solar power stations following a framework agreement with a solar company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Skypower Global (CAYMAN). The framework agreement is needed to allow Skypower Global and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) Holdings to negotiate a power purchase agreement, as well as other ancillary agreements relevant to power generation. Skypower is set to construct the power stations and will be sold to ZESA at an agreed price. The Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa stated that the stations will be constructed in phases.
- HARARE – 24 AUG 2022 (17H20) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has received credentials from four newly appointed Ambassadors during a ceremony at the State House in Harare today, 24 August 2022. The Ambassadors include Brazilian envoy Vilmar Rogeiro Coutinho, Botswana envoy Sarah Sithabile Molosiwa, followed by Berna Kasnakli Versteden from Turkey and Umberto Malnati from Italy. During the ceremony, the respective envoys reiterated their countries’ continued commitment to strengthening bilateral ties with Zimbabwe. The event has also been attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava and the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry, Ambassador James Manzou.
- WEDZA – 24 AUG 2022 (17H00) Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) members have reportedly barricaded a local road in Wedza to prevent Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) President Nelson Chamisa from entering the district. Reports indicate that another CCC member has also sustained injuries after ZANU–PF members attacked his homestead in the town. The ZANU–PF members are reportedly also throwing stones at vehicles travelling in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. The security situation remains volatile.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 AUG 2022
- REP. CONGO: Protest expected in the city of Goma on Thursday, 25 August 2022 and Friday, 26 August 2022, by citizens’ movements demanding the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).
- 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.
- KENYA: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that Monday, 29 August 2022, will be set as the new date for eight postponed elections, including Governor seats in Kakamega and Mombasa.
- GHANA: Protest expected by members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) in Accra on Monday, 29 August 2022.
- MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique is scheduled to host the 57th edition of the Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Fair of Mozambique (FACIM) in Maputo on Monday, 29 August 2022 and 04 September 2022.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
- LESOTHO: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has announced that the 6th SADC Multi-Stakeholder Water Dialogue is scheduled to be held on 05 September 2022 to 07 September 2022 in Maseru.
- ETHIOPIA: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Ethiopia is scheduled to host the African Technology Fair between 07 September 2022 and 09 September 2022.
- ZAMBIA: The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has announced that by-elections have been scheduled for the Kabushi and Kwacha Constituencies in the Copperbelt province on Thursday 15 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.
- GHANA: Ghana is expected to host an International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEC) at the Burma Hall, within the Ghana Armed Forces Headquarters in Accra, on 11 October 2022 and 12 October 2022.
- NIGERIA: The Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has announced that Local Government Elections are scheduled to be held in the State on 15 October 2022.
- 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.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is expected to host the 35th Meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board from 13 March 2023 to 16 March 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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