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20220825 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 25 AUG 2022
- LUANDA – 24 AUG 2022 (19H30) Angola’s National Electoral Commission (CNE) has confirmed that all polling stations across the country have closed effectively, nine hours after opening for the voting process within the framework of the 2022 General Elections. During the electoral process, more than 14 million Angolans registered in the country and the diaspora participated in the election of a new Head of State and members of the National Assembly to remain in office for the following five years. The CNE has noted that the voting process continued peacefully and cordially, with no significant incidents of unrest reported at any of the 13,238 polling stations across the 164 municipalities in the country. The Commission has stated that vote tallying proceedings are underway, with the official outcome of the General Elections scheduled to be announced in due course.
- LUANDA – 25 AUG 2022 (13H30) The National Electoral Commission (CNE) has published preliminary results of Angola’s recently held national election based on 86% of votes counted. The results indicate that country’s ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party has received 52,08% of the votes. The main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Adalberto Costa Junior, has reportedly received 42,98% of the votes. This follows after the country held General Elections to elect a President and members of the National Assembly on Wednesday, 24 August 2022. The MPLA has governed Angola for an estimated 50 years after the country gained independence from Portugal in November 1975.
- LUANDA – 25 AUG 2022 (14H10) Protest reported on N’Gola Kiluanje Street and several other areas in Luanda’s central area. Residents have embarked on a mass protest action to denounce preliminary electoral results by the National Electoral Commission (CNE), indicating that the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party has received a majority 52,08% of votes during the country’s recent elections. Police have reportedly deployed teargas in an attempt to disburse the protest. Motorists are advised to avoid areas affected by the unrest.
BOTSWANA – 25 AUG 2022
- GABORONE – 24 AUG 2022 (20H40) The Government of Botswana has announced a ban on the export of livestock and related meat products amid ongoing investigations into a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Authorities have stated that the alleged cases have been reported in the North-Eastern district near the border with neighbouring Zimbabwe. Veterinary Services Acting Director Kefentse Motshegwa has noted that all movement and slaughter of cattle within the country have also been halted until further notice. Motshegwa has further stated that the movement restrictions aim to facilitate disease analyses and is expected to be lifted upon the conclusion of the investigation.
- TSABONG – 25 AUG 2022 (12H40) Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) President Mokgweetsi Masisi will on Saturday, 27 August 2022, and Sunday, 28 August 2022, officially open and deliver a keynote address at the BDP’s 39th National Congress in Tsabong. On Saturday, President Masisi is scheduled to officiate the opening of the event. The BDP Secretary-General and Party Treasurer are also expected to present the reports and resolutions to Congress. Further, President Masisi will present the new central committee.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 25 AUG 2022
- KIPUSHI – 25 AUG 2022 (02H40) Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, launched operations in Kipushi to rehabilitate the underground mine in the area. The mine will be operated by Kipushi Corporation (KICO). KICO is a joint partnership between GECAMINES and Ivanhoe Mines. GECAMINES’ shares are equal to 32% and are expected to increase to 50% within five years, whereas Ivhanoe Mines invested $700 million. The mine is set to commence with production in 2024 at 45,000 tonnes of zinc concentrate per month rate. Further, the mine will provide 1,500 additional indirect and direct job opportunities. Minister Lukonde has requested that KICO provide job opportunities to the local workforce in the vicinity of Kipushi. Minister Lukonde further requested that KICO assign the subcontracts to local companies as per the mining code.
- GOMA – 25 AUG 2022 (06H10) UPDATE The Mayor of Goma, Kabeya Makossa Francois, has released a statement condemning the strike action called on by the Synergy of Citizens Movements and Pressure Group in Goma. This comes as the groups called on the population to hold a protest action to denounce the redeployment of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) contingents from Butembo to other parts of the province, particularly to Goma and Nyiragongo. Law enforcement will be deployed to the city of Goma to monitor the situation. (06H00) Protest expected in the city of Goma today, 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). The citizen movements, who are leading a campaign called Bye-Bye MONUSCO, will be protesting to denounce the redeployment of United Nations (UN) contingents from Butembo to other parts of the province, particularly to Goma and Nyiragongo. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant in affected areas and avoid the area. Police will be deployed to the affected areas.
ESWATINI – 25 AUG 2022
- MATSAPHA – 25 AUG 2022 (15H45) The Government has announced that Commerce Minister Manqoba Khumalo and a delegation from the Ministry have toured several projects under the Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan. The projects include the Eswatini Oil Mills (EOM), a solvent extraction company supplying Swaziland Oil Mill Industries (SOMI), and a 6,000 square meter (m²) expansion of a goods warehouse in Conco. EOM’s investment, valued at E450million, is expected to be commissioned by July 2021. Upon completion, the company is expected to employ more than 200 emaSwati at the project. Additionally, the Minister has noted that the Conco warehouse is currently at 60% completion and is expected to be operational by April 2023.
ETHIOPIA- 25 AUG 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 24 AUG 2022 (19H15) African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has raised concerns regarding reports of renewed unrest between Federal Government troops and Tigrayan forces in the northern region of Ethiopia. Chairperson Mahamat has called for the immediate cessation of hostilities, urging all parties to the conflict to resume peace negotiations as a matter of urgency. Mahamat further reiterates the AU’s continued commitment to collaborating with the involved parties in support of a consensual political process. Subsequently, the Chairperson calls on the parties to engage with the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
GHANA – 25 AUG 2022
- KALEO – 24 AUG 2022 (19H00) The German Development Bank (KfW) has provided an amount of €15 million to the Volta River Authority (VRA) for the construction of the second phase of the Kaleo Solar Power Project. The project is expected to produce an additional 115 megawatt per hour (MWp) in addition to the existing 13 MWp solar power plant. VRA Board Chairperson Kofi Tutu Agyare made the announcement during the commissioning of phase one of the Kaleo Solar Power project at Kaleo in the Nadowli-Kaleo District of the Upper West Region. The Chairperson has noted that the project’s rollout in northern Ghana follows in line with the VRA’s renewable energy development programme and the country’s national energy transition agenda. Agyare has noted that the project is scheduled for completion by mid-2023.
- KUMASI – 25 AUG 2022 (11H30) UPDATE The Asokore Mampong Magistrate Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of 61 persons suspected to be involved in a violent protest on 18 August 2022 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). This follows after the three suspects appeared before the court and presented their defence after being charged with property damage and murder. The Ashanti Regional Police Command, ACP Kofi Blagodzie, has denied bail to the suspects. (09H30) The Asokore Mampong Magistrate Court has remanded two students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) into Police custody due to an ongoing investigation following a riot at the KNUST on 18 August 2022. The two suspects were charged with the destruction of property, five counts of attempted murder, one charge of murder and possession of an unlicensed weapon. According to preliminary reports, the two suspects had appeared before the court and presented their defence which involved a third suspect. The Police had been ordered to apprehend the third suspect involved in the riot. The suspects will be appearing before the court on 08 September 2022.
KENYA – 25 AUG 2022
- NAIROBI – 25 AUG 2022 (09H00) President-elect William Ruto is expected to officiate the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) for the Swearing-in of Nairobi Governor-elect Johnson Sakaja today, 25 August 2022, which will be held between 10H00 and 14H00. The 17 elected Nairobi Members of Parliament, 84 Members of the County Assembly, Senator and Woman Representative will also be in attendance at the ceremony. Chief Justice Martha Koome has appointed judges to preside over the swearing-in ceremonies. This follows after Kenya held elections on 09 August 2022.
LESOTHO – 25 AUG 2022
- MASERU – 25 AUG 2022 (16H20) Lesotho’s Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Moshe Leoma and his South African counterpart Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in efforts to improve the local government sector. The Ministry has stated that the MoU is expected to decentralise local government and exchange programmes for municipalities. The proposed agreement to strengthen local government follows previous clashes between citizens from the two countries. More than 400 people had previously been displaced during clashes between Lesotho nationals and residents of Centerton in Hankey, South Africa. Minister Dlamini-Zuma has noted that South Africa is expected to assist Lesotho in the implementation of the new Local Government Act.
MADAGASCAR – 25 AUG 2022
- TOLIARA – 25 AUG 2022 (07H50) The Malagasy Police Intervention Unit has launched investigations following an ongoing protest at the Maninday University in Toliara. Reports indicate that the students had closed the entrance to the university since Monday, 22 August 2022, in demand for their three months of outstanding scholarship allowances, revision of scholarships, approval of new admissions and the completion of the building. According to the reports, Police forcefully attempted to enter the campus and fired teargas to disperse the students from the building on Wednesday, 24 August 2022, which led to several casualties. The administration of the university had condemned the strike action by the students.
MALAWI – 25 AUG 2022
- MZUZU – 25 AUG 2022 (07H15) The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has declared Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidates Ronald Kayira, who won with 1663 votes and Elisha Waikako Winga, who received 1591 votes, as the winners of recent elections in the Wenya and Lupembe Wards in Chitipa and Karonga, respectively. MEC Chairperson Justice Chifundo Kachale has also declared that Dickson Jackson Wasili of the United Democratic Front (UDF) is the winner of Shire Ward in Balaka with 2545 votes. The MEC is also expected to announce the official results today, 25 August 2022, at 13H00. This announcement follows after the Local Government Elections held on 23 August 2022.
- MZUZU – 25 AUG 2022 (10H30) The Northern Region Immigration Office has announced that nine Pakistan nationals and two Bangladesh nationals have been deported after being in custody for alleged illegal entry into Malawi. According to Northern Region Immigration Spokesperson Francis Chitambuli, the foreign nationals had entered the country illegally and had passports but without visas. Chitambuli stated that the 11 nationals were arrested, and the Immigration Department found the immigrants guilty of illegal entry offence contrary to section 21(1) of the Malawi Immigration Act.
MOZAMBIQUE – 25 AUG 2022
- MAPUTO – 24 AUG 2022 (20H10) Mozambique’s Cabinet has announced the approval of the Strategy to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing 2023-2024 Bill aimed at preventing and repressing related criminal activities. Cabinet Spokesperson Filimão Suaze has noted that the measure aims to promote a safe environment in the operations of the national and international financial and banking systems through the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing. This follows after Cabinet recently announced that the Mozambique Financial Intelligence Office (GIFiM) had received information regarding more than 2,300 suspected money laundering and terrorist financing operations in 2021, representing a 34% decrease from 2020. Suaze has noted that the processes detected by financial institutions in the country ins 2021 involved amounts exceeding Mt35 billion, compared to Mt42 billion in 2020. Armed group activity in the country’s Cabo Delgado province has prompted increased surveillance of economic sectors vulnerable to exploitation by radical groups.
- MAPUTO – 25 AUG 2022 (00H55) Triton Minerals announced that its senior directors and management has visited Mozambique to hold meetings with Government officials. The discussions had been focused on the development of its Ancuabe Graphite Project. Triton officials held meetings with the Director General of INAMI (National Mining Institute), Ports and Railways of Mozambique (CFM), the Ministry of Land and Environment, and the state-owned energy company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). The operations at the project halted on 08 June following attacks by Jihadists on the mine site. Triton is set to export 60,000 tonnes of graphite to Europe via the Pemba Port.
NIGERIA – 25 AUG 2022
- ABUJA – 25 AUG 2022 (11H00) The Joint Union Congress of the Police Service Commission (PSC) has issued a notice of indefinite strike over breach of agreement with effect from Monday, 29 August 2022. This follows after the commission embarked on a 3-day warning strike on 24 January 2022, yet it was suspended to hold dialogue and reconciliation with the management concerning the recruitment of 10,000 Constables by PSC headquarters in Abuja. The staff of the PSC will be protesting over the alleged takeover of the ongoing constables’ recruitment exercise and the lack of staff promotion and training by the commission management.
- ABUJA – 25 AUG 2022 (13H00) Shell Public Limited Company (PLC), ExxonMobil Corporation, Chevron Corporation, and Equinor ASA have withdrawn their lawsuits of about $3 billion against the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited. This comes as the oil firms agreed to terminate ongoing litigation once the new arrangements take effect. The move comes ten days after NNPC renewed oil production sharing contracts (PSCs) with the oil firms. In addition, lawyers representing Equinor and Chevron requested the judge to suspend the case until October 2022. The International Oil Companies (IOCs) had sued NNPC in 2017 in the United States (US) court to force the national oil company to pay out $1 billion in alleged overpayments on Oil Mining Lease 128 on the Agbami field.
- LAGOS – 25 AUG 2022 (14H40) Clashes reported in the vicinity of the Badagry Expressway in the Ijanikin area of Lagos. Reports indicate that rival community members from the Olorunda and Ijanikin communities are engaged in clashes. The incident reportedly follows a confrontation that ensued after an attack on workers at a market in the area. The unrest has caused significant ground travel disruptions on the Badagry Expressway. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
RWANDA – 25 AUG 2022
- KIBUNGO – 25 AUG 2022 (10H00) The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is expected to arrive in Kibungo, in the district of Ruhango, on an official visit as part of his citizen outreach programme. Several residents of the Ruhango district have gathered in Kibingo, awaiting President Kagame. During his visit, President Kagame will meet and engage with residents of Nyamagabe District, located in Southern Province, and thereafter meet with the residents of Nyamasheke District in Western Province. President Kagame will also hold discussions with Southern and Western Province opinion leaders in Huye and Rusizi districts, respectively. Kagame will also pay a visit to Rachel Nyiramandwa, a 110-year-old resident of Nyamagabe District who first met the President in 2010. Further, Kagame will conclude his visit in the Karongi District, where he will tour the Rugabano Tea Factory, which has the capacity to process 1,000,000 kilograms of tea per year.
TANZANIA – 25 AUG 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 25 AUG 2022 (16H00) The Tanzanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Deputy Foreign Affairs and East African Corporation Minister Mbarouk Nassor Mbarouk and Mozambican Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Corporation Ambassador Manuel Gonçalves have finalised the 15th Session of the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation (JPCC). During the meeting, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Mozambique evaluated new joint investment ventures as part of efforts to explore opportunities in agriculture, natural gas and blue economy. Officials from the two countries have also considered progress from the 14th JPCC meeting, held in 2006. Following the meeting, the two countries are expected to enter into a new agreement through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
ZAMBIA – 25 AUG 2022
- LUSAKA – 25 AUG 2022 (04H00) The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has dismissed Bowman Lusambo and Joseph Malanji from the 15 September 2022 by-elections. This follows the ECZ announcement that candidates whose elections had been nullified by the Constitutional Courts and caused vacancies in the National Assembly are no longer eligible to run during the 15 September 2022 by-elections. The announcement has been made in accordance with Article 72 (4) of the Constitution. ECZ further noted that the candidates are only affected during the National Assembly Elections and not the Local Government Elections.
ZIMBABWE – 25 AUG 2022
- HARARE – 24 AUG 2022 (19H00) Zimbabwean and South African Cabinet Ministers are scheduled to meet in October 2022 to continue deliberations regarding the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP). This follows as the Special ZEP Permits, issued in 2009, are due to expire at the end of 2022. The ZEP is a special dispensation permit providing legal protection to an estimated 178,000 Zimbabweans residing in South Africa. The permits had been extended for one year after expiring in 2021 to allow Zimbabweans to apply for other permits to continue residing in South Africa.
- HARARE – 25 AUG 2022 (06H20) The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) is set to hold its 7th Congress from 26 October 2022 until 29 October 2022. This follows an announcement by the ZANU-PF Secretary for Administration, Obert Mpofu, which sets in motion the process that will be followed ahead of the Congress. The 7th National People’s Congress will elect the President and First Secretary of the party, who will represent the party as the Presidential Candidate for the 2023 Elections and elect Central Committee members, among other issues. The Congress will be held at the Robert Mugabe Square in Harare, which will be convened by delegates from the Central Committee members, National Consultative Assembly, Women’s League National Executive, Youth league Executive Members, National Council of the War Veterans League, Provincial Executives, District Coordinating Committee and District Executive Chairperson per party from each district from the Main Body, Women’s League, Youth league or War Veterans League.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 25 AUG 2022
- 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.
- ZIMBABWE: The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) is set to hold its 7th Congress from 26 October 2022 until 29 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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