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20220826 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 26 AUG 2022
• LUANDA – 26 AUG 2022 (09H30) Four people have been sentenced to six months in prison for electoral fraud by the Luanda Provincial Court. This follows after the suspects were arrested for allegedly exercising double voting, in different polling stations in Luanda, during the voting for the General elections in Angola on Wednesday, 24 August 2022. Judge José Lando applied the minimum sentence of six months and the payment of 500 thousand kwanzas of justice fee, as well as Kz 5 thousand of emolument, to the official defender after finding that the suspects were considered first-time offenders. In addition, members of the Social Renewal Party (PRS) José Congo Mulenza, and Armando Santos Ngola were arrested for violating articles 96, 187, and 166 both of law 36/11 of December 21 Organic Law on General Elections.
• LOBITO – 26 AUG 2022 (13H00) Protest reported in the Lobito Municipality on the EN100 Road. Community members are protesting against the alleged electoral fraud in the municipality. The demonstrators are reportedly throwing stones at the Police. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Police are on the scene.
BOTSWANA – 26 AUG 2022
• GHANZI – 26 AUG 2022 (14H45) Kavango Resources announced that it identified two major drill targets at its Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB) licence PL082/2018. A large-scale, high-resolution soil sampling program identified two targets, Northern Zone and Central Zone, with a peak value of 118.8 parts per million (ppm) copper anomalies. Both targets also have widespread elevated zinc values. The geochemical anomalies conform with the underlying geology previously mapped by Kavango, and there is a strong indication of in-situ mineralisation. Licence PL082/2018 is a potential analogue to Khoemacau’s Banana Zone deposit, at the south of Ghanzi Ridge, which has a total high-grade resource of 55.8 million tonnes (Mt) at 1% copper (Cu) and 16.4 grammes per tonne (g/t) silver (Ag).
DEM. REP. CONGO – 26 AUG 2022
• KINSHASA – 26 AUG 2022 (08H00) Protest expected in the vicinity of Kinshasa, on Monday, 29 August 2022, by members of the political party, Alliance for Change. The Alliance for Change has announced a planned demonstration to demand the unconditional release of its National President, Jean-Marc Kabund. The political party denounced the arbitrary detention of Kabund-a-Kabund at the CPRK in violation of the Constitution and the Laws of the Republic. Demonstrators are expected to gather at the Place de la Gare Centrale in Kinshasa and march to the General Prosecutor’s office near the Court of Cassation to deliver a memorandum of demands. This protest will take place as Kabund was placed under house arrest by the decision of the Court of Cassation but never returned to his residence. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.
• MANONO – 26 AUG 2022 (09H40) Unidentified armed bandits had reportedly attacked the Chinese company CREC 9 on Wednesday evening, 24 August 2022, until Thursday, 25 August 2022, in the territory of Manono. According to reports, eight armed bandits had stolen an undisclosed amount of money and various equipment. Reports indicate that the bandits assaulted a Police officer who was on duty at the premises and fled the area. The Provincial Minister of the Interior of Tanganyika has further assured that the administrator of the territory of Manono and members of the security council of this territory will increase a heightened security presence in the area and monitor parts of Tanganyika.
• RUTSHURU – 26 AUG 2022 (10H00) Protest reported in the city of Kiwanja, about 75 kilometres (km) north of Goma, in the territory of Rutshuru. The community is demonstrating against the redeployment of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) contingents from Butembo to other parts of the province, particularly in Goma and Nyiragongo. The demonstrators have barricaded several roads, including the RN2 Road. Several business activities have been closed due to the disruption. The demonstrators have closed the road between Kiwanja and Goma. Police and military forces are on the scene and are attempting to disperse the crowd.
ESWATINI – 26 AUG 2022
• MBABANE – 25 AUG 2022 (20H20) The Government has announced that King Mswati III has presided over the signing of a Joint Cooperative Agreement between eSwatini and the Republic of Indonesia. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has also attended the signing ceremony at the Istana Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. The signing of the agreement follows several engagements between King Mswati III and the Indonesian President in a bid to attract investment to the Kingdom of eSwatini as part of efforts to increase employment and strengthen the country’s economy. The Joint Cooperative Agreement has been signed between Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Thulisile Dladla and her Indonesian counterpart, Minister Retno Marsudi. The two Ministers signed and exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
ETHIOPIA- 26 AUG 2022
• MEK’ELE – 25 AUG 2022 (19H00) The Ethiopian Federal Government Communication Service has issued a statement condemning the alleged theft of 12 tankers and 570,000 litres of fuel by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) from a World Food Programme (WFP) warehouse in the region. The Service has alleged that the theft of fuel intended to transport urgent humanitarian assistance to vulnerable groups in the Tigray region is a war crime and in direct violation of International Humanitarian Law. The incident has also been confirmed by the WFP and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). Authorities have also stated that the TPLF imprisoned the staff members of humanitarian partners who resisted the looting of fuel during the incident. The Federal Government has demanded the return of the looted fuel, calling on the international humanitarian community to take urgent action and exercise transparency regarding the confirmed reports of looting, as well as hold the TPLF accountable.
• MEK’ELE – 26 AUG 2022 (15H30) Airstrike reported in the Mek’ele region this morning, 26 August 2022, at approximately 09H40. Four casualties and seven injuries have been reported. The Federal Government has allegedly carried out the airstrike. No other military aircraft are known to operate in Ethiopian airspace. The Ethiopian Government announced plans to target military training facilities and advised residents to avoid all military training facilities in the area.
GHANA – 26 AUG 2022
• ACCRA – 25 AUG 2022 (20H00) The Government has announced that Finance Minister Kenneth Nana Yaw Ofori-Atta has travelled abroad to seek medical review. In his absence, Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen, is expected to oversee all Ofori-Atta’s duties until his return. This follows as the Council of State recently summoned the Finance Minister and Bank of Ghana Governor Ernest Addison regarding the depreciation of the Cedi. The Cedi is currently trading at GH₵10 to $1. Boahen is expected to attend the meeting as acting Finance Minister in the absence of Ofori-Atta.
KENYA – 26 AUG 2022
• MOMBASA – 26 AUG 2022 (15H00) Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared Monday, 29 August 2022, a national holiday in areas where elections are set to be held. This includes Mombasa and Kakamega counties, where the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will conduct gubernatorial elections. Other areas include Kitui Rural, Kacheliba, Pokot South, Rongai constituencies and Kwa Njenga Ward in Embakasi South, and Nyaki West Ward in Imenti North. Employers around the country are requested to release their employees who are registered voters in the listed electoral areas to enable them to vote. This follows after the elections in the eight areas had been postponed by the IEBC on 09 August 2022 following challenges in the printing of ballot papers.
LESOTHO – 26 AUG 2022
• MASERU – 26 AUG 2022 (08H15) Public Transport Operators have threatened to boycott final political rallies by embarking on a strike on 02 October 2022 if the Government does not address their grievances. The Maseru Region Transport Operators (MRTO) Public Relations Officer, Lebohang Moea, has stated that the transport operators have attempted to plead with the Government through the All Basotho Convention (ABC) and Democratic Congress (DC) to address their grievances which include transport reforms, transport educational tour and the Government to extend vehicle fitness from six months to 12 months, as well as the issue of permits to no avail. Motaung further added that the transport operators arranged a meeting of stakeholders to convene on 31 August 2022 to engage with the ABC and DC political party Leaders and other eight parties contesting the upcoming General elections. In addition, Motaung stated that the business community had decided to sue the Government for failing to pay them for over seven months.
MADAGASCAR – 26 AUG 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 26 AUG 2022 (06H00) Protest expected in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, by the Fikambanan’ny Taxi Antananarivo of Renivohitra (FTAR). The President of FTAR, Clemence Raharinirina, has noted to the public that the association will embark on a general taxi strike opposing the decision of the Urban Municipality of Antananarivo (CUA) to review the professional status of taxis on 30 August 2022. Commuters are advised to use an alternative means of transport.
• ANTANANARIVO – 26 AUG 2022 (06H15) President Andry Rajoelina is expected to embark on an official visit to Tunisia on 27 August 2022 and 28 August 2022 to participate in the 8th Edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). This follows after President Rajoelina participated in a parallel event on 22 August 2022, where he emphasized on efforts to achieve food self-sufficiency in Madagascar. President Rajoelina stated that expanding cultivated areas increases production to 46% of the yield per hectare. Further, President Rajoelina also noted a project with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which aims to dispatch agricultural workers to Japan to provide human resources to agricultural projects in agricultural techniques.
• NOSY-BE – 26 AUG 2022 (06H30) Jirama, the state-owned electric utility and water services company, has announced a planned city-wide power outage on Saturday, 27 August 2022, from 07H00 to 12H00, to install the Nosy Be hybrid photovoltaic-thermal power plant. Jirama stated that the plant observes a daily production of 4,300-kilowatt per hour (kWh) distributed in the networks to generate more than 4 Megawatt (MW) per day through solar power. Furthermore, Jirama noted that additional solar plants are planned to be installed, including in the cities of Sahambava, Antalaha, Vohemar, Antsiranana and Ambilobe for the northern part of the island.
• MORONDAVA – 26 AUG 2022 (06H45) The Gendarmerie in Morondava has arrested 14 suspects for allegedly manufacturing illegal homemade weapons in Mahabokely, in the urban commune of Mahabo, Menabe Region. This follows after the gendarmes conducted an intelligence-led operation following increased criminal activities in the Beony Region. During the apprehension, the gendarmes seized homemade weapons, equipment and devices for manufacturing firearms. Following investigations, the public prosecutor’s office referred six suspects under Police custody, and four others were granted provisional release.
• ANTANANARIVO – 26 AUG 2022 (11H00) The Court of Cassation has rejected the appeal for cassation made by the defence of the former colonel of the French army, Philippe Francais, and Paul Maillot Rafanoharana in the Apollo 21 case. The defence requested the annulment of the decision pronounced in December 2021 by the Ordinary Criminal Court of Antananarivo. This case follows after two suspects, Paul Rafanoharana and Philippe François, were detained for allegedly attempting to assassinate President Andry Rajoelina in connection with the Apollo 21 affair. In December 2021, the two defendants were sentenced to 20 years and 10 years of forced labour.
MALAWI – 26 AUG 2022
• LILONGWE – 25 AUG 2022 (19H20) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera is scheduled to travel to Zambia to attend the Kulamba Traditional Ceremony of the Chewa people of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia on Saturday, 27 August 2022. The event is set to be held in Mkaika in Zambia’s Katete District, at the Headquarters of the Kalonga Gawa Undi, King of the Chewa people. The ceremony commemorates the Chewa culture by assembling members from the aforementioned ethnicity.
MOZAMBIQUE – 26 AUG 2022
• JOÃO – 26 AUG 2022 (16H30) The Nacala dam in Nampula province will undergo restructuring works starting in September 2022, aimed at increasing water management capacity and the volume of water supply to the population. For this purpose, US$42 million are available, 50% of which is financed by the World Bank and the rest by the Dutch Government. The Nacala dam was built with a reservoir capacity of 4.2 million cubic metres of water per year which was increased to around 6.6 million through the rehabilitation carried out in 2002. It is expected that the dam’s water supply capacity will increase from the current seven to 25 thousand cubic metres per day.
NIGERIA – 26 AUG 2022
• AWKA – 25 AUG 2022 (19H00) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Chapter in the Anambra State, has declared a comprehensive and indefinite strike action. The body has stated that the announcement follows the Government’s obstinacy and lack of commitment to concluding an agreement with the ASUU. ASUU Awka Chapter Chairperson Stephen Ufoaroh has noted that the decision is in agreement with the National, Zonal and Branch leaderships in solidarity with the nation’s public universities.
• UMUAHIA – 26 AUG 2022 (02H45) Health officials in the Abia State have investigated 40 suspected Monkeypox cases in the five Local Government Areas (LGA) in Abia. Of the 40 cases investigated, the Health officials have confirmed a total of nine cases. The confirmations had been made during a sensitisation workshop hosted by the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in collaboration with the Abia Ministry of Health. Of the confirmed cases, the Umuahia North, Umuahia South, Ikwuano and Umunneochi LGAs have confirmed two cases each, and the Aba North has confirmed one case. The Government noted that they have implemented the necessary outbreak response activities.
• ABAKALIKI – 26 AUG 2022 (04H15) A Federal High Court, Abakaliki, has nullified the Local Government Election results the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission (EBSIEC) conducted on 30 July 2022. This follows after the EBSIEC Chairperson Jossy Eze declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates as the winners of all chairmanship and councillorship seats during the elections. However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the outcome due to the Governments failure to comply with Section 150 of the Electoral Act 2022, among other infractions. Following the PDPs’ request to challenge the elections, Judge Fatun Riman declared the elections void. Judge Riman stated that the elections had been undemocratic and unlawful. The elections have been declared void six days ahead of the swearing-in of the elected Council Chairmen and Councillors on Thursday, 01 September 2022.
• LAGOS – 26 AUG 2022 (07H15) The Lagos State Government has announced a planned traffic diversion at the Jonathan Coker Level crossing in the Fagba area of the State from Friday, 26 August 2022, until Sunday, 28 August 2022, between 22H00 and 03H00. The traffic diversion is due to the ongoing Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project on the Lagos-Ibadan section, extending to Lagos Ports Apapa. This follows an announcement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, advising motorists to use Ashade Underpass, Adejobi and Toyin Crossing as an alternative.
• KUKWABA – 26 AUG 2022 (11H15) The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has suspended its nationwide strike after reaching a new agreement with the Federal Government. This follows the suspension of the strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of University and Allied Institutions (NASU). National President of NAAT, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, has stated that NAAT had embarked on the strike on 21 March 2022 to demand the non-full implementation of the Federal Government/NAAT 2009 agreement and refused to release enabling circular for the implementation of CONTISS 14 and 15 for academic technologists, non-payment of the arrears of Earned Academic Allowances to the members, among others. Nwokoma added that the union had suspended its strike due to the Government’s commitments and resolutions on some of its demands, despite the No work, No pay policy of the Federal Government.
• KUBWA – 26 AUG 2022 (12H00) Local authorities have confirmed that a shopping mall, which had been under construction in the Kubwe residential district, had collapsed. Reports indicate that the three-storey building collapsed at about 00H30 today, 26 August 2022. Six people have been rescued and transferred to the nearest hospital for treatment, while two others are trapped under the debris. Officials from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corporates stated that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is carrying out a rescue operation at the scene. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious in the area.
RWANDA – 26 AUG 2022
• KARAMA – 26 AUG 2022 (10H30) President Paul Kagame is expected to hold a visit to Rachel Nyiramandwa, a 110-year-old resident of Nyamagabe, today, 26 August 2022. This visit is part of President Kagame’s citizen outreach programme during his four-day official tour in the Southern and Western provinces. Meanwhile, President Kagame is expected to arrive at the Nyagisenyi Football Stadium and engage with the population of the Nyamagabe District.
TANZANIA – 26 AUG 2022
• DODOMA – 25 AUG 2022 (19H10) The Government has announced that President Samia Suluhu has received a letter of credentials from the newly appointed Belgium Kingdom Ambassador to Tanzania, Peter Hyghebaert. During a ceremony held at the State House in Chamwino, Dodoma, Ambassador Hyghebaert reiterated his continued commitment to strengthening existing bilateral relations between Belgium and Tanzania to benefit both countries.
• DAR ES SALAAM – 26 AUG 2022 (12H45) Prime Minister, Kassim Majaliwa, is expected to represent the President of the Republic, Samia Hassan, at the Eighth Edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Tunisia, scheduled to be held on Saturday, 27 August 2022 and Sunday, 28 August 2022. The forum is a Summit-level international conference on Africa’s development initiated by Japan in 1993. The event is co-organized by the Japanese Government, the United Nations (UN) Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, the UN Development Programme, the African Union (AU) Commission, and the World Bank.
ZAMBIA – 26 AUG 2022
• LUSAKA – 26 AUG 2022 (17H15) The Constitutional Court has dismissed the urgent application by former Patriotic Front (PF) Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo and former Kwacha counterpart Joseph Malanji to remain in the nominations ahead of the by-elections in the two constituencies. Judge Mulonda is expected to hear the matter on Friday, 09 September 2022, where Lusambo and Malanji have contested the decision of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to bar them from filing their nominations. The ECZ has cited article 72, sub-article four of Zambia’s Constitution, as the ground for its decision not to accept Lusambo and Malanji’s nomination papers. The provision states that a candidate who causes a by-election is not eligible to re-contest. Meanwhile, four candidates have successfully filled in their nominations as the United National Independence Party (UNIP) candidate fell off for late arrival ahead of the Kabushi Parliamentary by-election in Ndola on the Copperbelt scheduled for Thursday, 15 September 2022.
ZIMBABWE – 26 AUG 2022
• GOKWE – 26 AUG 2022 (17H30) The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced that it is prepared for the Gokwe-Kabuyuni Constituency by-election expected on Saturday, 27 August 2022. The ZEC has set up 53 polling stations to ensure a successful voting process. This follows after the death of Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Central Committee member Leonard Chikomba who was the Member of Parliament for the Constituency. Political parties have since held campaigns for the seat.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 26 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.
• MALAWI: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that President Lazarus Chakwera is scheduled to travel to Zambia to attend the Kulamba Traditional Ceremony of the Chewa people of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia on Saturday, 27 August 2022.
• 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.
• KENYA: Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared Monday, 29 August 2022, a national holiday in areas where elections are set to be held.
• DEM. REP. CONGO: Protest expected in the vicinity of Kinshasa, on Monday, 29 August 2022, by members of the political party, Alliance for Change.
• GHANA: Protest expected by members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) in Accra on Monday, 29 August 2022.
• NIGERIA: 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.
• 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.
• MADAGASCAR: Protest expected in the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, by the Fikambanan’ny Taxi Antananarivo of Renivohitra (FTAR).
• 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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