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20220829 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

August 29

ANGOLA – 29 AUG 2022

  • LUANDA – 29 AUG 2022 (10H30) Protest expected at the Presidential Palace today, 29 August 2022, at 10H00. Reports indicate that supporters from the opposition party are expected to demonstrate for the removal of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). This follows after the MPLA political party won the recent general elections in Angola.

 

BOTSWANA – 29 AUG 2022

  • SELEBI-PHIKWE – 28 AUG 2022 (19H00) Botswana Congress Party (BCP) Selebi–Phikwe Mayor Lucas Modimana has announced his resignation from the party with immediate effect. This follows after Modimana, the Councillor for Kopano Ward, recently announced plans to join the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) political party. BCP Secretary-General Kesitegile Kekgonegile has stated that the party is yet to receive a formal resignation letter from Modimana.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 29 AUG 2022

  • KINSHASA – 29 AUG 2022 (13H00) UPDATE Protest reported by Alliance for Change members. The demonstrators have barricaded roads with burning tyres and debris. The Police are expected to deploy officers to monitor the march. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the demonstration. (06H05) Protest expected in the vicinity of Kinshasa today, 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. 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 area.

 

ESWATINI – 29 AUG 2022

  • MANZINI – 29 AUG 2022 (09H45) Peaceful protest reported by drivers and operators of Inyatsi Construction Group of Companies. The members have gathered at the Zakhele Sports ground near the Inyatsi head office, Inyatsi House. The members have gathered to deliver a petition of issues. The issues are set to include the treatment of the workers by Inyatsi Construction, among others. Relevant security forces have been notified of the event. The public is advised to remain vigilant in the area.

 

ETHIOPIA- 29 AUG 2022

  • WOLDIA – 28 AUG 2022 (19H30) Tigrayan forces have reportedly seized control of the city of Woldia in the neighbouring Amhara region. This follows armed clashes between Ethiopian Government troops and Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) forces in the area located north of Dessie and southeast of Lalibela. Tigrayan troops have claimed responsibility for the destruction of 23 Ethiopian divisions and Amhara Special Forces during the clashes. The security situation in the town and surrounding areas remains unstable.

 

GHANA – 29 AUG 2022

  • ACCRA – 29 AUG 2022 (16H00) UPDATE Members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association have suspended the intended protest action for today, 29 August 2022. This follows a meeting between Leaderships and the Council of State on Thursday, 25 August 2022. During the meeting, The Council of State Chairman, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, noted that they will address the Association’s issues. The issues include interest rate, exchange rate, and the increase of foreigners within the local trading space, among others. The committee will commence meetings today, 29 August 2022, to address the issues. (06H00) Protest expected by members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) in Accra today, 29 August 2022. GUTA President Joseph Obeng has stated that its members are expected to close all shops within Accra in protest against the high cost of living in the country. The Union is demanding that the Ghanaian Government addresses the rapid depreciation of the Cedi and the high inflation and interest rates in the country. Obeng has stated that the Association is inclined to engage in dialogue with the Government to establish amicable solutions to the current economic circumstances. Motorists are advised to avoid affected areas during the demonstration.

 

KENYA – 29 AUG 2022

  • KAKAMEGA – 28 AUG 2022 (21H40) The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that all preparations are in place for the Kakamega County Gubernatorial Election on Monday, 29 August 2022. Kakamega County’s estimated 844,551 registered voters are set to elect a Governor on 29 August 2022, following a previous postponement of elections by the IEBC. Western Regional Police Commander Peris Kimani has also stated that security has been increased following the deployment of a multi-agency team to patrol polling stations and ensure peaceful voting proceedings. The County has 12 Constituencies, 60 Wards and 1,685 polling stations.
  • MOMBASA – 29 AUG 2022 (06H00) Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i declared today, 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, 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 – 29 AUG 2022

  • MASERU – 29 AUG 2022 (14H20) The Lesotho Constitutional Court will, on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, deliver its rulings on two matters which include challenging the legality of the State of Emergency and King Letsie III’s decision to reconvene the Parliament ahead of the General Elections. This follows after Kananelo Boloetse challenged the legality of the State of emergency on Tuesday, 23 August 2022. Boloetse filed the papers as there had been no reason to call for a state of emergency in Lesotho, which included a war or a natural disaster. Additionally, the Deputy President of Lesotho’s Law Society, Lintle Tuke, filed papers at the Constitutional Courts arguing that King Letsi III did not have a legal mandate to reconvene the Parliament. The Parliament had been reconvened after Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro declared a state of emergency on 16 August 2022. King Letsie III recalled the Parliament on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, through a Government Gazette, for a six-day period to pass the 11th amendment to the Constitution Bill 2022 and National Assembly Electoral Amendment Act ahead of the 07 October 2022 General Elections. The ruling on both matters will be provided by Chief Justice Sakoane Sakoane and Justices Teliso Monapathi and Maliepollo Makhetha.

 

MADAGASCAR – 29 AUG 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 29 AUG 2022 (17H15) UPDATE French President Emmanuel Macron has received President Andry Rajoelina at the Palais de l’Elysée, Paris. Among the discussions to be held, the members will focus on the continuity of exchanges that commenced at the beginning of Andry Rajoelina’s presidential term on 19 January 2019. The members will discuss issues relating to ecology, energy transition, food security, and other sectors. (11H45) President Andry Rajoelina is expected to embark on a working visit to France today, 29 August 2022. Reports indicate that during Rajoelina’s visit, he is expected to meet President Emmanuel Macron. The two heads of State are expected to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

 

MALAWI – 29 AUG 2022

  • LILONGWE – 29 AUG 2022 (17H30) Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA) will host its 16th Annual General Assembly (AGA) from Tuesday, 30 August 2022, until Thursday, 01 September 2022, Blantyre. During the 16th AGA, the Minister of Local Government, Blessings Chinsinga, and others will deliver a keynote address. The AGA will be hosted under the theme Malawi 2063: The Role of Local Authorities in Mobilizing Resources and Partnerships for Urbanization and Industrialization. The AGA will provide an opportunity to increase the capacities of local authorities in the mobilisation of resources and partnerships to contribute toward urbanisation and industrialisation in accordance with the Malawi 2063 framework. During the 16th AGA, members will review the progress on decentralisation and fiscal devolution via the observation of key issues and accomplishments. Following this, the members will provide the Government with resolutions for attaining decentralisation at both political and fiscal levels.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 29 AUG 2022

  • MAPUTO – 29 AUG 2022 (06H05) Mozambique is scheduled to host the 57th edition of the Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Fair of Mozambique (FACIM) in Maputo today, 29 August 2022, until 04 September 2022. The Ministry of Industry and Commerce has noted that the fair will provide a platform for exchange and cooperation, including a series of activities such as exhibitions, seminars, promotion sessions and contact exchanges. The ministry’s Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX) has indicated that the fair will allow national and foreign business innovators to exchange and cooperate over the Financial Services and Insurance Exhibition Pavilion, including Exporter’s Pavilion and the Employment, Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation Fair, among other youth initiatives.

 

NIGERIA – 29 AUG 2022

  • KUJE – 29 AUG 2022 (06H30) Protest reported by prisoners at the Kuje Correctional Centre today, 29 August 2022. The prisoners are protesting against the poor medical treatment provided by the prison, among other issues. This followed after the death of an inmate at 06H30 who had been ill for several weeks. Additional reports indicated that the correctional services had not provided the inmate with the required medical treatment. During the protest, prisoners attempted to escape from the facility. However, the on-duty wardens have prevented the prisoners’ attempts to escape. The public is advised to remain vigilant in the area.
  • LAGOS – 28 AUG 2022 (19H30) Lagos Police Spokesperson Benjamin Hundeyin has announced the deployment of additional Police forces in the Mile 12 area of Lagos. This follows the death of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) member Sulaimon Lawal Onaolapo amid an ongoing conflict between rival gangs for control of motor parks in the Mile 12 area. Local reports indicate that a group of armed suspects, alleged to be members of a rival gang, assaulted and murdered Onaolapo on 28 August 2022. Onaolapo had reportedly been in charge of operations at the motor park located under the Mile 12 bridge. Spokesperson Hundeyin has stated that normalcy has since been restored, with additional Police officers on the ground to monitor and maintain stability.
  • ABUJA – 29 AUG 2022 (12H40) The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) announced that they had extended their industrial action until further notice. ASUU stated that they made this decision after a meeting with the National Executive Council (NEC), which took place today, 29 August 2022. ASUU noted that they did not reach an agreement with the Federal Government regarding their demands set. Therefore the industrial action continues.

 

RWANDA – 29 AUG 2022

  • KIGALI – 29 AUG 2022 (15H15) Rwanda has established an Rwf10 billion preparedness and response plan to prevent and respond to an outbreak of Monkeypox. This follows after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). On Monday, 22 August 2022, WHO reported 41,664 laboratory-confirmed cases, 192 probable cases and 12 deaths due to Monkeypox. However, no case has been confirmed by the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) in Rwanda. Rwanda will provide an assessment and prioritise districts and vulnerable people, provide compensation and package benefits for high-risk workers and offer training to medical staff, in addition to bimonthly refresher drills. The priority districts have been identified as Rubavu, Rutsiro, Karongi, Nyamasheke and Rusizi, which are close to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has confirmed various cases of Monkeypox in the State. Further, the RBC will, among other things, provide measures to increase public awareness of Monkeypox, establish Infection Prevention and Control Units (IPC), increase case tracking and allocate a 24/7 call centre for citizens’ inquiries about Monkeypox. Rwanda will collaborate with neighbouring countries to establish bilateral cross-border mechanisms for sharing surveillance data.

 

TANZANIA – 29 AUG 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 28 AUG 2022 (20H30) Acting Executive Director of Tanzania’s Investment Center (TIZ), John Mnali, announced that a Chinese investor Jack Feng invested $311 million in their ultra-modern float glass manufacturing factory in Mkiu Village, Mkuranga District. Mnali stated that when the project is completed, it will produce 700 tonnes of glass per day from the first line of production and 500 tonnes per day from the second line. Mnali further stated that the project is expected to stimulate other sectors since more than 80% of the raw materials will come from Tanzania.

 

ZAMBIA – 29 AUG 2022

  • LUSAKA – 29 AUG 2022 (16H30) Mambwe Town Council Secretary John Mwanza has requested the Permanent Secretary to cooperate with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Permanent Secretary to facilitate the approval of Constituency Development Fund projects submitted on 25 July 2022. Following the request, the Government demanded collaboration between town council authorities and departments under the Government to achieve the decentralisation process development agenda by 2024. District administrations and local authorities will ensure the planning of public infrastructure construction projects, include the installation of water, sanitation and electricity services. Rural areas are set to be provided with flushable toilets and remove the usage of pit latrines.

 

ZIMBABWE – 29 AUG 2022

  • NKAYI – 29 AUG 2022 (16H50) The public in the Nkayi area has raised concerns over the contracted construction companies’ capacity to repair the Nkayi-Bulawayo Road. The issues had been raised by the public on Saturday, 27 August 2022, during a brief meeting. During the meeting, the members reviewed and evaluated the Nkayi-Bulawayo Road construction. The issues raised by the public include, among others, the duration the Government has been utilising to complete the project. This followed as the construction for the 158-kilometres (km) road commenced in 1993 and had been set to conclude by 1999. SX Construction (Pvt) Ltd has been contracted by the Transport and Infrastructural Development Ministry to rehabilitate 14 km of the road under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme 2 (ERRP2).

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 29 AUG 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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