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20220831 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 31 AUG 2022
- LUENA – 31 AUG 2022 (06H20) Delegates from the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) and National Patriotic Alliance (APN) have threatened to file a lawsuit against the political secretaries of the two party’s in Moxico in Court for alleged non-compliance with the payment of subsidies. The Provincial Directorates of the APN and FNLA have allegedly been accused of non-compliance with the payments of subsidies as delegates in the General Elections, which were held on 24 August 2022. According to a delegate of the APN, José Ribeiro, the delegates worked without any food subsidies and attempted to resolve the matter, but the local leaders were unavailable. However, the Acting Secretary of the APN in Moxico, Francisco Malitchi, stated that the situation will be resolved as soon as the party’s top official, who is in Luanda to resolve the situation, returns to Moxico.
BOTSWANA – 31 AUG 2022
- TOTENG – 31 AUG 2022 (12H20) Cobre Limited (CBE) has confirmed the vertical continuity of copper mineralisation at its Ngami copper project in Botswana. This will be the fifth diamond drill hole intersected copper mineralisation, based on visual estimates and portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) readings. The company stated that the latest intersection demonstrates the visible copper mineralisation continues vertically in the previous hole to more than 315 metres in depth. The company also stated that it has commenced infill drilling at 500 metres on either side of the hole, with a second drill rig due to arrive in two weeks. Managing Director, Martin Holland, has stated that the project has exploration potential.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 31 AUG 2022
- KINSHASA – 30 AUG 2022 (19H30) National Defence and Veterans Affairs Minister Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga, on behalf of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Government, has requested the United States (US) for emergency Military support for the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC). Kurhenga made the request during a recent meeting with a delegation from the US Embassy in Kinshasa. Kabanda has requested US support in the form of training of FARDC troops, as well as the deployment of special forces and logistical support. The Minister has also raised concerns regarding the deteriorating security situation in the DRC’s eastern region. The two parties have also held talks regarding the establishment of laws for the reform of military justice, with the aim of ensuring respect for human rights, international humanitarian law and the protection of civilians during military operations.
- KWAMOUTH – 31 AUG 2022 (10H00) The Governor of Mai-Ndombe, Rita Bola, has announced that three armed suspects involved in the conflict between the Teke and Yaka communities in Kwamouth territory have been arrested. Bola stated that the suspects had been transferred to the military prosecutor’s office in Kinshasa and stated that the security personnel will continue to launch operations to apprehend the suspects to ensure the safety of the population. Bola further stated that a barrier erected by the Teke group on the RN17 Road to block the road to the Yaka had been lifted by the Police.
ESWATINI – 31 AUG 2022
- MBABANE – 30 AUG 2022 (22H30) Protest expected at the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Mbabane on Friday, 02 September 2022. Members affiliated with the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) National Executive Council (NEC), alongside other Public Sector Unions (PSUs), are expected to deliver a petition against trade union bashing to MoET Minister Lady Howard-Mabuza and the Minister of the Public Service (MoPS), Mabulala Maseko. The protest action also aims to denounce the continued persecution of SNAT President Mbongwa Dlamini by the Government of eSwatini. Members of the public and motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area during the demonstration. Police are expected to be deployed to monitor the demonstration.
- MBABANE – 31 AUG 2022 (15H00) The Eswatini Energy Regulatory Authority has announced an adjustment to the fuel prices from Thursday, 01 September 2022, 00H00. The price of petrol unleaded premium (ULP) 95 has been decreased by E1.50 and is now valued at E21.75 per litre. Additionally, diesel’s price has decreased by 50 cents and will be E23.50 per litre. Further, the price of paraffin has decreased by 50 cents and will cost E19.65 per litre.
ETHIOPIA- 31 AUG 2022
- MEKELLE – 30 AUG 2022 (23H40) Drone attack reported in the vicinity of the Mekelle General Hospital in the Tigray region. Local reports indicate that three drone strikes targeting the neighbourhood in the area of the Mekelle General Hospital have been executed. Civilian casualties have been reported. Several injured individuals are being transported to the Ayder Hospital. The security situation in the area remains volatile.
GHANA – 31 AUG 2022
- ATIMPOKU – 31 AUG 2022 (14H40) The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has suspended the operations of the Shell Filling station, Adomi bridge. The operations at the filling station have been suspended for selling water-laced petroleum products to consumers. This follows after the NPA received complaints, in addition to circulating videos, on 29 August 2022, over contaminated fuel that had been purchased at the outlet. The NPA deployed a team to the outlet to verify the complaints. During the investigations, the NPA undertook a water content presence test to ascertain the water levels. The NPA has ordered the filling station to repair the vehicles damaged due to the water-laced product and compensate customers who purchased contaminated fuel. The NPA is expected to establish investigations in additional filling station outlets.
KENYA – 31 AUG 2022
- NAIROBI – 30 AUG 2022 (20H10) The Supreme Court has rejected three applications, including President-elect William Ruto’s request to bar the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) from being enjoined in the 2022 Presidential Election petition. The Court has also struck out a petition from former Gatundu South Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria and former Mbeere South MP Geoffrey King’ang’i, who previously filed a petition requesting the Court to discard Raila Odinga’s suit on allegations that he had been involved in election malpractice. Odinga’s petition, among eight others, is seeking to challenge the results of the 09 August 2022 election, during which Deputy President William Ruto had been declared President-elect with 50,49% of the votes. Additionally, the Court has rejected an application by the Agano party leader and presidential candidate David Mwaure to be enjoined in the case. An application to exclude individual Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioners from the petition has also been dismissed.
- NAIROBI – 30 AUG 2022 (21H15) Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has announced that they will not renew the contracts of nine companies facilitating electricity purchases. This follows as their contracts are due to expire on Wednesday, 31 August 2022. KPLC further noted that they will not be held liable for transactions made via the platforms from Thursday, 01 September 2022. KPLC has directed its prepaid customers to utilise the M-Pesa paybill 888880 to purchase electricity tokens. Postpaid customers can pay for their services using the M-Pesa paybill and bank accounts authorised by the KPLC.
- NAIROBI – 31 AUG 2022 (12H40) The Supreme Court of Kenya is currently holding the Presidential Election Petition hearing challenging William Ruto’s declaration as President-elect. The Court is expected to highlight nine issues during the hearing, which were considered by the parties in the Pre-Trial Conference on Tuesday, 30 August 2022. Seven Presidential Election Petitions have been assessed and will be merged with the lead petition no. EOO5, which Azimio La Umoja Party filed, Presidential candidate Raila Odinga and his running mate, Martha Karua. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will present its final ruling on 05 September 2022, following the Presidential election of William Ruto as the fifth President of Kenya and if the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted a free and fair exercise.
LESOTHO – 31 AUG 2022
- MASERU – 31 AUG 2022 (13H35) The Development Partners Consultative Forum (DPCF) has held its bimonthly meeting today, 31 August 2022, in Maseru. The meeting has been presided over by Prime Minister (PM) Moeketsi Majoro. During the meeting, members discussed the food insecurity in Lesotho, the upcoming elections and other topics. PM Majoro has confirmed the passing of the Omnibus Bill. The bill is awaiting a direct vote by the public on relevant acts that require the amendment. PM Majoro further confirmed that Lesotho will be holding General Elections on 07 October 2022 and that the Local Government Elections will be held in 2022.
MADAGASCAR – 31 AUG 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 31 AUG 2022 (06H15) The Municipal Council of Antananarivo has reiterated its ban on motorcycle taxis in the capital, Antananarivo. This follows after a second submission to review the ban on motorcycle taxis by the municipal council of the urban municipality of Antananarivo. The taxi-motorcycle associations held demonstrations on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, denouncing the decision by the councillors against the legalization of taxi transport services. Meanwhile, the municipal councillor and President of the taxi-city association, Clemence Raharinirina, welcomed the decision made by the councillors.
- ANTANANARIVO – 31 AUG 2022 (10H45) UPDATE Police are on the scene and are monitoring the situation. Reports indicate that the students are reportedly throwing stones at the Police on the scene. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. The situation remains volatile. (10H15) Protest reported at the Vontovorona University in Antananarivo. Students from the university have embarked on a protest in demand of their scholarship allowances from the Government. The students have barricaded the entrance to the campus with stones. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Police will be deployed to the scene.
MALAWI – 31 AUG 2022
- BLANTYRE – 31 AUG 2022 (10H35) Protest expected by members of the Free Musa movement in Blantyre on 15 September 2022. The movement will be leading a march to call for justice for John Mussa. Demonstrators are expected to gather at the Nyambadwe Ground at 08H00 and march from Ndirande to the Kamuzu Stadium by 10H00. Thereafter, the demonstrators will be marching to the High Court in Blantyre to present a petition against the selective justice ruled out by authorities at 10H30. Meanwhile, the Centre for Human Rights Education Advice and Assistance announced that the High Court in Blantyre will deliver a judgment reviewing Mussa’s case on Thursday, 01 September 2022. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police will be deployed to the scene.
- BLANTYRE – 31 AUG 2022 (17H50) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has announced a planned power outage on Sunday, 04 September 2022. The power will be disrupted due to maintenance works on the 132 kilovolt (kV) Dwangwa to Chitheche and 66kV Nkhotakota overhead lines. The power will be disrupted from 07H00 until 17H00. The affected areas include Mtunthama, Kamazu Academy, Kasungu, Shayona, Nkhamenya, Maloma and other areas. Escom further noted that the Karonga and Chitipa are also expected to be affected. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued as the situation progresses.
MOZAMBIQUE – 31 AUG 2022
- MAPUTO – 31 AUG 2022 (17H05) The Chinese company Dingsheng Minerals will finance the construction of a new port near Chongoene. The value and deadlines for the construction have not yet been made public. This follows as Dingsheng Minerals is awaiting approval from the environmental impact studies to commence construction. The port will facilitate the exportation of mining products from the region. The products include sand processed by Dingsheng Minerals, as they have the capacity to produce 10,000 tons of sand daily. The agreement with Dingsheng Minerals will run for 25 years, in which the company is expected to extract one million tons of ilmenite.
NIGERIA – 31 AUG 2022
- ABUJA – 31 AUG 2022 (03H00) The National Universities Commission (NUC) is scheduled to hold a meeting with Education Minister Adamu Adamu and university Pro-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors regarding the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on 06 September 2022. NUC Executive Secretary Abubakar Rasheed has stated that the Commission has invited Pro-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors to meet with Minister Adamu to discuss amicable solutions to the strike action. This follows after the ASUU resolved to embark on a comprehensive and indefinite strike following the conclusion of an ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) discussion on 29 August 2022. The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
- KANO – 31 AUG 2022 (11H00) The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that one person died and seven others were injured following a collapsed building within the GSM market along Beirut Road. NEMA’s Kano Territorial Coordinator, Nuradeen Abdullahi, stated that the building had collapsed on Tuesday, 30 August 2022, at about 15H00. Abdullahi stated that the building collapsed while additional construction of stairs was still ongoing. Abdullahi stated that search and rescue operations were still ongoing. Meanwhile, the Kano State Government has suspended the swearing-in ceremony of commissioners-designate earlier scheduled for today, 31 August 2022.
RWANDA – 31 AUG 2022
- KIGALI – 31 AUG 2022 (01H30) The Ministry of Infrastructure has announced that Rwanda is scheduled to host the Aviation Africa Summit and Exhibition event and the Salon Mondial des Infrastructures Equipment et Services Aéroportuaires (SMIESA) Event 2022 at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre from 12 September 2022 until 13 September 2022. These events are set to be attended by international and regional Government officials, aviation authorities, regulators, policymakers, manufacturers and exhibitors. The Aviation Africa summit and Exhibition 2022 is expected to focus on revival and recovery strategies, including discussions regarding maintenance, sustainability, technology and safety.
TANZANIA – 31 AUG 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 31 AUG 2022 (15H50) The Government has announced that they will launch a third round of polio vaccination campaign through the Ministry of Health on Thursday, 01 September 2022. The campaign has been established to prevent the spread of the virus. This follows the World Health Organisation (WHO) directive that, in the event of a Polio outbreak, the country and neighbouring countries are required to provide Polio vaccinations to children under five for four consecutive rounds. The third round is set to target 12,386,854 minors five and under. The campaign will run for four days and end on 04 September 2022.
- DODOMA – 31 AUG 2022 (17H30) The Government has announced an increase in the budget for the maintenance of power infrastructures today, 31 August 2022. The Ministry of Energy announced the increase when it presented the implementation report of the Parliament’s recommendations to the Parliamentary committee on Energy and Minerals. The budget has been increased from TZS197.61 million in 2021/2022 to TZS211.56 billion in the current fiscal year. The increase has been provided to establish a reliable power supply in Tanzania and ensure that infrastructure maintenance is completed on time. The Government has also reserved TZS500 billion to increase the capacity of the national grid by constructing 3,930 kilometres (km) of power transmission lines, 62 power stations and 2,572 km of power distribution lines.
ZAMBIA – 31 AUG 2022
- LUSAKA – 30 AUG 2022 (20H20) The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed the arrest of a Zambian Airforce (ZAF) Warrant officer and his wife for being in possession of properties suspected to be proceeds of criminal activities. The suspects have been charged with seven counts of possession and concealment of property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime involving K7,720,000. The ACC has arrested the suspects after investigations revealed that between 01 January 2020 and 31 December 2021, Siyunda allegedly obtained six residential houses, which he concealed by registering the houses in his wife’s name. The suspects have been released on bail and are expected to appear before the Court following the ACCs’ investigations.
- NDOLA – 31 AUG 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by employees of the Indeni Petroleum Refinery in Ndola today, 31 August 2022. Reports indicate that the employees are expected to protest due to unpaid redundancy packages. The employees have threatened to embark on a strike if the Government do not pay them their benefits by 30 August 2022. The employees have also accused Indeni management and their national union leadership of not being proactive in solving the matter. The management has been made aware of the issue.
- KITWE – 31 AUG 2022 (13H05) Peaceful protest reported by AAC mining workers at the AAC head office, Kitwe. Reports indicate that about 300 mining employees have downed their tools to protest against their unpaid salaries. The employees have stated that their salaries have not been paid for a three-month period. The Police are expected to deploy officers to monitor the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- NDOLA – 31 AUG 2022 (14H10) Political rally reported led by United Party for National Development (UPND) National Youth Chairman, Gilbert Liswaniso, in the Toka ward, Ndola. Various youth leaders and UPND supporters are accompanying Chairman Liswaniso. The members are marching to increase the overall support for UPND’s Parliamentary candidate, Bernard Kanengo, ahead of the 15 September 2022 by-elections. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
ZIMBABWE – 31 AUG 2022
- HARARE – 31 AUG 2022 (16H25) Invictus Energy has raised $17.2 million, via the sale of stock shares, for the initial drilling campaign in Zimbabwe. The funding will be utilised to fund the Mukuyu-1 well drilling programme, test the central fairway play, and Baobab-1. Invictus Energy management stated that the Mukuyu-1 well drilling will be valued at about A$10 million and Baobab-1 at A$13.5 million. Mukuyu-1 is set to commence operations in September 2022 and provide an estimated 845 million barrels of gas condensate following the mobilisation of Exalo Rig 202 to the site. Invictus Energy has commenced civil works at the Baobab-1 site to ensure drilling will follow immediately following the completion of Mukuyu-1. Drilling at the Baobab-1 site will take approximately four weeks.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 31 AUG 2022
- BOTSWANA: President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi will undertake a State visit to Zimbabwe from 01 September 2022 until 03 September 2022.
- ESWATINI: Protest expected at the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) in Mbabane on Friday, 02 August 2022.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
- NIGERIA: The National Universities Commission (NUC) is scheduled to hold a meeting with Education Minister Adamu Adamu and university Pro-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors regarding the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on 06 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: Protest expected by members of the Free Musa movement in Blantyre on 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.
- NIGERIA: Delta Airlines announced that it will suspend flight operations from Lagos to New York from 04 October 2022.
- 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.
- ZIMBABWE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to attend the 27th session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt from 07 November 2022 until 08 November 2022, following an invitation by his counterpart President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
- ETHIOPIA: The African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification is expected to start on 20 November 2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
- 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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