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20220902 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

September 2

ANGOLA – 02 SEP 2022

  • LUANDA – 02 SEP 2022 (08H45) Angola’s main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) Leader, Adalberto Costa Junior, has filed a case with the Constitutional Court to seek the annulment of the 24 August 2022 election in which the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) had been declared as the winner. This follows an address held by Junior noting that the opposition party had denounced the election’s final results from the national electoral commission. Junior seeks that the Constitutional Court and the commission review their vote count with the party’s vote tally, which has yet to be fully released. UNITA has decided to file a lawsuit after the commission dismissed its complaints on Tuesday, 30 August 2022. Meanwhile, the commission denied the opposition party’s claims and noted that the election was fair and transparent.
  • BELAS – 02 SEP 2022 (14H50) Peaceful protest reported at the TAAG offices by TAAG employees. The members are protesting due to the TAAG management that dismissed several employees. This follows after the TAAG management, in a media briefing, stated that the company is not conducting layoffs. The Angola Police (AP) is expected to deploy officers to monitor the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

BOTSWANA – 02 SEP 2022

  • GABORONE – 02 SEP 2022 (10H30) The Ministry of Agriculture has announced new measures following the foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Zone 6B in the North-East district. The Ministry has further revised the movement protocol due to an outbreak in Butale village and surrounding areas. In accordance, movement of cloven hoof animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and game is prohibited, including the animal’s fresh products, in Zones 6A, 6B, 3C-Maitengwe and Zone 7. The suspension of meat and other fresh animal products has been lifted, except in Zones 6A, 6B, 3C-Maitengwe and Zone 7. Coven hoof animals in other areas are allowed to be moved with a permit only for direct slaughter at licensed abattoirs and slaughter facilities. However, the export of cloven hoof animals and their fresh products remain suspended.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 02 SEP 2022

  • KINSHASA – 02 SEP 2022 (03H10) Congo Airways, the state-owned flag carrier airline of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has issued a press statement announcing that the airline is experiencing a shortage of kerosene. The announcement follows as several aviation companies in the DRC are experiencing disruptions to domestic and international flight schedules due to the kerosene supply shortage. Congo’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has also experienced several flight cancellations due to the kerosene shortage. Congo Airways has issued an apology to affected passengers, stating that efforts are being expedited to address the situation.
  • GOMA – 02 SEP 2022 (09H30) Aircraft accident reported approximately 13 kilometres (km) from Goma today, 02 September 2022. Reports indicate that United Nations Humanitarian Air Service owns the MIL-8AMT helicopter. However, the aircraft had been managed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). During the incident, three crew members had been injured. An emergency operations team has been deployed to assist the injured members. The team will establish investigations to ascertain the cause of the accident.

 

ESWATINI – 02 SEP 2022

  • MBABANE – 02 SEP 2022 (11H40) UPDATE Members of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) National Executive Council (NEC), alongside other Public Sector Unions (PSUs), are at the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) to deliver the petition to the management of MoET. Demonstrations are reported outside the MoET parking area. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. (06H00) 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.

 

ETHIOPIA- 02 SEP 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 01 SEP 2022 (22H30) The United States (US) has called on the Ethiopian Government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to immediately halt all Military operations and expedite efforts to reach a permanent cessation of hostilities. US Secretary Antony Blinken has stated that the US Government has raised concerns regarding the recent resumption of conflict and the effects of armed violence on members of the population in affected areas. This follows reports indicating that TPLF forces have recently captured a Senior Ethiopian Army Commander, identified as Colonel Mekuanint Desie, Commander of the Ethiopian National Defense Force’s (ENDFs) 11th Infantry Division. Further information indicates that the ENDF and its allied Amhara militia, known as the Fano, have mobilised forces to the southern border of Tigray, bordering the neighbouring Amhara State at the town of Kobo. The TPLF has also recently alleged that Eritrean artillery launched a barrage of shells while Ethiopian ground forces mobilised for an assault across the border targeting rebel forces. Unrest has also been reported in western Tigray in the border region with neighbouring Sudan. ENDF forces have reportedly since evacuated Kobo and Woldia. The security situation in the Tigray region and surrounding areas remain volatile.
  • SHEWA ROBIT – 02 SEP 2022 (11H15) The Communication bureau of Shewa Robit City, North Shewa Zone of the Amhara Regional State, Mayor Wubshet Ayalew, has been fatally shot on Thursday evening, 01 September 2022, by unidentified suspects outside his residence in Haimi. The bureau has noted that Ayalew had served the public in different institutions in the administration and the Shewa Robit City Administration. Investigations have been launched to determine the motive and apprehend the suspects.

 

GHANA – 02 SEP 2022

  • ACCRA – 01 SEP 2022 (20H50) Ghana’s telecommunications workers under the Telecom and IT Professionals Union (TIP) have called for indefinite strike action from Monday, 05 September 2022. The employees have announced the strike action following the employer’s decision not to renew about 100 contracts of members and executives of TIP. Additionally, the strike action has been called due to the workers’ poor conditions of services. The workers will withdraw their services when their employers agree to three non-negotiable demands. The workers are demanding an immediate recall of employees whose contracts have not been renewed due to being members of TIP, together with a golden handshake. TIP is also demanding a joint agreement and submission of a letter to the National Labour Commission (NLC) that refers to salary negotiations and pending items in the 2022 Collective Agreement. The public is advised to remain vigilant near telecommunication offices.
  • KASOA – 02 SEP 2022 (11H00) President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to embark on a two-day tour to the Central Region from today, 02 September 2022, until Saturday, 03 September 2022. President Akufo-Addo is expected to engage with traditional authorities and people of the region, commission projects, inspect ongoing ones and cut sods for new projects. President Akufo-Addo is also expected to be welcomed in Kasoa in the Awutu-Senya East constituency and hold a visit to the Nakak Palace and conduct an inspection of the Court Complex. President Akufo-Addo is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief of Awutu in Breku, inspect work on the Kasoa-Bawjiase road and commission the 1D1F Gas Cylinder Factory in Chochoe, as well as the 1D1F Lubricant Factory in the Gomoa East District at Fetteh and inspect the Agenda 111 Project in Gomoa Afransi in the Gomoa Central constituency.

 

KENYA – 02 SEP 2022

  • KAKAMEGA – 01 SEP 2022 (20H15) The United States (US) announced the restriction of movement for US Government personnel on Monday, 05 September 2022, ahead of the Courts verdict regarding the Presidential petition in Kisumu. The restriction of movement follows as violent protests are expected in addition to an increased Police presence in the State following the Court’s ruling. Additionally, the US embassy announced the restriction as Kisumu hosts various US embassy personnel and is a frequent travel destination for US citizens. The embassy has advised US members to, among other things, monitor local media, avoid crowds, remain vigilant in the area and review personal security plans.

 

LESOTHO – 02 SEP 2022

  • MASERU – 02 SEP 2022 (14H00) The Minister of Health, Mateboho Mosebekoa, has announced that the Ministry commenced preparations against the possible outbreak of Monkeypox in Lesotho. This follows after South Africa’s (SA’s) Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, confirmed SA’s fourth Monkeypox case, in the Western Cape, on 15 August 2022. The Health Ministry is developing response guidelines on Monkeypox and has set response teams established during the COVID-19 pandemic on standby. The preparations will include surveillance activities, case management and the preparation of laboratories for increased response times in the event of a suspected Monkeypox case. The Ministry is increasing awareness of Monkeypoxx via educational campaigns and will, through local media, provide the public with relevant information. The public is advised to remain vigilant and immediately report any Monkeypox symptoms at the nearest health facility.

 

MADAGASCAR – 02 SEP 2022

  • MANAKARA – 02 SEP 2022 (13H00) Malagasy soldiers of Andrigitra Security and Security Council in Ikongo District have apprehended five prisoners who escaped the Ikongo Prison on Monday, 29 August 2022, during a violent protest at the Ikongo barracks. According to sources, Police in Madagascar killed at least 14 people and injured 28 others during protest action by community members who had demanded the release of four kidnapping suspects who were arrested on Sunday, 28 August 2022, to deal with justice themselves. The escapees have been transferred to the local Ikongo Gendarmerie Prison to serve the remaining sentence.

 

MALAWI – 02 SEP 2022

  • LILONGWE – 01 SEP 2022 (19H15) The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has suspended the issuing and processing of licenses to construct fuel service stations from today, 01 September 2022. This follows as MERA is reviewing Fuel Service Station (FSS) construction regulations to undergo a study on the distribution and location of the stations. During the study, MERA will identify operating FSSs and approved sites for constructing FSSs and identify areas where FSSs are required. MERA will additionally develop a web-based Geographic Information System for future access, by relevant authorities, to the information. MERA is expected to increase the overall number of FSSs in the country from 328 to 561 FSSs. MERA is currently processing 167 applications for FSSs, and 66 are under construction. The study will provide developers with an outline of areas that require investments for needed FSSs.
  • BLANTYRE – 01 SEP 2022 (19H25) The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has announced a planned power outage on Friday, 02 September 2022. The power will be disrupted from 08H00 until 17H00 due to ongoing maintenance works in the Neno district. The affected areas include Neno mission, Neno Boma, Dambe, Nkhukuzalira, Kaponda, Kalion, Matandani, Nsambi, Kambale and Chiwale. Residents are advised that relevant updates will be issued as the situation progresses.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 02 SEP 2022

  • MAPUTO – 02 SEP 2022 (15H10) Mozambican Geologist, Antonio Pedro, has been elected as the acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Pedro’s appointment had taken effect from Thursday, 01 September 2022. Pedro has been appointed after Vera Songwe resigned following five years of service on 22 August 2022. Pedro is expected to continue promoting the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at national, subregional and continental levels, in addition to promoting public and private partnerships, among other things.

 

NIGERIA – 02 SEP 2022

  • OSOGBO – 02 SEP 2022 (15H30) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended Governorship candidate Dotun Babayemi. His suspension has been announced during a press briefing on Friday, 02 September 2022, at the Party’s secretariat, Osogbo. The suspension has followed due to a report that the PDP Ward Executive Committee (WEC) received from the Disciplinary Committee on 20 July 2022. The report had been provided due to petitions that party members filed against Babayemi over anti-party activities. Following a review of the report by the WEC, the members ratified and suspended Dotun Babayemi in accordance with the PDP’s Constitution.

 

RWANDA – 02 SEP 2022

  • KIGALI – 02 SEP 2022 (14H15) Rwanda and Uganda have agreed to restore the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) on 01 September 2022. The agreement has been made during the official two-day visit from Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jeje Odongo. During his visit, Odongo met with Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta to hold diplomatic and political consultations. The members discussed ways to communicate on security matters of both countries as one entity. The members stated that the following meeting of the JPC will convene before March 2023.

 

TANZANIA – 02 SEP 2022

  • DODOMA – 02 SEP 2022 (14H30) President Samia Suluhu Hassan has launched six development projects today, 02 September 2022, ahead of the Kizimkazi Day celebrations. The development projects have been launched during President Hassan’s official countrywide tour, in which she visited various areas in Tanzania. The development projects include a laboratory, funded by Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF), at the Kizimkazi Secondary School and an examination hall valued at TZS147 million. President Hassan additionally established a Kizimkazi Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (Saccos) and a Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) office at Miwaileni. President Hassan further launched Kizimkazi Police Station, funded by Levi funds, in Unguja North. President Samia Hassan is expected to observe Kizimkazi Day on Saturday, 03 September 2022.

 

ZAMBIA – 02 SEP 2022

  • LUSAKA – 02 SEP 2022 (02H40) Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema has announced that the Government has received $1,3 billion in financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). During a recent press briefing to disclose plans to improve the country’s socioeconomic development, President Hichilema pledged to improve the country’s financial situation after the IMF Executive Board approved the extended credit facility. This follows as recent Zambian Government debt data has indicated that the country accumulated $31,47 billion in debt by December 2021, of which $17,27 billion was external debt. The $1,3 billion assistance is aimed at expediting the country’s economy and restructuring its current debt crisis. The plan allows Zambia to immediately access $185 million. The framework for the assistance requires the Government to improve its public financial management. Hichilema has noted that efforts are underway to reduce domestic debt and inject funds into the economy. Zambia is also set to sign a legally non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the G-20 Bilateral Creditors’ Committee, which intends to assist countries in resolving their debt. Authorities are expected to complete discussions on the MoU by the end of 2022.
  • MPIKA – 02 SEP 2022 (10H30) The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed the arrest of the district registrar and former Council Chairperson for Mpika Boyd Banda and another. Banda has been arrested for allegedly altering a National Registration Card (NRC) utilised to file nominations during the 2016 General Elections. Banda allegedly assisted Christopher Mulenga in altering NRC number 162778/45/1 between July 2015 and May 2016 to file for Council Chairperson nominations during the 2016 General Elections. The suspects have been released on bail and are expected to appear before the Courts following the ACCs investigations.

 

ZIMBABWE – 02 SEP 2022

  • HARARE – 02 SEP 2022 (10H50) Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has arrived at the Harare Showgrounds for the official opening of the 112th Edition of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show. The Zimbabwe Agricultural Show is scheduled to be held from Monday, 29 August 2022, and end on Saturday, 03 September 2022, held under the theme of Unequalled Business Opportunities, Accessibility, Accountability and Abundance. President Masisi is accompanied by the First Lady, Neo Jane Masisi, Foreign Affairs Minister Lemogang Kwape, Agriculture Minister Fidelis Macdonald Molao and other senior Botswana Government Officials.
  • HARARE – 02 SEP 2022 (17H00) Zimbabwe and China have agreed on a capacity-building initiative and cooperation in the Civil Aviation sector. The agreement follows the 20-day capacity-building seminar in the aviation industry, currently being held in Harare. The improvement in the aviation sector has been made to increase traffic control, ground support equipment and air traffic management, among others. The cooperation between the countries includes the loan China has provided for expansion works on the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, set to be completed in 2023.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 02 SEP 2022

  • KENYA: The United States (US) announced the restriction of movement for US Government personnel on Monday, 05 September 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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