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20220908 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE
ANGOLA – 08 SEP 2022
- LUANDA – 08 SEP 2022 (07H15) The Constitutional Court (TC) of Angola has dismissed an appeal presented by the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola – Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE) regarding the results of the elections and maintained that the vote in the coalition had been insufficient to elect a deputy. The appeal has been considered in the plenary of judges and rejected by 9 of the 11 judges, with an out-vote of Judge Josefa Neto, which demonstrates the contrary position with the summary minutes concerning the insufficiency of votes for the attribution of mandates to CASA-CE. In the vote declaration, the judge stated that the National Electoral Commission (NEC) should publish the summary minutes to dispel all suspicions concerning the electoral process.
- SUMBE – 08 SEP 2022 (12H30) More than 360 delegates of the Social Renewal Party (PRS) list in Cuanza Sul have attempted to boycott the party’s provincial headquarters in demand of payment for the service provided during the 24 August 2022 general elections. This comes after the delegates held a demonstration in demand for their payment on 07 September 2022 and threatened to attack the party officials in the province, as well as file a criminal complaint. The Representative of the PRS list delegates, Vladimir da Silva, has stated that the party has promised to issue the payments and is awaiting for the organization’s headquarters to reopen. Meanwhile, the Municipal Secretary of the PRS in Sumbe, Joao Limas, stated that the first secretary of the party in the province, César Cahombo, is in Luanda with the aim of resolving the situation.
- LUANDA – 08 SEP 2022 (14H00) Angolan opposition parties have announced plans to convene a peaceful and orderly demonstration to express dissatisfaction with the irregularities and results of the 24 August 2022 General Elections. This follows as the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola – Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), Social Renewal Party (PRS), National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and Bloco Democrático have denounced anomalies in the administration of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) and its alleged failure to uphold the democratic framework of the electoral process. The parties have announced the formation of a Working Group to evaluate the framework and conditions for the organisation and convening of peaceful demonstrations against the results of the general elections. The demonstrations are expected to be held peacefully and orderly in coordination with law enforcement agencies. The Working Group is expected to present a report regarding the matter within the following 48 hours, whereafter discussions are set to be held with local civil society organisations.
BOTSWANA – 08 SEP 2022
- GABORONE – 08 SEP 2022 (10H00) Namibian President Hage Geingob is expected to arrive in Botswana today, 08 September 2022, to participate in the Inaugural Session of the Namibia-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC), which will take place on Friday, 09 September 2022, in Gaborone. This follows an invitation by the President of the Republic of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, to attend the high-level bilateral platform. Further, President Geingob stated that the BNC substituted the Joint Commission on Cooperation and the Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) between Namibia and Botswana. The BNC is set to review cooperation in a wide range of areas which includes diplomatic, legal, economic, social and defence and security, as well as exchange views on issues of mutual interest and concern at the regional and multilateral level. In addition to the BNC, as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika, President Geingob will hold consultations with the Executive Secretary of SADC to set the agenda for Namibia’s tenure.
DEM. REP. CONGO – 08 SEP 2022
- BANDUNDU – 07 SEP 2022 (20H30) The Kwilu Provincial Division of Humanitarian Affairs has announced that an estimated 584 displaced people from the Kwamouth territory are residing in deplorable conditions in Bandundu-Ville, the capital of Kwilu province. This follows as a result of recurring inter-communal conflict between the Teke and Yaka communities in Kwamouth. Local authorities have stated that the displaced people are housed with host families and in churches, while a large group of civilians are residing in the port of Bandundu under poor living conditions. Kwilu Provincial Humanitarian Affairs Minister Jérémie Bikele has stated that efforts are underway by the Government to provide food and non-food assistance to the displaced civilians.
- KINSHASA – 08 SEP 2022 (06H50) The National Union of Doctors (SYNAMED) have announced the decision to restrict additional medical health services to the public throughout the national territory following the Government’s failure to commit to an agreement of August 2021. The Deputy Secretary General of SYNAMED, John Senga, stated that the public hospitals will only be providing emergency services, resuscitation, intensive care as well as blood banks, especially in provinces plagued by insecurities. This announcement follows after a meeting held on 01 September 2022 in Kinshasa at the Hospitals Without Doctors. The doctors affiliated with SYNAMED also demand the application of the specific status of doctors and the Government’s honour of its commitments in relation to housing and transport during the budget year of 2022.
- KINSHASA – 08 SEP 2022 (07H30) The Government, through the Ministry of Hydrocarbons, has announced measures aimed at decreasing the risk of fuel shortages in Kinshasa and other parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Minister of Hydrocarbons, Didier Budimbu, has stated that the Government has decided to increase the distribution of TRANSCO passenger busses in an attempt to contain the fuel shortages. According to Budimbu, the city of Kinshasa consumes about 1100 cubic meters per day (m3/day) of gasoline. However, the quantity has increased to 660 m³/day. Meanwhile, Budimbu noted that a shipment of gasoline will be received by 14 September 2022.
- BUNAGANA – 08 SEP 2022 (15H00) Congolese Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula, has recently denounced the continued presence of March 23 Movement (M23) rebels in the North Kivu province. This follows reports indicating that the strategic town of Bunagana, located on the border with Uganda in North Kivu, remains seized by M23 rebels. The rebel group assumed administration of the town on 13 June 2022 following armed clashes with Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) troops. Local reports indicate that M23 rebels are controlling all entry and exit routes from Bunagana. Kinshasa recently accused Kigali of sponsoring the M23 movement, while Kigali accused Kinshasa of collaborating with Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) combatants. A meeting between Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame in July 2022 in Luanda, Angola, led to the establishment of a roadmap obliging M23 forces to immediately cease hostilities and withdraw from the occupied localities in the territory of Rutshuru, in North Kivu. However, the ceasefire had been rejected by the M23 group. Minister Lutundula has since demanded the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the M23 rebels from all occupied localities, the immediate and unconditional cessation of Rwandan Military interventions on Congolese territory and its support for M23 rebels, as well as the return of displaced persons to their respective towns.
ESWATINI – 08 SEP 2022
- NGWENYA – 08 SEP 2022 (12H40) UPDATE The demonstrators have presented the petition to the Ngwenya border management and have dispersed from the scene. Motorists have been advised to travel with caution. (11H45) Demonstrations are underway at the Parsons Transport Offices in Ngwenya. Members of the SWATCAWU are protesting at the Ngwenya border and will be presenting the petition to the management of the Parson Transportation Company. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (10H15) Protest expected by members of the Swaziland Drivers Forum and the Swaziland Transport Communication and Allied Workers Union (SWATCAWU) today, 08 September 2022, from 10H00, at the Parsons Transport Offices in Oshoek Depot. The demonstrators are scheduled to embark on a protest to deliver a petition to the management of the depot against the mismanagement of staff drivers, unlawful suspensions and lower paid salaries. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.
ETHIOPIA- 08 SEP 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 07 SEP 2022 (19H50) Ethiopian Ambassador to Korea Dessie Dalkie has called on the international community to increase awareness of the current situation in Ethiopia and expedite efforts for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. This follows the country’s Federal Forces have been engaged in conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in northern Ethiopia since November 2020. A ceasefire announced in March 2022 has since been dismissed after unrest resumed on 24 August 2022. The Ambassador has stated that the conflict is being initiated by TPLF forces opposing changes implemented by Ethiopia’s new leadership. Dalkie has further accused the TPLF of forcefully mobilising young people through the use of false propaganda and intimidation. Ambassador Dalkie, calling for support from the international community, has reiterated the Ethiopian Government’s commitment to a peaceful resolution and peaceful cooperation through the African Union (AU).
- ADDIS ABABA – 08 SEP 2022 (17H20) The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has issued a briefing regarding the current situation in Ethiopia. The OCHA statement notes that hostilities in the northern region of the country are ongoing. The armed unrest is reportedly impacting vulnerable groups and the delivery of humanitarian assistance. In several areas of the Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions, large groups of civilians are reportedly being displaced by the insecurity. Humanitarian convoy movements into the Tigray region have been halted since 23 August 2022, preventing the delivery of humanitarian supplies such as food and fertilizer for the agricultural season. Twice-weekly UN Humanitarian Air Service flights between Addis Ababa and Mekelle have also been halted since 25 August 2022. However, humanitarian partners recently visited a site hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Benishangul Gumuz region, western Ethiopia, delivering water, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as shelter and non-food items. The drought situation continues in eastern and southern Ethiopia, with more than 16 million people targeted for humanitarian assistance.
GHANA – 08 SEP 2022
- ACCRA – 08 SEP 2022 (10H50) The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has announced its decision to boycott all political programmes on Nhyira FM, a Kumasi-based radio station operating under the license of the Multimedia Group. The party has also called on the company to suspend its Morning Show Host, Nana Kwadwo Jantuah, pending investigations into bribery allegations against him. Jantuah is alleged to have received an amount of $2,000 and 2,000 cedis from the office of former President John Mahama to bid for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti region. During a press conference, the Ashanti Regional Communications Director of the NPP, Dennis Kwakwa, stated the recent pronouncement made by Jantuah was recently on air. The NPP also indicated that its members petitioned the local chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the National Media Commission (NMC) to intervene in the conduct of Jantuah.
KENYA – 08 SEP 2022
- MAGUTI – 07 SEP 2022 (20H25) Rachuonyo North sub-County Police Commander Lydia Parteiyie has announced the launch of an investigation into the deaths of two people at a local hotel in the Maguti village. Reports indicate that the deaths follow as a result of an attempted attack on a Ward Administrator in Homa Bay County. The deceased include a relative of the Wang’chieng’ Ward Administrator Felix Adoyo, identified as Evans Adoyo, and another unidentified person. Area Assistant Chief Wilson Were has stated that an unidentified armed suspect gained access to Felix’s room and assaulted Evans with a machete. In response to the attack, local residents in the area fatally assaulted the suspect during an act of vigilantism. Evans had been transported to the Kendu Adventist Hospital at Gendia, where he had been pronounced deceased upon arrival. The assailant’s body has been transported to the Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary. Parteiyie has stated that an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident is underway.
- NAIROBI – 08 SEP 2022 (08H45) Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, is expected to hold his valedictory ceremony at 11H00 today, 08 September 2022. Muturi has been the first Speaker to serve the National Assembly following the introduction of a bicameral Parliament, as provided by the 2010 Constitution. However, Muturi won the position after the second round of voting by Members of the National Assembly, winning former Speaker Kenneth Marende by 219 votes against 129 votes. Muturi is currently on the Assumption of office Committee as a co-opted member.
- NAIROBI – 08 SEP 2022 (14H20) Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has declared Tuesday, 13 September 2022, a public holiday. The date is expected to be observed as a public holiday nationwide due to the swearing-in of President-elect William Ruto and Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua. Preparations for Ruto’s inauguration as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya are underway, with the Assumption of Office Committee, which is tasked with facilitating the handover of the instruments of power to the incoming Government, having recently met to discuss the final arrangements of the transition plans.
LESOTHO – 08 SEP 2022
- SEHLABATHEBE – 08 SEP 2022 (17H00) Lesotho’s Energy and Meteorology Minister Mohapi Mohapinyane has announced that efforts are underway to construct a solar energy generation facility in the vicinity of Ha Mateketa. The project is expected to cost M90 million, with funding expected to be provided by the World Bank. The project will include an extension of the power line from the Mazenod substation to Sehlabathebe in Qacha’s Nek. Minister Mohapinyane has stated that the Ministry is in the process of searching for a consultant to assist in the procurement of a contractor to operate on the Mazenod to Sehlabathebe power line and electrical substations that will be constructed in Ha Mofoka, Ha Ramabanta, Semonkong and Ha Mpiti. The project follows as residents in the town of Semonkong and surrounding villages have been experiencing power supply interruptions for the preceding 22 years. Residents are reportedly undergoing daily loadshedding between 08H00 and 22H00 in the villages of Leteketa, Polateng, Khonyeli, Semonkoaneng, Lesala and Moahloli. Mohapinyane has noted that the project aims to address the significant power supply shortages in the affected villages.
MADAGASCAR – 08 SEP 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 07 SEP 2022 (19H40) The Malagasy Government has announced that India has donated 5,000 tonnes of food aid to Madagascar. The humanitarian assistance is expected to contribute to ongoing efforts to address food shortages in vulnerable communities across several regions of the country. The consignment has been handed over to the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, by the Ambassador of India to Madagascar, Shri Abhay Kumar, during an official ceremony at the Iavoloha Palace in Antananarivo today, 07 September 2022.
- ANTANANARIVO – 08 SEP 2022 (06H00) The Malagasy Police has announced new measures aimed at easing traffic congestion in Antananarivo from Ampitatafika to Anosizato between 06H00 to 16H00. According to the new measures, traffic will be diverted into a two-way road, with the inflow of vehicles travelling from Ampitatafika. In addition, the Ampasika Road will divert into a two-lane road for vehicles from Itaosy to Antananarivo, and on the Analamahitsy Road, the measures will be in place from 06H30 due to the congestion from Ilafy to Antananarivo. Further, vehicles travelling from Ambohitrarahaba to Analamahitsy will be diverted into a two-lane from 16H30. The National Police and Metro will be deployed throughout the city to divert traffic.
MALAWI – 08 SEP 2022
- BLANTYRE – 08 SEP 2022 (16H00) The Supreme Court of Appeal sitting in Blantyre has adjourned the hearing of the State’s application to maintain the High Court’s ruling referring to the Constitutional Court Joshua Chisa Mbele’s criminal defamation case to Thursday, 15 September 2022. This follows after Malawi Defence Force Commander General Vincent Nundwe instituted legal proceedings against Mbele for criminal defamation in relation to allegations that Nundwe received funds from businessman Zuneth Sattar through corrupt practices. Senior State Advocate Limbikani Msiska has stated that Justice of Appeal Ivy Kamanga has requested Mbele’s presence in court during the hearing of the State’s application.
- LILONGWE – 08 SEP 2022 (17H40) President Lazarus Chakwera has received letters of credence from the incoming Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, Ingrid Marie Mikelsen. The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe, formally opened in 1999, has maintained a reliable partnership with Malawi in the areas of health, food security, education, gender equality, arts, climate change and several others. The newly appointed Ambassador has reiterated the Government of Norway’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in the areas of education, health and eradicating corruption. Mikelsen replaces previous Ambassador Steinar Egil Hagen following the conclusion of his tenure.
MOZAMBIQUE – 08 SEP 2022
- MAPUTO – 08 SEP 2022 (06H35) Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has confirmed that attacks occurred in the Erati and Memba districts in the northern province of Nampula. This announcement follows after President Nyusi addressed the celebrations on Victory Day in the southern city of Xai-Xai, observing the 48th Anniversary of the agreement on Mozambican independence signed by the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) and the Portuguese Government on 07 September 1974. President Nyusi also stated that the insurgents had killed six people, abducted another three, and set several residences alight. President Nyusi has further assured that the Mozambican Defence and Security Forces, along with the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), will re-establish peace and security. President Nyusi added that a further 40 insurgents have surrendered to the authorities in the Cabo Delgado districts of Palma, Mocimboa da Praia and Nangade.
- MAPUTO – 08 SEP 2022 (13H50) The European Union (EU) Political and Security Committee has approved the provision of €15 million in support of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission to Mozambique (SAMIM). This follows the Council’s recent adoption of an assistance measure as a general programme for support to the African Union (AU) in 2022-2024 under the European Peace Facility (EPF). The agreed support is expected to provide the military component of SAMIM with collective equipment at the company level, including camp fortifications and storage containers, medical equipment, vehicles and technological devices. The EPF support is complementary to the ongoing assistance of €89 million to the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM), which provides equipment and supplies to Mozambican Military units trained by the EU Training Mission in Mozambique. The financial support is provided under the African Peace Facility with a focus on capacity building of Police, correctional services officers and dialogue with civic leaders aimed at promoting good governance and the rule of law.
- MAPUTO – 08 SEP 2022 (15H45) UPDATE European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has arrived in Maputo to commence a two-day visit to the country. Borrel is expected to meet with President Filipe Nyusi and deliver equipment in support of ongoing efforts against armed groups in the country’s northern Cabo Delgado region. Borrell is also expected to visit the EU Military Training Mission (EUTM Mozambique) at the Katembe Training Camp in the southern area of Maputo on Friday, 09 September 2022, to witness the handover ceremony of equipment financed by the European Peace Facility. On this occasion, Borrell is also scheduled to participate in the ceremony for the handover of command of EUTM Mozambique, with Brigadier-General Lemos Pires handing over to an officer from Portugal, Commodore Martins de Brito. The mission supports the training of Rapid Reaction Units of the Mozambique Armed Defence Forces, comprising 119 members from 12 countries. Borrell is scheduled to travel to Kenya on Saturday, 10 September 2022. (06H00) The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP), Josep Borrell, is expected to visit Mozambique today, 08 September 2022 and Friday, 09 September 2022, as part of a four-day mission to Africa. Borrell is scheduled to meet the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Veronica Macamo, and on Friday, Borrell will visit the EU military training mission in Mozambique (EUTM) in Catembe and participate in a ceremony to hand over military equipment, with the Director-General of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS).
NIGERIA – 08 SEP 2022
- ABUJA – 07 SEP 2022 (19H20) Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Lead Council Spokesperson Ifeanyi Ejiofor has announced that the case between IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu and the Federal Government is scheduled to be heard before the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. This is an adjustment from the previously set date of 11 October 2022. The appeal is challenging the remaining seven-count charge filed against the IPOB leader by the Federal Government. This follows after Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Sitting in Abuja had, on 28 June 2022, declined to grant bail to Kanu. Chief Mike Ozekhome had filed a second bail application requesting the Federal High Court to vacate its previous order directing that Kanu must be tried in absentia due to his inability to attend the trial. Kanu is requesting the Court to set aside the ruling on 28 March 2019, which issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
- ABUJA – 08 SEP 2022 (11H30) President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to embark on an official visit to the Imo State on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, to inaugurate several projects. The visit will be part of the Administration of Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of the State. The Media Aide of the Governor, Oguike Nwachukwu, stated that President Buhari will inaugurate two road projects and the reconstructed house of the assembly complex. Nwachukwu stated that the two road projects slated to be commissioned will include the 36-kilometre (km) on Owerri-Orlu Road and the first phase of the 53km Owerri-Okigwe Road. The assembly complex has been re-equipped and refurbished and supplied with additional office supplies.
- ABUJA – 08 SEP 2022 (18H00) Defence Headquarters Media Operations Director Major General Musa Danmadami has addressed the public during the bi-weekly media conference on recent Military operations across the country in Abuja today, 08 September 2022. Major General Danmadami has stated that Tactical Surveillance Troops have apprehended a wanted Boko Haram informant identified as Mamuda Usman in the Asokoro area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Danmadami has stated that the suspect is alleged to have been working for a suspected high-profile Boko Haram Commander in Kaduna. Usman has since been remanded in custody for further legal proceedings. Additionally, Danmadami noted that Operation Hadarin Daji troops in the North West zone continue to intensify offensives against terrorist activities with several rescue, clearance operations, ambushes, raids, and patrols. The operations recently led to the arrest and neutralisation of several terrorists and other criminal elements during land and air procedures in Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara states. Security forces have also neutralised a Boko Haram member, identified as Dan Nijar Bala, wanted for a series of kidnapping incidents and attacks in the Kurar Mota in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara. Troops have also recently apprehended a suspected Boko Haram arms distributor in Zamfara, recovering two AK47 rifles, eight magazines, 200 rounds of 7,62mm ammunition, and one Pontiac vehicle from the suspect. Danmadami has stated that all recovered items, apprehended suspects and rescued civilians have been handed over to the relevant authorities for further action.
RWANDA – 08 SEP 2022
- KIGALI – 07 SEP 2022 (19H00) President Paul Kagame has delivered keynote remarks at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) 2022 Summit held today, 07 September 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda. The Summit, held under the theme, Grow, Nourish and Reward – Bold Actions for Resilient Food systems, is being hosted in Kigali between 05 September 2022 and 09 September 2022. President Kagame also met with the Niger Republic President Mohamed Bazoum on the sidelines of the AGRF 2022 to discuss further efforts to strengthen mutually beneficial relations between the two countries. Kagame had also been accompanied by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Tanzanian Vice President Philip Mpango to discuss the transformation of food systems in Africa.
- KIGALI – 08 SEP 2022 (18H20) Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) Deputy Director General Emile Patrick Baganizi has announced that works on the execution of the stalled Rwf65 billion Base-Kidaho Road project are scheduled to be launched before 30 September 2022. Baganizi made the announcement during the agency’s appearance before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today, 08 September 2022, as part of the ongoing public hearing process related to findings contained in the Auditor General’s report of 2020/2021. Located in Northern Province, the 63-kilometre road project is expected to connect the districts of Rulindo and Burera. The project is expected to facilitate tourism and promote economic growth in the region. The agreement to construct the road was signed in 2018. However, the project has experienced a four-year delay due to various restrictions and disagreements with previous financiers. The Government of Rwanda has since obtained another financier to implement the project.
TANZANIA – 08 SEP 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 08 SEP 2022 (09H15) The East Africa Law Society, in collaboration with the Pan-African Legal Empowerment Initiatives and Reprieve United Kingdom (UK), is scheduled to convene a two-day stakeholders’ dialogue in Dar es Salaam on Friday, 09 September 2022, on recent developments in the application of death penalty in East Africa. The dialogue will enable stakeholders from Tanzania and Malawi to share concerns and knowledge regarding the death penalty, with a specific focus on an aspect of Tanzania’s laws, which is the mandatory death penalty. According to a statement released, the forum is in place following a decision made in November 2019 by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the mandatory death penalty and its reform in Malawi and other countries across the region.
- DAR ES SALAAM – 08 SEP 2022 (14H45) Tanzanian Energy Minister January Makamba has held a meeting with Shell Executive Vice President Cederic Cremers and Vice President John Crocker during an ongoing working visit in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This follows after Makamba recently travelled to the Netherlands to represent President Samia Suluhu Hassan at a Rotterdam meeting where African leaders debated methods of sourcing funds to assist in climate change adaptation. During the meeting, Minister Makamba reiterated Tanzania’s continued commitment to upholding the $40 billion Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project agreement. Makamba has vowed that all pending issues in the ongoing Host Government Agreement (HGA) between the Government, Shell and Norway’s Equinor be resolved by December 2022. The resolution of the HGA is expected to allow the implementation of the project to commence immediately. The project is set to involve the construction and processing of more than 47 trillion cubic feet (ft3) out of the 57,7 trillion ft3 of natural gas discovered in the Indian Ocean in the country’s Southern Regions. The Minister has noted that the project is also expected to increase the country’s revenue, generate employment opportunities and expedite economic and social development.
ZAMBIA – 08 SEP 2022
- LUSAKA – 07 SEP 2022 (20H00) President Hakainde Hichilema has announced the dismissal of Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development Permanent Secretary Sakwiba Musiwa with immediate effect. Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya has issued a statement noting that the President has terminated Musiwa’s contract pursuant to Articles 92(1), 92(2)(e) and 270 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia. Bwalya has stated that President Hichilema has appointed Mooya Lumamba to the position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development with immediate effect. The Head of State has further appointed Jonas Mulongoti as the Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Trade and Industry, as well as Himba Cheelo as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy. The appointments are with immediate effect. Hichilema has further transferred Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Chawe Chuulu to Cabinet Office as Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, in accordance with the provisions of Article 92(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia.
ZIMBABWE – 08 SEP 2022
- HARARE – 08 SEP 2022 (14H10) The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting has announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe, upon return from Kigali, Rwanda. During the Head of State’s recent official working visit to Rwanda, Mnangagwa attended the Presidential Summit Session of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). Held under the theme of Grow, Nourish, Reward-Bold Actions for Resilient Food Systems, the Summit aimed to discuss the establishment of sustainable and resilient food systems in the continent. The Summit had been attended by various stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 SEP 2022
- BOTSWANA: Botswana is expected to host the inaugural session of the Botswana-Namibia Bi-National Commission (BNC) on 09 September 2022 in Gaborone.
- GHANA: Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to officially launch the Regional Meeting of African National Commissions for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the Global Priority Africa Programme in Accra on Monday, 12 September 2022.
- NIGERIA: The case between IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu and the Federal Government is scheduled to be heard before the Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.
- NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to embark on an official visit to the Imo State on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, to inaugurate several projects.
- KENYA: President-elect William Ruto is scheduled to be sworn in on Tuesday, 13 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: The Senior Resident Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has set Friday, 16 September 2022, for the bail ruling of Chinese Susu on allegations of exploiting Malawian children.
- 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.
- ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia is scheduled to host the continental Africa for Africans Event at Meskel Square and Friendship Park in Addis Ababa between 21 October 2022 and 23 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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