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20220920 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

September 20

ANGOLA – 20 SEP 2022

  • LUANDA – 20 SEP 2022 (12H00) The National Security Council held a session led by the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Angolan Armed Forces, Joao Lourenco, at the Presidential Palace in Luanda on Monday, 19 September 2022. During discussions, President Lourenco consulted the council over the regulations of the matters relating to the conduct of national security policy and strategy. This follows after the Ministers of State and Ministers were sworn-in in the Noble Hall of the Presidential Palace.

 

BOTSWANA – 20 SEP 2022

  • GABORONE – 19 SEP 2022 (19H45) The Government has commenced an emergency vaccination campaign in the northeast region of the State. This follows after health officials identified Foot-and-Mouth Disease in eight villages. The disease has been identified in eight agricultural Zone 6b villages, including Jackalas 1, Ramokgwebana, Tsamaya, Tshesebe, Butale, Senyawe, Siviya and Mabuzane. The Assistant Agriculture Minister, Molebatsi Molebatsi, has confirmed that 9,606 cattle have been vaccinated of the intended 19,000. The Government has declared a containment zone in the affected villages, and local farmers have been requested to quarantine their cattle for 30 days. The movement and slaughter restrictions for the affected areas will additionally apply to zones 3c, 6a and 7. The exportation of livestock has also been suspended until traders agree to the export protocols. Investigations are ongoing to determine whether additional livestock has been affected and to what area the disease has spread.

 

DEM. REP. CONGO – 20 SEP 2022

  • KINSHASA – 20 SEP 2022 (02H10) The Parliamentary Defence Committee has confirmed the withdrawal of a contingent of 250 Ukrainian troops deployed under the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) from the country. The contingent has been withdrawn to return to Ukraine to assist in efforts against invading Russian troops amid the ongoing conflict between the two countries. This follows after the withdrawal of Ukraine’s aviation unit had been announced in March 2022, raising concerns regarding a shortage of helicopters in the MONUSCO Mission. Aerial observation is essential in efforts against the various armed rebel groups active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The eight Ukrainian helicopters comprised a third of the UN fleet. The announcement also follows widespread criticism levelled against the UN mission in the DRC by civilian populations accusing soldiers of failing to restore peace and stability in the eastern region. In July 2022, 36 people, including four UN peacekeepers, sustained fatal injuries during violent demonstrations against MONUSCO’s presence in the country.
  • LUBUMBASHI – 20 SEP 2022 (07H15) The former President of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), Daniel Ngoy Mulunda Nyanga, has been released from Kasapa prison on Monday morning, 19 September 2022. This follows after the Court of Cassation granted a provisional release with a payment of a deposit of two million Congolese francs, according to Nyanga’s lawyer, Maitre Jean Mbuyu. Nyanga had been sentenced by the Lubumbashi-Kamalondo Peace Court to three years of penal servitude, with payment of FC500,000 Congolese francs as a fine, a conviction which had taken place in the absence of the defence. Nyanga was arrested for incitement to hatred, false rumours and undermining state security in January 2021.
  • LUBUMBASHI – 20 SEP 2022 (16H30) Fire reported in the Kenya community, Lubumbashi, today, 20 September 2022. The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed. Several trucks with various goods have been set alight. The fire is expected to spread due to its size and the increased wind speeds in the area. Emergency services are expected to deploy officers to extinguish the fire. Emergency service officers will launch investigations to ascertain the cause of the fire. The public and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

 

ESWATINI – 20 SEP 2022

  • BUHLENI – 20 SEP 2022 (11H55) UPDATE Protest reported by various community members of Buhleni. People from textile companies in the vicinity have joined the protest. The members are marching towards the Buhleni Police Station. Motorists have been advised to remove all vehicles in the Buhleni Bus Rank area. Police are on scene and monitoring the demonstrations. (09H30) Protest expected today, 20 September 2022, from 10H00 by the community of Buhleni. Various political groups, including the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) led by the National Organising Secretary Penuel Malinga and Economic Freedom Fighters of Swaziland (EFFSWA) Women’s Command in Buhleni, are expected to lead a demonstration against the killing of Tandzile Nkambule and several other community members. The demonstrators will be marching to the Buhleni Police Station to deliver a petition against Police brutality in eSwatini and gender-based violence. Motorists are advised to avoid all affected areas. Police are aware of the planned protest.
  • MANKAYANE – 20 SEP 2022 (12H20) UPDATE Students from the Sphumelele Community High School have petitioned the school administration and the Ministry of Education over the lack of food and teachers and demanded a dialogue with the Ministry of Education and Training. The students have further urged the ministry to respond to their demands by Wednesday, 21 September 2022. (11H00) Protest reported at the Sphumelele Community High School in Mankayane. The students have embarked on a protest in demand for additional employment of educators, food supply and dialogue with the Ministry of Education. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the area.

 

ETHIOPIA- 20 SEP 2022

  • ADDIS ABABA – 20 SEP 2022 (15H25) Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Spokesperson Getachew Reda has announced that Eritreans are fighting alongside Ethiopian government forces and allied militia. This follows after Eritrean forces assisted by Ethiopian federal forces, including commando units and the allied militia, attacked the Northern Tigray region of Ethiopia. The attack followed after Britain, and Canada issued travel advisories between 12 September 2022 and 16 September 2022 to their citizens in Eritrea as authorities called up citizens to report for military duty. The fighting resumed between the TPLF rebels and the Ethiopian Government in August 2022. Tigray is still disconnected from other countries due to the disconnection of communication and banking services, among others.
  • ADDIS ABABA – 20 SEP 2022 (17H55) Ethiopian Airlines will increase the frequency of its flights on 30 October 2022. The airline will increase its flights from three to four times a week. The airline will thus operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The flights from Manchester will further be operated from Geneva to allow the airline to transport passengers in the sector. Airline passengers will continue toward Addis Ababa Bole International Airport to be redirected to about 62 destinations in Africa. Additionally, flights operating via Geneva will provide passengers from Manchester transport to Switzerland. The airline will be utilising a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The increased flight frequency is expected to increase the tourism sector of Geneva and Manchester.

 

GHANA – 20 SEP 2022

  • ACCRA – 20 SEP 2022 (05H40) UPDATE Nation Builders Corps Trainees Association of Ghana (NABTAG) has suspended the protest. This follows after the Ghana Police Services’ (GPS) disapproval of the intended destination for their demonstrations, the Jubilee House. NABCO National President, Dennis Opoku Katakyie, will hold meetings with the Police ahead of further protest actions. President Katakyie will issue relevant updates as the situation progresses. (05H40) Protest expected at the Jubilee House in Accra today, 20 September 2022. Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) employees are expected to picket outside the Jubilee House against the Government’s alleged failure to disburse their salary arrears. National President of the Association, Dennis Opoku Katakyie, has stated that the employees are expected to converge at the forecourt of TV3 Network Limited and march to the frontal area of Jubilee House via Presidential Drive. Police are expected to be deployed in the area to monitor the picket. Motorists are advised of possible ground travel disruptions expected during the demonstration.

 

KENYA – 20 SEP 2022

  • NAIROBI – 19 SEP 2022 (19H05) The KCB Group invested approximately Sh120 billion to assist various companies in importing fuel on 19 September 2022. The investment had been made after President-elect William Ruto, on 13 September 2022, discontinued the fuel subsidy programme following his swearing-in ceremony. President Ruto discontinued the programme stating that the programme had been prone to abuse. The investment will facilitate oil importations into Kenya by financing oil firms under the KCB Group. The investment will additionally provide companies access to multinational suppliers for the importation and distribution of oil across Kenya and various East African countries. However, for oil firms to access the Sh120 billion, they will be required to have acquired business under the Open Tender System (OTS) through the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining.
  • NAIROBI – 20 SEP 2022 (07H50) President William Ruto is scheduled to deliver his inaugural address at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States, on Wednesday, 21 September 2022. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Ruto will also hold bilateral discussions with several Heads of State and Government during the four-day meeting in New York. The ministry has noted that participation is necessary as the country seeks to complete the second year of its non-permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council. President Ruto will lead Kenya’s quest to harness relations with the United States of America, guided by the five pillars of bilateral strategic dialogue partnership. President Ruto will also attend a working session with senior representatives of the American businesses, during which he will urge increased trade and investment between the two countries. The ministry also indicated that President Ruto will also seize the opportunity to engage other select World leaders on priority areas of bilateral relations. Further, in his capacity as Coordinator, President Ruto will also chair a meeting of the Conference of African Heads of State on Climate Crisis (CAHOSCC).
  • NAIVASHA – 20 SEP 2022 (08H15) The Senate is set to begin a five-day induction retreat in Naivasha from Wednesday, 21 September 2022. This comes after the Senators were sworn in on 09 September 2022 following the General elections on 09 August 2022. During their inaugural sitting, the 68 lawmakers elected former Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi as the third Speaker of the Senate to be deputised by Meru Senator Murungi Kathuri from the Kenya Kwanza coalition party. The Senators will be taken through the legislative agenda, the relationship with constitutional commissions and independent offices and matters of national security. The Senators will also have a plenary discussion on media relations and public awareness to be moderated by former journalist and Kitui county senator Enoch Wambua.

 

LESOTHO – 20 SEP 2022

  • MASERU – 20 SEP 2022 (10H45) The African Parliamentary Press Network (APPN) Lesotho Caucus has welcomed the newly elected APPN Steering Committee. This comes as the APPN-Lesotho elected a new steering committee on Thursday, 15 September 2022, in Maseru. The caucus has elected Thoboloko Ntsonyane as the Dean replacing Nkoale Oetsi Tsoana, while other incoming steering committee members are Pinki Moletsane as the Secretary, the General Organizer, Thapelo Mabote, Dean of the Press Corps, Neo Mokatsa and ‘Mamosalla Ramosalla has been elected as the Representative of the Public Affairs. Ntsonyane urged the caucus to amplify the activities of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and reiterated the need for the Government of Lesotho to sign and ratify the Malabo protocol, a move that will enable the platform to address transnational crimes.

 

MADAGASCAR – 20 SEP 2022

  • ANTANANARIVO – 20 SEP 2022 (11H15) A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Frederic Lambert is in Madagascar to hold a meeting with the Malagasy authorities in preparation for the third review of the Facilitated Credit Facility Programme (FEC) and the Initial Finance Act 2023. In a statement released by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), discussions will focus on the Madagascar Emergency Plan (PEM) between the delegation of the Bretton Woods institution and the administration of Minister Rindra Hasimbelo Rabarinir Inarison. The IMF Resident Representative Mokhtar Benlamine has noted that reforms following the completion of the second FEC review will be prioritized in the energy sector, namely the implementation of an automatic price adjustment mechanism and the acceleration of the performance of accompanying measures for the population impacted. The IMF delegation will also meet with technicians at the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbon, the Ministry of Population, the Ministry of Water, and the Jirama, the Malagasy Hydrocarbons Office (OMH) from the Bank central of Madagascar.

 

MALAWI – 20 SEP 2022

  • LILONGWE – 20 SEP 2022 (14H45) The Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has requested the immediate return of President Lazarus Chakwera to Malawi from his visit to the United States (US) on 20 September 2022. CDEDI has requested President Chakwera’s return due to the shortage of narcotics and medical supplies in Malawi. CDEDI additionally requested the return of Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda and Principal Secretary for Health Charles Mwansambo. The shortage is expected to have followed due to the forex issue in Malawi.

 

MOZAMBIQUE – 20 SEP 2022

  • BEIRA – 19 SEP 2022 (23H00) Cornelder de Moçambique has announced that efforts are underway to increase the container handling capacity at the Port of Beira in Mozambique’s Sofala province. The concessionaire aims to increase the port’s handling capacity from 300,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per annum to 700,000 TEUs per annum. This follows recently undertaken equipment modernisation and port expansion works at the port. Cornelder de Moçambique Deputy Administrator Antonio Libombo has stated that efforts are underway to expand the holding areas in order to improve container storage capacity and facilitate access. Libombo has also noted that the expansion aims to address developments in regional demand. The port serves several markets in Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Malawi, handling approximately 278,000 containers in 2021.

 

NIGERIA – 20 SEP 2022

  • IKORODU – 19 SEP 2022 (20H25) The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) confirmed the arrest of various narcotics leaders on Monday, 19 September 2022. The arrests have been made during a two-day intelligence-driven investigation by NDLEA and the American Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA). The operatives arrested the members on Sunday, 18 September 2022, at a warehouse located at NO. 6 Olukuola Crescent, Solebo Estate, Ikorodu. During the operation, the operatives confiscated 1.8 tons of illicit narcotics valued at approximately $278,250,00. The leaders of the narcotics group include a warehouse manager, Messrs Soji Jibril, Emmanuel Chukwu, Wasiu Akinade and others. Investigations are ongoing to apprehend additional suspects in the narcotics group.
  • ABUJA – 19 SEP 2022 (21H00) The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning advising communities residing in flood-prone areas in Adamawa, Taraba, Benue and other frontline states to relocate to higher ground. This follows recent torrential rainfall experienced in frontline states. Other frontline states include Niger, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Anambra, Cross River, Rivers and Bayelsa. The warning follows the deaths of 14 people in seven local areas. Lagdo dam operators in the Republic of Cameroon have also launched a process to release excess water from its reservoir. NEMA Director-General Mustapha Ahmed stated that several other states are also expected to record heavy floods due to predicted above-normal rains, exacerbated by the overflow of water from rivers in Niger and Benue. Ahmed has advised civilians to accumulate food and non-food items, potable water, hygiene, safety and security in preparation.
  • EMUOHA – 20 SEP 2022 (09H00) The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Rivers State has threatened to protest over the deteriorated roads and attacks on the Emohua to Kalabari axis of the State. The civil organisation has further condemned the attack and abduction of several passengers on the Emohua to Kalabari axis on Sunday, 18 September 2022. The Chairman of the coalition and Executive Director, Foundation for Leadership and Citizens Development (FLCD), Enefaa Georgewill, stated that the attack continued due to the Government’s failure to repair dilapidated roads, especially in the three Kalabari local councils. Enefaa threatened to mobilise its affiliates to protest on the road until the Government adheres to their calls.
  • LAGOS – 20 SEP 2022 (13H30) UPDATE The students affiliated with NANS have suspended the protest action. This follows a brief meeting between the Lagos NANS Chairman Olusesi Tolulope and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila today, 20 September 2022. During the meeting, Speaker Gbajabiamila announced that he will meet with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders regarding the ongoing protests. Motorists are advised to still remain vigilant in the area. (09H40) Protest expected by students affiliated with the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) today, 20 September 2022, at the Apapa seaport in Lagos. The students will be protesting against the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). NANS South West Coordinator, Adegboye Olatunji, stated that the students have vowed to protest until classes have resumed in the country. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant and avoid affected areas. Police will be deployed to the scene.

 

RWANDA – 20 SEP 2022

  • KIGALI – 20 SEP 2022 (12H00) The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court will today hear, 20 September 2022, the trial of the Director-General of Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) Felix Nshimyumurenyi and co-accused Emile Alexis Mugisha. The members are appearing before the courts as the presiding Judge on 15 March 2022, stated that there are reasonable grounds that they committed the corruption. Mugisha additionally admitted to his role as an intermediary to the crime. However, Nshimyumuremyi has denied the charges and alleges that Mugusha utilised his name to solicit a bribe. Mugisha requested 3% of the Rwf240 million project as a bribe. Mugisha had been arrested on 24 February 2022 with $10,900, and the Police apprehended Nshyimyumuremyi on 25 February 2022. The arrests followed after a case had been filed at the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) by the Director of Operations See Far Ltd, Eric Salongo Kalisa. Kalisa had been offered a bribe to benefit from a Government subsidy for an affordable housing project. The Kabeza Model Village project had been expected to construct 556 houses. However, only 52 houses have been constructed.

 

TANZANIA – 20 SEP 2022

  • DAR ES SALAAM – 20 SEP 2022 (03H10) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to depart the country to travel to Mozambique on Wednesday, 21 September 2022. The Tanzanian Head of State is expected to visit the Maputo Gas-Fired Combined Cycle Power Plant (CTM) during the visit. Additionally, the President is expected to meet Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Carlos Zacarias and Mozambique Electricity (EDM) Board of Directors Chairperson Marcelino Gildo Alberto.

 

ZAMBIA – 20 SEP 2022

  • LUSAKA – 20 SEP 2022 (16H40) The Minister of Transport and Logistics, Frank Museba Tayali, has elected new members to the Zambia Airports Corporation Limited Board of Directors today, 20 September 2022, at the Pamodzi Hotel. Minister Tayali elected Zevyanji Sinkala as the Chairman of the board in addition to Mulele Maketo Mulele, Irene Tembo, Maggie Kaunda and Frank Munthali as board members. The board has been ordered to equip all Provincial airports with terminals and firefighting facilities. Additionally, the board is required to have the airports’ runways tarred by 2023 and additional amenities completed by 2027. However, the Kasama Airports is required to be completed by December 2022. The board has been advised to obtain the title deeds for all airports in Zambia.

 

ZIMBABWE – 20 SEP 2022

  • HARARE – 19 SEP 2022 (21H00) Government contractors are contesting a recent decision by Zimbabwe’s Treasury to halt payments on allegations of overcharging for goods and services. Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube has stated that suppliers are alleging breach of contracts. However, the Minister has noted that the contracts are invalid as an incorrect exchange rate is being used for billing the Government. Ncube has accused suppliers of forward-pricing and using an exchange rate of 2,000 Zimbabwe Dollars per United States (US) Dollar, representing more than three times the official rate. The Treasury has reportedly disbursed Z$184 billion during the preceding six weeks for services provided to Government.
  • HARARE – 19 SEP 2022 (22H10) The Ministry of Information has announced that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has departed the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare to travel to New York, United States (US). During the visit, Mnangagwa is expected to attend the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77), being held in the US from 13 September 2022, with the first day of the high-level General Debate expected to commence on 20 September 2022.
  • BEITBRIDGE – 20 SEP 2022 (14H25) Service disruption reported in the area of Beitbridge town. A power outage has disconnected the customs online clearance system at the Beitbridge border post from Monday evening, 19 September 2022. Reports indicate that the officials are unable to process cargo entering and leaving the country. The outage has resulted in traffic halting on various roads, including the A6, in the Beitbridge area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 20 SEP 2022

  • TANZANIA: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to depart the country to travel to Mozambique on Wednesday, 21 September 2022.
  • MALAWI: Protest expected by members of the Human Rights Ambassadors (HRA) and the Concerned Citizens Timely Voice (CCTV) in Lilongwe from 09H00 on 21 September 2022.
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique’s ruling party, Frelimo, is scheduled to hold its 12th Congress of the party, from 23 September 2022 until 28 September 2022, in the city of Matola, Maputo province.
  • NIGERIA: Protest expected by members of the Coalition for Peter Obi (CPO), a group of supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi, on 24 September 2022, in the vicinity of Ekiti.
  • 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.
  • ANGOLA: Angola is scheduled to host the 10th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OEACP) from 06 December 2022 until 10 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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