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20220922 1900 WILLSHIR AFRICA TIMELINE

September 22

ANGOLA – 22 SEP 2022
• LUANDA – 22 SEP 2022 (13H00) The Head of State, Joao Lourenco, has dismissed Emilio Vumpa de Andre Londa from the position of Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the Capital Markets Commission (CMC). This comes as President Lourenco assigned Londo as the Secretary of State for Civil, Maritime and Port Aviation. In a decree order, President Lourenço also dismissed Ivan Emanuel Marques dos Santos from the position of Executive Director of the Development Bank of Angola (BDA) and dismissed Pascoal Borges Alé Fernandes from the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Instituto Angolano das Comunicacoes (INACOM).

BOTSWANA – 22 SEP 2022
• KHAKHEA – 22 SEP 2022 (14H45) The Power Metal Resources PLC announced that it has commenced drilling at its Molopo Farms Complex project in southwestern Botswana. The project targets large-scale nickel-copper-platinum group elements. Diamond core drilling at DDH1-6B is underway and targeting a southerly dipping conductor, recently identified in the geophysics and moving loop electromagnetic (MLEM) survey in target areas 1-6. The second diamond core drill hole, DDH 1-6C, is planned for an ongoing drilling campaign and will be located 830 miles south of KKME1-6, which was drilled in December 2020 and intersected significant mineralisation. Additional ground magnetic and MLEM surveys over target areas 1-3, 2-3 and 1-14 have also been completed, with preliminary data received and the company interpreting these results. Molopo Farms presents the possibility for a district-scale nickel exploration opportunity, with priority drill targets T1-6 expected to be the first in a series of prospective drill targets based on current geophysical work and exploration planning.
• LOBATSE – 22 SEP 2022 (18H00) The Government and three unions representing nurses have reached an agreement over matters relating to the preparations for the annual Nurses’ Day and Awards. This comes after the Botswana Land Boards Local Authorities Workers Union (BLLAWU), the Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU), and the National Amalgamated Central, Local and Parastatal Manual Workers’ Union approached the Lobatse High Court to interdict Nurses’ Day celebrations for lack of inclusive involvement. The three unions had taken the Directorate of Public Service Management, the Ministry of Health, the Attorney General, and the Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) to task, arguing that they were not consulted during the preparations for the day. However, the parties have since settled the matter and agreed to consult on the preparations for the day and any other consultative matters. In a consented agreement by both parties, in which Lobatse High Court’s Justice Reuben Lekorwe made a final court order, the three unions will also abandon the review application they intended to launch.

DEM. REP. CONGO – 22 SEP 2022
• PINGA – 22 SEP 2022 (01H00) North Kivu Roads Office authorities have deployed a technical assessment team to the Minjenje bridge crossing over the Messo River to evaluate damages following the collapse of infrastructure earlier in September 2022. The bridge links the territories of Walikale and Masisi and is located in the vicinity of Pinga city. The reconstruction efforts on the bridge are yet to commence, leading to significant road travel disruptions. Civil society leaders have raised concerns regarding the travel disruptions’ effects on the local economy and its humanitarian impact. Papy Minga Malenga, Provincial Director of the Office, stated that an estimate had been submitted to the governor’s office to release funds for the reconstruction works.
• KINSHASA – 22 SEP 2022 (03H00) President Paul Kagame has held discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Félix Tshisekedi during a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Summit in New York, United States (US). During the meeting, the officials reportedly agreed on a roadmap toward the restoration of peace and stability in the eastern region of the DRC. The French Presidency has issued a statement noting that the three Heads of State raised concerns regarding the resurgence of unrest in the region, reiterating the need for urgent action to provide a regional and coordinated response to the threat posed by armed terrorist groups in the area. In an effort to establish conditions for a constructive dialogue necessary for the revival of cooperation between the countries in accordance with the Luanda process, the officials agreed to collaborate to achieve the withdrawal of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group from all localities currently being occupied. The officials also agreed to expedite efforts to return persons displaced by the unrest from several localities in coordination with the United Nations (UN) and its partners from the African Union (AU), the East African Community (EAC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). Furthermore, the officials agreed to sustainably strengthen cooperation to combat impunity and terminate armed group activities in the Great Lakes region, including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). These efforts will be part of existing regional peace initiatives, including the Nairobi process.
• RUTSHURU – 22 SEP 2022 (17H45) Demonstrators held a protest at Rutshuru-Centre, in North Kivu today, 22 September 2022, to demand the liberation of areas occupied by the March 23 Movement (M23). The demonstrators have been protesting due to the inaction of the army against the M23, which has occupied a strategic locality for 100 days. One person has been killed, and two others have been injured during the protest. The situation remains volatile. This follows after discussions were held on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, in New York at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), between Congolese Presidents Félix Tshisekedi and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in an attempt to reduce tension between the two neighbouring countries.

ESWATINI – 22 SEP 2022
• MANZINI – 22 SEP 2022 (06H00) Protest expected in several towns and cities across eSwatini today, 22 September 2022. Members affiliated with the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) are expected to launch a nationwide demonstration to raise concerns regarding several matters. The demonstration aims to protest against increasing prices of goods and services, increased Free Primary Education (FPE) fees, and the increased Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) Grant. TUCOSWA also demands a national minimum wage of E3,500 per worker, subsidies for all increases through the National Trusts, a review of employee salaries by employers, a resolution of the current political situation in the country, as well as a stoppage of the casualisation of labour. As part of the protest action, members are expected to observe a stay-away demonstration today, 22 September 2022, and launch a mass protest action in strategic towns and cities across the country on Friday, 23 September 2022. The protest action is also supported by the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT). Members of the public and motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in high-risk areas. Eswatini Police will be deployed in identified areas to monitor the demonstration.
• MANZINI – 22 SEP 2022 (06H40) The Swaziland Students Command (SSC) President, Mpendulo Brutus Dlamini, has confirmed his solidarity with the national shutdown scheduled to take place today, 22 September 2022. Dlamini has also urged students to stay away from school on 22 September 2022 and 23 September 2022. This comes as the students from the Ngozi High School and Primary School boycotted classes on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, demanding the release of the pro-democracy Members of Parliament (MPs), Mduduzi Bacede Mabuza and Mthandeni Dube. Dlamini has called on the nation to support the national shutdown and mobilize in solidarity to support the call for the release of the pro-democracy MPs.

ETHIOPIA- 22 SEP 2022
• BAHIR DAR – 02 SEP 2022 (11H30) The Amhara Regional State Police Commission has confirmed the death of Commander Wagaw Tarekegn, the Head of the Community Police Department at the Bahir Dar City Administration Police. According to the Commission, Tarekegn had been fatally shot while on patrol in the Bahir Dar City. This follows after the Amhara State Police detained a Fano militia leader, Zemene Kassie, at a residence in Kebele on 21 September 2022. Meanwhile, the Amhara Police have further conveyed their condolences and vowed to launch an offensive to apprehend the suspected assailants.
• ADDIS ABABA – 22 SEP 2022 (13H00) Ethiopian Airlines has announced an increase in its flight frequencies between Addis Ababa and Bengaluru, India. The Regional Director, Indian Sub-Continent, Ethiopian Airlines, Tigist Eshetu, stated that the airline is expected to increase its frequencies to four weekly flights on the B738/B787 Dreamliner aircraft. This follows after the airline operates flights on ET 690 aircraft from Addis to Bengaluru on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, and the ET 691 flight from Bengaluru to Addis on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The increase in flight frequency is set to facilitate trade, investment and tourism to and from the Indian sub-continent.

GHANA – 22 SEP 2022
• ADINA – 22 SEP 2022 (08H00) Residents of Viepe-Tokor Electoral Area in Ketu South have threatened to protest against a mining company, Seven Seas Salt Limited, to demand the suspension of the construction of its operations following the death of six community members. The community members allegedly died after falling in an excavation in the Keta Lagoon at Laklevikope while attempting to catch fish. The assembly member for the area, Victor Ayaku, has stated that the community plans to protest against the company in October 2022 due to the company’s disregard to their calls. The Public Relations Officer, Seven Seas Salt Limited, Adams Mensah, further explained that construction works on the dykes stalled due to the rainfall and that completed dykes will not have posed a danger as pits created during construction would have been sealed.

KENYA – 22 SEP 2022
• NAIROBI – 21 SEP 2022 (19H55) The Government has restricted the outgoing Cabinet Secretaries (CS) and Principal Secretaries (PS) from travelling outside Kenya. This follows as the State is transitioning from the fourth administration to the fifth. However, CS and PSs will be allowed to travel outside the country with direct permission from President William Ruto. Outgoing CSs have also been restricted from making appointments or redeployments in the Ministries. State Departments have been banned from making payments above Ksh 50 million unless approved by the National Treasury. Additionally, Ministerial acts are restricted to the General Management and Stewardship. Outgoing CS and PS will continue discharging their duties until the fifth administration has been approved.
• NAIROBI – 21 SEP 2022 (20H35) A public-private consortium has agreed to provide Kenya with oral pills to treat COVID-19 patients. The new doses (Paxvloid) have been designed to treat severe symptoms of COVID-19 and will be provided through the Covid Treatment Quick Start Consortium (CTQSC). The CTQSC will assist the Health Ministries of ten low and middle-income countries, including Ghana, Laos, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. A five-day course of Paxlovid is valued at approximately $530. However, the price of the oral pill has not yet been announced. The narcotics are expected to decrease the amount of COVID-19 admissions at hospitals.

LESOTHO – 22 SEP 2022
• BOKONG – 21 SEP 2022 (19H30) The Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) has launched investigations into the death of two security officers at the Katse Dam’s West Gate entrance. This follows after an unidentified number of suspects injured two security officers and stole a firearm and cellphone on Monday, 19 September 2022. The officers had been transferred to the Mamohau Hospital for treatment. Although one officer died en route to the hospital, and the other died at the hospital on Tuesday, 20 September 2022. The motive for the incident has not yet been identified. However, the LMPS suspects the motive to be robbery.

MADAGASCAR – 22 SEP 2022
• ANTANANARIVO – 22 SEP 2022 (06H20) The joint commission of France and Madagascar is scheduled to meet in October 2022 over the return of the Malagasy Islands to the Indian Ocean. This announcement follows after President Andry Rajoelina addressed the general debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 77) on 21 September 2022 in New York. According to President Rajoelina, Madagascar’s claim has been made legal against France, which had been ruled in 1979 and 1980. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Richard Randriamandrato, noted that the meeting is aimed at resolving the dispute between the two countries, which will be held in France. President Rajoelina had claimed the Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean, which consists of four small coral islands, while France continued to offer only co-sovereignty. A joint expert committee on the issue had also hindered due to France’s decision to enhance the conservation status of the islands in 2019.

MALAWI – 22 SEP 2022
• LILONGWE – 21 SEP 2022 (20H20) The Malawi Police Services (MPS) has increased security surveillance at gas filling stations across the country. The MPS has deployed additional officers to ensure the safety of motorists while refuelling at petrol stations after disorder and clashes recently occurred between motorists due to an increase in demand and a decrease in fuel supply across the country. The increased security presence also follows after a disruption in fuel transportation on Monday, 19 September 2022.
• BLANTYRE – 22 SEP 2022 (12H10) UPDATE The demonstrators have delivered the petition to the Human Resource Management Officer, Charles Mphepo, on behalf of the Blantyre District Commission. According to the ultimatum issued, the organizers of a solidarity march for Mussa John have given President Lazarus Chakwera a 21-day ultimatum to pardon the convict. John is currently serving a 3-year jail term for being found in possession of narcotics. The lead organizer of the march, Penjanu Kalua, stated that the ultimatum will be operational upon Chakwera’s return from New York, where he is attending the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77). (10H15) Protest reported near the Blantyre Clock Tower on the Masauk Chipembere Highway in Blantyre. A group of concerned citizens led by Hip Hop artist, FredoKiss, are leading a demonstration in solidarity with #MarchForMussah against selective justice in Malawi. The demonstrators have begun marching to the Blantyre District Council to deliver a petition. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant and use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.

MOZAMBIQUE – 22 SEP 2022
• MAPUTO – 22 SEP 2022 (07H00) Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Mozambican Head of State Filipe Nyusi have signed an agreement on defence and security cooperation to combat terrorism and crime along the two countries shared border. The agreement follows after President Hassan recently embarked on an official working visit to Maputo, Mozambique. Further details regarding the defence cooperation agreement are expected to be released to the public pending final assessments and discussions regarding the matter.
• MAPUTO – 22 SEP 2022 (09H30) The Secretary-General of the Frelimo Party, Roque Silva, confirmed that Filipe Nyusi will contest for a third term as President of the Frelimo party that has governed Mozambique since 1975. This announcement follows after Silva held a press conference within the scope of preparations for the 12th Frelimo Congress, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, 23 September 2022, and clarified that the nomination of the Frelimo party candidate for the 2024 General Elections will not be on the agenda at the congress. Silva noted that the agenda of the meeting will focus on the approval of instruments that will guide the party in the next five years, the revision of the party’s statutes, and analyse and approval in congress.

NIGERIA – 22 SEP 2022
• OGBAMAFA – 22 SEP 2022 (11H00) Two civilians have been abducted by unidentified bandits on the Emohua-Kalabari Road in Rivers State. Reports indicate that the bandits allegedly seized the civilians, who were travelling along the road on Tuesday evening, 20 September 2022. The incident occurred after six civilians were abducted on Saturday, 17 September 2022, after launching an attack on a passenger bus travelling on the Emohua-Kalabari Road. The River State Police Command confirmed the incidents and noted that four civilians had been rescued after intensifying efforts in the area.
• ABUJA – 22 SEP 2022 (12H40) The Nigerian Government aims to increase the electricity supply in the country to a minimum of 7,000 MegaWatts (MW) with the supply of new power equipment by Siemens. This comes as the German-based company Siemens signed an Electricity Road Map agreement with the Government in 2019 to modernise the country’s national grid and achieve 7,000MW by 2021, 11,000MW by 2023 and 25,000MW by 2025. The first set of equipment, which includes transformers and transportable substations, will be inaugurated in Lagos in October 2022, and the second set in Abuja thereafter. The Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Power Company, Kenny Anuwe, stated that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) allocated €62.9 million and $1.9 million in December 2021 for the Presidential Power Initiative’s first phase (PPI) to boost the project.

RWANDA – 22 SEP 2022
• KIGALI – 21 SEP 2022 (19H00) Edouard Bamporiki has appeared before the Nyarugenge Intermediate Court today, 21 September 2022. Bamporiki has appeared before the Court on charges of demanding and receiving a bribe and the misuse of his authority. Bamporiki committed the crimes in May 2022. Bamporiki received a bribe of Rwf5 million from a businessman and assured the person that his business will be reopened. During the Court proceedings, the Prosecution requested that the Courts issue a 20-year jail term for Edouard Bamporiki in addition to a fine of Rwf200 million.

TANZANIA – 22 SEP 2022
• MAKAO MAPYA – 22 SEP 2022 (15H00) The Tanzanian Government has appointed Christine Mwakatobe as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) with effect from 01 September 2022. Mwakatobe is the first female to navigate the airport, handling nearly 80% of 1.5 million tourists visiting the country annually. The new CEO is expected to enhance the airport’s capacity to handle aircraft, passengers and cargoes. The Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company (Kadco) has developed a comprehensive plan that will develop a shopping city at the estates surrounding the airport.

ZAMBIA – 22 SEP 2022
• LUSAKA – 22 SEP 2022 (07H00) Zambia is scheduled to host a Trade and Investment Forum in Lusaka from 28 September 2022 to 29 September 2022, aimed at developing trade and investment cooperation with China. The forum will be held under the theme of China-Zambia investment in the new era, all-weather, all-diversion, and quality friendship, which will be co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Zambia and the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry and co-sponsored by Zambia’s investment agency, the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA), China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining (Group) Company and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The forum will be represented by a high-level opening ceremony, five parallel forum sessions, panel discussions, business-to-government meetings, business-to-business meetings as well as exhibitions by enterprises. The two countries are also expected to sign three memoranda of understanding on investment cooperation, digital economy investment, as well as investment and economic working group treatment.

ZIMBABWE – 22 SEP 2022
• HARARE – 22 SEP 2022 (06H00) The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), an independent organisation tasked with combating corruption in the country, has failed to avail supporting documents in the form of invoices and supplier statements to validate expenditure and payables cumulatively amounting to more than $1 million. Auditor-General Mildred Chiri has issued an audit report for the financial year concluding on 31 December 2021, indicating that the Commission failed to present invoices or supplier statements to validate expenditure and payables amounting to $762,654 and $254,476, respectively. In addition, the Commission had also been unable to avail creditor’s reconciliations for the 2018 financial period. Therefore, Chiri was unable to perform alternative procedures to ascertain the accuracy and completeness of the balances.
• HARARE – 22 SEP 2022 (11H45) The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (FOZEU) have issued an ultimatum to the Government following their demands for a salary increase. The unions have given the Government until Monday, 26 September 2022, to respond to their demands, or all civil servants will embark on industrial action. This follows after the civil servants’ representative and the Government delegates under the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) held a meeting on Tuesday, 20 September 2022, in Harare to find resolutions over the wage disputes.

UPCOMING EVENTS – 22 SEP 2022
• ESWATINI: Protest expected in Piggs Peak, in the northwestern part of Eswatini, on Friday, 23 September 2022, by members affiliated with the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).
• ESWATINI: Protest expected in the locality of Nhlangano on Friday, 23 September 2022, by members affiliated with the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).
• ESWATINI: Protest expected in Mbabane on Friday, 23 September 2022, by members affiliated with the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).
• ESWATINI: Protest expected in Siteki, in the eastern part of Eswatini, on Friday, 23 September 2022, by members affiliated with the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA).
• NIGERIA: Peaceful protest expected on Friday, 23 September 2022, from 09H00 by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
• 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.
• ESWATINI: Protest expected in the city of Mbabane by students affiliated with the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNAS) on Friday, 30 September 2022, from 09H00.
• 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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