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WILLSHIR – AFRICA – TIMELINE – 02 JUN 2022 (19H00)
ANGOLA – 02 JUN 2022
- LUANDA – 02 JUN 2022 (09H30) Angola has announced plans to install the headquarters of the Permanent Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (AP-CPLP), at the Palace of the National Assembly (AN), in Luanda. The President of the National Monitoring Group for Portuguese-Speaking Countries, Virgílio de Fontes Pereira, has stated that Angola has displayed effort in the process of installing and operating the secretariat in 2019, in which four objectives were assured that the facilities for the Permanent Secretariat of the AP-CPLP were available at the Palace of the National Assembly. Meanwhile, the delegation of the CPLP Executive Secretary, Zacarias da Costa, is in Luanda for a working visit to find ways of working with the AC-CPLP, as Angola shares common interests such as fighting against violence, the exploitation of minors and child labour, mobility issues, among others.
BOTSWANA – 02 JUN 2022
- GABORONE – 02 JUN 2022 (15H30) UPDATE The Presidential Office has announced that DCEC Katlholo has been suspended due to Kaltholo allegedly being involved in misconduct. Additionally, Katlholo’s suspension followed after he presented behaviour incompatible with the conduct of a Public Officer. The Presidential Office is expected to follow the established disciplinary procedures. (13H45) The Presidential Office has announced the suspension of the Director-General of the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), Tymon Katlholo. The Office has suspended Katlholo in accordance with Section 112 of the Botswana Constitution. The Presidential Office is expected to provide details pertaining to the decision on 02 July 2022.
DEM. REP. CONGO -02 JUN 2022
- KINSHASA – 01 JUN 2022 (22H15) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Ugandan Government extended their joint military operation against Islamist insurgents in the eastern DRC region. The extension follows previous reports, which indicated that Operation Shujaa was expected to end by the end of June 2022, as the operation was only meant to last for six months. Shujaa spokesperson Mak Hazukay stated that the length of the extension is yet to be determined, and the number of deployed troops remains classified information.
- KINSHASA – 02 JUN 2022 (07H15) The former Security Advisor of current President Felix Tshisekedi, François Beya, is scheduled to appear before the Military High Court in Kinshasa on 03 June 2022. This comes as Beya had been detained by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) on 05 February 2022 and transferred to the Makala Prison on 05 April 2022 on suspicion of undermining state security, along with the brigadier Tonton Twadi Sekele. During the trial, the Ministry of Public will be presenting the General-Major Mandiangu Mbala Michel in his capacity as Chief of Intelligence Staff, Brigadier General Makombo of the Intelligence Staff, Commissioner Deputy Divisional Kasongo Kitenge Sylvano in his capacity as Kinshasa City Police Commissioner, and General Mulongo John as witnesses following evidence of a voice message sent to Lieutenant-Colonel Kalenga Kalenga.
- KINSHASA – 02 JUN 2022 (10H50) Protest expected nationwide within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday, 03 June 2022, in demand for an end to diplomatic relations between DRC and Rwanda and to unite in support of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) to demand the restoration of security in the eastern region of the country. This comes as the Dynamics for Crisis Exit (DYSOC), led by Jean-Pierre Lisanga Bonganga, has called on the population to participate in a protest in demanding the publication of all agreements between the DRC on the military and security aspects. Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.
- KINSHASA – 02 JUN 2022 (11H00) Peaceful protest expected in the locality of Kinshasa on Friday, 03 June 2022, led by the political party Commitment for Citizenship and Development (ECIDé). The protest will be against Rwanda’s support of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels. The President of the political party, Martin Fayulu, will be leading the demonstration, accompanied by members of the party. In addition, Fayulu called on Congolese in the Diaspora to also organize anti-Rwanda demonstrations in their countries. Citizen movements and youth structures will also hold a sit-in in front of the Rwandan embassy in Kinshasa on Friday. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route for the duration o the protests. Police will be deployed to the scene.
- KINSHASA – 02 JUN 2022 (15H30) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the World Bank (WB) have signed two agreements valued at approximately $900 million. World Bank DRC Country Representative Jean Christophe Carret has stated that the first agreement, valued at $300 million, aims to finance the Project to Support the Development of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (PADMPEM). An additional $600 million is being funded for projects to improve access to safe drinking water and electricity for vulnerable population groups in the country. Carret has noted that the project is expected to be implemented in collaboration with Régie de distribution d’eau (REGIDESO) and Société Nationale d’Électricité (SNEL) in partnership with private companies.
ESWATINI – 02 JUN 2022
- MBABANE – 01 JUN 2022 (19H20) The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, Dimisani Mngomezulu, has announced the altered fuel prices set to take effect from 02 June 2022 at 00H00. The Minister has noted that the fuel prices are set to increase by E2.50 per litre. Unleaded petrol is set to increase from E19.05 to E21.55. Diesel is set to increase from E19.60 to E22.10 per litre. Paraffin is expected to increase from E14.35 per litre to E16.85.
- NHLANGANO – 02 JUN 2022 (11H45) Protest reported in Nhlangano at the Ngwane Teacher Training College. Students of Ngwane Teachers Training college have disrupted classes and engaged in a protest action over unpaid students’ allowances. Currently, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and Management are in a meeting to find a resolution to the situation. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
- MBABANE – 02 JUN 2022 (17H35) eSwatini Electricity Company has announced expected planned service disruptions between 05 June 2022 and 06 June 2022. The power disruption is set to affect the Glen, Rocklands, Mbabane Government Hospital, Stonehenge Nurses home, Mbabane Institute and other areas between 09H00 and 16H00 on 05 June 2022. Furthermore, the power is set to be disrupted between approximately 09H00 and 16H00 on 06 June 2022 and affect the Flame tree park, Malindza Primary School, Mahwalala Zones 2, 5 and 6 and others. The disruption is set to follow due to routine maintenance, reconductoring, and transformer installations and relocations.
ETHIOPIA- 02 JUN 2022
- ADDIS ABABA – 01 JUN 2022 (23H45) The Ethiopian Government, along with Pakistan, Denmark, Norway and the custodian agencies, has announced the launch of the Tracking Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) program. The SDG7 program assesses the progress made by each country on certain pillars and provides a report on how far we are from globally achieving targets set for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) programmes.
GHANA – 02 JUN 2022
- WA – 01 JUN 2022 (22H45) UPDATE Police have detained 18 protestors at the Wa Police Station for incitement of violence. The situation has been restored to normalcy after security forces dispersed the demonstrators. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area. (20H25) Protest reported in the vicinity of the Wa Naa Palace in Ghana’s Upper East Region capital. The protest follows the arrest of three people in connection to the assault of two residents in Wa. The protestors have reportedly also attacked the Wa Police Station, demanding the release of the three detained suspects. Demonstrators are barricading the Wa-Lawra Road with burning tyres and debris.
- KASOA – 01 JUN 2022 (23H45) The Government of Ghana announced the inauguration of the Kasoa Bulk Supply Point (BSP) in the Kasoa region. Reports indicate that the BSP completed a nearly six-year $316 million investment from the United States (US). The Government stated that the BSP is expected to provide power to schools, hospitals, businesses and households in Ghana.
KENYA – 02 JUN 2022
- MARSABIT – 02 JUN 2022 (08H00) Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has announced that the Government has extended the curfew in Marsabit County from 18H00 to 06H00, with effect from 01 June 2022. The curfew is set to remain in force for 30 days. Matiang’i has stated that the decision has been made following the insecurity within the region. Matiang’i further stated that upon the order, no public gatherings, processions or movement should be permitted during the period of the curfew. This follows after the senior security officials at the GSU headquarters in Ruaraka held a meeting with Matiang’i, following ongoing attacks in the Northern Kenya region. Meanwhile, security operatives have been deployed to the region to maintain order and peace. In addition, 140 weapons and over 1,000 ammunition of illicit weapons have been recovered since Operation Rejesha Amani Marsabit commenced on 02 May 2022.
- SIMBA – 02 JUN 2022 (10H30) Protest reported along the Mombasa Road in the vicinity of the Simba area. Local residents are protesting over the human-wildlife conflict within the Simba area. According to sources, the residents have blockaded the road with debris and stones. This protest follows a death of a resident who was allegedly killed by a wildlife animal. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route.
- MOKOWE – 02 JUN 2022 (13H15) The Kenya Police Services (KPS) has announced the arrest of five suspects following an intelligence-driven search operation. The Police received intelligence regarding a Toyota station wagon travelling on the Minjila-Mokowe route. Following this, the Police halted and escorted the vehicle to the Mokowe Police Station to be investigated. During their investigations, the Police confiscated 246 rolls of bhang valued at approximately Ksh250,000 inside a suitcase and a refashioned spare tyre. The Suspects are expected to appear before a Magistrates court.
- NAIROBI – 02 JUN 2022 (14H10) The Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has announced that he has rejoined the Azimio party. This follows after Musyoka departed from the Azimio party on 16 May 2022. Musyoka departed the party after the Azimio Presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga nominated the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC)-Kenya leader Martha Karua as his running mate and not Musyoka. Musyoka is expected to be nominated to the position of Chief Minister of the Cabinet.
- MASIMBA – 02 JUN 2022 (14H15) UPDATE Police have reportedly opened fire in a bid to disperse the demonstration. Reports indicate that three demonstrators have sustained fatal injuries, in addition to eight other injuries, during the incident. The situation remains volatile. Motorists and members of the public are advised to avoid the area. (13H20) Protest reported in the vicinity of the Masimba shopping centre. Kajiado County residents have launched a demonstration against the alleged invasion of wildlife in the area. The demonstrators are demanding an urgent dialogue with the Kajiado County Government and Kenya Wildlife Service to discuss a solution to the issue. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities are on the scene.
- TOT – 02 JUN 2022 (16H20) Kenya’s National Police Service (KPS) has announced that a high-level joint security meeting to review and address the security situation in the Kerio Valley region is being held in Tot, Elgeyo Marakwet County today, 02 June 2022. The meeting is being attended by Senior Ministry of Interior officials, a team from the National Police Service Headquarters, the KPS Director of Operations, and the Commandant of the Anti Stock Theft Police Unit. The discussions aim to review the current security situation in Kerio Valley following a recent increase in criminal activity and armed attacks on communities. KPS Director of Operations Rashid Yakub has proposed urgent intervention measures to enhance security in the region. The delegation has been tasked to procure multi-agency security resources to discourse the persistent criminal attacks. Local communities have also been urged to collaborate with security agencies on the ground to ensure the restoration of peace and security in the area.
LESOTHO – 02 JUN 2022
- MASERU – 02 JUN 2022 (11H10) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Lesotho Government, has published a survey indicating that recent soil erosion is expediting Lesotho’s wetland degradation. The survey includes data gathered between October 2021 and November 2021, implying that eroded soil conditions have been detected in more than 30% of the surveyed wetlands. In addition, overgrazing of rangelands and climate change have also significantly increased the erosion of soil in the country. The FAO, within Lesotho’s Integrated Catchment Management Programme umbrella, operating jointly with the Ministries of Forestry Range and Soil Conservation and Ministry of Water, is implementing a Land Cover Data for Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) in the Lesotho project. The European Union is reportedly funding the project through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Under the project, FAO is set to develop the new Lesotho Land Cover Database and Atlas and monitor the status of Wetlands, Rangelands, Dongas and Irrigated Crops in priority sub-catchments areas.
MADAGASCAR – 02 JUN 2022
- ANTANANARIVO – 02 JUN 2022 (02H45) Colas Madagascar has announced the inauguration of a photovoltaic solar power plant in the Ambokatra quarry. Colas stated that operations in the Ambokatra quarry supply Madagascar with construction materials. Colas further stated that the power plant is equipped with 200 photovoltaic solar panels, which are connected to a battery storage system and switch on at times when the supply of electricity dips.
- ANDEKALEKA – 02 JUN 2022 (09H00) Jirama has announced that repair work on the Group One (G1) of the Andekaleka Hydro Power Plant is set for completion by 06 June 2022. This follows an explosion incident in January 2022 at the power plant. The National Water and Electricity Corporation has released a statement noting that the equipment to operate has arrived at Andekaleka and will begin testing on the power plant. Jirama has further stated that the plant aims to reduce the power outages within the Antananarivo Interconnected Network (RIA). Meanwhile, power reductions have been implemented within the RIA due to the reparation work on the Farahantsana and Sahanivotry plants.
MALAWI – 02 JUN 2022
- MULANJE – 02 JUN 2022 (11H25) Protest reported in Mulanje near the Mulanje District Council. Demonstrators led by Co-Chairperson Kingsley Mpaso are protesting due to President Lazarus Chakwera’s administration’s failure to deliver their campaign promises, such as an end to corruption and addressing the high cost of living. The demonstrators have begun marching to the District Council to deliver a petition to the District Commissioner. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
- BLANTYRE – 02 JUN 2022 (16H55) Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (EGENCO) has announced that they are expected to commence reconstruction works for the Kapichira power station in July 2022. This follows after the World Bank, through the Ministry of Finance, granted approximately $60 million for phases one and two of the Kapichira dam repairs. The funding is set to provide resources to both EGENCO and ESCOM for the Emergency Power Restoration Project following cyclone Ana. Phase one is set to include the temporary reconstruction of the dam to resume power generations. Following this, the reconstruction is set to commence on 01 July 2022. Phase two is expected to construct a resilient-permanent structure on the bridge to withstand disasters, including cyclones.
MOZAMBIQUE -02 JUN 2022
- MAPUTO – 02 JUN 2022 (06H00) President of the Republic Filipe Nyusi is expected to launch the 8th Edition of the Mining, Oil, Gas and Energy of Mozambique (MMEC 2022) event from today, 02 June 2022, until 03 June 2022 at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo. The biennial event is expected to be held under the theme of Sustainable Development Across the Entire Mineral and Energy Value Chain. During the event, President Nyusi is expected to engage with various national and international industry actors to discuss Industry in Mozambique. Key speakers at the conference will include the Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, the President of the Mozambican Chamber of Commerce, the Chairman of the ENH Board of Directors, the President of Instituto Nacional de Petroleo (INP), the President of Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and other high-level dignitaries and delegates.
- MAPUTO – 02 JUN 2022 (13H10) The Mozambican Association of Banks (AMB) has announced an increase in the reference interest rate for credit operations in Mozambique by 150 basis points to 20.6%. This rate is set to remain in force during the month of June 2022. The rate is calculated monthly by the ABM and the Bank of Mozambique based on a single index, which has increased from 13,8% to 15,3% and on a premium cost, defined by the ABM, which remained unchanged at 5,3%. This represents the second consecutive prime rate increase since the Bank of Mozambique increased the monetary policy interest rate (MIMO) with the aim of addressing inflation.
- MAPUTO – 02 JUN 2022 (15H30) Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister Janfar Abdulai, Ports and Railways of Mozambique Chairman Miguel Matabel and Maputo Port Development Society (MPDC) Executive Director Osório Lucas have signed an addendum to the Concession Contract for the Port of Maputo. The addendum allows a 138 hectares expansion of the port area, increasing the total size of the MPDC concession from 140 to 278 hectares. The development of the Port of Maputo concession area has been approved under Decree no. 11/2022 with the aim of increasing the infrastructure’s storage and handling capacity. The extension of the concession established conditions for the construction of two rail lines with an unloading capacity of 50 wagons each, increasing the railway capacity for handling chromium to 4,2 million tons per year.
- MELUCO – 02 JUN 2022 (16H20) Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) has confirmed the restoration of electricity supply to the village of Meluco in the Cabo Delgado province. This follows after a five-day power supply interruption caused by the vandalisation of three power line poles by unidentified criminal elements. EDM Distribution Area Delegate Gildo Marques has stated that three poles in the vicinity of the de Maio village in Muaguide Administrative Post had been burned by suspected terrorists during the incident. The power has since been restored to the area following the conclusion of repair works on Wednesday evening, 01 June 2022.
NIGERIA – 02 JUN 2022
- JIMETA – 01 JUN 2022 (19H00) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced the conclusion of plans to vaccinate an estimated one million children in the Adamawa State against malaria. The announcement follows after WHO recently procured 4,4 million doses of the anti-malaria vaccine to be distributed to an estimated 977,843 children in Adamawa under the age of five years. WHO Malaria Program Officer IniAbasi Nglass has stated that 9,000 volunteers have been trained to implement the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) program across the 21 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the State.
- ABUJA – 01 JUN 2022 (20H40) The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) proposed agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the construction of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline. The Council has approved the agreement during a weekly meeting presided by Vice-President (VP) Yemi Osinbajo. The pipeline is expected to travel across an estimated 15 West African Countries to Morocco and Spain. The State Minister for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, noted that the costs are set to be determined after the completion of the pipeline’s design. Furthermore, during the FEC meeting, the Council approved an N3.8 billion investment for the construction of a switchgear room and the installation of power distribution cables for the Nigeria Oil and Gas Park in Ogbia. The park is set to assist the local manufacturing of components for the oil and gas industry.
- ADO EKITI – 01 JUN 2022 (20H50) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Ekiti state local elections are expected to be held on 18 June 2022. The aspirants include Abiodun Oyebanji of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with Afuye Monisade as his running mate and Olabisi Kolawole of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with Kolapo Olugbenga Kolade as his running mate. The elections are set to comply with the Electoral Act of 2022.
- OSOGBO – 01 JUN 2022 (20H55) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Osun State local elections are expected to be held on 16 July 2022. the elections are set to consist of 15 candidates, including Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adeleke Nurudeen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Omigbodun Akinrinola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and others. Political parties are urged to note the provision of the law for compliance.
- AMAOJI – 02 JUN 2022 (07H00) Protest reported in Umunneochi, the Abia State. The youth members are protesting against the increase in abductions by the alleged Fulani Boys. The demonstrators have accused the Nigerian Army of failing the company. The demonstrators have demanded the immediate removal of the military checkpoints after suspicions circulated about the kidnapping of the Prelate of the Methodist Church. Members of the public are advised to remain cautious. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
- UMUAHIA – 02 JUN 2022 (11H10) Protest reported outside the Sub-Treasury Board offices in Umuahia. Retired Government workers are protesting in demand for their non-issued pensions, which have been in arrears for 38 months. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are on the scene.
- LAGOS – 02 JUN 2022 (15H40) Protest reported at the All Progressives Congress (APC) office in the Kosofe area of Lagos. APC party members have launched a demonstration to denounce the alleged imposition of candidates in Lagos State. This follows after Hajia Kafilat Ogbara had recently been announced as the new APC Primary for the Kosofe Federal Constituency. Ogbara, a former Commissioner of the State Audit Service Commission, received 44 votes to unseat Rotimi Agunsoye. Demonstrators are demanding an extension of Agunsoye’s tenure. Motorists are advised of ongoing ground travel disruption in the area. Authorities are on the scene.
- ABUJA – 02 JUN 2022 (17H30) Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has announced that Operation Hadin Kai troops have neutralised 14 terrorist members in addition to 15 arrests during security operations conducted within the previous two weeks. Defence Media Operations Director Major General Bernard Onyeuko has stated that the development follows the launch of Military operations across Nigeria’s North-East region between 19 May 2022 and 02 June 2022. Onyeuko has noted that the troops have also rescued more than 100 kidnapped individuals in the North-East region during the operation. Boko Haram and the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ shelters located within the Ndakaine, Jango, Sabah, Amdaga, Balazola, and Gobara areas in the Gwoza Local Government Area (LGA) of Borno have also been recaptured. The troops reportedly recovered ten AK-47 rifles, five AK-56 rifles, two FN rifles, 227 rounds of 7,62mm ammunition, seven AK-47 magazines and one PKM firearm
RWANDA – 02 JUN 2022
- KIGALI – 02 JUN 2022 (02H00) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vincent Biruta, announced a working visit from Algeria’s new Ambassador to Rwanda Merzak Bedjaoui. Biruta stated that he received copies of Bedjaoui’s credentials to officiate the beginning of his Ambassadorship in Rwanda. Biruta further stated that they also discussed ways of strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries during the meeting.
- KIGALI – 02 JUN 2022 (06H10) Rwanda is set to host the HealthTech Summit for Africa, scheduled to be held from today, 02 June 2022, to 04 June 2022, coordinated by the HealthTech Hub Africa. The summit, convening business leaders and innovators in the healthcare sector, is set to discuss and exhibit the potential of health tech on the continent. The summit is being held in partnership with Norrsken and the Novartis Foundation, as well as the Government of Rwanda. The Managing Director of Norrsken East Africa, Pascal Murasira, has stated that the summit will focus on three main themes known as Inspire, Learn and Transform, devoted to building a successful public and private partnership. Speakers and panellists at the summit will include Minister Paula Ingabire, the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation for the Republic of Rwanda, Ann Aerts, the Head of Novartis Foundation, EduAbasi Chukwunweike, the Business Development Manager of Microsoft-Cloud, ISVs and Start-ups and Shivon Byamukama, and the Managing Director of Babyl Health Rwanda, among others.
- KIGALI – 02 JUN 2022 (13H00) The Rwanda Airports Company, Rwanda Airports, are conducting an Aerodrome Simulation Emergency Exercise drill at the Kigali International Airport. The exercise is aimed at strengthening the skills of all airport stakeholders to rapidly respond to an emergency, save lives and return the airport to normal operations. The exercise comes while Rwanda is expecting an increase in high traffic at the Kigali Airport ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June 2022.
TANZANIA -02 JUN 2022
- DAR ES SALAAM – 02 JUN 2022 (17H00) Tanzanian Members of Parliament (MPs) have opposed the Petroleum Bulk Procurement Agency (PBPA) fuel importation system. During a recent debate on the Energy Ministry’s revenue and expenditure estimates for the 2022/2023 financial year, several Parliamentarians requested that the fuel importation system be reviewed, citing fraudulent practices. Musoma Rural lawmaker and former Energy Minister Sospeter Muhongo have also opposed the scheme, stating that the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has failed to uphold its obligations to explore oil and natural gas as a result of the system. In addition, Energy Minister January Makamba has stated that the Government plans to improve fuel supply in the country and implement measures to mitigate increasing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing conflict in Europe. Makamba noted that these measures include the establishment of a strategic petroleum reserve as well as a fuel price stabilisation fund (FPSF) and increased support for Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) and its subsidiaries, Tanoil and Gasco.
ZAMBIA – 02 JUN 2022
- CHINGOLA – 02 JUN 2022 (12H40) Zambia is expected to seek an arbitration hearing in London in 2023 regarding a decision to return the management of the Konkola Copper Mines to Vedanta Resources. This follows after the company forfeited the right to operate in Zambia due to its failure to meet its license obligations, prompting the Government to seize Vedanta’s subsidiary in 2019. Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe has stated that the Government has refuted statements that a commitment had been made to restore licensing rights to Vedanta Resources, noting that an arbitration hearing regarding the asset is scheduled to commence in January 2023 in London.
- LUWANYA – 02 JUN 2022 (14H40) Zambian Energy Minister Peter Kapala has announced that the remaining works at the $2,3 billion Kafue Gorge Lower power project are scheduled for completion by November 2022. Kapala has noted that the project is being funded by the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) and alternative funds after the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) Bank of China recently suspended funding to the project due to the previous Government’s default on payments based on the loan agreement. The Minister has noted that ZESCO is generating internal revenue to ensure the works at the 750 megawatts (mW) Kafue Gorge Lower project are concluded.
- LUSAKA – 02 JUN 2022 (14H55) The Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings (ZCCM IH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO). The MoU is set to focus on fostering and providing opportunities that contribute to the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the mining sector. The MoU further provides a framework of cooperation and collaboration between ZCCM IH and ZANACO to identify opportunities for increased local participation in the mining sector. The ZCCM IH is expected to address the increased demand for copper, cobalt and other minerals in the metal market.
- LUSAKA – 02 JUN 2022 (15H10) President Hakainde Hichilema is set to embark on an official visit to the Kingdom of eSwatini from 03 June 2022 until 05 June 2022. President Hichilema has announced the visit following an invitation from King Mswati III. During the visit, the leaders are set to discuss matters of mutual interest at bilateral, regional and international levels. Furthermore, the leaders are expected to preside over the signing of Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) in the Tourism sector. Additionally, the leaders are set to preside over the establishment of a Political Consultation Mechanism between Zambia and eSwatini.
ZIMBABWE – 02 JUN 2022
- HARARE – 01 JUN 2022 (23H45) Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Frederick Shava, announced the visit from Natural Resource and Environment Minister Alexander Kozlovthat for the Fourth Session of the Zimbabwe-Russia Intergovernmental Commission (ICG). Shava stated that they had held discussions regarding economic, trade, scientific and technical cooperation. Shava further stated that the two parties committed to expand bilateral relations during the meeting.
- HARARE – 02 JUN 2022 (11H50) President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived at the National Heroes’ Acre in Harare. President Mnangagwa is expected to attend the burial of the late Major General Godfrey Chanakira. This follows Chanakira’s recent passing at the West End Hospital in Harare due to a heat-related illness. Mnangagwa thereafter declared Chanakira, a national hero, for his service in the Military and in civil service.
- HARARE – 02 JUN 2022 (17H20) The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has established a search operation in the Southlea Park vicinity to apprehend Leeroy Urayayi. This follows after Urayayi allegedly killed a 16-year-old in a secluded house and hid the evidence on 29 May 2022. A motive has not been established for the incident. The Police have requested the public to provide any information leading to the arrest of Urayayi.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 02 JUN 2022
- REP. CONGO: Protest expected nationwide within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday, 03 June 2022, in demand for an end to diplomatic relations between DRC and Rwanda and to unite in support of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) to demand the restoration of security in the eastern region of the country.
- ZAMBIA: President Hakainde Hichilema is set to embark on an official visit to the Kingdom of eSwatini from 03 June 2022 until 05 June 2022.
- REP. CONGO: Peaceful protest expected in the locality of Kinshasa on Friday, 03 June 2022, led by the political party Commitment for Citizenship and Development (ECIDé).
- ANGOLA: President Joao Lourenco announced that the fourth ordinary meeting is expected to be held on Friday, 03 June 2022, at 09H00, at the Presidential Palace, for consultation on the date of the General Elections.
- GHANA: Protest expected in the vicinity of Accra on 04 June 2022.
- ESWATINI: eSwatini Electricity Company has announced expected planned service disruptions between 05 June 2022 and 06 June 2022.
- KENYA: The Azimio Presidential Aspirant Raila Odinga has announced that he is expected to launch his manifesto on Monday, 06 June 2022.
- RWANDA: The International Telecommunication Union, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), has scheduled to convene a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC), scheduled to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 06 June 2022 to 16 June 2022.
- NIGERIA: The Lagos State Government is scheduled to host the maiden edition of the National Transport Technology Conference and Exhibition (NTTCE) between 07 June 2022 and 08 June 2022 at Eko Hotels and Suites.
- NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Ekiti state local elections are expected to be held on 18 June 2022.
- RWANDA: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland have announced the week of 20 June 2022 as the date for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
- MALAWI: President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to address Malawians on the second anniversary of his election, 23 June 2022.
- MALAWI: Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (EGENCO) has announced that they are expected to commence reconstruction works for the Kapichira power station in July 2022.
- NIGERIA: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that the Osun State local elections are expected to be held on 16 July 2022.
- ZAMBIA: Zambian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Stanley Kakubo, has announced that Zambia is expected to host the 4th Africa Union (AU) Mid-Year Coordinating meeting from 14 July 2022 until 17 July 2022.
- KENYA: Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that general elections are scheduled to be held on 09 August 2022.
- RWANDA: Rwanda is scheduled to host the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from 05 September 2022 until 09 September 2022.
- LESOTHO: The Kingdom of Lesotho is scheduled to conduct general elections in October 2022 to elect 120 seats of the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament.
- 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.
- 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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