ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology
12-18 October 2023

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18 Oct 2023 Bujumbura (Burundi) The East African. Police arrest and detain opposition leader Kefa Nibizi, accused of undermining the internal security of the state;

18 Oct 2023 Kampala (Uganda) The Citizen. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirms that suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels shot and killed a South African tourist and a British tourist in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda;

18 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Business Wiz. Standard Bank Group says that negotiations on the $4 billion East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) can conclude as Tanzania has settled a disagreement with Chinese funders on a separate matter;

17 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) La Prosperité. Constitutional court decides to judge “by default” former prime minister and presidential candidate Augustin Matata for embezzlement of public funds;

17 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) France24. Transport minister Marc Ekila confirms that at least 47 have died after a boat sank in the Congo River last week;

17 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Bloomberg. President William Ruto says during the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China that he has held discussions with his counterparts in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo to extend Kenya’s Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) across the border, however, the extension would be reliant on additional Chinese investment;

17 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Government reaches an agreement with Canadian mining company Winshear Gold Corp to pay it $30m to settle an investment dispute;

16 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Africanews. Prime minister Abiy Ahmed is set to hold talks with Chinese premier Li Qiang during the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation;

15 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) New Vision. DRC and Uganda agree to remove entry visa requirements at their respective borders in a bid to increase trade;

15 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. President Samia Suluhu Hassan lays the foundation stone for the first 56.57 km of the road linking Mkiwa-Itigi and Noranga (Singida Region). The road will eventually run 413 km and link Tanzania and Zambia, which Hassan says will help spur trade between Tanzania and the Southern African Development Community (SADC);

15 Oct 2023 Asmara (Eritrea) African Business. Foreign affairs minister Osman Saleh meets with Egypt’s President Abdel Fatth El-Sisi to discuss bilateral ties;

15 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Borkena. Government is working on legislation to impose restrictions on the import and export of some information technology products, citing national security concerns;

15 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Daily Nation. President William Ruto arrives in Beijing (China) to participate in the 3rd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation;

15 Oct 2023 Kampala (Uganda) The East African. Uganda Airlines relaunches its long-awaited direct flights to Mumbai (India), the national carrier’s second destination off the continent;

14 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Report Ethiopia. International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive board confirms that Ethiopia’s pursuit of debt treatment through the G20 Common Framework is dependent on Ethiopia and the IMF reaching a staff-level agreement;

14 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Daily Nation. Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) announces an increase in the price of petrol. which will be sold at a record KSh 217.36 ($1.45) per litre, diesel KSh 205.47 ($1.38) per litre and kerosene at KSh 205.06 ($1.37) per litre in Nairobi;

13 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) The East African. President Felix Tshisekedi announces that the government will gradually roll back its emergency measures in place in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, including a return to civilian governance;

13 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) The East African. East African Community (EAC) expresses concern over renewed hostilities between armed groups fighting in North Kivu province in eastern DRC, which it says could signal a violation of a ceasefire;

13 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Anadolu Agency. Ethiopia’s permanent mission to the United Nations (UN) calls a statement from UN under-secretary Alice Wairimu Nderitu that there is a heightened risk of genocide in the country “irresponsible and reckless”;

13 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) The East African. United States embassy in Kenya issues a statement once again noting that there is a high risk of terrorism activities targeting areas frequented by foreigners and tourists in Nairobi and elsewhere in Kenya;

13 Oct 2023 Kigali (Rwanda) Climate Change Programme Manager at the Rwanda Environment Management Authority, Herman Hakuzimana, says that Rwanda will launch its carbon market scheme at the November United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28);

12 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) IMF. International Monetary Fund (IMF) concludes a staff-level visit to Ethiopia to discuss Ethiopia’s request for IMF support for a reform programme;

12 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Daily Nation. Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) governor Kamau Thugge says Kenya is planning to buy back up to a quarter of its $2 billion 2024 international bond before year end after it secures new loans to help repay debt;

12 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Reuters. Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Agency (PURA) director general Charles Sangweni, speaking at the Africa Oil Week in Cape Town (South Africa), announces that Tanzania will launch its fifth oil and gas licensing round in Q1 2024;


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ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology 12 – 18 Oct 2023