ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology
28 September- 4 October 2023

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4 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Anadolu Agency. Ethiopia and the European Union (EU) sign a $680m financial support agreement for the Multi-Annual Indicative Program which aims to support green growth, inclusive human development, governance and peace building;

4 Oct 2023 Kigali (Rwanda) The Africa Report. United States suspends military aid to Rwanda over its alleged support for the M23 rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo;

4 Oct 2023 Kigali (Rwanda) Rwanda confirms it is building a $53m aviation training centre with financial assistance from the African Development Bank, which is expected to have a positive impact on both Rwanda’s aviation industry and that of the continent by offering training for up to 500 students a year;

3 Oct 2023 Bujumbura (Burundi) The East African. President Evariste Ndayishimiye reshuffles his cabinet, appointing Dr Liduine Baradahana as public health and fight against HIV minister, Prosper Dodiko as environment and agriculture minister, Venuste Muyabaga as civil service, labour and employment minister, and Gervais Abayeho as foreign affairs minister;

3 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) Engineering News. DRC and Zambia begin construction on the Kasomeno-Mwenda Toll Road, project which will reduce the roundtrip for commercial transporters from mining province Haut-Katanga (DRC) to Tanzania’s Port of Dar es Salaam;

3 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Daily Nation. Cabinet orders all ministers and state departments to cut 10% of their operational budgets for the 2023/2024 financial year as part of the administration’s fiscal consolidation plan;

3 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) KBC. Prime cabinet secretary Musalia Mudavadi returns from a one-day official visit to Burundi where he met with Burundian president Evariste Ndayishimiye to discuss strengthening bilateral ties;

3 Oct 2023 Kigali (Rwanda) The East African. Dutch police arrest Pierre-Claver Karangwa, a genocide suspect who allegedly played a key role in the genocide;

3 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. President Samia Suluhu Hassan carries out an administrative shuffle, making several appointments and transfers at a local government level (district commissioners and district administrative secretaries) and appoints Musa Kuji as acting commissioner for the conservation of the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA);

2 Oct 2023 Djibouti (Djibouti) Gulf Times. President Ismail Omar Guelleh arrives in Doha (Qatar) to attend the 2023 Doha Horticulture Expo;

2 Oct 2023 Goma (DRC) La Prosperite. A military court sentences the head of the Republican Guard in Goma to death for the killing of 57 protesters in August and awards three other commanders 10-year prison sentences;

2 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) Monitor. President Felix Tshisekedi is endorsed as the presidential candidate for the Union Sacrée de la Nation (sacred union of the nation) coalition, ruling out presidential competition from within the ruling coalition party;

2 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) Al Jazeera. Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege announces his candidacy for upcoming presidential elections in December;

2 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Zawya. Kenya joins the Pan African Payments and Settlement System (PAPSS), which will allow local companies to transact with counterparts in other countries using local currencies;

2 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Citizen. Government suspends all non-essential travel for government officials and imposes limits on foreign trip delegations accompanying the president, deputy president, first lady and prime cabinet secretaries;

2 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Citizen. Anne Waiguru is elected to serve a second term as the chair of the Council of Governors;

2 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Tanzania and Zanzibar’s finance ministries are seeking additional funding for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, as its main contractor, Turkey-headquartered Yapi Merkezi, is reportedly in financial distress;

1 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) The East African. Former defence cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa and former chief justice Willy Mutunga raise concern over Kenya’s plans to deploy 1,000 police officers as part of a security mission to Haiti;

1 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Canadian mining company Montero Mining & Exploration confirms the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) will hear its case on 4 December in which it is claiming TSh 168 billion ($67.06m) in damages against Tanzania over the cancellation of a retention licence for rare earth minerals at Wigu Hill in 2018;

1 Oct 2023 Kampala (Uganda) Reuters. Uganda National Oil Company CEO Proscovia Nabbanja confirms in an interview that the Tilenga and Kingfisher petroleum projects are on track for production by 2025 and that the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), which will carry oil from these fields, is also on track;

30 Sep 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) Africanews. Martin Fayulu, who came second in DRC’s 2018 presidential election, confirms he will run in the presidential election scheduled for December;

30 Sep 2023 Asmara (Eritrea) Times of Israel. An Eritrean man is stabbed to death after a brawl in which eight others were injured in Netanya (Israel). Tension between Eritrean migrants in Israel has reached new heights in recent months, with several clashes between pro-government and anti-government supporters;

30 Sep 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Reporter Ethiopia. Tigray officials accuse the African Union (AU) of walking away from the implementation of the Pretoria Peace Agreement which was signed on November 2022 between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government to end their conflict;

30 Sep 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Reuters. National Bureau of Statistics reports that annual inflation reached 6.8% in September, up slightly from 6.7% in August;

29 Sep 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) The East African. State-owned cobalt buyer Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC) says it is considering eight pilot sites from which it may soon start buying cobalt. EGC was given a monopoly on buying and selling artisanal cobalt to help improve working conditions in 2019 but until this announcement, has remained largely inactive;

29 Sep 2023 Mogadishu (Somalia) VOA News. Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti and Uganda send a request to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to suspend a scheduled pullout from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), stating that the situation is still too fragile;

29 Sep 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Daily News. East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project coordinator Asiafi Mrutu reveals that Tanzania has contributed $193.06m to the implementation of the pipeline. As a 15% shareholder, Tanzania is required to contribute a total of $308m;

28 Sep 2023 Bujumbura (Burundi) Africanews. Former prime minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyone appears in court on charges of undermining national security and insulting the president;

28 Sep 2023 Djibouti (Djibouti) Anadolu Agency.  A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hits Djibouti with no casualties reported but the education ministry closes all schools and vocational training centres in case of any aftershocks;

28 Sep 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) The East African. United Nations Security Council (UNSC) agrees to a proposal to fund the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) which has been deployed in eastern DRC;

28 Sep 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) AFP. United States (US) secretary of state Anthony Blinken tells prime minister Abiy Ahmed that the US is increasingly worried about the situation in Amhara region where the United Nations claims human rights violations are taking place;

28 Sep 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) The Africa Report. United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF) is delaying a $121.9m payment for the development of the Nairobi Railway City after Kenyan authorities failed to award necessary contracts to developers;

28 Sep 2023 Kampala (Uganda) Al Jazeera. Local coalition Convening for Equality (CFE) reports that the enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) in May has led to a wave of human rights abuses, mainly committed by private individuals who have been radicalised by the enactment of the law;

28 Sep 2023 Kampala (Uganda) The East African. Energy ministry official Irene Bateebe says Uganda is in final stage negotiations with Chinese financiers to help fund the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP);


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