ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology
5-11 October 2023

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11 Oct 2023 Bujumbura (Burundi) Africanews. Former Banque de la République du Burundi governor Dieudonné Murengerantwari, who was fired on Sunday, is arrested on charges of corruption and misappropriation of public property;

11 Oct 2023 Asmara (Eritrea) The East African. Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud visits Eritrea and undertakes a tour of military camps where Somali cadets have been going for training since 2019.;

11 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Daily Nation. Officials begin talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank for a new loan to help settle its $2 billion Eurobond repayment which was due in June 2024;

11 Oct 2023 Kigali (Rwanda) New Time. Rwanda connects its largest methane gas power plant to the national grid, taking another step towards offering cheaper energy sources;

10 Oct 2023 Bujumbura (Burundi) UN News. United Nations General Assembly elects 15 new countries to serve on the UN Human Rights Council, including Burundi, a decision which is met with condemnation given that Burundi is often accused of violating human rights;

10 Oct 2023 Djibouti (Djibouti) The Africa Report. Djibouti, a member of the Arab League, condemns Israel for escalating attacks against Palestine, reaffirming its support for Palestine;

10 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) The East African. Officials say government will not extend the mandate of the East African Community Regional Forces (EACRF), which will now leave DRC on 8 December;

10 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) RFI. World Food Programme says it has partially resumed distributing food aid in Ethiopia after halting assistance four months ago over diversion of supplies;

10 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Africanews. High court judge Enock Mwita temporarily suspends the government’s plan to send police to Haiti in a United Nations-backed mission by granting an interim injunction in a case brought by opposition politician Ekuru Aukot who argued that the deployment was unconstitutional and not backed by any law or treaty;

10 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) The Citizen. Economist Professor Fred Ogola launches a report noting that Kenya risks serious economic ramifications, estimated at $28.13 billion, if President William Ruto approves the Family Protection Bill, which seeks to ban homosexuality, same-sex unions, and LGBTQ activities and campaigns;

10 Oct 2023 Kigali (Rwanda) AFP. United States-headquartered Human Rights Watch (HRW) accuses President Paul Kagame of using his good international standing to cover up abuse, close monitoring and arbitrary arrests of Rwandans who live abroad and are scared of criticising his regime;

9 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) Capital FM. Defence ministers of the East African Community (EAC) propose an extension of the mandate of the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) which is currently deployed in eastern DRC in an attempt to quell rebel violence;

9 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Borkena. President Sahle-Work Zewde reports that Ethiopia is in the final stages of completing the civil engineering aspect of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), and that it will be completed at the end of the current Ethiopian year, which ends 11 September 2024;

9 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. President Samia Suluhu Hassan and India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi ,agree to accelerate the use of their local currencies, the Tanzania shilling and rupee, to bolster trade and offset the impacts of United States dollar shortages. Hassan, who is visiting India, also announces that the two countries have agreed to raise bilateral relations to a strategic partnership level;

8 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The Citizen. Rwanda’s infrastructure minister Jimmy Gasore announces that the Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Power Plant is almost ready for commissioning, with tests of the plant on the Tanzania/Rwanda/Burundi border set to happen later this month;

8 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) The East African. Turkey-headquartered construction company Yapi Merkezi reports a $1.8 billion funding gap for Tanzania’s standard gauge railway project (SGR) and is working with the government to find additional funding from European partners;

8 Oct 2023 Kampala (Uganda) The East African. Petroleum Authority Uganda (PAU) suspends all operations at the Kingfisher oil field, run by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, citing safety concerns after a fatal accident on 6 October;

7 Oct 2023 Kinshasa (DRC) Africanews. President Felix Tshisekedi submits his candidacy for a second term in office, joining 23 other candidates running in the upcoming December election;

7 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) The East African. President William Ruto is set to ask China for a $1 billion loan and debt restructuring plan as the cost of servicing debt, mainly to China, continues to weigh on the economy;

6 Oct 2023 Kigali (Rwanda) Fitch. United States-headquartered credit rating agency Fitch revises its outlook on Rwanda’s  Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) from negative to stable and affirms the IDR rating at B+;

5 Oct 2023 Bujumbura (Burundi) IMF. International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff conclude a visit to Burundi on recent developments and progress towards reforms under its Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement;

5 Oct 2023 Bujumbura (Burundi) Africanews. Supreme Court denies former prime minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyon’s request for release on bail. Bunyon, accused of undermining national security, has remained in pre-trial detention since his trial began in September;

5 Oct 2023 Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Bloomberg. Ethiopia’s sole Eurobond yield falls as investors increasingly anticipate a debt default, eroding the progress in the bond rally following the announcement of the peace process;

5 Oct 2023 Nairobi (Kenya) Reuters. Deputy president Rigathi Gachagua announces that President William Ruto will request a $1 billion loan from China during a state visit planned in late October, to complete stalled road construction projects and will also request “more time to repay the debts it is servicing”;

5 Oct 2023 Khartoum (Sudan) EastAfrican. Sudan’s government rejects the draft resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR) proposing a three-member committee to investigate violations and crimes during conflict in Sudan;

5 Oct 2023 Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) Daily News. Bank of Tanzania (central bank) advises financial institutions to prepare to mitigate the effect of the looming El Nino through the provision of additional financial services;

5 Oct 2023 Kampala (Uganda) Reuters. Ugandan security forces arrest 40 people on charges of “inciting violence” during an operation to prevent the group planning to march from Entebbe International Airport (EIA) following the return of National Unity Party (NUP) leader Bobi Wine, who claims to be under house arrest;

5 Oct 2023 Kampala (Uganda) X. Opposition party National Unity Platform (NUP) says its leader, Bobi Wine, has been arrested at Entebbe International Airport upon returning from a tour of several countries. Police have not commented on why he was arrested;


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ARC East Africa Weekly Chronology 5 – 11 Oct 2023