Urban news roundup: January 23, 2015

Nairobi police teargas protesting children

Almost 100 primary school children staged a protest against the sale of their school playground to a property developer. Around 40 armed police accompanied by dogs dispersed the protesters by firing tear gas canisters, according to an AFP news agency photographer present at the scene. – Al Jazeera


Ouagadougou aviation unions warn against airport privatisation

Unions for workers in the civil aviation sector have welcomed the decision to suspend privatisation of the Ouagadougou International Airport by the transition government. Prime Minister Isaac Zida last year ordered the cancellation of the privatization of the Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso Airports, prompting the unions’ secretary-general Paul Kabore to caution against possible economic consequences of any future privatization plans. – The Namibian


Nairobi road decongestion projects begin

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday launched two road projects to decongest the eastern parts of Nairobi, home to 80 percent of the city residents. The two corridors involved are Outer Ring Road – which carries the biggest traffic volume in the city— and the Nairobi Eastern Missing Link Road. The Outer Ring Road project alone will cost Sh 8.5 billion. – CapitalNews


Mabass village hostages released

After the cross-border Boko Haram raid over the weekend, some of the over 60 hostages could escape, and more were freed by Chadian troops. The assault spurred further talk of organizing a multinational force to fight the rebels, though it does not appear imminent. – CBS News


Niamey Charlie Hebdo protests turn violent

President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger says at least 10 people have been killed in two days of violent protests over a French publication’s cartoon depicting Prophet Muhammad. The violence erupted after the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo published a new cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. – Al Jazeera


Harare: 25 killed in bus accident

Twenty-five people died and 46 others were serious injured on Sunday when two buses collided outside Zimbabwe’s capital Harare. Survivors said both drivers were speeding on a narrow road. Fatal accidents are now very common in Zimbabwe because most roads are narrow and poorly maintained. – Africa Review


Kiawara’s angry residents beat MCA as fire razes houses

Over 50 families have been left homeless after a fire razed several houses in the Kiawara informal settlement in Nyeri County on Saturday afternoon. Residents decried the slow response of the fire department, and the local Member of the County Assembly was beaten by youth enraged by the insufficient disaster preparedness. – Daily Nation


Mombasa master plan to cost Sh120m

The government announced last week its plans to develop a new integrated urban development master plan from next month at a cost of about Sh120 million. Mombasa city has been without a master plan since 2006; the proposed new master plan is set to last for 50 years. – Standard Digital

 Lagos airport to reconnect to Benin, Cameroon

ARIK Air, the national airline, has announced the resumption of flight services to Cotonou, Benin and Doula, Cameroon this past Monday. According to the airline, flight services were suspended last year in the wake of the outbreak of Ebola Virus in some parts of West Africa. – CAJnews


Loliondo missing about 200 students for school enrollment

A secondary school in the Loliondo Division of Ngorongo District in Tanzania has only enrolled 200 of the planned 390 new students for this term. The district has been notorious for forcing female pupils into early marriages, and the District Commissioner has threatened drastic measures against parents who do not enroll their children by February 1st. – Daily News

Bangui witnesses arrest of Central African Republic militia leader

U.N. peacekeepers have arrested a senior leader of the anti-balaka militia, wanted for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting, the country’s senior prosecutor said on Sunday. Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as Andilo, was detained in Bouca, around 300 km (195 miles) north of the capital Bangui on Saturday. – Reuters


Luanda Ministry of Economy announces over 3 billion Kwanza investment

The minister of Economy, Abraao Gourgel, announced on Friday that the Angolan Risk Capital Asset Fund (FACRA) has to date invested at least 3.8 billion Kwanza in several economic projects throughout the country. The Ministry of Economy foresees resulting benefits primarily to micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. – ANGOP

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