7 March 2014 Weekly Urban News Round-Up

Libya blames terrorists for Benghazi assassinations

In a first-of-its-type statement, interim Libyan Culture Minister Habib al-Amin on Friday (February 28th) said “radical Islamists” were behind the Benghazi assassinations. “I hope others will be as direct and clear with Libyans, but what’s happening now in Benghazi is the growth of extremist Islamist groups’ influence,” al-Amin said in a talk show on Libya Al Ahrar TV. – Magharebia.

Nouakchott protests turn deadly

Hundreds of Mauritanians took to the streets on Monday to protest against the alleged desecration of the Qur’an by four demonstrators. The violent nature of the protests was severely denounced by various politicians as many were injured in the conflicts – Magharebia.

Arusha municipality destroys residential suburb

Over 300 houses were bulldozed in three of the city’s suburbs following a court order. Sunday’s demolitions were largely unexpected amongst residents, many of whom are now left homeless.  – allAfrica.

Juba comes under heavy gunfire

A salary dispute among army units in the capital of South Sudan triggered a heated shoot out, fatally injuring some and sparking panic across the city. Gun shots were heard from Wednesday morning and continued well into the next day – Sudan Tribune.

Goma “playing for change, singing for peace”

DRC’s Goma, a city synonymous with armed conflict and instability, had a chance to showcase its fun side during the colourful Amani music festival last month. The city is still buzzing from the celebration efforts for peace and reconciliation – ThinkAfricaPress.

Addis Ababa: a city of scarcity

The scarcity of drinking water in Ethiopia’s capital has only worsened in light of the inequitable distribution of the precious resource around the city. Addis residents are speaking up – Addis Fortune.

Nairobi experiences disruptive matatu protests

The Kenyan government is threatening to withdraw the licences of matatu minibus companies whose vehicles blocked roads in the capital on Wednesday. Increased parking fees have sparked various matatu demonstrations – Capital FM.

Dar es Salaam: “one of the most livable cities in Africa”

Tanzania’s largest and richest city has been ranked amongst the top five enviable and exciting cities on the continent in which to live, according to global property giant, LamudiDaily News.

Luanda ready for three new cities

Three new cities with various models and features are under construction in several of Luanda’s localities. Construction is expected be completed by 2015. – Angola Press.

Sweet potatoes top crop for Bulawayo‘s urban farmers

Zimbabwean city residents are likely to be seeing more sweet potatoes on their plates as increasingly unpredictable weather calls for a replacement for the maize meal staple – Reuters Alertnet.

Harare‘s water threatened by car wash businesses

Illegal street “garages” have mushroomed around the Zimbabwean capital. They provide jobs for unemployed youth. However, these businesses are poorly managing their wastewater which contaminates the city’s underground water systems – The Standard.

Johannesburg and other municipalities hit by power cuts

Various parts of South Africa experienced blackouts Thursday after Eskom, the country’s public electricity utility, declared an emergency. Major cities such as Johannesburg, Tshwane and Cape Town were hit with cuts. – Mail and Guardian.

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