Urban News Roundup: April 3, 2015

Garissa University attack: at least 147 victims

At least 147 Kenyans were killed in Thursday morning’s terror attack on Garissa University College, a number Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery described as a “high human cost.” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery announced late Thursday that security forces had ended the day-long siege at the institution, after they killed the four attackers who had taken hostages. – Capital News

Juba women lead anti-war protest

A group of anti-war protesters gathered in the South Sudanese capital Thursday calling on the country’s government to recommit to the peace process. The rally and prayer event was organized by the Women’s Monthly Forum on Peace Process and Working Women Association of the University of Juba.  – Radio Tamazuj

Dar es Salaam  to receive port upgrades

Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) management has pledged to modernise and make Dar es Salaam Port more competitive, to effectively serve countries in the region. The Authority’s Acting Director General, Mr. Awadh Massawe, made the promise in Dar es Salaam just after the recent visit of presidents Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Paul Kagame of Rwanda at the Port. – Trademark East Africa

Johannesburg introduces new ombud

The city of Johannesburg has appointed a City Ombudsman‚ Siduduzo Gumede. The office of the ombudsman‚ the first of its kind in the city‚ will investigate any alleged maladministration in municipalities and to complaints by the public who feel they have not been treated fairly by the city. – Times Live

Nalukolongo and other Uganda schools closed for alleged terrorist training

Mosques and Islamic schools (Madrasas) in Uganda are being used to train terrorists attached to Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabab militants, police sources in the East African country have claimed. Police said seven suspects were rounded up in a mosque in a Nalukolongo suburb at 4am while training youths. – The Africa Report

Harare street vendors to move from CBD

At least 10, 000 informal traders have been registered for allocation at approved vending sites in the Central Business District (CBD) while nine additional home industries had been identified and approved by the Harare City Council. This follows a recent directive by local government minister, Ignatius Chombo, insisting on vendor removal from the pavements. – New Zimbabwe

Cairo protesters acquitted

A Cairo court on Tuesday acquitted dozens of detainees arrested during protests commemorating the anniversary of the 2011 revolt in January, a judicial source told Ahram Online. The court found 68 detainees not guilty of charges that included blocking roads, and violating a law that bans protests without prior police consent. – Ahram Online

Ondwediva town floods nearby villages

The residents of Elyambala and Otshinyadhila villages near Ongwediva in the Oshana region are up in arms, after the Ongwediva town council opened some of its oxidation dams to allow sewage water to flow into their villages and beyond. The town council built an overflow canal from one of the sewage dams to allow the sewage to flow into the Elyambala pan, because its dams are now full. – The Namibian

Cape Town students call for decolonisation

The Cecil John Rhodes statue at UCT has been boarded up, and students are in the second week of their sit-in at Bremner Building. Beyond the removal of the statue itself, the Rhodes Must Fall movement calls for “decolonisation” instead of “transformation” and emphasizes the importance of creating an intersectional movement.  – allAfrica.com

Mombasa  hosts regional ICT summit

The inaugural regional ICT [Information, Communication and Technology] summit dubbed Connected East Africa has opened in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. The three-day event, previously known as Connect Kenya, will address issues of building an integrated ICT infrastructure and policies in the region.  – New Vision

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