Urban News Roundup: February 27, 2015

Dar es Salaam: scholar underscores management of urbanisation
Urbanisation and planning are important aspects in the country’s development agenda, said Prof Joseph Semboja, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI) Institute. He said the reality of urbanisation is sinking in but significant challenges remain. The process should be managed so as to rightfully serve the people. — In2EastAfrica

Nairobi:  Lake Turkana wind power project has been named the African renewables deal of the year
The Lake Turkana wind power project has been named the African renewables deal of the year 2014 at the I-J-global awards 2014 Europe & Africa in London. The lake Turkana wind power project will provide 310 MW of reliable, low-cost, onshore wind power to the republic of Kenya’s national grid, which is equivalent to approximately 20% of the current installed electricity generating capacity. — KTN

Mogadishu: Somalia’s al Shabaab says it fired on presidential palace
Somalia’s al Shabaab militants said they carried out a mortar attack on the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.The al Qaeda-affiliated group was pushed out of Mogadishu by African peacekeeping forces in 2011 but has waged a series of gun and grenade attacks to try to overthrow the government and impose its strict version of sharia law.— Reuters

Yaounde: Fighting Boko Haram — Trans-border Security Commission take a firm stance
The third session of the Cameroon-Nigeria Trans-border security meeting took place in Yaounde from 18th-20th February 2015.The gathering was aimed at finding concrete solutions to the frequent security challenges along the maritime and land borders between the two countries at a time when the terrorist group Boko Haram has been launching a number of offensives. — CrTV

Jos: Multiple explosions rock Jos motor park; many feared dead
Multiple explosions have occurred at the Bauchi Road motor park in Jos, the Plateau state capital, and many people are feared killed. The park is a major bus terminus within Jos, located adjacent to the main campus of the University of Jos. The report of the explosion in Jos came hours after another suicide bombing killed 20 people and injured 17 others in Biu, Borno state.— Premium Times

Addis Ababa: Machar calls on Kiir to engage in direct negotiations in Addis Ababa
South Sudanese former vice-president and rebel leader, Riek Machar, has called on his counterpart, president Salva Kiir, to “pack his suitcase” and come to Addis Ababa for direct negotiations with him in order to quickly resolve major sticking points and end the 14-month long civil war in the country. — Sudan Tribune

Cairo: One killed after multiple blasts hit Cairo
One person was killed in a bombing outside a pizzeria in the Egyptian capital Thursday as other blasts hit a police station and offices of cell phone companies, a health official said. The bomb tore off the legs of the victim who was pronounced dead in hospital, health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told AFP. Two other people were wounded. — Al Arabiya News

Windhoek: Government flats in awful state
Broken windows, blocked toilets, damaged taps and leaking pipes which cause pools of water make up the sorry state of affairs at some of the government flats in Windhoek. Conditions were bad in the past, but now they are worse. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts learned this first hand yesterday, after the auditor general’s reports of 2009, 2010 and 2011 expressed concern over poor maintenance and lack of regular inspections at the flats. — The Namibian

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