Urban News Roundup: February 13, 2015

Cape Town EFF thrown out for disrupting Sona, DA walks out
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema and deputy president Floyd Shivambu were removed from Parliament on Thursday during President Jacob Zuma’s eighth state-of-the-nation address. EFF members demanded to know when Zuma is going to pay back the money towards the costs of security upgrades deemed by the Public Protector to have unfairly benefited him and his family. Shortly afterwards, members of the Democratic Alliance protested against the presence of what they claimed were armed police officers in the House. – Mail and Guardian 

Algiers: Mali premier urges swift deal in peace talks
Mali’s Prime Minister, Modibo Keita, urged a swift agreement in negotiations with rebels restarting this week in Algiers, saying progress was “looking very good” toward a definitive peace deal in the north. Attempts to reach an accord between Mali’s government and the mostly Tuareg rebel movements demanding more autonomy in the country’s north have been complicated by security on the ground and clashes with United Nation’s peace-keepers. – Mail Online

Kinshasa: Hundreds still detained after Congo protests as Kabila gets tough
More than 300 people, including opposition leaders, remain in detention in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after protests last month, reinforcing concerns that President Joseph Kabila plans to cling to power beyond his legal mandate. Kabila is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term next year after winning disputed elections in 2006 and 2011. – Reuters

Kigali: High-level conference on capital markets begins in Rwanda
An international conference dubbed ‘Capital Markets East Africa 2015: Accelerating Economic Development’ started this week in Kigali. The two-day conference, organized by the Government of Rwanda and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group aims to discuss the opportunities availed by nascent capital markets in the region and their role in stimulating long-term, inclusive development. The meet has drawn about 300 global and regional experts, regulators, law firms, issuers, and rating agencies. They will discuss topics ranging from the need for a robust infrastructure for efficient financial markets, human capital investment, the international perspective on domestic issuances and the financing of real sectors through capital markets. – New Times

Bangui: Democracy may have to wait in the Central African Republic
Insecurity and a lack resources could derail elections in the Central African Republic, crucial for the return to normality after almost two years of intense conflict. Already delayed once, the parliamentary and presidential polls – now scheduled for July and August – are provoking a debate over what should come first: national security or democratic process. – IRIN

Windhoek: Businesses hampered by cable thefts
Businesses operating around Soweto in the Windhoed township of Katutura are counting their losses after spending four months without telephony and internet services due to stolen Telecom Namibia copper cables. The theft of cables has reportedly left at least 800 customers in Soweto, Golgotha, Dolam and Wanaheda without telecommunication services, including the Habitat Research Centre. – Windhoek Observer

Massawa: Eritrea expands electrical network
Qingdaohaixi Marine Diesel Co., Ltd. (QMD) and EPC contractor Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute recently signed a contract to supply Eritrea with two MAN B&W 12K60MC-S low-speed engines that will run on liquid fuel. The engines will play a key part in the expansion of the Hirgigo power plant, located 5 km southwest of Massawa, the major city on the Red Sea coast. Shanghai Electric will manufacture the generators for the engines, which are being produced for the Eritrean Electric Corporation (EEC). – Caperi

Nairobi: University of Nairobi ranked 7th best in Africa
The University of Nairobi has been ranked the seventh best in Africa. It is the only Kenyan one in the continent’s top 10 list in the ranking published by Spanish Research firm Webometrics. – Daily Nation

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