Urban News Roundup: March 20, 2015

Cairo to be replaced by new planned capital city

Over the weekend, Egypt unveiled plans to build a wholly new capital somewhere to Cairo’s east, closer to the Red Sea. It would sprawl across some 150 square miles and potentially be home to as many as 7 million people, with the aim of boosting the country’s flagging economy. – National Post

Arusha faces water shortages

As the National Water Week kicked off in the country yesterday, it has been observed that most taps in Arusha City have run dry, some for the past four months, leaving over 500,000 residents without the precious liquid in their reservoirs. – Daily News Online

Luanda hosts the Ministry of Urbanism’s consultative council

The Ministry of Urbanism and Housing (MINUHA) holds Friday in Luanda its fourth Consultative Council, under the motto: “Infra-structure to ensure adequate housing” According to a press release from the MINUHA, arrived Tuesday to ANGOP, the theme of the meeting reflects the main challenges of the sector listed in the National Programme of Urbanisation and Housing, running nationwide. – Portal Angop

Nairobi has most expensive rental homes

Nairobi County residents pay the highest rents in the country, followed by Mombasa and Kiambu, according to the latest Kenya National Housing report released on Monday by the Lands and Urban Planning Ministry. – Daily Nation

Lagos court rules restriction of movement ‘unlawful’

A Federal High Court in Lagos has ruled that the restriction of movement during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state is unlawful and a violation of the citizens’ right to liberty and freedom. – Premium Times

Harare prison riot kills threeAt least three prisoners are now known to have died in a riot at a Harare maximum security prison on Friday. Zimbabwe’s state radio says prisoners were trying to escape and five of the most seriously injured are still in hospital. – Eyewitness News

Monrovia school teachers continue their strike

Strike action staged by Catholic school teachers might continue today for the third week if their demands are not met by the Catholic Educational Secretarial (CES). The teachers said during a recent meeting held at the St. Michael Elementary School in Gardnersville they resolved not to return to school until their demands are met. – allAfrica.com

Kinshasa pro-democracy event leads to activists’ arrest

The Democratic Republic of Congo has detained around 40 activists and a US diplomat at a pro-democracy meeting in the capital Kinshasa. Activists of various African nationalities, were picked up at the event, which was also attended by journalists and musicians. – Al Jazeera




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