Urban News Roundup: May 29, 2015

Tobruk: Libya Prime Minister ‘escapes assassination attempt

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says he has survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who attacked his car in the city of Tobruk. Al-Thinni is trying to run the country from Tobruk after being expelled from the capital, Tripoli, by militias in 2014. Libya has been in turmoil since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from power in 2011. — BBC

Abuja: Muhammadu Buhari wins presidency in Nigerian election

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria. 72-year-old Buhari beat incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by more than 2.5 million votes. Buhari’s victory is a hugely significant moment in Nigeria’s turbulent history. Never before has a sitting president been defeated in an election. — BBC

Djibouti City: Djibouti dreams of being ‘new Dubai’

For years the Horn of Africa nation Djibouti was seen by foreign powers as a far-flung military outpost overlooking the Gulf of Aden. Now the strategic port wants to capitalise on its key position on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the gateway to the Suez canal. To achieve this, the former French colony has embarked on a series of infrastructure projects expected to cost some $14 billion. — African Review

Nelson Mandela Bay: Danny Jordaan sworn in as mayor

Jordaan has been sworn in as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa at a ceremony in New Brighton. Mr Jordaan is the head of the South African Football Association‚ which has been accused of paying a $10m bribe to Fifa’s Jack Warner to secure the 2010 World Cup tournament for South Africa. Mr Jordaan replaced 82-year-old Ben Fihla‚ who was widely criticised for his inability to unite the region and focus on service delivery. — BDLive

Dar es Salaam: Tanzania to spend $2 billion to unclog its commercial capital

Tanzania plans to spend 4.394 trillion shillings ($2 billion) to build new roads and a bus rapid transit system to unclog traffic in its commercial capital. Dar es Salaam is one of the fastest-growing cities in sub-Saharan Africa, but it faces a crippling traffic problem. The east African region, which has made significant discoveries of energy in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, has been racing to build new transport links to make up for decades of neglect and underinvestment. — Reuters

Abidjan: Nigeria’s Adesina is African Development Bank’s next president

Nigeria’s outgoing Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina has been elected by African Development Bank’s Board of Governors as the bank’s new president. Adesina, who will be replacing Rwanda’s Donald Kaberuka, beat a field of seven other contestants in a race described as one of the closest in the bank’s history. — The New Times

Addis Ababa: Ethiopia’s ruling party sweeps elections

Ethiopia’s ruling party, the EPRDF, and its allies have won a landslide victory in the country’s parliamentary elections, based on preliminary results from the weekend polls. The EPRDF and its allies have so far won all of 442 seats declared, leaving the opposition empty-handed. The election was marred by allegations by the EPRDF’s political opponents that their supporters were harassed. — Al Jazeera

Harare: Constitutional Court outlaws prostitution arrests

In Zimbabwe, the Constitutional Court has outlawed the arrest of women on charges of soliciting for sex in the absence of men confirming they were offered the services for a fee. Women have long been apprehended in various police operations and charged with loitering for the purposes of prostitution. In Harare, such arrests have become a common feature in the Avenues area. — The Herald

Tunis: Tunisia is running out of cultural spaces

Tunisia’s culture vultures have called for an end to an ‘alarming’ government crackdown on the arts which has forced some of the capital’s best loved culture spaces to close their doors. The recent clampdown has seen the closure of two of the city’s most popular venues due to a cocktail of poor funding and licensing bureaucracy. Many inside the arts scene have expressed dismay at the demise of the two cafes, both of which provided a selection of cultural events and performances to an audience traditionally deprived of such opportunities. — Tunisia Live

Kigali: Female city cleaners, the unsung heroes

Over the years, the City of Kigali in Rwanda has reveled in the enviable reputation of “clean city,” a tag that is hard to put on many developing countries. One of the reasons behind this success is the government’s ban on plastic packaging materials. The other, and probably least highlighted reason, is the large army of female cleaners who actually ensure that whatever little garbage makes it to the streets and public spaces is disposed immediately. — The New Times

Beijing: China prioritises funding infrastructure projects in Angola

At the Fifth Joint Bilateral Co-operation Committee between delegates from Angola and China in Beijing, it was agreed that investment in structuring projects in the fields of energy, water and agriculture will be among the Chinese priorities. The main objective is to accelerate the industrialisation of Angola. Angola is China’s second largest trading partner in Africa, behind South Africa. — Angola Press Agency






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