Weekly news roundup: December 12, 2014

Cairo bath house raided in crackdown of gay community

At least 25 men were arrested during a police raid at a bath house in central Cairo in an apparent sting operation initiated by a television crew. The police behaviour is the latest example of the zero-tolerance of homosexuality expressed by Egyptian political authorities. – The Guardian (UK).


Cairo woman broadcasts street harassment in the city

A video created by a woman in Egypt’s capital, initially taken for Dot MSR, an Egyptian news website, highlights the experiences of women walking in the city who endure relentless acts of harassment on the streets. – ABC News.


Abidjan: international money players convene to discuss Africa’s growth

The Rockefeller Foundation, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) convened the Africa Forum on Inclusive Economies  on Tuesday to discuss greater inclusion as Africa grows economically. AllAfrica.


Accra battles nationwide cholera outbreak

A fresh wave of the cholera epidemic has left two people dead and affected more than 100 in Ghana, barely eight months after a nationwide outbreak  that claimed 217 lives. The capital city is one of the communities most hard hit in Ghana in the latest outbreak. – CAJ News.


Nigerian cities: Health workers call off nationwide strike

Health workers in Nigeria have called off their earlier indefinite strike over insensitivity to the workers’ plight by the health minister. The decision came after two days of talks with government officials. Vanguard reports on the ripple effects of the strike on Federal Government-owned hospitals in Lagos. – TVC News.


Kano and Jos: twin suicide bomb attacks in city spaces trending?

Six people died on Wednesday while seven others were injured when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at Kantin Kwari textile market in Kano less than two weeks after a similar incident happened at Kano Central Mosque which claimed more than 100 lives, Vanguard reports. Daily Trust reports on a similar occurrence in north-eastern Maiduguri two weeks ago.On Thursday evening, the latest attack of twin bomb explosions occurred in front of Mr Biggs Eatery in Jos’ city centre, killing an unconfirmed number of people. – ThisDayLive.


Minna inmates escape prison, less than half retrieved

Three-hundred inmates escaped Mina Medium Prisons, in west central Nigeria, on Saturday. Pending the outcome of investigations on the jailbreak, the federal government, through the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro has ordered the immediate suspension of Niger State Controller of Prisons, Musa Maiyaki. According to ThisDayLive, only 108 prisoners have been recaptured. – Leadership.


Beni massacres reveal complexity of DRC violence

The murders of more than 250 men, women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Beni in recent weeks have widely been blamed on an insurgency of Ugandan origin known as the Alliance of Democratic Forces-NALU (ADF-NALU). The killings were carried out in various episodes between October and December. – IRIN News.


Mogadishu water well is not one to wish upon

At least 50 people have died in Somalia’s capital after drinking contaminated water from a newly constructed well in the northern parts of the city, an official said on Thursday. More than 150 people who had woater from the well were recently hospitalised. – CNN News.


Nairobi assaulters of woman on bus face death penalty

Two members of a bus crew linked to an incident in September where a woman was stripped and sexually molested in a Githurai bus, were on Wednesday charged with robbery with violence.  The perpetrators will face the death penalty if found guilty. Capital News has the latest on the court ruling delivered on Thursday. – The Star.


Nairobi protestors dump 20 donkeys in CBD

Activists on Thursday morning dumped 20 donkeys on Nairobi’s Muindi Mbingu Street to protest the government’s lack of action on a number of issues. In a protest that seemed to align with the 51st Jamburi Day official celebrations, the donkeys were all spray-painted with the word Tumechoka (We’re fed-up) below a logo of a clenched fist inside a horseshoe. – The Star.


South African cities: cheap and abundant electricity something of the past

An analysis of the provision of electricity by state-owned Eskom considers the multifaceted crisis and the necessary steps to address it. Cheap electricity has always contributed to funding local government. Increases in tariffs have reduced the amount of electricity being sold, impacting negatively on municipal finances. – Daily Maverick.


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