Weekly news roundup: July 25, 2014

Tripoli airport consumed by militia clashes

Fresh clashes broke out Friday between rival Libyan militias battling for control of Tripoli airport, the target of 13 days of shelling that have disrupted air links to the outside world. Libya’s main international airport has been shut since fighting erupted on July 13. Daily Maverick reports further on the current governance crisis in Libyan cities – The Daily Star (Lebanon).

Benghazi army base targeted in rebel attack

At least seven people have been killed and 40 others wounded after assailants attacked an army base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday. The attack was reportedly and attempt by Ansar al-Sharia to capture camp belonging to special forces. – AlJazeera.

Monrovia citizen’s vengeance towards Ebola crisis

A Liberian man set fire to a conference room at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as an act of protest against the national government’s handling of the deadly Ebola virus on Wednesday. Maintenance workers struggled to quell the blaze. – FrontPageAfrica.

Accra‘s workers protest against the cost of living

Thousands of workers have heeded the call by Ghana’s organised labour to protest against the worsening economic conditions in the country. The workers gathered at the Obra Spot, Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra on Thursday. – CAJNews/AllAfrica

Lagos newly succumbed to Ebola virus spread

The deadly Ebola virus that has killed hundreds across West Africa may have hit the continent’s most populous city, according to a Thursday statement from the country’s ministry of health. Officials in Lagos, Nigeria, are testing a Liberian man after he collapsed at the city’s airport displaying symptoms of the disease. – Time.

Akure becomes a model for urban renewal

According to Nigeria’s Information Commissioner, Kayode Akinmade, Ondo State has been praised for its initiative to transform its capital from a “rural community to a modern city.” – The Guardian (Nigeria).

Yaounde municipal lake to be rehabilitated

Responding to a call by the Cameroon capital’s city dwellers for attention to be given on upgrading the area around the lake, Yaounde’s Prime Minister has set a “partnership contract scheme” in motion towards its rehabilitation. – Cameroon Tribune.

Adama to get a new masterplan

The Adama City Administration is going to prepare a new masterplan, through a collaborative study with New York University, for the fast growing commercial town in the Oromia Regional State of Ethiopia. The new masterplan will comprise a residential area, commercial centers and industrial areas, among others. – The Reporter (Ethiopia).

Khartoum newspaper house welcomes back recovered editor

The editor-in-chief of El Tayyar daily newspaper, Osman Mirghani, was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, after recovering from injuries inflicted by a group of masked gunmen. The assailants stormed the El Tayyar office on Saturday in downtown Khartoum, where Mirghani was attacked. – Radio Dabanga.

Nairobi‘s slum within a slum

In 2009, nearly 5,000 Kibera residents were relocated to the KENSUP Soweto East settlement, a pilot project in Nairobi’s largest informal settlement. Despite the move to brick and mortar housing, many residents feel abandoned by the lack of service delivery. – IPSNews.

Kampala‘s police pinned for violence against street children

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) reveals that children on Ugandan streets face unspeakable, physical and sexual violence. Most of this violence is meted out on children mainly by police. According to the 71-page document, police and other officials, including those from the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), have beaten, extorted money from, and arbitrarily detained street children, after targeted roundups. – The Observer (Uganda).

Walvis Bay faces possible load-shedding

Namibia’s coastal city faces the risk of load-shedding if its consumption of electricity continues to rise. According to Chief Executive Officer of Erongo Red, Robert Kahimise, the demand for electricity is at its highest over the winter months. – New Era.

Cape Town Municipality accused of involvement in Lwandle residents displacement

South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has shifted the blame of the eviction of Nomzamo residents to the City of Cape Town. Residents would have relocated had the City not withdrawn negototiations in 2011, say attorneys for SANRAL. GroundUp provides a short history of evicted Nomzamo residents. – GroundUp.

Read older posts from this section

Leave a Reply