Weekly news roundup: July 4, 2014

Kampala on guard for terrorist threat. Security agencies have deployed both the police and military police in and around Kampala city following reports that a terrorist organisation planned to attack Entebbe International Airport.  Counter terrorism police and military officers manned the city centre and all major entrances to the capital. – Daily Monitor.

Somali deputy shot dead in Mogadishu during Ramadan. Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab says it has shot dead a prominent MP in the capital, Mogadishu. Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, has vowed to step up attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It lost control of Mogadishu to a 22,000-strong African Union (AU) force in 2011, but has continued to carry out bombings and assassinations in the city. – BBC.

Health ministers meet in Accra to solve Ebola crisis. Health ministers and officials from 11 West African countries met in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, for a two-day meeting on the Ebola epidemic which has killed scores of people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The emergency conference was convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in response to the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. – Deutsche Welle.

Newspaper confiscation indignates journalists in Khartoum. For the second consecutive day, the Sudanese security confiscated El Taghyeer newspaper in Khartoum. The security authorities did not provide any reasons for the confiscation. The Sudanese Journalists Network organised a sit-in before the National Council for Press and Publications at the end of last week, protesting the harassment of Sudanese journalists. – Radio Dabanga.

Traders mobilise against violence in Monrovia. Normal traffic along the Paynesville-central Monrovia route was disrupted early Wednesday when hundreds of marketers, mostly women, erected road-blocks, demanding justice for the murder of a security guard at the market on Tuesday night. – The New Dawn.

Informal retailers disappointed with Cape Town‘s business plans. Lobby groups, including Western Cape Informal Traders and Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organizing (WIEGO), have criticised the council for what they claim is its failure to include traders in drafting the proposed plans. – GroundUp.

Banjul launches slum upgrading programme. The mayor of Banjul, Abdoulie Bah on Monday launched the participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) UN-HABITAT, at the Banjul City Council Chambers. He stated that the project is for the betterment of urban dwellers and Gambians at large. He said the PSUP is meant to positively contribute to the Millennium Development Goal-7 and to urban poverty alleviation. – Daily Observer.

Lagos should preserve its ecosystems. A massive urban centre such as Lagos is probably the wrong place for talks of a co-existence between human beings and animals – especially the wild, untamed ones. But this is something that Lagos and its planners must necessarily take into consideration, least of all because the city keeps growing and pushing into the many centuries’ old swamps and wetlands that make up a large percentage of the state’s land mass. – Sustainable Cities Collective.

Nairobi celebrates African literature prize. The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize that celebrates first- time writers of fiction on the continent. In collaboration with Etisalat Prize for Literature, Kwani Trust hosted Noviolet Bulawayo, Yewande Omotoso and Karen Jennings – The Star.

Benghazi buries slain Libyan rights activist. Benghazi residents on Friday (June 27th) buried slain Libyan rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis. After prayers, Benghazi women took to the streets to demand an inquiry into the lawyer’s brutal killing, but an unknown group opened fire on them to disperse their rally. – Magharebia.

Addis Ababa to built a new museum. Talks are going on at the prime minister office of Ethiopia to establish a museum and park complex at the heart of Addis Ababa. It will be established by combining the national palace with Ghion Hotel and the Addis Ababa filwoha and hot springs. –allAfrica.

New air routes for Harare, Windhoek and Lusaka. Air Namibia has introduced a 112 seater Airbus A319 to service its Harare-Windhoek and Harare-Lusaka routes due to increased demand. Air Namibia flies between Harare and Windhoek and Harare and Lusaka four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. – The Herald.



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