Weekly news roundup: June 20, 2014

Somali traders in Nairobi feel heat from crackdown. A security operation aimed at migrants in Nairobi has led to the arrests of more than 4,000 people, most from Eastleigh, the Somali neighborhood. These arrests, the business community says, have hurt trade in the once-thriving commercial district of East Africa’s economic powerhouse.  – ALJAZEERA.

Kinshasa gets safer roads with intelligent robots. In Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, major roads have become safer for pedestrians at crossings. Intelligent robots regulate the traffic and prevent fatal accidents. – Deutsche Welle.

Pigs and protest in Kampala. Two Ugandan students and police have been arrested after two painted pigs were smuggled past tight parliament security in a protest against political corruption and youth unemployment. The pigs, painted yellow – the colour of the ruling National Resistance Movement – were smuggled by two university students for their protest in Kampala on Tuesday. – AlJAZEERA.

Urban planning required for Dar, Arusha, Mwanza and Tanga. Tanzanian cities and municipalities are facing a crisis in planning. Most of them don’t have updated master plans and spend much of their scant resources on surveying plots for residential homes. According to a Strategic Cities Project report which includes local cities of Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Tanga, planners have failed to allocate land for industries, commercial complexes, recreation and drainage. – Tanzania Daily News.

Mombasa demonstrates against poor security. Police fired teargas and rubber bullets on Thursday in Mombasa to disperse a demonstration about poor security, which was called after gunmen killed about 65 people in Mpeketoni. Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group, blamed for other deadly assaults in Kenya, claimed responsibility but President Uhuru Kenyatta dismissed that claim and accused domestic political rivals of involvement. – News24.

Academy on the way for female taxi drivers in Cairo. One of Egypt’s few female taxi drivers is setting up an academy to train women to join her in the trade, and is searching for an angel investor to help fulfill her plan to give four groups of 25 women a year a course in taxi-driving. The programme would encompass driving technique, customer service, mental strength, car maintenance and English lessons. – The Guardian.

Gnaoua Festival promotes dialogue in Essaouira. Every time it hosts the Gnaoua World Music Festival, the Moroccan city of Essaouira is transformed into a crossroads for world cultures and civilisations. The 17th edition of the event was attended by musicians and artists from all over. The performers act as ambassadors for their countries’ heritage. – Magharebia.

Plans to develop Rwanda’s secondary cities. The second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS2) has been done to increase urbanisation through development of secondary cities in Rwanda. With Kigali as the capital, government earmarked the six towns of Huye, Rubavu, Nyagatare, Rwamagana, Rusizi and Musanze districts for fast-tracking as secondary cities. – The New Times.

Car bomb explodes at a hospital in Mogadishu. A car bomb exploded in Mogadishu inside the compound of Keysaney Hospital, a facility run by the Somali Red Crescent Society with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). One person was killed and seven others were injured in the blast. – allAfrica.

Lilongwe aims to reduce car burglaries. Police hosted a five day-long series of anti-motor vehicle theft sensitization meetings with taxi drivers in all the major taxi ranks within the city of Lilongwe aimed at reducing motor vehicle thefts. The sensitization meetings have been organized in the wake of increasing cases of motor vehicle thefts in the city. –allAfrica.

Government fears Islamist militant attacks in Abuja. Islamist militants are planning to attack Nigeria’s capital with bombs loaded on petrol lorries, the Nigerian government said, stoking fears of a sustained push to the south from their northern heartland. The presence of a high-ranking militant in the mainly Christian south has raised concerns that Boko Haram could eventually attempt attacks in the oil-producing Niger delta. – Reuters.

Hip hop takes the streets of Nouakchott. Nouakchott played host to the seventh Assalamalekoum International Festival, which wrapped up Wednesday (June 18th). The seven-day event “sets the capital humming with the sound of hip-hop and spreads the values of tolerance and cultural diversity”, organisers said. – Magharebia.



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