Weekly news roundup: May 23, 2014

Ouagadougou, capital of Sahel security for a week. Intelligence and security chiefs from across the Sahel met this week in Ouagadougou to discuss shared concerns. The two-day event, which finished Tuesday (May 20th), gathered officials from Nouakchott Process member states Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Chad, Ivory Coast and Guinea. – Magharebia.

Tripoli on alert. The Libyan capital remained tense on Monday, a day after forces loyal to a renegade general stormed the parliament. Libya‘s leadership condemned Sunday’s brazen attack, in which two people reportedly died and more than 50 were wounded, and vowed to carry on. – The Guardian.

Johannesburg vies for spot as greenest city. Joburg has big plans to become one of the continent’s greenest cities. With Addis Ababa, Cairo and Lagos, Johannesburg has joined the network of megacities across the world – known as the “C40 Climate Leadership Group” – which aims to play a leading role in moving quickly to combat climate change. – AllAfrica.

Cargo delays in Lagos port. Some clearing agents in Lagos on Thursday said that the delay in computing the 35 percent duty on vehicles by Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) was delaying cargo clearance. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday that the ships, carrying their vehicles and other goods had berthed, but had no space to off-load. – Daily Independent.

Militias clash in Benghazi and Tripoli. Over the last few days, competing militias have clashed in Benghazi and Tripoli underlining the deep tensions within the General National Congress. The conflict has underlined the fractured nature of the Libyan political system and society. – Think Africa Press.

Bomb attack kills five in Kano. A bomb blast ripped through a street of bars and restaurants in Nigeria‘s second biggest city on Sunday night, killing five people, including a suicide bomber, police said. Blame is likely to fall on the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, which has been holding more than 200 schoolgirls hostage since last month. – The Guardian.

Addis Ababa – new hub for textile industry. Textile companies and retailers are setting up operations in and around Addis Ababa to take advantage of the low cost of labour. Bole Lemi is one of two industrial zones (IZs) being established in Addis Ababa and the government has plans to construct similar complexes in other cities, starting with Dire Dawa, Kombolcha and Awassa.-  The Africa Report.

Corrupt officials spark anger in Harare. The latest scandal rocking Harare in which council management converted part of the US$144,4 million loan meant for water and sewer reticulation from China to buy top of the range cars for themselves has sparked outrage in the city with residents demanding the arrest of the Town Clerk and the resignation of Local Government Minister. – The Financial Gazette.

Goma develops its art scene. Mapendo Sumuni has a small but vibrant art house, Kivu Nuru, in the town of Goma. That colourful store is giving Congolese artists reason to celebrate and express themselves in a city that has a hidden potential, seen in the daily struggles of artists trying to make a living from their passion. – Think Africa Press.

Accra launches ExLA 2014. The fourth edition of the Excellent Leadership Awards (ExLA) — instituted in April 2011 to identify and honour personalities and organisations that have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour—was launched in Accra in May 21. – Ghana Government.

Government acknowledges plight of Monrovia’s slum dwellers. The Internal Affairs Minister has admitted that some communities are indeed facing difficulties with slums in their respective areas. Minister Dukuly said, though the majority of the citizenry is slum dwellers, the government is doing everything to respond to such problems because it has the full responsibility to listen to the cry of the people. – The New Dawn.

Twin blasts in Jos kill more than 100. Twin car bombs that exploded at a crowded bus terminal and market in Nigeria’s central city of Jos have killed at least 118 people, the country’s emergency agency said. Boko Haram will likely be under suspicion for the attacks, reports Aljazeera. Jos has been relatively free of attacks by Boko Haram, but the group claimed responsibility for different attacks there in 2011. – Aljazeera.

 

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  1. The Little Art House in Eastern Congo – New article in Think Africa Press | kivunuru

    […] Posted on May 19, 2014 by kivunuru In the midst of regional uncertainty, Mapendo Sumuni’s colourful store in Goma is giving Congolese artists reason to celebrate and express themselves. 19 May 2014, by Timo Mueller for Think Africa Press. The article was later featured by AllAfrica, Africa Speaks 4 Africa, and  University of Cape Town. […]

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