Weekly news roundup: May 30, 2014

Abuja “BringBackOurGirls” peaceful protest disrupted

All Progressives Congress (APC) condemned the attack against protesters yesterday, alleging the attack to have been sponsored and orchestrated to shift the focus from blaming Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, for the continued plight of the kidnapped girls. – This Day Live.

Jos‘ street traders to find alternative operating areas

Following the twin bomb blasts that rocked the central business area of Jos, Nigeria, on May 20, Plateau State Government has banned street trading, hawking and street motor parks. – Sun News.

Bangui church attacked

A church in Central African Republic’s capital was attacked by Muslim fighters on Wednesday. Thousands had been seeking refuge in the compound following clashes between Muslim and Christian groups. At least 10 people were killed. – Deutsche Welle.

Nairobi traders face uncertain future after security crackdown

Commercial activity in Nairobi’s Eastleigh suburb has dropped by 60% since security crackdowns started in April. Business owners in Eastleigh say they fear imminent closure of their shops as customers and traders continue to avoid the trading hub. – Sabahi.

Konza City development delays deter investors

Kenya is likely to lose major investors who are interested in setting up businesses at the Konza City, if delays in developing basic infrastructure continue. Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) CEO, Catherine Adey,has already admitted to losing investors to developments in other East African urban strongholds. – Capital FM.

Dar es Salaam City to reassess administrative structure

Tanzania’s Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda, admitted this week to the big challenge Dar es Salaam’s current administrative structure presents in its inefficiency, and appealed to the city’s district councils to negotiate misunderstandings and determine structural clarity – Daily News (Tanzania).

Kampala set for infrastructural transformation

Kampala Capital City Authority is planning to transform the face of Uganda’s capital city’s road network within the next four years. By December 2019, Kampala is prospected to have faster movement, easier access to markets and better road safety. – The Observer (Uganda).

Harare ignited by biggest street party

Business came to a halt in the city centre on Saturday afternoon as the Harare International Carnival “Street Party” stole attention from all activities on Harare’s streets. – The Herald.

Maputo‘s airport security arrest three drug traffickers

A further three drug traffickers were arrested by Mozambican police at Maputo International Airport last week, all of whom had travelled from Brazil and were attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country. – AllAfrica.

Mozambican cities negotiate road and landfill developments

Mozambican government has signed two loan agreements with South Korea’s Eximbank to the total of US$124 million, Mozambique News Agency reports. Cities of Nampula, Matola and Maputo are the targets for investment. – AllAfrica.

Johannesburg to set the standard for being green

South Africa’s largest metropolis, Johannesburg, has big plans to become one of the continent’s greenest cities. With Addis Ababa, Cairo and Lagos, Johannesburg has joined a network of megacities across the world which aims to play a leading role in combatting climate change. – AllAfrica.

Cape Town‘s homeless brace for winter

The Haven Night Shelter in central Cape Town, one of the largest organisations providing assistance for the homeless in the province, fear they will not have enough room to cater for more people this winter. – GroundUp.

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