Weekly news roundup: November 14, 2014

Bamako clinic experiences two Ebola fatalities

A Malian official on Wednesday confirmed two Ebola deaths, that were not thought to be related to Mali’s only previous instance of the disease. The two fatalities were at the Clinique Pasteur private clinic in the capital, regarded as one of the best medical facilities in the city. The clinic was placed under lockdown by police on Tuesday night. – Deutsche Welle.

Abidjan: AfDB Presidential Awards put Nairobi under spotlight

The African Development Bank’s 2014 Presidential Award for Excellence was awarded to the Nairobi-Thika Highway improvement project,  a 45-kilometre eight-lane motorway  between Nairobi’s central business district and the town of Thika, said to have improved the lives of  many. – AfDB.

Ilorin heavy vehicle collision kills 14

Fourteen passengers were burnt beyond recognition on Wednesday, while others sustained varying degrees of fire related injuries when a fully loaded tanker and a truck collided along Ogbomoso-Jebba Road in the capital of Kwara State, Nigeria. – This Day Live.

Khartoum anti-rape vigil prevented by security forces

Sudanese Security forces prevented a vigil called-out on Tuesday by a group of organisations, including the youth branch of the National Consensus Forces (NCF), concerning the allegations of a mass-rape of women and girls in Tabit, North Darfur. Radio Dabanga.

Khartoum’s failing hospitals

African Arguments editor reports on the state of healthcare in Sudan’s capital. With little to no resources, healthcare professionals operate in the grey spaces between the exercise of indifference and personal sacrifice. – African Arguments.

Kampala traders protest municipality plan to take over city abattoir

City Abattoir traders have rejected plans by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to take over the management of the Old Port Bell road-based meat-processing facility, which employs up to 20,000 people. – The Observer (Uganda).

Nairobi women to protest against sexual assault

An incident of a woman that was violently and sexually assaulted in Accra, Ghana, near a public busstop by a group of men has been shared across social media platforms, and motivated a group of women in Kenya’s capital to host a miniskirt protest next week. – The Star.

Sub-Saharan Africa‘s fast-growing city farms

According to the latest study on the global scale of urban agriculture, urban farmers in sub-Saharan Africa supply up to 90 percent of the leafy salad greens consumed in the region’s cities. – Reuters.

Harare music show erupts in violence

Scores of fans were injured at the City Sports Centre in Harare on Saturday during the ‘Sting’ Dancehall show.  An eruption of violence, prompted by two musicians getting physical, resulted in the police firing teargas into the crowd of excitable fans. – Zimbabwe Situation.

Windhoek youth claim city plot

Frustrated young citizens of Namibia’s capital decided to take matters into their own hands and grabbed a vacant plot of municipal land in response to reports on how the Windhoek municipality has been dishing out land to councillors, their children and ‘special’ members of society. – The Namibian.

Gobabis backyard shacks under threat

Residents of Gobabis, Namibia, are up in arms over municipal threats last week to demolish the shacks they erected in the backyards of their houses. Residents question how the municipality can force them to dismantle structures that they put up in the confines of their own homes while illegal informal settlements in the area continue to grow unabated. – New Era.

Cape Town SAPS and Khayelitsha members address policing concerns

Following the Khayelitsha Inquiry into policing, a series of meetings have been organised between the SA police service and the Khayelitsha community. The latest was held last weekend to discuss a way forward in addressing policing problems,  Johnnie Isaac from GroundUp shares what was discussed. – GroundUp.

 

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