Weekly news roundup: November 21, 2014

Nairobi women demonstrate against gender violence.

At the busy intersection of Accra Road and Tom Mboya Street in downtown Nairobi, a cacophony of voices clamour to be heard. Buses and vans vie for space on the roadside, and touts solicit passengers to ply their routes. Nearly everyone is on the move. Shortly after 12pm on 17 November, one noise superseded all the rest – that of more than 200 women, plus a few men, marching, blowing whistles, chanting and yelling for their constitutional right to be protected from sexual violence, and to wear a miniskirt.- The Guardian.

Traffic lights are causing accidents in Juba. A Director of Traffic at the Traffic Police Station in Juba Town, Ater Nicnora, has advised road users inside the Juba City to abide by the traffic rules and regulations and to respect the recently installed traffic lights in order to minimize traffic accident related injuries and deaths. Speaking to the Nation Mirror on Thursday, Colonel Nicnora said some drivers and boda boda riders who might have been born and grown up in the country without exposure to the traffic lights before are behind the accidents. He said the first days following introduction of the lights registered many accidents due to confusion, but nowadays, according to him, most of the drivers have got used to it.- The Nation Mirror.

Poor drainage system leaves Harare flooded. The heavy rains that hit Harare on Monday exposed the Harare city council’s failure to deal with the city’s drainage system as a number of streets were left submerged in water. – News Daily.

Maputo‘s economic boom marginalises the poor. Mozambique has one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, driven by coal mining and other extractive industries. Nowhere is this prosperity more noticeable than in the capital Maputo, where cranes straddle the city building scores of new tower blocks. But this boom has so far failed to benefit the majority of the population, many of whom still live in poverty. – Sci Dev.

Police seize church property in Khartoum. Security personnel have taken over the house of a pastor at a church compound in Khartoum North, claiming the land is owned by investors who want to build a shopping centre. According to a source at the church, police and security personnel have deployed around the property while church members gathered inside the church praying. – Radio Tamazuj.

Luanda’s costly new airport raises questions. Construction of a new Chinese-built airport south-east of Luanda in Bengo Province is key to Angola’s development programme, with the airport mooted as a regional hub that could rival Johannesburg. The cost of the new airport is estimated by several sources at around $3bn. A Chinese credit line is financing the project, though details of this are scarce. – The Africa Report.

Police raid Mombasa mosques. One man has been killed and more than 200 people arrested during raids on two mosques in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, which police accused of having links with Somalia’s al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab fighters. – Aljazeera

Libreville, a hub for ivory trade? An ivory dealer was arrested in possession of 33 kilogram of ivory to sell in Libreville. It shows that there is indeed a network, if not a market for the sale of ivory in Libreville. Also worrying is the fact that the man was able to go from Koulamoutou to Libreville without being intercepted earlier by ground controls. – Gabonews.

Global city planners think outside their boundaries in Dar Es Salaam. More than 50 mayors, urban planners and technical experts from 25 cities around the world gather in Dar es Salaam to “think outside their boundary” and share experiences on managing rapid urban expansion through metropolitan planning. The event, called the Global Lab on Metropolitan Strategic Planning, or MetroLab, took place from November 17th to 20th co-organized by the World Bank and the city of Dar es Salaam. – World Bank.

Documentary on Kampala slums seeks to mobilise the community. A film explores how Uganda’s National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF) is working with local NGO ACTogether to mobilise slum communities in Kampala. It focuses on the informal settlement of Kibuye, one of Kampala’s 63 slums, capturing everyday life and documenting how technology is helping the community participate in decisions that affect their quality of life. – Sci Dev.

Johannesburg‘s art scene is thriving, but at what price? Johannesburg, long considered a major economic and cultural city in South Africa, is undergoing continued urban renewal especially in its arts precincts like Maboneng and Newtown. But as African major cities undergo renewal in order to provide the necessary infrastructure to position themselves as global cities, questions inevitably arise over the implications associated with urban redevelopment. – The Guardian.

Mombasa – Bujumbura corridor construction officially launched. Upgrading of the Voi-Taveta road has started. The project is part of the 1,545km Mombasa- Bujumbura Corridor construction. The new route will reduce the distance from Mombasa to Bujumbura by 358km. – Trade Mark East Africa.


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