Weekly news roundup: November 8, 2014

Demonstrators rally against acting president in Lusaka. Police and demonstrators clashed early on Tuesday in protests against the acting president, a white Zambian who fired the ruling party’s chief following the death last week of president Michael Sata. The riots started on Monday night in several places in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, including the University of Zambia and a government building designated as a place for Sata’s mourners to gather. – News24.

Protests in the streets of Ouagadougou. The situation is tense in Burkina Faso’s capital, after demonstrators protested against the army and soldiers fired shots near the state TV station. – BBC.

Mogadishu split into two cities: the wealthy and the por. The first ATM and the construction of modern buildings and trendy restaurants are exciting signs of growth for those living in Somalia’s capital. That is, if you have money. Even as war-torn Mogadishu makes strides forward, thousands of residents are facing the prospect of severe hunger. It’s a tale of two very different Mogadishus. One — violent and hungry — is long known to the world. The other is not. – abc NEWS.

Pretoria threatened by blackouts. The city of Tshwane municipality is threatening to plunge South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria into darkness over huge unpaid utility bills. The city of Tshwane supplies water and electricity to neighbouring regions, government departments, businesses and embassies, but it says it’s owed R6.6bn ($583m; £368m) in unpaid bills. Now the city says it will start cutting off customers if the debts aren’t settled. – BBC.

Khartoum‘s health workers on strike. The workers in the Khartoum Teaching Hospital went on strike Thursday. Their strike is aimed against the security apparatus’ summons and detentions of several members of the health and medical unions. – Radio Dabanga.

Encouraging the cycle revolution in Cairo. Chaotic traffic, no cycle lanes, smog, potholes … Cairo’s not known for its cycling for good reason. But the owners of the city’s first custom bike shop think it’s time for that to change. Kareem Abdullah and Dirk Wanrooij, the founders of Ain Bicycles, a new shop that makes bespoke commuter bikes, reckon they’re the first to do what they do in Egypt. – The Guardian.

Sweepers lament garbage in the streets of Monrovia. Even though street sweepers are paid to do their jobs, some of them are complaining that the job is a humiliating and difficult one to do in Liberia. Some sweepers, who feared reprisals if identified, told reporters that as they sweep up the trash during work hours in Monrovia, more trash is  spread behind them as though  they had not done any work. – Daily Observer.

Nairobi’s Silicon Savannah springs to life. Nairobi’s shiny new malls and snazzy restaurants jostle for attention alongside the sprawling slums that house more than half the city’s population. And the “Silicon Savannah” in Kenya’s capital is springing to life, buoyed by the success of mobile phone money transfers and Kenyans’ enthusiastic adoption of social media. – Financial Times.

Lagos promotes fair trade. The 2014 Lagos International Trade Fair formally kicked-off November 7, at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, amidst pageantry. The fair which is billed to run between November 7 -16, 2014, is being organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI. – Vanguard.

Kenyan supermarket opens market in Dar es Salaam. Uchumi, a Kenyan supermarket chain, has acquired a store in Tanzania as part of its aggressive expansion plan in that market. The acquisition of the outlet from Dar es Salaam-based Sifamart Supermarkets was concluded last week in a deal financed by debt. The latest expansion increased Uchumi’s branches in Tanzania to five. – The Citizen.

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