The Ninth African Development Forum came to a close on Friday this week in Marrakech, Morocco. Dr Carlos Lopes tells a story of Somalia’s port city, Mogadishu, to shed light on the complex development concerns occurring on the continent. – AllAfrica.
Algeria’s law enforcement officers have staged protests in two major cities this week. While the demonstrations came to an end in Ghardaïa on Wednesday, they continue in the capital. – Algeria Press Service.
Developers in Nigeria’s largest city are erecting structures on wetlands in their haste to accommodate the mushrooming population. Shoddy, rushed and illegal construction, coupled with inferior building materials and corruption, has triggered the recent collapses. – Citiscope.
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed alarm at the recent outbreak of violence in parts of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, targeting civilians, humanitarian workers and UN peacekeepers. – UN News Centre.
The Ugandan section of the Standard Gauge Railway was launched this week. The infrastructure project is part of an integration plan intended to connect Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda’s key cities, East African Business Week reports. – AllAfrica.
Ethiopia’s capital city administration started rolling out a 10-year master plan in 2012 aiming to make the rapidly developing city greener, cleaner and pleasant to live in. Many residents are not convinced it is working yet. – Reuters.
United States Embassy in Ethiopia suspect that Al-Shabaab militants are planning to launch attacks on the capital city in the Bole area where the international airport and several diplomatic missions are located. – Sabahi.
Infrastructure in Mozambique’s capital may be abysmal, but the cultural scene is lively, diverse and sizzling. – Mail and Guardian.
Mozambique’s general elections on Wednesday sparked anger in Beira, where residents complained that polling stations opened late and electoral registers went missing. Some voters suspect that complications were deliberate, Mozambique News Agency reports. – AllAfrica.
Thousands of residents in Zimbabwe’s capital city and surrounding areas are facing eviction from their homes as local authorities embark on an operation to demolish all illegal structures. – IRIN News.
Vendors selling a new ‘sex coffee’ that allegedly enhances sexual performance are making good business on the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital. – Zimbabwe News.
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