Weekly news roundup: October 31, 2014

Ouagadougou demonstrations bring Compaore to step down

President Blaise Compaore resigned on Friday amid mass demonstrations against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule in Burkina Faso. Demonstrators stormed parliament and state television on Thursday, and hundreds of thousands returned to the streets on Friday. – Reuters.

Gombe bus blast ‘kills 23’

A deadly explosion that occurred at a bus station in central Gombe, Nigeria, on Friday, killed at least 23 people and injured many more, the News Agency of Nigeria, has reported. – Premium Times.

 

Mubi attacked, scores feared dead

Dozens of residents of Mubi were feared killed on Wednesday when the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, attacked the commercial nerve centre of Adamawa State, in Nigeria. – The Guardian (Nigeria).

 

Mogadishu civilians targeted in terrorist attacks

Crippled by the Somali National Army and allied forces in the few remaining al-Shabaab-held territories in the country, the group’s fighters have resorted to targeting civilians in small-scale attacks in Mogadishu. – Sabahi.

 

Khartoum hospital sit-in dispersed by police

A demonstration carried out by the unions of health and medical professions at the Khartoum Teaching Hospital was violently dispersed by the police on Thursday. About 12 of the demonstrators at the sit-in were injured. – Radio Dabanga.

 

Nairobi: slums to be connected to the grid

Kenya Power electricity parastatal has decided to formalise the electricity connections in Kenya’s informal settlements, moving away from the original nationwide plan to cut off  illegal supplies that started in Nairobi in January this year.- The Star.

 

Konza Techno City project in need of new CEO

The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA) is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to provide leadership for the development of the Konza Techno City into a sustainable world-class technology hub. – CIO/EastAfrica.

 

Kampala residents unhappy about paraffin price hike

Uganda Parliament has seconded President Yoweri Museveni’s proposal to reinstate Shs 200 tax on Kerosene (paraffin). Most Ugandans are not connected to the power grid, and are unhappy about the extra expense. – The Independent (Uganda).

 

Lusaka streets occupied by protestors

Hundreds of Patriotic Front cadres on Thursday afternoon took to the streets in the capital city to demonstrating against Zambia’s Cabinet decision to appoint Dr Guy Scott as acting President. The cadres argue that Dr. Scott does not qualify to act as Republican President, who was inaugurated after the death of President Michael Sata. – AllAfrica.

 

Windhoek land deal for Italian businessmen

The Windhoek municipality has given the green light to a Switzerland-based company, Holme Investment Namibia, owned by Italians, to buy prime land in the city valued at more than N$60 million. – The Namibian.

 

Johannesburg: Shackdweller relocations – a losing battle

Government seems to have a laudable intention to reach out to poorer urban communities, the latest evidence being the relocation of informal settlements by the Department of Human Settlements. Unfortunately, however, these relocations are fast turning into a travesty. – Daily Maverick.

 

Cape Town portaloo cleaners protest

Protesting portaloo cleaners from Siqalo informal settlement blocked Vanguard Drive during rush hour traffic on Friday morning. They claim that their health is being compromised by inadequate protective equipment – a requirement of their contracts. – GroundUp.

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