Weekly news roundup: September 5, 2014

Monrovia lifts quarantine on city’s largest township

Describing West Point as the ‘heartbeat’ of the capital city’s commercial activities, the Chairman of West Point Ebola Awareness team reports that life has been brought back to Monrovia since the lifting of the area’s quarantine. Prices of commodities that had increased severely over the restriction period are now dropping steadily. – The News (Liberia).

Monrovia highway a popular throughway for child hawkers

Due to the inability of most traders to afford the high cost of shops and the limited space in the market places, especially in the cities, main roads and highways through Liberia’s capital are popular and reliable areas to make speedy sales. Many amongst those invested in the trade are children. – FrontPageAfrica.

Accra’s e-waste dumping ground needs solution

Accra’s largest slum community, Agbogbloshie, also the second largest e-waste dumping ground in West Africa, has gained international recognition as dangerously hazardous both to the environment and to the health of residents.The Environmental Protection Agency is looking into solutions. – VibeGhana.

Dakar streets roamed by victims of modern-day slavery

An estimated 50,000 children, sent hundreds of kilometres away from home to big cities by their parents for religious instruction, suffer harsh living conditions and are forced to beg on the streets. In Senegal’s capital city their reality is evident. – AlJazeera.

Lagos opens Ebola call centre

Nigeria’s government has set up a toll free helpline, based in Lagos, to which citizens can direct queries and report cases of Ebola. The doctors and medical students on shift at the call centre receive approximately 500 calls a day. – Deutsche Welle.

Maiduguri violence wreaks fear

Thousands have died recently in Nigeria’s northeastern city and surrounds due to violent fighting between Boko Haram terrorist insurgents and national security forces. – IRIN News.

Yaounde grapples with ban on plastic bags

Widely used disposable plastic bags have become black-market gold in Cameroon’s capital after the government banned them earlier this year. – AlJazeera.

Mogadishu intelligence site attacked by Al-Shabaab insurgents

Terrorist rebels blew up a car bomb on Sunday at a national intelligence site in Somalia’s capital where suspected militants are held. Seven militants died in the attack that followed, the number of casualties on the side of security forces has not been reported. – Standard Media (Kenya).

Omaruru houses face demolitions

Omaruru Municipality has announced the necessity to demolish N$2 million worth of houses of a state-subsidised project due to substandard construction work. Officials fear being sued if the poorly constructed houses cause death or injury to the tenants. Omaruru residents are angered by the waste of public money. – New Era.

Maputo, Nampula, Chimoio experience illegal election campaigns

Despite the clear ban in the Mozambican electoral legislation on the use of state assets in political party campaigns, reports are trickling in from various cities across the country of  ruling Frelimo Party members using state-owned cars in the current campaign ahead of the 15 October general elections, Mozambique News Agency reports. – AllAfrica.

Cape Town waste pickers’ speedy service

Each day, Cape Town collectively produces 6,000 tons of waste. Cape Town’s solid-waste management system, designed to collect rubbish around the city, employs men and women who dedicate the early mornings of their lives to the work. – Daily Maverick.

Maseru residents in fear after attempted coup

Following an alleged coup attempted in Lesotho, confusion persists and fear pervades on the streets of Maseru, the capital. On Saturday, soldiers reportedly attacked several police stations in Maseru, and stormed Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s residence. – AlJazeera.

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