Weekly urban news round up: April 04, 2014

Cairo protests invoke tighter security measures

Egyptian security forces intensified their measures in Cairo’s main squares Friday morning in anticipation of a demonstration by the National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy “students’ movement.” – Aswat Masriya.

Benghazi security lag on promises

Benghazi residents have long demanded security cameras for the city, where fatal terrorist attacks are a daily occurrence. Security officials of Libya’s capital point fingers to other parties to account for lack of delivery. – Magharebia.

Conakry hit by Ebola 

The latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading fast across the region. The epidemic has been confirmed to have hit Guinea’s capital this week, generating fear amongst the city’s population. – Al Jazeera.

Monrovia‘s new City Mayor has high hopes

The inauguration of Madam Clara Doe Mvogo into City Mayor office in Liberia’s capital has left many optimistic. A report by The News explains the plans that Madam Mvogo has to create a cleaner and safer city. – AllAfrica.

Bangui citizen says CAR teetering on brink of genocide

As weeks of vigilante raids in Central African Republic’s capital by mostly Christian militias have threatened to turn into a full-blown genocide, many of those sheltering in a mosque in the city are trapped inside, too scared to leave. – eNCA.

Addis Ababa to become a rail network hub

The south-western area of Ethiopia’s capital, has been selected as the centre of an up and coming nationwide rail network designed to link the capital city with other key areas of the country. The project is currently under construction. – The Reporter.

Kampala takes stringent action against public motorcycle taxis

Uganda’s police have clamped down on boda-boda riders and the unsafe practice of overloading the motorcycle taxis with more than one passenger. Drivers are alleged to have become reckless in the capital city. – East African Business Week.

Nairobi‘s first birthday

March 27, 2014 was the first anniversary of the swearing in of the devolved Nairobi County government headed by Dr Evans Kidero. In a recent address, Kidero brings to light the current state of “one of the most livable cities in Africa.” – Africa Research Institute.

Kigali: 20 years after the genocide

On April 7, the world will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Looking back over the last twenty years of development in the country’s capital, the city is reported to be “a monument to modernity.” – France24.

Kigali rallies for small businesses

The City of Kigali is urging banks to ease procedures for small and medium businesses to acquire loans so as to help create jobs for city dwellers. New Times.

Dar es Salaam officials have failed to manage ‘machingas’

Street hawkers, or ‘machingas,’ in Tanzania’s commercial hub continue to find themselves on the wrong side of the law by operating in unauthorised areas. Tanzanian Daily News columnist reports on the matter. – Daily News.

Harare‘s moonlight economy

College graduates compete with the impoverished to eek out a living on the city’s streets, a measure of the decline of Zimbabwe’s “Sunshine City” under President Robert Mugabe. – BusinessDayLive.


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