December 2011

Embakasi Residents Vacate Their Homes

Residents of Embakasi village near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday moved out of their houses after the Kenya Airports Authority issued them with a one day notice to vacate the houses.

Fresh Barriers Arise in Building of the Sh50 Billion Nandi Dam

The government has yet again failed to convince residents of Nandi county to accept construction of the Sh50 billion multi-purpose dam.

Rebellions Increasing Street Children in Unity State

Child labour is an increasing in South Sudan according to Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare in Unity state due to displacement from conflict and as their parents are not able to provide for them.

Move or Be Removed - Will It Hold?

Liberia's Acting Police Chief, Mr. Chris Massaquoi, recently warned street sellers in Monrovia and its environs to vacate the streets by today, December 15, 2011 with immediate effect.Mr. Massaquoi, who sounded the warning in Monrovia when he formally took over as acting head of the Liberia National Police(LNP), vowed that the street sellers will be forcibly removed today (December 15, 2011) by the police if they ignore the warning. He observed that street selling is a major contributing factor for traffic

Leaders, Environment Body Trade Blame Over Evictions

Authorities at Entebbe Municipal Council have accused the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for delaying the process of evicting beach owners who constructed illegal structures that have barred people from accessing the Lake Victoria shores.

Port Construction On Lake Tanganyika to Take Longer

Construction of small ports in a number of villages on the shores of Lake Tanganyika will not be completed next month as planned earlier, it has been revealed.

Tsorona Semi-Urban Center Registers Rapid Growth

Tsorona, one of the 11 semi-urban centers in the of Southern region, is registering rapid growth as a result of the putting in place of a number of service rendering institutions and infrastructure facilities, stated Mr. Rezene Fisehaye, the Administrator.

Fashola Commisions U.S.$100 Million City Mall

Hundreds of residents in Ikeja and its environs yesterday witnessed the opening of the $100 million Ikeja City Mall, one of the biggest mall in the West African sub-region.

Nigeria: Fashola Commissions N16 Billion Shopping Mall

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, commissioned the N16 billion ($100 million) Ikeja City Mall, at Alausa, Ikeja, which was constructed to offer an array of retail services to residents of Lagos.

NDC Exposed Over U.S.$20 Million Mansion

After almost a fortnight of incoherent and conflicting dispositions by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the ownership of the multimillion dollar edifice springing up at Adabraka, a suburb of Accra, the missing owner of the house has finally been found.

Construction of LSU Gains Pace

CONSTRUCTION of Lupane State University has gained pace with the university expecting to relocate to the site soon. In his report at the university's second graduation ceremony in Lupane where President Mugabe capped 16 graduates yesterday, LSU Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Maclean Bhala said he was satisfied with the pace of construction.

EMA Convicts Chitungwiza Municipality

Chitungwiza Municipality was yesterday convicted by the Environmental Management Board for disposing raw sewerage into the environment, poor refuse collection and uncontrolled solid waste management at their dumpsite.

Development Brought to Mpuma Township

The future of a small Mpumalanga township looks brighter with the handover of a R5.6 million multi-purpose centre and a R1.5 million crSche.

Mayor of Inhambane Dies

The mayor of the southern Mozambican city of Inhambane, Lourenco Macul, died of a heart attack on Tuesday.

New Law Paves Way for Building, Construction Sector Regulator

A new law opens a new chapter for the country's construction sector with the establishment of a central regulator.

Kenya Fails IDPs Resettlement Target

The government has again failed to resettle all IDPs including evictees from forests by the end of this year.

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Kirima Family Property Tussle Emerges Again

The saga surrounding the wealth of the late city tycoon Garrishon Kirima played out again yesterday when a group of hired thugs stormed the town office to eject one of the siblings. The former assistant minister died last December in a South Africa hospital where he had been undergoing medical care. His family came on the spotlight after a tussle between his children and his third wife Terresia Wairimu broke over the onwership of family property.

Plans to Upgrade Kenneth Kaunda Airport Hailed

KENYAN Airways has hailed plans to upgrade the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport because of the continued increase of air traffic that the country is attracting.

Construction Sector to Grow Over 15 Percent

THE National Council for Construction (NCC) has said the construction industry will this year register a growth rate of more than 15 per cent as compared to its performance in 2010.

City Apartheid Built Turns Green

Something unusual is happening in Atlantis. Created in the 1970s to fulfill the apartheid government's agenda to evict "coloured" South Africans from Cape Town, Atlantis has always been best known as the city that apartheid built.

NHC Wants Drop of Vat On Houses

Under fire from prospective mortgage clients and tenants over hiked unit prices of apartments and rent, the National Housing Corporation (NHC) is pleading with the government to waive Value Added Tax (VAT) which accounts for 18 per cent.

Entebbe Leaders, NEMA Trade Blame

Authorities at Entebbe Municipal Council have accused the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for delaying the process of evicting beach owners who constructed illegal structures that have barred people from accessing the Lake Victoria shores.

FG to Unveil Revised National Housing Next Year

Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Amal Pepple, has promised that the two draft policies on the National Housing and Urban Development Policies would finally become a unified National Housing and Urban master plan for the country early next year. She stated that the reports which are presently undergoing validation will thereafter be taken to the National Council for endorsement and subsequently for approval from the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Ten Households Face Eviction

At least 10 families living in Mutungo zone II are facing eviction by Kampala Capital City Authority for illegally occupying a road reserve.

NEITI to Audit Construction Firms

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) will begin auditing solid mineral sector starting from January, next year, its Executive Secretary said.

Tackling NAF's Post Service Housing Needs

The right of all citizens to housing is unmistakably part of the international human rights law. Indeed, this right is embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and major international human rights treaties such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Buildings Will Continue to Collapse - CORBON

For as long as Nigerians continue to patronize quacks in the building Industry, building collapse will remain a recurring phenomenon. So said the Chairman, Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria, (CORBON), Bldr (Prof) Akin Akindoyeni at the weekend in Abuja.

U.S.$30 Million People's Market on Cards

A LEBANESE company, Consortio International, has won a tender to build the US$30 million Mupedzanhamo 2 on Shawasha Grounds in Mbare.

Hoima Market Repairs Halted

Construction work for Hoima Market has been halted after police detectives from the Criminal Investigations headquarters in Kampala last week stormed the municipal council and grilled the town authorities over alleged corruption in the market rehabilitation project.