Below are Castor Vali’s selection of some of the key news stories, from June, presented in pictures. This feature is included within our weekly
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Kenya Defence Forces soldiers conduct a COVID-19 fumigation exercise in the Utawala area of Nairobi on Monday 15 June. ( Kenya Defence Forces)
Ms Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu who was nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the next Auditor-General (AG) on Friday 19 May. The office of the AG fell vacant in August 2019 following the retirement of Edward Ouko. (Capital FM).
On Monday 08 June residents of the Mathare informal settlement in Nairobi protested alleged police violence in the enforcement of the curfew. According to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) and Human Rights groups, at least 15 deaths have been attributed to excessive police violence since the curfew’s implementation on Wednesday 27 March. ( VOA News)
On Thursday 11 June the Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) held their fifth meeting to assess the progress of the continent’s joint strategy to manage the mitigation of, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic. During the discussion, President Uhuru Kenyatta urged fellow African leaders to consider the potential in placing more emphasis on young people in the fight against the virus. ( Twitter / State House Kenya)
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Robert Kibochi (centre), visited Kenyan troops serving under the auspices of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) in Somalia on Saturday 06 June. ( Ministry of Defence )
Visitors to Kenya’s National Parks, beaches, forests and conservation areas are no longer allowed to bring single-use plastic water bottles, cups, disposable plates, cutlery or straws. Following a Presidential Directive on last year’s World Environment Day, the ban on single-use plastic products in Kenya’s parks and protected areas came into effect on Friday 05 June. ( UNEP)
The Kenya Prison Service Commissioner-General, Wycliffe Ogallo, announced that 31 of 59 COVID-19 tests taken at the Nairobi Remand and Allocation Prison were positive for the virus. The inmates that tested positive have been relocated to treatment centres by the Nairobi County Emergency Response Team. ( KBC Channel / Standard )
On Sunday 31 May a Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) tour driver collapsed at the wheel in the Nairobi National Park, causing the vehicle to veer off the road. The driver, rushed immediately to hospital by park authorities, is reported to have died shortly thereafter. The cause of death remains unclear however KWS officials have assured the public of the park’s safety. None of the passengers aboard the vehicle were harmed in the incident. ( Citizen Reporter/ Kahawa Tungu )