Kenya in Pictures – May

Below are Castor Vali’s selection of some of the key news stories, from May, presented in pictures. This feature is included within our weekly Security Information Service (SIS) reports. You can sign up for your two week, no obligation, SIS free trial here.

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Health volunteers conduct screening for the COVID-19 virus in the Lioma Sub county of Turkana as part of the Ministry of Health’s Komesha Corona campaign. The campaign has enabled more widespread testing across the nation. (Twitter/Ministry of Health)
The Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Health expressed his gratitude to the German government, which, through the German Development Bank, donated mobile COVID-19 testing labs on Tuesday 21 May. These labs, equipped with modern technologies able to test for various communicable diseases, will enable Kenya to conduct testing at a greater capacity of 2,000 tests per day.  One lab will be set up at the Naivasha dry port and the other at the Kenya-Tanzania border of Namanga. (Twitter/ApoGroup)
400 sim cards that were recovered by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after arresting three electronic fraud suspects during a security operation in Juja town, Kiambu County, on Thursday 14 May. (Twitter/DCI)
President Uhuru Kenyatta during the swearing in of the new Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Robert Kariuki, (right) at State House, Nairobi, on Monday 11 May. (Twitter/StateHousekenya).
On Friday 08 May the outgoing Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Samson Mwathethe, handed over command to his successor as CDF, Gen Robert Kibochi. Gen Kibochi was sworn in on Monday 11 May. (Ministry of Defence)
The Government officially commissioned the Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Nakuru County on Thursday 07 May. All cargo destined for neighbouring countries will now be transported from Mombasa to the Naivasha ICD via the standard gauge railway, from where transportation will continue by road (trucks). The move is aimed at limiting the movement of truck drivers to Mombasa due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Twitter/Kenya Railways).
On Thursday 30 April President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Lt Gen Robert Kibochi as the new Chief of Defence Forces; the appointment will take effect from Monday 11 May. Ministry of Defence)
Thousands have been displaced by floods in Western Kenya. This image shows the River Nzoia which burst its banks on Friday 01 May. (Twitter/Reuters).

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