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Sharon Machira reports on the growing locust problem across East Africa.
Away from the Corona crisis headlines, rural communities across East Africa are battling with an ancient enemy – the desert locust.  In Kenya, the swarms are the worst for over 70 years, with small pastoralist farmers hit hardest. 

Specialist monitoring agencies have linked the return of the locusts to cyclones in Yemen and the increased rainfall caused by climate change. Some even believe the locust population has been directly affected by the Australian bushfires at the end of 2019. 

BBC Africa’s Sharon Machira reports on the attempts to control the locusts in a country already struggling with the challenges of Covid 19. 

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Nairobi weddings halted over coronavirus - again

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The number of people getting married was a health concern

Kenya has suspended marriage services in the capital, Nairobi, a day of restarting ceremonies.

This is because the high number of couples seeking to tie the knot has become a threat to social-distancing measures.

Civil unions in the city are conducted in the attorney general's office, Sheria House, which was partially re-opened on Monday after being closed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

But Registrar-General Mary Njuya said the "overwhelming" number of visitors to the building was now a health concern.

"As a result, the office has temporarily halted all marriage services in order to develop a clear roadmap on reopening in an organised manner as guided by the Ministry of Health," she said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ms Njuya promised services would resume as soon as it was practically possible.

Kenya recognises civil unions, religious marriages and traditional customary unions as legitimate ways of getting married.

The government has banned travel in and out of Nairobi, as well as three counties in the coastal region, in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

One killed in 'bad road' protest in Kenya

Emmanuel Igunza

BBC News, Nairobi

One person has been shot dead and dozens injured after demonstrators clashed with police in Kenya's Kasarani district, north-east of the capital, Nairobi.

For four days now angry protesters have burnt tyres, dumped stinking rubbish and blocked all roads into and out of the sprawling suburb.

They are protesting against the poor state of the main road in the area.

Buses and taxes have kept off the road, forcing people to walk for long distances to work and school.

Businesses in the area have also been closed.

Residents there have accused leaders of seeking to gain political capital out of the issue but failing to fix the road.

One person tweeted a clip of the unrest:

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Residents say four people were shot and killed by police, who used tear gas and water canons on Wednesday.

But the police deny this saying only one death is being investigated following the day-long battle between police and young people.

MP for the area, Mercy Gakuya, has confirmed the death of a 20-year-old protester but says the legitimate concerns of residents have been hijacked by her political opponents.