A second-generation of immature swarms have now started to form in northwest Kenya according to the latest FAO Locust Watch report. Swarm formation will continue for about four weeks while the bulk of the swarms will form during the second half of June.
The report says prior to migration, swarms will remain for a short time during which there is a considerable threat to crops and pastures in Turkana and Marsabit counties. From about 15 June, an increasing number of swarms are expected to migrate northwards with the prevailing winds to Ethiopia and Sudan. In Ethiopia, swarms are likely to first appear in the south and continue to Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Afar and Tigray regions.
It will take about one week for swarms to migrate from northwest Kenya to Sudan. During that time, they will traverse South Sudan (mainly east of Juba, Bor, and Malakal) and perhaps northeast Uganda, before reaching the extreme southern summer breeding areas of Sudan (South Kordofan, West Kordofan, East Darfur, South Darfur, White Nile, Blue Nile). From there, some swarms may continue to North Kordofan, North Darfur, and perhaps West Darfur. Other swarms may appear in states adjacent to Ethiopia (Sennar, Al Qadarif, Kassala).
If swarms reach Sudan and find dry conditions, then they are likely to migrate to eastern Chad and continue westwards across the Sahel of West Africa. This threat should decline progressively during the next four weeks as the summer rains commence in Sudan.
Three businessmen have been charged before Busia Law courts Senior Principal Magistrate Hon. Phoebe Kulecho with counts relating to smuggling of 350 bags of maize worth Kshs 800,000 in taxes. Joseph Kiprono and Mugisha Moses were charged both jointly while Issa Abuneri Ingati separately faced similar charges of being in possession of uncustomed goods contrary to section 200(d)iii as read with section 210 and 211 of the EACCMA,2004 and that of conveying uncustomed goods contrary to section 199 (b) as read with section 199(c|) EACCMA,2004. Joseph and Mugisha were intercepted by Adungosi Police Station Officers while transporting 200 bags of uncustomed maize worth Kshs 460,000 in taxes on 9th March this year at Among’ura- Amaase Murram road Teso South within Busia County. The accused persons denied the offences and were each released on bond of Kshs 200,000 or bail of Kshs 100,000. Their case will be heard on 6th May 2021 and mention on the 25th March 2021.