President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to issue an Executive Order that will have crews in all government aircraft report to the Kenya Air Force Commander. This has been seen in a move he made as the latest step towards the militarization of certain operations. Earlier this week, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogola and the Police I.G Hillary Mutyambai made a visit to the Kenya Police air wing hanger at Wilson Airport and it’s during their visit that the adjustments were announced during a meeting with engineers and pilots.
This adjustments come after Nairobi Metropolitan Service ,Mombasa Port,Kenya Meat Commission and the train from Nairobi to Nanyuki all of whose management has been given to the millitary.
Privy to the adjustments sources had hinted that all aircraft owned by the National Police Service (NPS), Kenya Power, Kenya Forest Services (KFS), Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and other State agencies will be managed by Kenya Air Force. The highly placed source stated that all government helicopters and fixed wing planes will be rebranded to Kenya Air Force colours in what is expected to bring about accountability.
Planes will remain owned by the parastatals but the management of crew and travels across the country will be executed under the oversight of the airforce .This is set to happen upon the issuance of the Executive Order.
According to observers, this is the latest showing of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s firm belief in the military; a trend that has seen members of the disciplined forces handed key civilian responsibilities in state institutions, one of the most notable shifts was the appointment of Major General Mohammed Badi to head the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).
And subsequently in May, the Kenya Defence Council, the apex body of the Kenya Defence Forces, approved the secondment of six military officers to join Badi’s administration for two years.The army men include Brig. F. Leuria, Maj. JV Mbithi, Maj. AN Nyakundi, Maj. JK Njoroge from the Kenya Army, Lt. JK Biomdo and Maj. AL Musoma from the Kenya Air Force.Follow us in social media: