To ensure the safety of politicians and the general public, the government has issued new tight restrictions for the operation of flights used by them in their campaigns. The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has issued a number of guidelines, including a prohibition on flights landing in unnamed locations.
The move was prompted by recent incidents of individuals hanging onto helicopter skids and the stoning of a chopper ferrying Azimio-One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Uasin Gishu county a fortnight ago, according to KCAA Director-General Captain Gilbert Kibe
The restrictions also come at a time when there has been a lot of worry about VIP safety, with claims that some helicopters land anywhere without KCAA permission and that others have a bad maintenance record.
According to Kibe, there have also been instances of helicopters taking off in the middle of a crowd, posing a threat to the people and passengers’ safety.
As a result, the KCAA’s president said they’ve been alerted of a recent incident in which a video went viral on social media showing a helicopter taking off with unruly crowds gathering around it.