Kenya Air Force set to take over police and parastatal planes

Plans to transfer management of police and parastatal planes to Kenya Air Force are at an advanced stage in the latest move to involve the military in civilian affairs.

According to reports, President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to issue an executive order to effect the changes once the plans are completed.

With the changes, all planes owned by the Kenya Police, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), KenGen, Kenya Power, Ketraco and other State agencies will be managed by personnel from Kenya Air Force.

Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogolla and Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai met police pilots and engineers on Tuesday at the National Police Service (NPS) air wing based at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi, to announce the plans.

Under the strategic plan to revamp the police air wing in a Sh10.5 billion plan, the NPS planned to acquire new planes and choppers and recruit new personnel.

According to reports, The President’s decision to make the transfer is informed by the belief that military discipline and the insight of intelligence officers are necessary to run the air wing.

This move comes shortly after management of The Kenya Meat Commission was transferred to the military in hopes that it will be revamped.

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