A Pole tourist was on Wednesday charged at a Milimani law court over a drone incident at Deputy President William Ruto’s private residence on Monday in Karen, Nairobi.
Piotr Lukasz Litwiniuk from Poland was arraigned before Milimani chief magistrate Martha Mutuku and faces four charges — importation of unmanned aircraft without a permit, operating an unmanned aircraft system without authorisation by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, operating unmanned aircraft system without pilot licence and failing to register the equipment.
Litwiniuk is accused of importing the Mavic Air2 drone model number MA2UE3W without a permit issued by KCAA on January 7 at Moi international Airport, Mombasa.
Nairobi County Police Commander Augustine Nthumbi on Tuesday said the drone was spotted by Rachel Ruto, the wife of DP Ruto, in the compound, which is a protected area.
She informed the police who monitored it as it retreated to the neighbour’s compound.
The incident was reported to Hardy police station and upon which investigations were launched and the matter escalated to the DCIO’s office.
He visited the scene, the home of the Pole, who is in Kenya for holiday, with Hardy police station OCS. Litwiniuk was arrested for questioning.
Litwiniuk denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh200, 000 or a bond of Sh500, 000.
The case will be mentioned after two weeks.
On Tuesday, said Ruto’s wife Rachel reported seeing the drone capturing events at the compound.