Uhuru’s militarization plan of key civilian affairs is not over yet days after Kenya Defence Forces took over the management of Kenya Meat Commission.
Latest reports indicate that the Kenya Air Force wing of the military is at advanced stage to take over the management of State-owned aircrafts.
According to a local daily The Standard, the plan is awaiting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Executive Order to effect the changes once the plans are completed.
This therefore means that 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.
It is the latest indication yet that the president is keen on entrenching more KDF personnel into major state institutions.
The local daily further reports that on Tuesday, Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogolla and Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai held a meeting to make final plans for the announcement at National Police Service (NPS) air wing based at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
A source who spoke to the paper said: “They are now awaiting the Executive Order to effect these planned changes. The military will run our fleet,”
The plan to have the planes transferred will see the helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts rebranded and under the command of Kenya Air Force for accountability.
According to sources who spoke with the local newspaper, 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.
Also targeted for military takeover is the KWS Airwing, which was established in 1990 and has more than 40 pilots. The air wing, also based at Nairobi’s Wilson Airport, provides a diverse range of services in support of wildlife management and protection activities with its fleet of 12 light and three larger aircraft.
National Police Service is at advanced stages in acquiring new planes and choppers and recruiting new personnel under a new Sh10.5 billion strategic plan to revamp the police air wing.