Isaac Mwaura raises alarm over drone flying over his home

Friday, September 10th, 2021 09:14 |
Ex-nominated senator Isaac Mwaura PHOTO/COURTESY

Ex-nominated senator Isaac Mwaura on Thursday, September 9, said a drone flew within his compound for a couple of minutes causing surveillance fears.

In a Facebook post seen by K24 Digital, Mwaura said that the drone flew in his compound for about ten minutes.

“Today, the now famous drone came snooping into my compound at around 2:10 pm for about ten minutes. I don’t know who was behind all that but time will tell,” he said.

Mwaura is now the third politician to register complaints about drones hovering around their homes. Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana and Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen made similar complaints in November, 2020.

The use of drones sparked a debate in the country in 2020, forcing the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) outline new regulations regarding drone operation in the country.

KCAA permits citizens, businesses and government agencies to own drones. To operate a drone anywhere, one is needed to register with KCAA at a fee of Ksh3,000.

Foreigners are not allowed to have or operate a drone. They are however permitted to lease them locally after making a formal request with the authority. They are then granted a 30-day permit at a fee of Ksh20,000.

“Equally drone ownership cannot be transferred without the approval of KCAA. The purpose of the machine and risk to public safety and security form the basis for consideration by the Authority in registering, issuing of approvals and authorizations for operations,” KCAA says in its regulations.

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