KCAA warns of a 100,000 fine, or a jail term, if anyone is found operating a drone

BY FAITH MUTETE – Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has warned of a whooping Ksh. 100,000 fine if anyone is caught operating a drone.

KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe, reminded the public of the prohibition of drones, warning that anyone who would go against It will suffer the consequences of one year in prison or a fine of sh100,000.

The director also said that Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia had in March published a notice prohibiting the use of drones in Kenya and that directive should be adhered to.

According to an article written by Business Daily hundreds of drones have been confiscated at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi as they were being imported at the time when there is no legal framework on the high tech equipment in the country.

The current ban has greatly affected a wide variety of business people, including wedding photographers and even state contractors, who have recently introduced drones in their line of work.

The KCAA stand, however, remains uncertain as the country is yet to issue regulations related to the use of the unmanned tech.

Drones have been a phenomenon in business and service delivery across nations even here in East Africa.

A Zipline commissioned Drone delivering vaccines in Rwanda | PHOTO COURTESY

Rwanda, for instance, has been shipping blood, vaccines and medicine through Zipline; a drone propelled delivery service, in remote areas where ambulances could not reach them.