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Impending Executive Order to hand over more parastatals to the KDF

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with Gen Robert Kibochi. Kibochi is the current Chief of Staff of KDF.

After the takeover of the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are set to be given management of more parastatals.

Already, plans are underway to hand over the Kenya Police Airwing to the Kenya Air Force.

President Uhuru Kenyatta believes the military is best suited to handle security matters because it is more disciplined.

The government wants to hand over the management of state-owned aircraft to Kenya Air Force.

The military will take over all planes owned by the Kenya Police, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), KenGen, Kenya Power, Ketraco and other parastatals.

Sources privy to the plan allege that Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyamabai, discussed the plan with Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogolla on Tuesday, September 22 at Wilson Airport.

“They are now awaiting an Executive Order to effect these planned changes. The military will take over the planes,” an officer detailed the plan in an interview with the Standard. 

From left to right: CS Keriako Tobiko (Environment) CS Fred Matiang’i (Interior), President Uhuru Kenyatta, Hillary Mutyambai (Inspector General of Police) and Governor of Kajiado Joseph Ole Lenku

The National Police Service manages over 7 planes and has 21 pilots situated at the Wilson Airport. One of the planes is tasked to escort the President and his family.

Sources added that Kenyatta is also keen on handing military key duties in the Ministry of Lands.

These developments come a few days after the Kenya Defence Forces was ordered to take over the management of the Kenya Meat Commission.

The Law Society of Kenya, however, moved to court to block the decision, arguing that the move was unconstitutional. Kandara MP Alice Wahome also sued the President for allowing General Mohamed Badi of the Nairobi Metropolitan Services to attend Cabinet meetings.

The formation of NMS to take over the administration of Nairobi County also triggered a nationwide debate on whether Kenyatta was militarising the country.

“Slowly, the military will run the government,” former Presidential aspirant Martha Karua criticised the Head of State.