325 Helicopters Arrive in Kenya Ahead of Elections


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According to South African tax authorities, wealthy Kenyans bought 325 helicopters before the August 9 General Election.

The helicopters were brought into the country in 2020 at a cost of Ksh3.6 billion by unknown individuals.

Rich Kenyans spent Sh1.6 billion on 519 helicopter engines in 2021. During that year, no helicopters were imported.

The research only included South African helicopters and did not include those from Europe, the US, and Asia.

The increase in helicopter imports is ascribed to the heated political campaigning leading up to the August elections. Politicians have been flying across the country in their own or hired helicopters.

Helicopters are frequently used during election seasons. There were 212 helicopters purchased by various individuals in 2005, largely politicians.

The claim contradicts the KCAA Director General Captain Gilbert Kibe’s statement in 2021 that the country will only have 67 registered choppers by 2020.

Another reason for the increase in helicopters is that many transit through the Port of Mombasa and JKIA.

Apparently, the number of South African helicopters imported peaks around elections. An MIT Media Lab review of data from the Observatory Economic Complexity shows that at times the country purchases spacecraft from Ireland, the US, and Canada.

Just days before, the KCAA warned politicians against flying helicopters to campaign. There are more airplanes in the country’s airspace than usual, putting users, operators, and the public at risk.

“A minimum of 30 meters should be maintained from the landing or takeoff point. Kibe warned political figures not to enter the zone.

The organization also urged the public not to cling on to planes during takeoff or landing.

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