Murkomen, Kibwana Raise Alarm Over Drones Flying Near Their Homes
Report has it that the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority has asked two government officials to report cases of drones they say are hovering around their homes. Governor of Makueni, Kivutha Kibwana and Senator of Elgeyo Marakwet, Kipchumba Murkomen said that drones have been hovering around their houses causing surveillance fears.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Kibwana said, “Drones hover over my official residence. Electronic gadgets in the house are compromised. As it was during Moi and NCEC, so it is now. I have repeatedly made this public and reported to authorities. I will not be intimidated.” Murkomen on the other hand tweeted, “To the person who has been sending drones to hover over my house I have two requests; Please share the beautiful aerial photos and come home through the main gate for a cup of tea but make sure you carry your mask. Thank you and God bless.” But KCAA director general Gilbert Kibe told the Star it has not permitted anybody to use drones in those areas. According to him, “We will Investigate and see who owns the drones. If it is true that the drones have been seen there, then they should report to the police. It is from there that we will really know who owns the drones.” Drones have to be registered with KCAA and a certificate is issued.
According to the law, drones should be identifiable, which means the registration data should be attached visibly. In Kenya, only citizens, residents, businesses and governments are eligible to own a drone. This excludes foreign tourists and the only option left is to rent a drone locally. However, the law also provides for a 30-day temporary permit that may be suitable for travelers.
On other news making the rounds at this hour, protests have broken out in Kampala, Uganda’s capital after the Ugandan police arrested Bobi Wine, a musician and opposition politician who is seeking the presidency in next year’s election. According to a statement by the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, Patrick Onyango, “Supporters of Bobi wine took to the streets blocking roads and burning tires which prompted the police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.
It was “total chaos” in the city, said the chairman of the Kampala City Traders Association, Evarest Kayongo. “The streets are empty… We have closed business because of tear gas and bullets,”
The protests started after Wine was arrested in the eastern town of Luuka and taken to a police station in the city of Jinja. It was not clear why he was arrested. Bobi Wine, who has been arrested many times in recent years, has captured the imagination of many Ugandans with his persistent calls for President Yoweri Museveni to retire after 36 years in power.