Kenya upholds ban on drone use as regulation stalls

Kenya’s Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) reiterated a ban on drone operations first introduced by the Kenyan Department for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works in March 2019. The measure followed the annulment by Parliament of regulations published by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). Operators can be fined up to KSH100,000 or a year in prison.

According to Business Daily Africa news, KCAA Director general Gilbert Kibe repeated the ban, however also noted the recommendations of Parliament and the general public have been included in new draft Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Regulations pending Parliamentary approval.  The newspaper reported hundreds of drones have so far been confiscated at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi as they were being imported at the time when there is no legal framework on drones in the country, and stakeholders have complained that it has taken long for the regulations to be adopted, saying the move has hurt some of them who were ready to start using the equipment locally for different activities.

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