Defence CS Duale bans politicians from using KDF helicopters

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Defence CS Duale bans politicians from using KDF helicopters

Defence cabinet secretary Aden Duale has announced a new policy prohibiting politicians from using military assets like KDF helicopters.

Speaking during an interview with Citizen TV on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 Duale emphasized that KDF assets will now be exclusively utilized for transporting soldiers responsible for protecting the nation.

The new policy is making it tough for politicians who usually rely on KDF helicopters to move around the country.

“We have now a policy in KDF, we are not going to carry politicians, at all. I mean helicopters are meant for specific functions within KDF,” Duale explained. 

“They are part and parcel of the assets we have in safeguarding the country. They carry our troops, go to operations so not only helicopters but all our assets, going forward.”

Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale. PHOTO/File
Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale. PHOTO/File

Duale mentioned that both he and Interior CS Kithure Kindiki are exceptions to the new rule when they are on official duties in the North Rift region or any other part of the country.

“When I’m going for an operation, I’ll use military assets, even my colleague CS for Interior, if he’s going to the North Rift or a place that is not secure, he will also use our assets,” he added.

Meanwhile, Duale added that the team investigating the death of former Chief of Defence Forces Francis Ogolla is putting in extra effort to leave no stone unturned.

“As the president has promised the country, we will avail a very detailed report. Our teams are now in the US and have gone with all the parts and once all that information is collected and recommendations are given to us, we will tell the country if it was mechanical or anything else,” he remarked

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