Barely a month after moving Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) from the State Department of Agriculture to the Ministry of Defence, plans are under way by President Uhuru Kenyatta to move more “civilian” corporation to the military.
According to the Standard, plans are already at an advanced stage to see Kenya Airforce take over the management of various aircraft managed by a number of state corporations that are known to be run by civilians.
With the changes, all planes owned by the Kenya Police, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), KenGen, Kenya Power, Ketraco and other State agencies will be managed by personnel from Kenya Air Force. The newspaper reported.
According to the report,”Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Francis Ogolla and Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai met police pilots and engineers on Tuesday at the National Police Service (NPS) air wing based at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi, to announce the plans.”
The newspaper quotes officials privy to the plans who revealed that the planes, which include helicopters and fixed wings aircraft, will be rebranded and placed under the command of the Kenya Air Force for accountability.
Kenyans on social media have given divergent opinions on the planned move with the majority supporting the move for the military to manage Kenya Power. Kenya Power has been under scrutiny over pathetic services as well as massive corruption by top officials.
Some Kenyans, however, feel that President Uhuru Kenyatta is moving the country towards military power. The Head of State begun warming up toincluding the military into civilian affairs when he appointed General Badi to head the Nairobi Metroplitan Services (NMS).
Will the military improve the service delivery at these entities as compared to what the civilians have been doing? Basing on what NMS has been doing in Nairobi, the military might just be what Kenyans needed.