ICHUNG’WAH confirms RUTO has refused to give GACHAGUA a chopper forcing him to fly private or commercial – Only the President has access to KDF choppers

Thursday, June 13, 2024 - National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah has confirmed Kenyans' worst fears regarding the travel arrangements for Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.

This is after he revealed that Gachagua may never use a military plane to travel around ever again since he was not authorized.

This follows the recent trends where Gachagua is forced to hire a private chopper use his car or even use a commercial plane to travel within the country when he could just fly a KDF plane.

The military has recently locked out senior government officials of access to military choppers in the new stern measures to avoid unnecessary expenditure.

Among those locked out of the military choppers is Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua. 

Only President William Ruto has access to KDF planes.

Addressing the issue on the floor of the National Assembly, Ichung'wah stated that the new regulations were aimed at cutting down unnecessary operational costs in the KDF.

"The Defense Cabinet Secretary (Aden Duale) did inform me that for the last year, the aircraft used by the Deputy President, Prime Cabinet Secretary, and other senior government officials occasioned an expenditure of Sh500 million to KDF," Ichung’wah explained on the floor of the National Assembly.

To save on other unplanned expenses, Ichung’wah added that the Ministry of Defence had rolled down a procedural process to be adhered to by senior government officials.

Of the procedures, the senior officials have to make a formal request before being granted by the KDF to use those choppers.

“Kenya Defence Forces has now made a policy decision that should any official want to use the military aircraft, it must be on request." 


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