Kenya has revoked rules on the use of drones — here's what it means for citizens

KCAA published guidelines last year that legalised use of drones in the country

The committee on Delegated Legislation annulled the rules by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) saying they fell short of addressing issues that had been raised around safety, security and breach of personal privacy by drones in civilian hands under the Bill of Rights.

KCAA published the drone guidelines last year that legalised use of the remotely controlled aircraft pending Parliament's approval.

Fines

However, the lawmakers' decision now means that Kenyans looking to use the UAVs will wait longer.

Besides citing security concerns, the MPs also pointed out inconsistencies in application of fines.

“The penalty imposed by regulation 56 of Sh5 million or six-month imprisonment, or both, contravenes Section 82 (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, which allows for the imposition of a fine not exceeding Sh2 million or three years imprisonment,” the committee noted in its report.

A nod from the MPs would have allowed Kenyans to acquire drones for sports, film shooting, relief services and commercial purposes.

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