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How police plane is misused for private missions – PHOTOS

Pictures have emerged online confirming the wanton misuse of police aircraft by civilians, a trend that has been blamed for the loss of 148 lives at the Garissa University College.

The images show two unidentified females lounging on branded police light wing aircraft.

The pictures are captioned “Mombasa ni raha tu“.

One of the images captures the lifted legs of a lady with background confirming that it was taken in the air.

Another shows two smiling young women sitting on the plane’s staircase.

The pictures were posted on Instagram by a daughter of a senior police officer in the air wing under the account @salampard, which has since been deleted.

One of the pictures  posted on Instagram that showed the misuse of Kenya police planes. PHOTO | COURTESY
One of the pictures posted on Instagram that showed the misuse of Kenya police planes. PHOTO | COURTESY

Though posted 10 weeks ago, they lend credence to annoying revelations that the GSU Recce company was delayed for the rescue mission in Garissa attack because the police aircraft had been dispatched to Mombasa for a private mission.

The Kenya Police Airwing plane was not immediately available to fly the Recce Company on the morning of the Garissa University College terrorist attack because it was flying a small group of civilians from Mombasa.

Inspector-General of Police has Joseph Boinnet has already demanded an explanation in the wake of media reports on Saturday that the aeroplane had flown on an unauthorised lease to Mombasa.

"Mombasa ni raha tu"
“Mombasa ni raha tu”

The aircraft in question is said to have flown relatives of the Airwing commandant and an unidentified businessman.

The crew — acting Senior Superintendent James Kabo and an Inspector Mutai — had been instructed by the Kenya Police Air Wing commandant, Mr Rogers Mbithi, to fly to Mombasa to pick up his daughter-in-law and her child.

Mr Boinnet had been immediately briefed about the unofficial flight, but it was not until Saturday that he directed that his office be furnished with a full report regarding the movement of the aircraft.

Consequently, a brief was prepared in which Mr Mbithi said that the woman was his daughter-in-law but did not disclose who the businessman was.