Pilot’s services terminated by chopper operator after cop spat

February 23, 2016 1:24 pm
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Kwae Island Development Limited which operates helicopter 5Y-DSN says it had subcontracted the services of Alistair Patrick Llewelyn of Saker Resource Management Limited to pilot the chopper on Saturday/CFM
Kwae Island Development Limited which operates helicopter 5Y-DSN says it had subcontracted the services of Alistair Patrick Llewelyn of Saker Resource Management Limited to pilot the chopper on Saturday/CFM

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – The services of the pilot who was involved in an altercation with a policewoman in Nyandarua have been terminated by the firm which operates the helicopter.

Kwae Island Development Limited which operates helicopter 5Y-DSN says it had subcontracted the services of Alistair Patrick Llewelyn of Saker Resource Management Limited to pilot the chopper at the weekend.

Overview
  • Pilot was Tuesday afternoon being grilled at Kilimani Police Station
  • The firm says it had learnt from social media and various reports of the incident involving Llewelyn, and wants to distance itself from his actions.
  • "KIDL respects all the service men and women of the Kenya Police and abhors the actions of Alistair Llewelyn," Marco Brighetti of Kwae Island Development Limited said in a statement seen by Capital FM News.

The firm says it had learnt from social media and various reports of the incident involving Llewelyn, and wants to distance itself from his actions.

“KIDL respects all the service men and women of the Kenya Police and abhors the actions of Alistair Llewelyn,” Marco Brighetti of Kwae Island Development Limited said in a statement seen by Capital FM News.

He made it clear: “KIDL has since terminated the agreement with itself, Alistair Llewelyn and Saker Resource Management Limited.”
Deputy President William Ruto earlier on Tuesday morning asked police to probe the unfortunate incident.

“The Deputy President is saddened by what transpired. He holds the National Police Service in the highest esteem and finds the incident regrettable and troubling and has asked the police to take appropriate and immediate action. The Deputy President expects due process to be applied to this incident in full, in order to assure all that their rights and dignity are respected at all times,” the Deputy President’s Communication Secretary, David Mugonyi stated.

He regretted that the conduct of the pilot was unwarranted especially against a female member of the police service.

“The Deputy President also wishes to give an assurance that the Government takes a strong stand against any behaviour that borders on bigotry, misogyny, chauvinism and violence against women. Women are entitled to respect, and any actions which violate their dignity are cowardly, barbaric and outrageous. This is a time when our society has no tolerance for backwardness, inequality and anything akin to gender-based violence,” Mugonyi explained.

Following the glaring anger expressed by people on social media, Inspector General of Police also ordered for investigations into the incident and also ordered the pilot to report to the nearest police station.

Using the Hashtag #DeportRutosPilot, users expressed their dismay at the act which they described as disrespect to the entire of the country’s security forces.

READ: DP Ruto seeks probe of pilot he hired after scuffle with policewoman

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