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‘Govt to support Kenya Air Force to train minimum of 200 pilots per year’- Ruto

Saturday, June 8th, 2024 14:05 | By
President William Ruto arrives at Moi Air Base. PHOTO/PCS
President William Ruto arrives at Moi Air Base for KAF at 60. PHOTO/PCS

President William Ruto has announced an initiative to bolster the Kenya Air Force (KAF) by training a minimum of 200 pilots annually starting in 2025.

This announcement was made during the KAF's 60th anniversary celebrations at Moi Airbase on Saturday, June 8, 2024.

Ruto's address

In his address, President Ruto said that his administration was committed to enhancing the capabilities of the air force.

President William Ruto inspects guard of honour. PHOTO/PCS
President William Ruto inspects a guard of honour. PHOTO/PCS

"As I discussed with the military command in Kenya, the Kenya Air Force has assured me that they have the required capabilities. I also commit that my administration will support the Air Force to train a minimum of 200 pilots per year starting next year," he stated.

Ruto highlighted that increasing the number of trained pilots will not only enhance the operational capabilities of the KAF but also support civilian aviation needs both within Kenya and regionally.

"This is both to enhance the capabilities of our Kenya Air Force and to support our civilian capabilities both in Kenya and regionally. May you continue to fly high and true, guided by your motto, 'Tuko Imara Angani'," he announced.

Earlier, Ruto reiterated the support from international allies, including the United States and South Korea, in improving the KAF's capabilities.

Ruto on military support

He noted that these countries have offered equipment and other resources to aid in the modernization of the air force.

The Kenya Air Force (KAF) was established on June 1, 1964, coinciding with Kenya’s first Madaraka Day anniversary.

Kenya Air Force officers march during the Cadet Commissioning Parade at the Kenya Military Academy in Lanet. PHOTO/PCS
Kenya Air Force officers march during the Cadet Commissioning Parade at the Kenya Military Academy in Lanet. PHOTO/PCS

Over the past six decades, KAF has played a crucial role in defending Kenya’s airspace and territorial integrity, supported by bases and forward operating bases across the country.

Their mission extends beyond logistics to include humanitarian efforts and regional cooperation. The well-trained personnel are central to KAF’s success, reflecting a significant investment in diverse skill sets.

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