Kenya plans to lift drone ban

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“Our sense and avoid technology is what makes the drone independently safe,”

The Director-General of Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), Gilbert Kibe said that Kenya planned to lift a ban on drones in 2020.

Kibe said in Nairobi that unmanned aerial vehicles were prohibited in March after parliament annulled regulations that were meant to legalise them.

“We are close to completing the draft regulations which will be presented to parliament for approval to end the ban on the use of drones. We hope to complete the process in the coming weeks,” he said.

Parliament revoked the previous regulations that were to permit the use of drones over privacy concerns and lack of public participation.

Kibe said, adding: “We have since made the corrections to the regulations to ensure drones are not misused by civilians.”

According to the KCAA, the regulations will also ensure that the use of remotely piloted aircraft is not a threat to national security.

Kibe said that the new regulations would also regulate the importation and commercial use of drones for photography, recreational, humanitarian, and health services. He stated that the proposed legal framework will provide for the establishment of a registry for all drone-owners in the country.