Kenyan Politicians are about posturing and image. Party leaders, governors, senators, MPs as well as aspiring politicians are acquired some of the latest models of helicopters.
In an assault on all fronts to win seats in 2017, Kenyan politicians left nothing to chance and took to the skies in style.
It was not only a status symbol, but a bold statement about their financial muscle directed at their opponents.
Those close to the country’s elite reveal that the aspirants’ preferred models choppers were Eurocopter and Bell.
In the last two years, President Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto, CORD co-principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Peter Kenneth have all loosened their purse strings to acquire the beasts of the air.
Others who are listed by regulatory bodies as owners of choppers are Kanu chairman Gideon Moi, former President Kibaki, Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti as well as former Cabinet ministers Simeon Nyachae and Nicholas Biwott.
Some, like President Kenyatta, only added to an existing fleet.
Ruto however, acquired three Aerospatiale 350B3 Ecureuil Eurocopters, perhaps to ensure the Jubilee agenda is sold in every part of the country.
But Jubilee will not rule the skies. Last year ODM leader Raila bought a Bell 407.
Wiper leader Kalonzo acquired AS 350B3 Eurocopter, which crashed in October last year.
The chopper, registration number 5Y-DKK had been chartered by Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi.
Kiambu Governor William Kabogo’s Eurocopter AS350B3 registration number 5Y–EXK also crashed while taking off at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
Mudavadi owns a Eurocopter registration 5Y–TXM which, he says, makes his work easier.
Former President Kibaki too owns one, registration 5Y–FWE, bought more than two years ago through a company associated with him.
Others are Biwott (registration 5Y–HNB), Simeon Nyachae (registration 5Y–HSN) which is registered under Aircraft Leasing Services, and former presidential candidate Kenneth who owns two Bell 407 choppers registration numbers 5Y–PK1 and 5Y–PKZ.