Kenya: White pilot to be questioned over video

By Editorial Board - 24 February 2016 at 1:27 pm


NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A helicopter pilot surrendered himself to police for questioning after public outcry over a video clip which appears to show the pilot swearing at and assaulting a policewoman, police officials said Tuesday.

The video clip of the incident circulated widely on social media and many Kenyans accused the pilot, who’s white, of being racist. The incident happened Sunday in the Nyandarua area of central Kenya, Police chief Joseph Boinnet, who ordered the pilot to turn himself in, said in a statement. The pilot had flown Deputy President William Ruto to a function there.

Kwae Island Development Limited, the firm which operates the helicopter 5Y-DSN, said it had terminated its agreement with the pilot identified as Alastair Patrick Llewelyn and the company he works for Saker Resource Management Limited.

“KIDL respects the all the service men and women of the Kenya police and abhors the actions of Alistair Llewelyn,” the company said.

Deputy President William Ruto asked the police to take action against the pilot, saying he has only been notified about the incident this morning.

“This incident is unacceptable, regrettable and the police have been asked to investigate the unbecoming behavior of the pilot,” Ruto said.

In the clip the pilot can be heard telling the police woman to do her job as a crowd of onlookers— rural people who were fascinated by the aircraft— surges near the helicopter. In the video, the pilot grabs the police officer’s cane and she takes it back. He then appears to attempt to strike her and then shoves her away. He shouts expletives at her as she walks away.

TOM ODULA, Associated Press

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