Condemned Kenya Police chopper finally given clearance

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An Augusta Westland AW139 helicopter registration 5Y-DIG, one of the police aircraft that has been grounded since last year at the National Police Airwing took its maiden flight within Nairobi on Thursday.

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The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai yesterday visited the Airwing, a move believed to have been prompted by media reports that most of the aircraft were grounded despite the government spending billions of shillings in revamping them.

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He was accompanied by the Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police Service Edward Mbugua, the Airwing director Rogers Mbithi other senior officers and journalists for the 45 minutes flight test.

At the same time, Mutyambai yesterday declared his full confidence in the  Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) saying the office has played a leading role in the multi-agency team spearheading the fight against corruption.

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He said this after a lengthy closed-door meeting with DCI director George Kinoti and other senior officers  at DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.

The DCI also briefed the IG on the progress of the Forensic Laboratory where the biological, toxicological and DNA labs are expected to be operational in the next two months.

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The laboratories are housed in the newly constructed multi-million-shilling National Police Service Forensic Laboratory based at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.

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