Kenyans have taken to social media to rant over Deputy President William Ruto’s pilot who appears in a video shared online assaulting a police officer.
The pilot, Captain Alastair Patrick Llewelyn, who flew Mr Ruto on an Airbus AS350 helicopter to a Sunday church service in Ndunyu Njeru in Kinangop, Nyandarua County, ‘bullied’ a policewoman.
The widely shared video shows the pilot approaching a female police corporal, who was with her male colleague, swearing at her, and ordering her to manage the crowd that had gathered near the helicopter. The pilot later is seen pushing the policewoman after taking her swagger stick which is used to control the crowd.
“Do your job, OK?” the pilot is heard shouting to the policeman. “Tell these people to move back.” He shouts swearwords at her as she walks away.
Deputy President calls for investigation
Later, the Deputy President directed the police to investigate the incident, saying he respected Kenya’s hardworking officers, the Daily Nation reported.
Police chief Joseph Boinett ordered an investigation and commencement of criminal proceedings against the pilot.
National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said the attack was not justified and that investigations had been launched.
Since Monday morning, the hashtag #DeportRutosPilot was trending as Kenyans expressed their condemnation for the unbecoming behavior of the pilot. Among those who condemned the behavior is Member of Parliament for Garissa Township and leader of Majority in the National Assembly, Aden Duale.
According to Ruto's office, the pilot involved in the fracas with a policewoman is not one of his staff members. The Communication secretary David Mugonyi told the Star that Llewelyn was only hired to take the Deputy President to Ndunyu Njeru on Sunday.
The company that operates the helicopter, Kwae Island Development (KIL) said it had terminated its agreement with the pilot, Llewelyn, and the company he works for, Saker Resource Management. The Guardian reported: “KIDL respects the all the service men and women of the Kenya police and abhors the actions of Alistair Llewelyn,” the company said.
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