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Kenya Govt Considers Using Drones To Nab COVID-19 Lockdown Violators

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Drones are official in Kenya now, at least from the legislation point of view.

Anyone can import or buy one locally, but the entire process entails a ton of fees, including KES 3000 for registration, for instance.

Speaking of the little flying birds, the Police are exploring a way to apply their services in a bid to nab lockdown violators.


It should be noted that President Kenyatta locked five counties (Nairobi, Kajiado, Kiambu, Machakos and Nakuru) following a surge in COVID-19 infections.

The development meant that anyone within the areas wouldn’t be allowed to leave unless there are pressing circumstances. The circumstances must also be served with special documentation.

According to the Nation, people have still been sneaking in and out of the closed regions.

This, according to additional reports, has been enabled by corrupt police who take bribes from travelers.

It has also been reported that others are using unconventional ways popularly known as Panya Routes to escape the police net, and effectively violating lockdown measures.

Others have also been colluding with motorcycle riders who ferry them to and from spots that are not guarded by the police.

The drones will be equipped with high-res cameras, and be deployed to areas of interest where this illegal activity has been reported.

They will also be able to fly up to a distance of 5km while performing aerial policing.


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