The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Director General Captain Gilbert Kibe said new regulations will be submitted to the National Assembly on the “use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or drones into the current and evolving traffic management systems.”
Parliament turned down the first set of drone regulations due to security and privacy concerns and claims that limited public participation was undertaken.
Speaking at the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (Canso) Africa Conference in Mombasa, the Cabinet Secretary of Tourism Najib Balala said:
“We need regulations since every sector wants to use drones. We cannot continue hiding under security concerns.”
The aim of the organisation is to recommend internationally acceptable standards for drone regulation. In Kenya, drones are used for private and recreational purposes while Rwanda uses drones for transporting blood to transfusion clinics.
In 2017, the Nairobi City County revealed plans to use drones to monitor the payment of parking fees. However, these plans were not implemented. According to Kibe, such projects can only work when Parliament approves KCAA’s regulations.