In Summary
  • At Wilson Airport, claims of KCAA being “asleep” are rife, as some operators claim the regulator is not doing enough to safeguard the integrity of the aviation sector.
  • Privately, officials of the airline believe business rivalry is behind the focus on them.

Silverstone Air Services, an airline in the eye of the storm following recent accidents, is under scrutiny over its links to the sector regulator, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

Claims of conflict of interest have emerged following reports that Silverstone’s accountable manager, Sheila Muturi, was previously an aviation inspector with KCAA before she left to join the operator.

In her time as a regulator, Ms Muturi may have handled Silverstone’s air licensing applications, thus causing the allegations of conflict of interest.

When contacted over the allegations, Ms Muturi said there is no law in Kenya that prohibits an employee from leaving the public sector to join the private sector.

EMPLOYMENT ACT

“She vacated her role at KCAA in accordance with the law and she has been employed by Silverstone Air in full compliance with the Employment Act and the constitution. Silverstone Air brought her on board owing to her expertise in aviation matters,” the airline said in response to questions from the Saturday Nation.

“The aviation industry is a specialist industry and the KCAA employs from within the industry. Oversight of an entity is not a one-man-show and there are a lot of checks and balances in the processes,” the airline added.

Amid the recent accident and other incidents, Ms Muturi has become the face of the airline as the Somow brothers, who are the force behind the airline, keep off from the limelight.

At Wilson Airport, claims of KCAA being “asleep” are rife, as some operators claim the regulator is not doing enough to safeguard the integrity of the aviation sector.

Following the latest incident involving Silverstone Air Services, the director general of KCAA, Captain Gilbert Kibe, issued a statement saying the agency was carrying out an audit of the airline “after various air incidents and an accidents involving Silverstone Air Services.”

COMPLIANCE

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