Ruto’s Polish neighbour arraigned over drone that strayed into DP’s home

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 31 Mar, 2021 13:51 | 2 mins read
Piotr Lukasz Litwiniuk
Piotr Lukasz Litwiniuk, a Polish tourist whose drone straye into DP Ruto's compound on Monday, March 29, 2021. PHOTO | SHEILA MUTUA

A Polish tourist has been arraigned in Nairobi over a drone that strayed into the private home of Deputy President William Ruto in Karen on Monday night, March 29.

Piotr Lukasz Litwiniuk is facing a total of four counts ranging from the importation of unmanned aircraft without a permit issued by the authority, operating an unmanned aircraft system without authorization, operating unmanned aircraft system without a pilot license and failing to register an unmanned aircraft.

According to the charge sheet seen by K24 Digital on Wednesday, March 31, Litwiniuk imported the drone through the Moi International Airport on January 7, 2021.

The drone is a Mavic Air2 model, number MA2UE3W.

Mavic Air2 drone.

The prosecution said the Pole should have sought a permit from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority when he imported the drone.

Litwiniuk was accused of operating the unmanned aircraft within Karen, a residential area in Nairobi where some of the country’s top national leaders and wealthy residents live.

According to the documents, the drone was spotted by General Service Unit (GSU) officers flying over DP Ruto’s private home on March 29.

The GSU officers tracked the drone to the compound of Ruto’s young neighbour.

The incident was reported to Hardy Police Station and investigations commenced immediately.

The investigation was later referred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations whose officers visited the scene together with the Officer Commanding Station.

They found the drone in the neighbour’s residence and on interrogation, the Pole said he is a tourist.