Politics are now taking Centre stage thanks to how time flies. Next year Kenya is expected to hold elections and already the campaign mood have begun hitting the headlines.
As always, there is show of mighty in Kenyan politics, from those vying the various elective posts. From erecting billboards, adverts through print and electronic media, branded cars and now trans-versing the counties in branded choppers.
Well politicians have in the recent past used choppers during their campaigns, for instance during the last elections the Jubilee party and ODM crisscrossed the country using branded choppers.
Further, the just concluded by elections showed that Kenyan politicians are rich and can afford choppers just for a by-election. Next year we might have more choppers hovering above us than the vehicles which will be on the campaign trail.
However these helicopters do not come cheap, for instance a small chopper goes for 100 to 200 million shilling in Europe and America while in Kenya the same will cost you 400 million shillings, import and duty services.
Hiring such kind of a chopper will cost you Sh. 200,000 an hour while parking it costs 150,000 to 200,000 thousand at Wilson for two days.
Musalia Mudavadi has a chopper and according to close sources, he is in the process of acquiring another one. Peter Kenneth owns a helicopter and plans to buy a Cessna Grand Caravan for 175 million shillings.
The Deputy President co-owns a chopper with KASS International CEO Joseph Chepkony, Joseph is reportedly buying another one.
Other prominent people in the country to own a chopper including former Mathira MP and business man Ephraim Maina who owns three helicopters, Nicholas Biwott, Mwai Kibaki, Moi while Murkomen is said to be finalizing his plans to acquire a helicopter while Kenyatta family is said to own two choppers.
Kalonzo Musyoka imported a helicopter and leased it to Tanzania for campaigns but tragically crashed. He was later compensated by the insurer but details are scanty as to whether he is buying a new one.
Evans Kidero-Nairobi County, Isaac Ruto-Bomet County, William Kabogo-Kiambu and Samuel Tunai from Narok,Senator Ababu Namwamba,Harun Mwau are also said to own helicopters.