Nandi County Senator Kiprotich Cherargei on Tuesday sought a statement from the Senate Standing Committee on Roads and Transportation over the frequent air mishaps involving Wilson Airport-based light aircrafts.
The Senator specifically demanded answers over the three air traffic incidences involving Silverstone-owned planes.
Senator Cherargei at the same time queried the poor state of Wilson Airstrip.
“In the statement the committee should state what measures are in place to improve the poor state of Wilson airstrip that has raised concerns among the operators,” said Cherargei.
At the time the lawmaker sought the statement on the floor of the House, Silverstone had already announced that it has suspended all its flights.
This is after the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority directed the local budget airline to suspend operations on their Dash 8 fleet.
Cherargei now wants the committee to investigate wether there an alleged conflict of interest may have compromised Silverstone’s standards following revelations that one of its senior executive was previously an employee of regulator KCAA.
“The committee should explain the aspect of conflict of interest that may have compromised the standards considering one of the senior executive of the company was previously and employee of KCAA during the licensing process,” said Cherargei.
He further demanded to know the frequency of inspections conducted by KCAA on aircrafts both on arrival and before departure.
Last week the United Kingdom issued a travel warning to its citizens over the use of planes that operate at Wilson Airport following several mishaps.