Boinnet orders arrest of Ruto pilot captured on video 'bullying' a policewoman

National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said the attack was not justified.

Tuesday February 23 2016

By ANGIRA ZADOCK
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Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has ordered the arrest of a pilot who "bullied" a policewoman in Nyandarua County.

"That behaviour is totally unacceptable," said Mr Boinnet on Monday.

Captain Alistair Patrick Llewelyn, who was captured on video in a scuffle with the police officer, had been hired by Deputy President William Ruto to fly him on an Airbus AS350 helicopter to a Sunday church service in Ndunyu Njeru in Kinangop.

Mr Ruto directed the police to investigate the incident, saying he respected Kenya’s hardworking officers.

In the video, the pilot is seen approaching a female police corporal, who was with her male colleague.

The female officer is, however, seen busy on her phone as curious onlookers mill around the helicopter.

'DO YOUR JOB'

As children move closer to the helicopter, the pilot emerges, approaches the female officer and grabs her swagger cane then shouts at her to "do her job".

The two walk towards the chopper as the pilot shouts at the officer. “You are not doing anything,” he shouts.

He then attacks her and the people around shout at him to stop.

National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said the attack was not justified and that investigations had been launched.

Records indicate that the 2015 Airbus AS350, manufactured by Airbus Helicopters and with registration number 5Y-DSN, was bought last year.

According to the Eighth Schedule of the National Police Service Act Section (t), it is an offence against discipline for any police officer to "be negligent in the performance of his duty".

Section 103 of the NPS Act provides a fine not exceeding Sh1 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both for any person who assaults or obstructs a police officer in the due execution of the police officer’s duties.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the pilot's name to Captain Alistair Patrick Llewelyn.

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