Six foreign pilots arrested at JKIA without work permits

Six foreign pilots operating from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi have been arrested for allegedly being in business without work permits.

The six were arrested yesterday in the ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants in the country.

A multi-agency team conducting the exercise said they are looking for more pilots who are in the country illegally.

KCAA Director General Capt Gilbert Kibe said he was not aware the pilots don’t have work permits.

He said the agency licenses genuine pilots and anyone found to be here illegally should be punished in accordance with the law.

Those arrested include an Algerian, one from Sudan, a Honduran, one from DRC Congo and two Canadians.

The team said they were looking for four other Congolese pilots operating from JKIA to Somalia after they learnt they do not have work permits.

Some of those targeted had come to the country as tourists but ventured into the business.

More than 2,000 foreigners have been deported from Kenya in the past month alone, in one of the boldest crackdowns aimed at streamlining issuance of work permits in the country.


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