After a two year ban, The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2019 Act has approved the use of drones for private use in Kenya. The law which prohibited the use of drones with exception for military use was lifted by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).
This win is good news for hobbyists and tech entrepreneurs excited about how drones could aid in areas such as aid relief, agricultural surveys, and e-commerce.
Previous laws had regulated drone licenses to tight regulation from parliament that required a pilot license and an additional approval from the Miinistry of Defense.
Kenya is now the second African country after Rwanda to approve the use of non-military drones. Regulations around the use still remain tight, limiting the times and even models that could be flown, but progress non the less.