POLICE in Kiambu stopped a planned attempt by a resident to fly test a makeshift plane. Karuri police boss Edward Baraza arrived at Waguthu Primary School grounds to stop the test on Saturday. Police said the plane could not be allowed to fly because of safety concerns.
The 21-year-old George Tumuti said he spent more than Sh100,000 in assembling the light plane. "As the authorities here, we cannot allow the plane to take off since he needs a permit from the aviation and also for his safety and that of the residents," Baraza said.
Tumuti said he was not happy with the police directive. "My research tells me the plane can fly over 20 meters from the ground," he said. Tumuti said he saved the money from his car war business last year. He said he used scrap metal and motorcycle parts to assemble the makeshift plane.
Residents had turned up to witness the planned tackle off. "I started saving through my car wash business where I charge Sh50 for washing motorcade and Sh100 for vehicles," said Tumuti. He said he studied engineering at Kenya Polytechnic University.
"I could not go on with my studies after completing certificate level in college due to financial problems and that is why I went back home and started a car wash business," said Tumuti. "My dream is to become a pilot". He said unemployment drive him to the innovation. Tumuti said he had decided to invent the plane so that he can raise money for further studies.
His father, Joseph Itibu said he had keenly been following his son's innovation. "I am a mechanic also and I am amazed by what my son had built from locally available materials," he said. Itibu said he supported Tumuti financially to buy materials used in the plane.