Kenyans raise concern after Former President Uhuru Kenyatta constructs private airport at Family’s Northlands City
Kenyans are split over a picture of a private airport linked to former president Uhuru Kenyatta that sits in the center of Northlands City.
The infrastructure which can be publicly viewed through Google satellites at coordinates 1°11’29″S 36°58’42″E is marked as Northlands Aerodrome and described as a domestic airport.
The airport has a functional runway strip that can allow the landing of private planes and jets.
An unmarked structure that is thought to be a hangar is located at the far end of the runway strip.
The Northlands City is a futuristic commercial and residential housing project and is expected to cost upwards of Ksh500 billion.
The Northlands City sits on an 11,000-acre parcel of land in Ruiru and transverses the Eastern bypass from City Cabanas to Ruiru.
Once completed, the project will play home to commercial spaces, industrial parks, schools, and residential areas among others.
A section of Kenyans congratulated the former President for having his own airport noting that it was one of the best assets to invest in.
Martor Muriithi commenting on social media remarked that this was a game changer for the Kenyatta family as well as the Northlands project.
“In many developed countries, private citizens have such runways, as long as it is regulated,” he commented adding that private companies would pay huge sums to use it.
However, other Kenyans were worried about how the facility would be regulated considering that it was on private property.
They raised fears that few individuals may use the private airport to bring unregulated goods to the country.