KENYAN PILOT IN COURT FOR FLYING WITH FORGED CERTIFICATION
■ According to a report by Pan-African Daily TV, a pilot identified as Ahmad Nassir Dirie Olow was arraigned in court for successfully flying planes for 8-years without academic qualifications.
The Kenyan pilot is accused of forging documents to secure admission into aviation school.
When presented before a court of law, he denied the charges before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku and was released on $500 cash bail.
On Thursday, the Principal of the pilot’s alleged former school told the court that the documents ATPU officers requested could not be traced since no records of the accused went to school in Wajir High School.
Interestingly, a pilot Lt. Col. Adan Ali (Rtd) who is also a director of 99 Flying School based at Wilson Airport told the court that he trained Ahmed Nassir Dirie and that the accused passed his exams with flying colors and qualified to fly airplane.
Nevertheless, this case of successfully running a scientific career without full qualification is not the first to hit headline in Kenya.
In 2016, Ronald Kiprotich Melly worked as a doctor without certification at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital before he was transferred to be in charge of the Meteitei Sub-County Hospital. He performed eight successful surgeries before he was found out. ●