KDF Puts Planes on Auction, How to Bid

  • A DHC Buffalo Aircraft owned by the Kenyan Government.
    A DHC Buffalo Aircraft owned by the Kenyan Government.
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  • The Ministry of Defence has put two Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) aircraft, engines and other parts on auction.

    In a notice advertised in local dailies on Tuesday, March 29, the Ministry announced that it was auctioning the Buffalo Aircraft listed in four tenders.

    One has the tail number 211 and the 212. The auction exercise was scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, with the viewing starting on Monday, April 11.

    A file image of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers during a pass-out parade.
    A file image of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers during a pass-out parade.
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    M/S Phillips International Auctioneers will auction the planes at Moi Air Base in Eastleigh from 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m on the aforementioned days. 

    "The aircraft/equipment/spares can be viewed from April 11, 2022, during working days only (Monday to Friday) except on public holidays at Moi Air Base (Eastleigh) starting from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Bidders were asked to first purchase the catalogue, prior to visiting the auction site. 

    "Catalogue giving full details of items to be sold may be obtained on viewing days from the Moi Air Base (Eastleigh) upon payment of a non-refundable fee of Ksh1,000 per set," read the notice in part.

    How to Apply

    Interested bidders are required to pay a refundable bid number deposit of Ksh200,000 for the aircraft and Ksh50,000 for the engines or spares.

    The funds should be submitted to the Ministry of Defence before the last day of viewing.

    "The receipt will be presented at the entry gate of the sale yard (Moi Air Base) on the day of the auction for one to be issued with a bidding number. Bidders will not participate in the auction without a bidding number," added the statement.

    After the bidding exercise, successful participants will pay a 10 per cent deposit at the fall of the hammer. The balance ought to be paid in the next 21 days.

    Successful bidders will then collect the property within 30 days lest they be charged for storage at the facility which equals 1 per cent of the bid per day. 

    "Bidders who purchase the aircraft will be required to ensure that any military marking is erased and are painted with a different colour before being allowed to operate," the Ministry of Defence directed. 

    A DHC Buffalo Aircraft owned by the Kenyan Government.
    A DHC Buffalo Aircraft owned by the Kenyan Government.
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