Identity of dead Kenya Airways stowaway disputed

Kenya Airways planes are seen parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport near Nairobi, Kenya November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya The identity of a dead stowaway who fell off a Kenya Airways flight to London in June has become the subject of a controversy, after the Kenyan government refuted claims made by a Sky News investigation.

The unidentified stowaway fell off the passenger plane and onto a garden in south London on June 30th. A Sky News investigation, published on Monday , identified the stowaway as Paul Manyasi, a 29-year-old cleaner it said was seconded to Nairobi’s main airport. In the 15minute documentary, the journalists followed a trail that begun with a tip by a cab driver.

Both a girlfriend and Manyasi’s parents identified a mock-up of the stowaway and photographs of his possessions as Manyasi’s.

It also identified his employer as Colnet Limited , a company contracted to provide cleaning services at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Both Kenya’s airports authority and the company have denied the claim. In a statement, the authority said that the name does not appear on any of their records.

“The identity of the stowaway is an open and active investigation,” the authority added.

The cleaning company’s Managing Partner, Chege Kariuki, said that “all Colnet employees are accounted for without failure at the end of every shift…we don’t have, and have never had Paul Manyasi as an employee”. Press Release on Sky News Report on Stowaway, Paul Manyasi. — Colnet Limited (@colnetlimited5) November 13, 2019 The stowaway’s identity became even murkier on Wednesday after the family in the Sky News investigation, denied that he could have been their son. My son is alive. Father of the alleged stowaway says his son is alive and he is not the man that fell from a plane in London @CzedaBrenda @WillyLusige #KTNNewsCentre — KTN News Alerts (@KTNNewsKE) November 13, 2019 “I believe my son is alive,” the father said, before adding that someone told him a week ago that his son was in a Nairobi prison. He also said that he had told the journalists that the stowaway was not his son. The family also said their son’s name was Cedrick Shivanji/Shivonje and not Paul Manyasi, with another son saying that the Sky TV report also misidentified his parents’ second names.

The @metpoliceuk told the BBC that they shared the fingerprints of the man with their Kenya […]

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