The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has dismissed claims that the stowaway who fell in a London garden was a cleaner at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
According to KAA, investigations by a multi-agency team into the allegations by UK-based media that the stowaway identified as Paul Manyasi worked for Colnet were baseless.
Colnet is the company that provides services at JKIA.
In a statement, KAA said the stowaway’s name does not appear in the airport biometric register.
” A security multi agency team has conducted investigations on the allegations made in the (Sky) news article to the effect that the stowaway worked at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and would like to state that the identity of the stowaway is an open and active investigation and any information received will be investigated to ensure a factual conclusion,” KAA said in a statement
Colnet also said there was no name of Paul Manyasi in their employees’ records.
” Whereas we condole with the family of the deceased stowaway, we are surprised by the story carried by Sky News Network which seems focused on connecting Colnet Limited to the stowaway. We are unsure as to the objective of the report. Colnet is aware of the incident by-way off act that there were investigations carried out on the stowaway incident and the company has provided all its employees’ records and information to the investigative authorities which confirm that there is no employee by the name Paul Manyasi. This fact can easily be ascertained by KAA.” Said a statemnt by Chege Kariuki, Managing Partner, Colnet Limited.
“For an employee to work in the restricted areas of the airport, he/she requires a special pass which is only issued after thorough vetting by the KAA authority. There are records of the passes issued and all Colnet employees are accounted for without failure at the end of every shift and we can confirm without doubt that we don’t have, and have never had Paul Manyasi as an employee.” Added the statement.
Colnet is urging that the persons portrayed as giving information in the article, to immediately come forward and provide the police with all the information they have so that they can get to the bottom of the matter to avoid unnecessary and untrue speculations and to bring peace and closure to the unfortunate family of the deceased person.
A frozen body dropped off from a KQ plane into a garden in an affluent Southern London suburb on June 30 this year, according to Sky News.
Colnet has urged the person who gave out the information about the named individual to share the same details with the police so that they can carry out more investigations.