BUNGOMA’S SALEH WANJALA CHARGED IN COURT WITH ENDANGERING PASSENGER’S LIVES

Bungoma’s Saleh Wanjala was formally charged with endangering passengers’ lives. The man who hang on a helicopter as it took off, appeared before Bungoma Principal Magistrate, Stephen Onsiero Mogute, and pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him.

The Principal Magistrate directed that Saleh Wanjala be released on a free bond before the full hearing of his case on Friday.

The incident which earned Wanjala bitter sweet fame happened last Friday when he hiked a helicopter from posta ground and the pilot took him back to Bungoma airstrip where he jumped breaking his backbone and the right hand.

The injured Saleh Wanjala after he fell down from the helicopter
The injured Saleh Wanjala after he fell down from the helicopter

The helicopter was carrying the body of slain businessman Jacob Juma. The pilot had not noticed the incident but was attracted by the noise that was being made by the terrified mourners.

This comes even as pressure groups among other quarters have pleaded with Wanjala’s accusers to drop the charges. Elsewhere a Sirisia politician has promised to give Wanjala a free helicopter ride once he is discharged from hospital.