Man who hanged on chopper speaks

 says he confused it for a matatu

Saleh Wanjala (“James Bond” of Bungoma) told the press that he mistook the chopper for a matatu

The man who caused a stir on Friday, May 13, 2016 when he hanged on a chopper carrying the body of slain businessman Jacob Juma has revealed the reason he made the move.

Saleh Wanjala told the press that he mistook the chopper for a matatu because he was drunk at the time of the incident.

The man further revealed that May is one of his worst months and so Friday’s incident was among the few that have happened.

“I do odd jobs in Bugoma to support my family, and when the helicopter was leaving I thought it was a matatu so I hanged on it,” Wanjala said.

He asked Kenyans to pray for him following the incident which he said was a second one in a May. He revealed that recently he was found in a neighbour’s compound and was accused of having slaughtered the neighbour’s chicken.

Wanjala sustained heavy injuries after falling from the chopper which had taken off with him when he refused to let go! when the pilot lowered a little bit after learning of a man hanging, he stayed on to the dismay of the crowd.

He is expected to be charged with attempted suicide and endangering the lives of the crew in the chopper.

Bungoma County Commissioner, Mohamed Malim, said Mr Wanjala will be prosecuted for endangering his life.

“Mr Wanjala will be in court as soon as he is able to move and he will be charged with attempted suicide and endangering the lives of the people who were in the chopper,” Malim said.

Meanwhile Bonfire Adventures is contemplating giving him a free ride to help him realize his dream of flying. Some viewers familiar with his story are amazed the way he stayed put in the air without falling to the ground! One man was heard calling him the “hero” and “James Bond” of Bungoma after he survived the ordeal despite the lack of discipline shown. In any event, a law needs to be passed to deter such illegal activity in the future.

In a tweet, the Bonfire Adventures tour company asked fans if they think Wanjala deserves the ride he so craves.

Jacob Juma was interred today at his rural home in Bungoma on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

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