Sad Story of Kakamega Cleaner Who Died While Hiding Under a Plane Trying to Beat Poverty

Having come from an impoverished family in Western Kenya, and he himself living in a state of penury in Mukuru kwa Njenga slum, a young man dared to dream.

He was ready to do whatever it took — including risking his life — for a better existence. And that is how by impulse, he hid under a KQ plane on its way to London.

Suffice to say, he did not make it. His frozen body dropped off from a landing KQ plane into a garden in an affluent Southern London suburb on June 30 this year and has been identified and his parents traced by Sky News television in the UK.

“With a ground-shaking thud, the body fell when the plane released its wheels for landing at Heathrow, almost hitting a man lying on a sun lounge and reading a book,” Sky News wrote.

He fell about 3,500 feet and his body left a crater.

In an exclusive investigative segment, the British Media house published an article published on Monday, identified the man as a 29-year-old Kenyan who worked as a cleaner at JKIA.

It was written by Africa correspondent John Sparks assisted by local journalist Christabel Ligamithe.

The TV investigation shows that the man used to work for Colnet Cleaning Services, the company that sent him and others to various clients at the airport.

He entered the undercarriage of a KQ airliner so he could fly without papers and paying, a suicidal adventure.

A friend with whom he rented a single-room mabati house in the slum told Sky news that he indeed harboured ambitions for a better life abroad.

“He was a friend, we went to the same county, we went to the same school. There was a job somewhere he was seeking….it was not in Kenya,” he told Sky News.

“I don’t know whether he flew,” he said.The news channel found the woman to whom the man had proposed marriage. She identified the pictures of a small back bag, undergarments and shoes — which the London Metro police had recovered from the site of the stowaway’s fall — as belonging to her fiance.

They had been in a relationship for two years and had plans to settle down, the article revealed. The TV reporter learned from a taxi driver at the airport that Colnet Cleaning Services was missing a male employee at the end of June.

Seeing pictures of the man she shared two years with, she said, “I just feel like I lost someone that I loved so much.”She broke down when seeing pictures of his belongings that she positively identified.

Sky News contacted the parents in Kakamega. They  said neither the police nor the airport authorities had contacted them about their son.

“No one has got in touch,” the father said.

“I don’t know where to start or end because his [the son’s] phone is not working,” his mother said when asked whether the have tried looking for their son.

She said she wants his body brought home and buried in her family land … “but the expenses”. 

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