The mystery surrounding the identity of the stowaway who fell from a Kenya Airways plane as it approached London has deepened days after Sky News exclusively reported about his identity.
Both Colnet Limited Kenya and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has since denounced reports that man identified worked at the airport.
Here in Kenya, journalist John Sparks spoke to the family of Manyasi at their mud-walled house in Makhwabuye village in Malava constituency, Kakamega county.
The father had early identified his son as Paul Manyasi through a photo shared by Sparks. He even identified a small black bag, a pair of sports shoes and underwear as belonging to his son. His belongings were released by London’s metropolitan Police.
A day after the story was aired, the parents changed their narratives and denied Manyasi as their son and said their son’s name is Cedric Shivonje.
When asked about Cedric, the parents said their son was at Industrial Area Remand Prison after being arrested in July.
Sources have established that there is no inmate by that name at the prison.
So maybe he was booked in with a different name. But how hard is it for the authorities at the prison to find Cedric after his pictures went viral?
The father has also said he has not been into contact with his son Cedric since 2017 and his phone has been off.
So how did he know his son was arrest in June and is in prison?
KAA and Colnet Limited Kenya, the company for which Manyasi was allegedly working for, earlier on Wednesday dismissed the Sky News investigation, saying the man never worked for them.
If indeed he worked for the cleaning company, a lot will be at stake for Kenya in the air industry.
According to a security expert, the security breach is likely to complicate matters for Kenya, which in 2017 acquired Category 1 Status, making direct flights possible to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.
The stowaway whom the London Metropolitan Police believes is a Kenyan might lead to the downgrading of the JKIA status. This is whether they accept or deny liablility.
So why did the top government officials visit the family in Makhwabuye village, Malava constituency in Kakamega county?
According to sources, they were ‘condoling’ with the family after learning the death of their son.
According to the girlfriend who spoke to Sky News, Manyasi is the same man who fell from the KQ plane to London.
A friend named Thomas Wanyama says the pictures which have been revealed of Manyasi are those of one of Cedric Shivonje who was a teacher at Kawangware.
Cedric was last seen in August when he was arrested by the police for defiling one of his students.
According to him, one of his roommates back in 2017, he was arrested and was held at Industrial Area Remand Prison where he even visited him.
Shivonje’s friends says due to his character of using other people’s identify he could have been arrested under a different name.
When he was taken to court for the defilement case he gave out a different identity.