The Bungoma James Bond, Saleh Wanjala, who clung on the moving helicopter transporting the body of the slain billionaire Jacob Juma, will get a free ride once he is discharged from his hospital bed, a Sirisia politician has promised.
Moses Nandalwe plegeded to give Saleh Wanjala, 41, a free fully paid ride to any destination in the country in a bid to help him realize his dream of being a detective bad boy like Agent 007.
He added that the scene which saw the bold man hanging on a moving helicopter away from the ground has brought to the attention of movies makers the fact that heroes exist in real life and not just in movies.
Describing Saleh Wanjala as a hero of our time, he explained that the man’s action, which many have referred to as madness, will attract tourists if supported appropriately.
He noted that numerous travelers from within and across the country who would want to see the ‘Bungoma James Bond’ can tour his destination to have a handshake with him.
He urged Kenyans to join him in exposing the man to the world. While goodies await Saleh Wanjala, the court is grilling him for crime of willingly and negligently impairing the safety of the aircraft and those on board. But Nandalwe has called on Bungoma county commissioner Mohamed Maalim to clear him of all the charges levelled against Wanjala so that he doesn’t feel rejected.
According to Nandalwe:
“It’s against the fundamental rights of an individual to handcuff any citizen while on a sick bed. Moreover, Saleh has expressed himself and said that his state of mind was not sober leave alone being under the influence of busaa”.
Principal magistrate Stephen Mungote said the action of the accused made the pilot land against schedule at the regions’ airstrip. The accused denied all the charges though.
Saleh’s lawyer Douglas Ombagi asked the court to give his client a free bond and allow him to go for medication before the case continues. Saleh, who went to court on a wheelchair, was granted the appeal for treatment. The case will be revisited in court on Friday, May 20.
Human rights activists in Bungoma have also asked the State to free the accused, citing no offence. Job Bwonya said it was the responsibility of the police to offer maximum security to the plane so that residents cannot get to it but then there was reportedly no single police.
Wanjala hiked onto the helicopter as it lifted from Posta ground and the pilot took him back to Bungoma airstrip where he jumped down, breaking his backbone and the right hand.
He is currently receiving treatment at Bungoma County Referral Hospital, handcuffed and under tight police watch.