Saleh Wanjala, popularly called James Bond Wanjala for hanging on to the helicopter carrying the corpse of businessman Jacob Juma told the media that he has completely run out of money.
And because he does not have a single a penny to his name, the 41-year-old casual labourer and father of four from Bungoma, said he can’t afford the money for his one-room mud house, which has accumulated arrears amounting to Sh2,400.
He confessed that the bold incident left him with a partially dislocated backbone and his right hand is paralyzed, leading to his daily dependence on pain killers.
His condition, he says, no longer allows him to work and on that account, he is now somewhat dependent on his stepmother.
“After I was released on a cash bail by a Bungoma court, which was also catered for by a Good Samaritan, I went home to see my house locked. I and my children had to move in with my stepmother, whose house is just a few metres from mine. I cannot work and I am stressed. Before this accident, I used to work at a mjengo and my son who is in Form One in a local secondary school, risks being sent home because of fee balance. My house has been locked and I cannot afford to buy the painkillers”.
Speaking on the accident, Wanjala whose wife died years back, said he was tipsy when he took the seemingly bold step.
According to him:
“On that day, I took lunch at my stepmother’s house and proceeded to a drinking den where I took some busaa with my friends, before proceeding to Posta grounds. As the helicopter carrying the body landed, we milled around it. As they were preparing to remove the body, I sat on the helicopter, but I can’t remember what happened after that. I found myself in the air”.
His stepmother, Mama Everlyne Namusia, says she has been living with Wanjala since he was 12 after his mother died.
Wanjala is now appealing to well-wishers to help him raise money for rent and medical care.
While James Bond Wanjala is now stone broke, some creative games designers are busy making money from his boldness by developing a game in his honour.
The game named Bungoma Hangman, the developers say, was founded on Wafula’s infamous helicopter incident.
The concept of the game is to jump onto an helicopter while avoiding aerial objects that could destroy the chopper. It starts off with the player holding on to a helicopter railing.
Also it allows you to build your strength by running into objects like a plate of ugali, a bunch of sukumawiki or better yet a piece of chicken.
The developers said they intend to keep alive the fearless action of James Bond Wanjala, for rocking the world with his moves.