Meru: Man Hangs On CS Munya’s Chopper

Residents of Igembe South, Meru County, were on Wednesday treated to a spectatcle after an unidentified man hung onto the landing skid of a helicopter ferrying Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS) Peter Munya and EALA MP Mpuru Aburi.

The incident occurred at Kiegoi market after Munya successfully held a rally on the grounds in a bid to solicit votes for Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga ahead of the August polls.

In a video, the man can be seen hanging precariously on the landing skid just as the helicopter prepares to take off from the grounds.

The helicopter pilot seemed to be unaware of the stowaway on board and only came to the realisation after a section of residents who had gathered at the market beckoned him to land the chopper, even as others cheered the man on.

In a final act of defiance, the man waved goodbye to the crowd just as the helicopter touched down before taking to his heels after law enforcement officers attempted to apprehend him.

Igembe South police boss Hussein Ali said the man was spared because officers were of the opinion that he would cause a scene at the holding cells.

The incident mirrors a similar one in 2017 where an unidentified man, later aptly dubbed James Bond, hung onto Odinga’s helicopter after he visited Meru County for a voter registration exercise in Maili Tatu grounds, Igembe Central.

The pilot would land the plane approximately 20 kilometres away from the grounds with the stowaway still on board.

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