The family of the famous Saleh Wanjala alias Bungoma James Bond, a man who shocked the world by hanging on a moving helicopter in Bungoma can’t afford to bury him because of the biting poverty.
According to his mother Everlyne Namusia, Wanjala (45) and a father of four who died on Monday last week September 28, 2020 at Bungoma County Referral Hospital after a short illness can’t be buried soon.
Ms Namusia says that due to the biting poverty they can’t even afford to pay the mortuary fee, purchase the casket and clothing’s leave alone cater for the burial expenses.
“We are appealing to Bungoma county government, well wishers, NGOs and good hearted people to stand with us, on daily basis we are supposed to pay Sh600 as the mortuary fee, I don’t understand how long the body will stay in the morgue, please help us accord him a good send off,” pleaded Namusia.
Saleh is supposed to be buried in Makemo, Webuye East constituency.
Wanjala made headlines in May 2016 after he hang into the helicopter that was ferrying the body of the slain Nairobi business man, Jacob Juma.
The body had been taken to Posta Ground in Bungoma town for viewing by members of the public but when it was time for the helicopter now taking off to his home in Bumula constituency, the visibly drunk man hang onto it.
The shouting from members of the public helped the pilot to notice the strange object and it forced him to make an promptu landing at Bungoma airstrip.
Wanjala who jumped off the helicopter was slightly injured and rushed to Bungoma County Referral hospital where he was hospitalized for a week before he was arraigned at Bungoma law courts for endangering his life and trying to commit suicide.
He was later represented in court probono by a renowned lawyer Andrew Kituyi until when his case was dismissed for lack of evidence in 2019.
The deceased together with other people were later given a free and fully paid return air ticket Aeroplane ride to Nairobi from Kisumu airport by a renown Nairobi businessman Joseph Lendrix Waswa.
Wanjala was hosted at an high-end hotel in Kilimani Estate where they dined and wined before returning back home.
Wanjala hailed from Webuye East but resided at Mashambani estate in Bungoma town was always on drinking sprees throughout.
The body is preserved at Bungoma County Referral Hospital Mortuary.
Everlyne Namusia can be reached on 0768718083