Tall tale? Is fellow who dropped from London-bound KQ plane even Kenyan?
From stowaway to convictOn Tuesday, the family denied the report, maintaining Paul Manyasi was not their son. Isaac started by disowning the surname Manyasi as used in the Sky News report. "I still don't believe that my son is dead or missing. I know him very well. A person can go for years without communicating or being in touch with his family, but that does not mean he is dead," said the father of five. Isaac denied knowing anyone by the name Paul Manyasi, saying his son was called Cedric Shivonje. He said the last time he spoke to his son was July 2017, and their conversation ended in an argument. Brian, Cedric's brother, corroborated his father's statement and said they had been communicating on Facebook days after the stowaway fell. "He last posted on Facebook in July yet the man they were reporting about fell from the plane on June 30," Brian, 18, told Standard Digital. Brian sent to Standard Digital his brother's birth certificate showing he was 25 and not 29 as reported. On the same day, the family revealed that they believed their son was in remand over a defilement case. Their denial was supported by that of Kenya Airports Authority, the agency responsible for all public airports and Colnet, the cleaning company Manyasi was reported to have worked for. KAA said in collaboration with teams from multiple agencies, it had conducted investigations on the allegations and established that they were "baseless". Colnet said it was "aware of the incident by way of fact that there were investigations carried out on the stowaway incident and the company has provided its employees' record and information to the investigative authorities which confirmed that there is no employee by the name Paul Manyasi." On Wednesday, The Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti confirmed to a local daily that Cedric Shivonje was indeed at Industrial Area Remand Prison, Nairobi. "We would like to know all the details surrounding the so-called stowaway and the cause of the mix-up if any. We are also going to investigate whether the man who fell off the plane was a Kenyan or came from South Africa where the plane began the journey before stopping over at JKIA," Kinoti said. Kenya Prisons Service spokesman Dixon Mwakazi also confirmed that Shivonje was at the Nairobi Medium Prison after failing to raise Sh200,000 bail. The narrative goes that he was arrested as a Hillary Misikho and was a teacher at a primary school in Kawangware, Nairobi. He allegedly defiled a Class Seven pupil on August 6, was charged on August 9 at Kibera Law Courts and remanded on August 13. Police say he was found with a KCSE certificate indicating he sat his high school examinations at Tande Secondary School in 2014 – the same school his brother Brian said he went. Shivonje's claims that he was a former student of Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology (JKUAT) were found misleading after investigations found out that he obtained a D- (minus) in KCSE. A multi-agency team that was set up to investigate the identity of the stowaway passenger maintains it has not completed the probe. The team said it was analysing the fingerprints of the victim, and that all staff and stakeholders who were on duty on June 30 have been accounted for. The team comprises officials from the police force, Kenya Airports Authority, Transport Ministry and National Intelligence Service. So, who is Paul Manyasi? Why did his girlfriend say he was a colleague at Colnet? Who is Cedrick Shivonje and why was he operating as Hillary Misikho? Who owns the Facebook accounts Cedrick Junior and Mustapha Junior where the pictures of the alleged Stowaway were removed?
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