My Life Is In Danger, Kenya Airways 'Corona Virus' Employee Now Claims

My Life Is In Danger, Kenya Airways 'Corona Virus' Employee Now Claims

Gire Ali, the Kenya Airways employee who filmed and shared on social media the video of  a China Southern Airlines plane landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with  239 passengers now claims he fears for his life.

Kenya Airways suspended the man for exposing the poor handling and mismanagement of the plane that had traveled from China, a country currently bearing the brunt of the Corona Virus epidemic.

The video filmed by Gire Ali, caused uproar on social media leading to a series of events including the deployment of Kenya Defense Forces medical personnel to all points of entry into the country, and the president ordering that the Mbagathi District Hospital special unit be finished within a week.

A number of doctors have also asked that Raychelle Omamo be charged with attempted mass murder for the way the plane and its passengers were casually handled at JKIA. It is said the 239 passengers were asked to self quarantine themselves for two weeks.

Mr Gire Ali says he feels his life is in danger for exposing the standoff that ensued after medical personnel at the airport refused to screen the passengers and they had to wait in the plane for more than an hour before an unnamed senior government official intervened to end the standoff.

They have been calling and I’m yet to go and meet the team because someone warned me that my life might be in danger and that they were watching me. I handed over my work identification documents through the fence and left. I fear about what could happen to me.
While on suspension, Gire Ali will be required to always be available for appearance before the investigating committee. He was also asked to provide his home address. He will be on full salary during the entire period of suspension.

A number of lawyers have disagreed with KQ's decision to suspend a whistleblower, with many calling him a patriot. His suspension letter was signed by Evelyne Munyoki, KQ chief human resources officer.

When we contacted the airline for comments, they said that the man was suspended for his involvement in the distribution of the clip.

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