Gire Ali, the Kenya Airways manager that exposed China Southern Airline flying to Nairobi has been reinstated after court blocked his suspension.
Today, Police confirmed to Justice Weldon Korir that he will not be prosecuted.
He had been suspended for filming a China Southern Airlines plane with 239 passengers that had landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Wednesday last week amid a coronavirus epidemic in the Asian country.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has insisted that Gire Ali was a criminal who should be locked up for breach of security at the airport.
“He was not a whistle blower but a person who breached national security…JKIA is a security installation and no one is allowed to film it secretly,” he told parliament yesterday.
His response infuriated MPs who accused the CS of double standards and pleaded with him to implore the national airline to have mercy on Mr Ali, who they insisted is a national hero for exposing the arrival of the flight.
In early February, following public pressure, China Southern Airline had announced that it was suspending its flights to Kenya. Mr Gure Ali’s video which was shot on 26th February, 2020 caught the whole establisement by surprise leading to the Ministry of Health and Chinese Embassy in Nairobi lying that the Airline had unsuspended its flights that day and resumed Nairobi route.
Evidence showed that the Airline never suspended flights to Nairobi.
Even for three consecutive days, data from flight tracking website flighstats, shows that China Southern Airlien is still flying to Kenya despite the Chinese Embassy annoncing a new suspension on 28th February.
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