The High Court has overturned Kenya Airways’ decision to suspend one of its employees Ali Gire.

Justice Weldon Korir also barred the Director of Public Prosecution from arresting or charging him.


Gire had been suspended last week from work for taking video clips of the Southern China airplane with 239 passengers arriving in Kenya.

The disclosure of the poor handling of passengers from the coronavirus-hit China raised furore on social media with netizens slamming the government for neglecting the welfare of its citizens.

On Monday, March 2, Gire, an Assistant Security Agent moved to court to invalidate the letter suspending him until his case is heard.

He also sought orders barring police from arresting or even charging him.

According to Gire, the decision to suspend him was uncalled for since he had not contravened the company’s rules and regulations.

He told the court that he had received numerous threats since the video leaked.

“That the charges preferred against the applicant/petitioner arise out of an alleged act of video recording of China Southern Airline Aircraft at Jomo Kenyatta International airport and circulation of the video clip on social media on February 26, 2020.”

Gire got the support of netizens and leaders who defended his action following his much publicised suspension.

On Sunday, March 1, African Brotherhood Church Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki said that Gire committed no offense by recording the video stating that he is a hero and a patriot who deserves promotion instead of suspension.

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