Ship stowaway arrested inside cargo vessel in Mombasa

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 6 Sep, 2022 16:25 | < 1 min read
The ship had arrived in South Africa from Singapore early March, when the ship crew realised that the two stowaways of African descent were aboard. [PHOTO | FILE]
Photo used for illustration only. PHOTO/Courtesy

A 38-year-old man, who sneaked into a ship to facilitate his travel to India, has been arrested.

Salim Mwinyi Manada was arrested inside MV Eldeery Star cargo vessel hiding inside a lifeboat.

He was charged with an unauthorized presence on board contrary to section 364(a) of the Merchant and Shipping Act of 2009.

Stowaway pleaded guilty

Appearing before Mombasa chief magistrate Martha Mutuku, Manada pleaded guilty to the charges and informed the court that he had sneaked into the ship as a stowaway in search of greener pastures in India.

Manado, a resident of Mtongwe, told the court that he had gained access at the port of Mombasa through Gate 13 on September 4 and boarded the vessel which was at Berth 14.

“He embarked on the vessel and hid inside a lifeboat. He was found on board on September 4 while he was ready to sail to India. At the time of his arrest, he had no identification document,” the court heard.

The suspect will be sentenced on September 15.

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