Kenya Ferry Pays for Likoni Tragedy Victims' Burial

  • Likoni tragedy car retrieved on Friday, October 11. MV Likoni Ferry stalled while on transit until MV Jambo pulled it to the shore.
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  • Kenya Ferry Services (KFS), on Tuesday, October 15, issued a cheque to the family of Likoni tragedy victims to cater for the burial of the late Mariam Kighenda and daughter Amanda Mutheu.

    In a statement, the organisation disclosed that it had given the family a total of Ksh 200,000 for the burial preparations.

    The money was distributed in two batches;  Ksh.100,000 was given to the widower John Wambua and the balance to Peter Mwaghogho, father to the late Mariam.

    The family is, however, yet to receive the two bodies as a post-mortem has not been completed. 

    The vehicle that plunged into the Indian ocean killing Mariam Kighenda and her daughter. The vehicle was retrieved on Friday, October 11.
    The vehicle that plunged into the Indian ocean killing Mariam Kighenda and her daughter. The vehicle was retrieved on Friday, October 11.

    "Today the government (KFS) has donated Ksh 200,000 towards assisting the family of the late Mariam Kighenda and daughter Amanda Mutheu in burial preparation.

    "In this time of grief, the family is in our thoughts and prayers. Please accept our deepest sympathies," read the statement from KFS.

    The payout came just hours after Wambua received Ksh 682,500 from the company that had insured the vehicle, after filing the claim on October 7.

    The car had a comprehensive insurance cover and the widower filed a claim with Mayfair Insurance while plans to retrieve the vehicle from the ocean bed were still ongoing.

    It took a week to process the claim as funeral arrangements are ongoing for Miriam and Amanda's burial.

    The two perished after their car slipped from a ferry in transit and plunged into the Indian Ocean.

    Makueni County Governor Kivutha Kibwana's personal assistant, in a phone call with Kenyans.co.ke, confirmed that the bodies would be transported to the county for burial.

    Mariam Kighenda,35, and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu were retrieved from the Indian Ocean after they drowned on September 29.
    Mariam Kighenda,35, and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu were retrieved from the Indian Ocean after they drowned on September 29, 2019.