Likoni Tragedy Victims Buried [PHOTOS & VIDEO]

  • The two ferry tragedy victims, Mariam Kighenda and Amanda Mutheu, were on Saturday, October 19, laid to rest in Mung'ala Village, Makueni County.

    Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Deputy Governor Adeline Mwau, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and MP Dan Maanzo were among the mourners present. 

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's rescue team helped ferry the bodies of the deceased from Mombasa to Makueni.

    Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoke speaking during the burial on Saturday, October 19.

    Mariam's husband, John Wambua, was moved by Sonko's gesture as he mourned his family. 
    "Sonko has not only helped me but the whole society. We are very appreciative and only God will reward him," expressed Wambua.

    The bodies of the 35-year-old woman and her nine-year-old daughter were retrieved from the ocean 13 days after their vehicle slid from the ferry. 

    CCTV footage showed that the car slid from the prow of MV Harambee into the ocean at 6:13 p.m on September 29.

    On Wednesday, October 16, Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor stated that an autopsy revealed the two died of suffocation.

    The autopsy, which took one and a half hours, was conducted at Jocham Hospital Mortuary in Mombasa.

    Vehicles headed for the burial of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu

    In relation to the incident, President Uhuru Kenyatta revoked the appointment of all board members at Kenya Ferry Services.

    "In exercise of the powers conferred by section 7 (3) of the State Corporations Act, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, president and commander-in-chief of the defence forces of the Republic of Kenya, revokes the appointments Dan Mwazo, Daula Omar, Naima Amir, Philip Ndolo, Rosina Nasigha Mruttu, as non-executive chairperson and members of Kenya Ferry Services Limited, with effect from the 16th October, 2019,” read the gazette notice.

    Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr speaking during the burial on Saturday, October 19.

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