How Raila's Intervention Sped Up Likoni Victims Recovery [VIDEO]

  • 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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  • Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, on Sunday, October 20, revealed how his timely intervention at the coast sped up the victims' bodies recovery after the Likoni ferry accident.

    Speaking during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Water Front in Mombasa, Raila explained that his order for the dredging activities to stop gave a boost to the rescue activities.

    The former premier was responding to critics who claimed that he had no role in the government to be issuing orders.

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

    "The other day we were here in Likoni after we lost two fellow Kenyans at the Likoni ferry. There was so much sadness when the rescuers were looking for the deceased's bodies.

    "When I arrived here (at the coast) I found rescue missions underway and I ordered all dredging activities to be halted so that the rescue mission could be carried out," explained the ODM leader.

    His order led to harsh criticisms from his opponents but he still maintains that he is unapologetic for ordering the halt.

    "Raila talked like a Kenyan and luckily they stopped and the rescuers were able to retrieve the bodies that had drowned at the Likoni channel," he continued.

    Former Prime Minister giving a speech during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Water Front in Mombasa on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
    Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga giving a speech during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Water Front in Mombasa on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

    The deceased, Mariam Kighenda and Amanda Mutheu, perished after their car slipped from a ferry in transit and plunged into the Indian Ocean.

    Their car was recovered 13 days after it plunged into the water after slipping off the ramp.

    The two were laid to rest on Saturday, October 19, in one grave in Makueni County.

    Below is a video of Raila's explanation: