2 Ksh28B Bridge Contractors Drown in Indian Ocean

Coast guards conduct a search and rescue mission in the Indian Ocean in 2019

Two contractors tasked with building the Ksh 28 billion Dongo Kundu dam drowned in the Indian Ocean after their boat capsized. 

Jomvu OCS Paul Chai confirmed that the duo passed away in the incident which occurred near the Standard Gauge Railway terminus in Mkupe, Mombasa on Tuesday, October 6 at 5 p.m. 

The deceased were a foreigner, 44-year-old Santhosh Pappy from South East Asia and a Kenyan identified as Johness Otieno.

Jomvu Sub-County Police Commander Alfred Nthiga, while speaking with a local daily, confirmed that the bodies were retrieved on Wednesday, October 7. 

The late Mariam Kigenda's car retrieved from the Indian Ocean in October 2019

The bodies were taken to the Coast General Hospital Mortuary.

"Two people died in the accident, we have handed the matter to marine officials,’ Nthiga stated. 

The marine launched an investigation into the cause of the tragedy. 

Dongo Kundu is one of President Uhuru Kenyatta's Coastal projects, aligned with his Big 4 Agenda. The bridge will connect Mombasa and Kwale County. 

The National Government has been criticised for poor management and under development at the Indian Ocean, which has led to deaths of a number of residents. 

The case of Miriam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu drowning in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, September 29, 2019, aboard a ferry caused an uproar which forced the government to act.

President Uhuru Kenyatta fired several government officials from the Kenya Ferry Service.

The government also commenced with the construction of the floating Likoni Bridge to ease transport and movement across the Indian Ocean.

An artistic impression of Dongo Kundu Bridge whose construction was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in October 2019.
An artistic impression of Dongo Kundu Bridge whose construction was launched by former President Uhuru Kenyatta in October 2019.
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