Sonko Rescue Team to Transport remains of Likoni Ferry tragedy victims

Likoni ferry tragedy

The Sonko Rescue Team will tomorrow transport by road the remains of a mother and baby who perished at the Likoni Ferry tragedy.

The bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu, will Mombasa on Friday evening and expected to arrive in Makueni Saturday morning.

The two, who drowned two weeks ago after their vehicle plunged into the Indian Ocean, died of suffocation according to postmortem results.

Governor Mike Sonko offered to have his rescue team transport the bodies and participate in burial arrangements.

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“We have agreed with those in charge of the burial arrangements to transport the bodies and play any other possible role in the burial arrangements,” Sonko said.

The vehicle carrying the remains will be accompanied by a free mobile clinic van.

Meanwhile, the Governor has called on Kenyans to strictly adhere to rules and regulations for ferry users.

Sonko has also called on the Kenya Ferry Services to match their safety regulations with those practiced at international level.

The governor said the parastatal has been operating with negligence and on assumption that all ferry users will follow the rules.

“We should not take anything for granted going forward and KFS should benchmark with countries that have similar services,” Sonko said.

He has advised KFS to consistently run safety campaigns through digital messages about ferry services.

The governor has further called on Kenyans to support the government in its efforts to improve ferry services and the capacity to react to emergencies.

“The incident may have unmasked some shortcomings in terms of disaster preparedness but that should not give room for harsh criticism of the government. This is the time to ventilate on the loopholes we all saw and see what can be done,” he said.

John Wambua, husband to the late Kighenda, said that that was a good gesture not only to him but to the whole society.

“Sonko has not only helped me but the whole society. We are very appreciative and only God will reward him,” he said.

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