I have sent for experts from South Africa- Joho on Likoni Tragedy

Help from Abroad

Governor Ali Hassan Joho addressing family members of woman and child who drowned at Likoni crossing

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has revealed that he has acquired help from South Africa to aid in recovering the bodies of two people who drowned at the Likoni Ferry Crossing.

Speaking when he met the family of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda, Joho said that the team will work round the clock to retrieve the bodies.

"We understand the complexity of the search operations being the reason for the delay, and therefore we are asking for patience," the Mombasa governor said.

"I have sent for experts from South Africa to join efforts with multi-agency teams that are working round the clock to retrieve the bodies," he added.

Safety Measures

Joho urged ferry authorities to enhance safety measures and consider putting up barriers to prevent vehicles from plunging into the sea.

"We are vividly urging ferry authorities to enhance safety measures and consider mounting movable barriers to secure cars that may develop mechanical problems and pedestrians. This is not the first time this is happening," Joho said.

The Mombasa governor's sentiments came over 80 hours later as the family of Ms Kigenda and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu waited for the recovery of their two bodies.

Government wants patient

Government Spokesperson retired Col. Cyrus Oguna called for patience announcing that owing to poor visibility, robots are being used to locate the bodies.

Addressing the press, Oguna said that the recovery team had an idea of the car's location but not the exact location.

He asked Kenyans and the family of the Likoni Ferry tragedy victims to be patient with the government as the search and recovery continued.

Oguna further said the activities of the Likoni channel have contributed to the delay in the recovery mission since it is the only gateway for ships into the Mombasa Port.


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