Likoni ferry tragedy victims laid to rest in a special way [Video]

Fare thee well

Likoni ferry tragedy victims laid to rest in a special way

Likoni ferry tragedy victims, Mariam Kighenda and daughter Amanda Mutheu were laid to rest on Saturday, in their home Mung'ala village, Makueni County.

The two who died in a tight embrace were buried in one grave as a somber mood enveloped the mourners. The white caskets were slowly lowered in the grave as mourners sang a hymn in their last send off.

Kighenda and Amanda met their death after the car they were in slid off MV Harambee and plunged into the Indian Ocean.

Their bodies were later retrieved on October 10th, 13 days later.

Nairobi county boss, Mike Sonko, deployed his Sonko Rescue Team to aid with the burial arrangements. He also provided a hearse to transport the bodies of the deceased from Jocham Hospital Mortuary in Mombasa to Makueni County.

The family thanked the public for prayers and support during the 13-day search for the bodies, the government for stepping in and the Media for the reporting. Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho for helping with the hiring of a team of divers from South Africa.

Mr Wambua's family and the leaders also thanked Nairobi Governor for hiring a team of divers from South Africa, Mike Sonko, Prof Kibwana, and Likoni MP Mishi Mboko for their support.

Leaders who attended the burial on Saturday called for the prosecution of Kenya Ferry Services officials who were responsible for their deaths.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr said KFS officials in charge of the ill-fated ferry should be held accountable.

"It is clear to me that this was a case of criminal negligence. KFS officials should have raised the ramp of the ferry as required. They should be arrested immediately and charged with criminal negligence," he said.

Others present in the occasion included former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Deputy Governor Adeline Mwau, Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and MP Dan Maanzo were among others.

Last Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a Gazette Notice published on Thursday, announced that he had relived the chairperson and members of the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) of their duties at the corporation after the unfortunate tragedy.

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