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A Heartbreaking Story of How ODM Politician Watched His Whole Family Die

I tried to grab my wife and her sister but...

Days after Kahale was defeated by incumbent MP Athman Sharif Ali, he witnessed nine of his family members die right before his eyes.

The ODM candidate was travelling with his wife, four children, sister-in-law and three nephews to Lamu Island when their , MV Samaki, capsized on August 13.

Recounting the horrendous ordeal, Mr Kahale divulged that he swam for eight hour trying to rescue his family after the strong waves toppled their boatat Manda Bruno, off the Lamu mainland.


Everyone in the boat panicked including the captain of the boat who despite being a good swimmer drowned moments after the accident.

“We had passed Mtangawanda Jetty heading to Lamu but on reaching Manda Bruno, our boat was overpowered by the high tides and capsized,” he said.

Nonetheless, Kahale who worked at sea as a fisherman, tried to use some of the skills to keep the seven children alive for almost six hours.

Efforts to rescue his wife and sister-in-law were futile as the waves continued to beat them down.

“I tried to grab my wife and her sister but I could not help them. You know they were adults and so I was overwhelmed and had to watch them get swept away one by one as they cried for me to save them.


"I was however able to get hold of the children and I gave them a rope which I tied around my body,” he noted.

Kahale divulged that when his children held on the little hope they had for four hours but when it started raining they became tired.

He led them into prayer and quoting verses in the Quaran. His heart was broke to pieces when some of his children asked baba hakuna boat inaeza tuokoa?

“I was still with the children even as the strong currents pushed us further East to Asia. At one time the currents turned and started to push us towards the shores but they were not strong enough

“At about 6pm after floating with the children for close to six hours the children got tired and one of the children veered off after he lost grip of the rope. I struggled with the others and brought him back,”


“The last kid died after eight hours of struggling with him. It was around 6pm and the sun was setting by that time,” he said.

When the only people who were keeping him alive in the Indian Ocean died he decided to swim to a nearby island.

“I decided to swim for hours before I came to an island where I was found by the rescue team

Kahale believes that the six hours his children held onto their dear lives was enough time for a rescue team to find them.

The politician pleaded with the Government to increase marine patrols and let them operate for 24 hours to rescue people when accidents occur at sea.


“I am sure my family could have been saved if there had been active marine patrols on the Indian Ocean by the time the accident occurred,”


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