Mariam Kigenda

An autopsy carried out on the bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda revealed that they died due to asphyxiation, which is lack of oxygen.

Speaking at the Jocham Hospital after government pathologist Johansen Oduor conducted an autopsy on the two bodies Spokesperson Luka Mbati said

“Right now, we are making burial arrangements. Burial will be on Saturday in Kilome subcounty, Makueni county,” Mbati said.

Mariam Kighenda with daughter
Mariam Kighenda with daughter

Oduor said mother and daughter died due to asphyxiation.

“The purpose of the autopsy was to find out the cause of death so that we can allow the legal process to continue.

Both of them died because of asphyxia, which is the lack of oxygen in the body due to drowning,” Oduor said.

He said the two died almost at the same time.

Their bodies showed features of decomposition but because they were underwater, the rate of decomposition had been reduced.

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Mariam Kigenda
Car with bodies of Mariam Kigenda and her daughter

The decomposition also made it is difficult to estimate the time of death.

He said there was nothing extraordinary in the two bodies.

“Everything pointed towards drowning. There were no injuries,” Oduor said.

He handed over the case to the DCI to continue with their investigations.

Likoni DCI boss Charles Onyango said investigations are ongoing, with more people to be questioned.

So far, at least five people have recorded statements with police, including the coxswain of the MV Harambee from which Kighenda’s car slipped and plunged into the Indian Ocean on September 29.

Their bodies were retrieved last Friday, 12 days after they drowned.

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The family of Mariam Kighenda has said that they will sue the Kenya Ferry Services for negligence over her death and that of her daughter Amanda.

Spokesperson Luka Mbati on Wednesday evening said they will follow legal proceedings after the government confirmed that Kighenda and Amanda drowned.

“It is obvious we will look into the legal issues. We will take action. That is definite,” Mbati said.

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