The parents of Mariam Kighenda, Peter Mwaghogho and Elizabeth Mwakio, have penned a heartwrenching tribute to a daughter they will never see again.
Mariam and daughter Amanda Mutheu lost their lives after the car they were travelling in, slid and sunk into the Indian Ocean off of MV Harambee on September 29.
Their bodies were recovered, 58 meters deep into the sea, from the Likoni Ferry channel after 13 days.
Mariam and Amanda were buried today at Mung’ala village, Kilome Constituency, Makueni county.
The motorcade and hearse carrying the remains of Mariam Kighendi and her 4 – year- old daughter left Mombasa at midnight and arrived at AIC Kima church ground at 9:30 am on Saturday.
Sombre mood engulfed Mung’ala village as the motorcade that included Nairobi Governor’s Mike Sonko rescue team arrived at the church ground where the burial service is to take place.
There was a brief silence as the caskets containing the remains of the two were being removed from the hearse.
The silence was broken by a shrill scream from a woman who was wailing uncontrollably amidst mourners who had arrived.
Mariam’s parents penned a moving tribute which brought tears to many mourners eyes.
“We will have sleepless nights from your untimely death, but God is on our side,” the tribute read.
They remembered the good times they had with their daughter pointing out that her absence has left a huge hole in their lives.
“My daughter, you loved your parents and used to come for chats and help in domestic issues. You were straight forward only God knowns why these events happened. Rest in eternal peace.”
“It is with a humble acceptance that we understand that God allowed this to happen. They may be gone now but they will never be forgotten.”
Mariam and Amanda are survived by John Wambua and Alvin Kioko.