Mariam Kigenda

A video of a saloon vehicle plunging into the Indian Ocean from a ferry at Likoni channel has left Kenyans unhappy with the government.

The incident that happened on Sunday night has seen many criticise the government moreso the Kenya Ferry Services department for not saving Mariam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu.

Mariam Kigenda
Mariam Kigenda with her daughter Amanda

Until Monday evening, the bodies of the two hadn’t been recovered and Kenya Ferry Services tweeted:

At 1815hrs (6.15 pm) a saloon car reversed and plunged into the ocean a board MV. Harambee while plying to the island side. The car and occupants are yet to be found by rescue.

In another tweet shared on their page, they said the search was still ongoing and had hired a private firm to locate the vehicle with its occupants.

The search for the vehicle & victims is ongoing after beefing up the rescue teams.
Red-cross team is on site offering psycho-social support to the family at our Island offices . We will give updates as the salvage exercise continue.

Witness and family members, who are still traumatised by the incident spoke to NTV and some couldn’t hold back their tears.

Mpaka sahii nashangaa nbado sijampata msichana wangu na mjukuu wangu na sijui wako wapi. Naskia nasononeka naumia sana rohoni. [Untill now (yesterday afternoon) I haven’t found my daughter and grandchild,’  Mariam’s mother said as tears rolled down her cheeks.

A witness identified as Nyalo said,

Dada alitoa mkono nje ya dirisha lakini hakuna usaidizi walipata. Gari ilikaa juu ya maji zaidi ya dakika ishirini kabla ya kuzama. [The 35-year-old mother tried to wave through the window begging for help but no one went to save her and her daughter. The vehicle floated for more than 20 minutes before it sank.] There was no speed boat to save them.

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