Barely four days after mum and daughter plunged into the Indian Ocean, the ongoing multi-agency operation has yielded nothing.
Human rights defenders who have camped at the Likoni ferry channel have criticised the government for failing to retrieve the bodies of Miriam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu four days after they plunged into the Ocean.
Led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid they scoffed at the government over the poor emergency response in averting any crisis at the busy channel.
Addressing locals at the Likoni channel on Wednesday Khalid said the government lacked seriousness in salvaging the situation urged the concerned parties to engaged in serious deliberations so as to ward off such disheartening situations in future.
He said the government has failed Kenyans, must own up its mistakes and employ practicable measures in preventing such dangerous incidents.
“It is truly unbelievable, that four days later and bodies of the two people are lying in the deep seas of the Likoni channel, this is total government laxity,” said Khalid.
Push for action
He said the right lobby together with locals and the affected family will never relent until safety measures are put in place at the channel.
[Locals at the Likoni ferry channel during the ongoing operations to retrieve bodies of Kighenda and daughter Amanda Mutheu who perished at the Indian Ocean on Sunday. Photo/ Ahmed Omar.]
However, Transport PS Esther Koimet assured the bereaved and locals that the government was doing everything possible to retrieve the two bodies.
She said the operations have been hampered by poor weather as well considering Likoni channel is the only gateway for large vessels in and out of the Mombasa port.
“We understand the pain and high expectations from the family and Kenyans. However, this operation is not an easy thing, we have already deployed experts,” she said.
She vowed to the lead the operation to retrieved Kighenda and Amanda’s bodies who plunged into the Indian Ocean last Sunday.