Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir is demanding for an audit report detailing all the services and safety status of the vessels operating at the Likoni ferry channel.
Nassir said an audit was conducted at the Kenya Ferry Services Company between 2016 and 2017 and recommendations were given.
However, Nassir expressed his doubt whether the recommendations were fully implemented.
According to Nassir, the audit report should be brought to the National Assembly and fresh deliberations initiated to ensure safety and urgent measures are in place to avert accidents at the busy channel.
The Lawmaker said all those responsible for the reckless operations within the transport sector and especially at the Kenya Ferry services must be punished.
“We all understand what the current situation at the Likoni ferry channel looks like, a painful, devastating state of affairs,” he said.
Poor safety measures
Nassir noted the audit report poked many holes on the daily operations at the Likoni ferry channel, a report that should be revisited, discussed and fully implemented.
[Locals during the rescue mission at the Likoni ferry channel. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
“Some vessels might be sea unworthy that’s why we need the audit report to streamline on various safety issues,” noted Mr. Nassir.
His sentiments come amid public furry over poor safety measures and unpromising search and rescue mission at the channel.
On Sunday, a woman and her daughter plunged into the sea.
Miriam Kighenda, 35 with her 4 year old daughter Amanda Mutheu bodies are still lying 60 meters deep in the Indian Ocean.
A Swedish diver expert Volker Bassen who vowed to retrieve the two bodies within 15 minutes and without any pay is yet to make any breakthrough.
The government has strongly defended itself saying it is employing all tactics to retrieve the bodies, however adding the efforts have been hampered by poor weather conditions.
The operation enters the 7th day on Saturday.