Bold-hearted Nairobi governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has sent his Rescue Team to transport the remains of a mother and her daughter who perished at the Likoni Ferry crossing channel.
The bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu will leave the Jocham Hospital Mortuary in Mombasa on Friday night to Makueni.
The two, who drowned on September 29 after their vehicle plunged into the lndian Ocean, died of suffocation according to an autopsy report.
Governor Sonko offered to have ‘Sonko Rescue Team’ allowed to carry the bodies and participate in burial arrangements.
“We have agreed with those in charge of the burial arrangements to transport the bodies and play any other possible role in the burial arrangements,” said Sonko.
The vehicle carrying the remains will be accompanied by a free mobile clinic van.
Meanwhile, the Governor has called on Kenyans to strictly adhere to rules and regulations at the busy Likoni channel.
He has also called on the Kenya Ferry Services to match their safety regulations with those practiced at international level.
Sonko said the parastatal has been operating with negligence and on assumptions that all ferry users will follow the rules.
“We should not take anything for granted going forward, KFS should benchmark with countries that have similar services,” he noted.
He has advised KFS to consistently run civic education digital messages about ferry services.
The governor has further called on Kenyans to support the government in its efforts to improve ferry services and the capacity to react to emergencies.
[Friends paying tribute to the late Mariam Kighenda and daughter Amanda Mutheu. Photo/courtesy/Nairobi GPS].
“The incident may have unmasked shortcomings in terms of disaster preparedness but that should not give room for harsh criticism of the government. This is the time to ventilate on the loopholes we all saw and chat the way forward,” he disclosed.
John Wambua, husband to the late Kighenda, said that was a good gesture not only to him but to the whole society.
“Sonko has not only helped me but the whole society. We appreciate and only God will reward him abundantly,” he added.
Sonko’s move comes as president Uhuru Kenyatta revoked the entire KFS board led by Chairperson Dan Mwazo on Wednesday.