Kisauni Member of Parliament Ali Menza Mbogo has asked Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia to step aside over the failed rescue mission at the Likoni Ferry Channel.
Mbogo also wants Kenya Ferry Services Company Managing Director Engineer Khamis Bakari Gowa to relinquish his position as the head of the government parastatal.
The Lawmaker urged the government to streamline the KFS and improve on safety considering the fact that it connects Kenya and the neighbouring Tanzania.
He said a dedicated disaster response team is inevitable.
Mbogo said Gowa and Macharia have failed in executing their mandates and should not hold onto their positions.
“It is a total shame for the country to experience such heart-dredging occurrences with those mandated to salvage the situation openly depicting laxity, are we waiting for another disaster?” he posed.
He noted that Likoni ferry channel must have a dedicated disaster response team.
“We have to avert these incidents at all costs, no two way about it,” he charged.
[The family of Miriam Kighenda with rights defenders at the Likoni ferry channel. Photo Ahmed Omar].
Mbogo scoffed at the government for sloppiness urging the Kenya Navy, Kenya Coast guard and the Kenya Ferry Services to consider strong and reliable safety measures at the channel.
“The channel serves over 6,000 vehicles and over 300 thousands commuters every single day, security and safety measures is a must,” he reiterated.
His sentiment we fully backed by Likoni MP Mishi who said KFS should be properly funded to improve on service delivery to the public.
She said the channel is very economically critical and cannot be ignored.
“If the KFS is properly funded, its management will be able to initiate modern safety measures to prevent incidents or other forms of crisis at the channel,” she said.
Their sentiments comes as multi-agency operations to retrieve the bodies of Miriam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu who perished after their vehicle plunged into the Indian Ocean five days ago yielded nothing.