‘An Ocean is Not a Swimming Pool’: Gov’t Responds to Kenyans over Likoni Channel Accident

‘An Ocean is Not a Swimming Pool’: Gov’t Responds to Kenyans over Likoni Channel Accident

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna has told off Kenyans accusing State authorities of doing too little to retrieve the bodies of a woman and daughter after the car they were traveling in sunk in the Indian Ocean last Sunday.

Addressing the press on Wednesday, Oguna said the government was doing its best to ensure the bodies of Mariam Kigenda, 35, and her 4-year-old daughter, Amanda Mutheu are pulled out of the sea.

Oguna, who spoke at the Likoni Ferry channel, said many Kenyans — online and offline — are mistaking the depth of the Indian Ocean for that of a swimming pool.

“Many assume that swimming in the deep sea is equivalent to swimming in a pool; this is not the case, given visibility in the ocean is completely hampered by the rocks,” said Oguna.

“Let us understand that bodies’ retrieval exercise is not as easy as many would want to believe,” he added.

Ms. Miriam’s car reversed from MV Harambee ferry and plunged into the ocean while the vessel was midstream.

Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich said initial investigations showed the vehicle reversed after its braking system failed.

The government has reportedly secured a high-tech machine from South Africa to help in the retrieval of their bodies and the car wreckage. The operation to find the bodies of the two entered the second day on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said he had sent for diving experts from South Africa to help in the operation.

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