– Musa Sila cited frustration from Kenya Navy and other government officials as reason to quit the operation
– Prior to his decision, the officials had suspended him for allegedly giving misleading information to the family regarding location of the bodies
– The operation to retrieve a woman and her daughter who drowned entered its fourth day without bearing fruits
A private diver hired by the family of the drowned victims to help in searching and retrieving the bodies has been suspended by the government.
Musa Sila was dismissed by government officials on grounds that he was “giving too much false information” to the family regarding the location of the bodies.
The diver who pulled out of the search on Wednesday, October 2, is said to have been in constant communication with the family and kept updating them on the progress, something that did not go down well with Kenya Navy officials who suspended him for allegedly undermining their operation.
Sila, who left the Likoni Channel full of frustration, claimed he was being falsely accused of things he had not done in order to elbow him out of the search mission which entered the fourth day without bearing fruits.
Earlier, reports indicated the diver was denied entry into the rescue boat by Kenya Navy officials who claimed they did not know who he was.
He was forced to quit the operation for a while causing a stalemate that compelled Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) chair Dan Mwanzo to intervene and allow him to use a private boat in a parallel operation.
The situation, however, became unbearable for the private diver later in the evening when the Kenya Navy officials accused him of giving false information to the family and forced him out of the operation.
Mariam Kigenda died alongside her daughter, Amanda Mutheu, after their car slid off the MV Harambee ferry and plunged into Indian Ocean.
The family hired private divers to help retrieve the bodies after the government took too long to swing into action.
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