Following Likoni Ferry Tragedy that claimed two lives, President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a bold step of firing all the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) board members.
In a gazette notice, President Kenyatta revoked all the appointments of the KFS board members over the Likoni Ferry tragedy that claimed the lives of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu after their car plunged into the Indian Ocean.
The gazette notice reads, “In exercise of the powers conferred by section 7 (3) of the State Corporations Act, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, president and commander-in-chief of the defence forces of the Republic of Kenya, revokes the appointments Dan Mwazo, Daula Omar, Naima Amir, Philip Ndolo, Rosina Nasigha Mruttu, as non-executive chairperson and members of Kenya Ferry Services Limited, with effect from the 16th October, 2019.”
The president’s notice came the same day the family of the Likoni ferry tragedy victims, through their spokesperson Luka Mbati, announced to take a step of suing Kenya Ferry Services claiming the KFS officials stated that compensation would only be sought through the courts.
The former Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director Bakari Gowa stated that the compensation issue will be difficult and the family of the victims will have to hire a lawyer to represent them in court.
KFS handed the victims’ family Ksh200, 000 to take care of funeral expenses on Tuesday 15 October 2019, which Gowa clarified was not given as compensation for the tragedy.
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