Why Likoni Ferry Victims Will Not be Buried in Mombasa

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Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana with Joseph Wambua, husband to Mariam Kighenda who perished in the Likoni ferry accident. Photo: Facebook.

Mariam Kighenda and Amanda Mutheu who perished in the Likoni Ferry accident that happened on Sunday, September 29, will not be laid to rest in Mombasa despite them living in the coast.

Makueni County Governor Kivutha Kibwana’s Personal Assistant in a phone call with kenyagist.com confirmed that the bodies would be transported to the county for burial.

“The media did not mention this. We are here with the governor (Kivutha Kibwana) who is consoling the family members,” Mbondo affirmed while visiting Joseph Wambua who lost his wife and child in the tragedy.

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana with Joseph Wambua, husband to Mariam Kighenda who perished in the Likoni ferry accident. Photo: Facebook.

He went ahead to disclose that the governor would also help in the burial plans. 

“Actually they will be buried in Makueni, as the husband is from our county,” Mbondo mention as he stressed that it was important for Kenyans to know where the family came from.

On Friday, October 11, the two bodies were retrieved from the car that had plunged into the Indian Ocean, after a search that lasted 13 days.

Family spokesperson Luka Mbati spoke to the media soon after the vehicle was brought to the surface.

He mentioned that the family will hold a requiem mass to honour the departed souls after which plans for the burial would be done.

After the bodies were retrieved from the Ocean of Friday, The Navy, led by Major General Franklin Mghalu paid their last respects.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was also present as friends and family of the deceased participated by throwing flowers into the ocean.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho speaking after the car was pulled from the Ocean on Friday, October 11. Photo: Daily Nation
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho speaking after the car was pulled from the Ocean on Friday, October 11. Photo: Daily Nation

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