Impunity as KFS still running unseaworthy vessels in Likoni

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 17:24 | < 1 min read
Likoni Channel
Kenya Maritime Authority declared several KFS vessels unseaworthy. PHOTO | COURTESY
Kenya Maritime Authority declared several KFS vessels unseaworthy. PHOTO | COURTESY

Even before the bodies of Mariam Kighenda, 35, and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu are buried, impunity is still at play at the Likoni crossing channel with little having seemingly changed.

Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) is still running the already declared unseaworthy vessels with their ramps still ploughing in water.

By Monday, MV Harambee, whose broken ramps caused the death of Kighenda and Mutheu, was still in use with no repairs made.

Ferries have own adjustable ramps which when elevated, act as a wave guard, and are lowered to a horizontal position at the terminus to meet a permanent road segment that extends under water.

The ramps act as drawbridge to allow vehicles move on and off a ferry.

The vehicle in which the two were traveling in slid off the ferry and plunged into the Indian Ocean because the vessel was sailing with its ramps still lowered.

On Monday, KFS managing director Bakari Gowa was set to record a statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in relation to the accident that led to deaths of Kighenda and her daughter on September 29.

The bodies of the two were pulled out of the Indian Ocean after 13 days of grueling search in an operation that involved local and foreign divers as well as multiple state agencies, with special equipment purchased for the mission.

Investigations into what caused the accident started in earnest but Gowa on Sunday told K24 Digital that he had not yet received official communication from the DCI.