Post-mortem results released as Mariam Kighenda’s family vows to sue Kenya Ferry Services

Post-mortem results released as Mariam Kighenda's family vows to sue Kenya Ferry Services
Mariam Kigenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu. PHOTO| COURTESY

A post-mortem was on Wednesday conducted on the bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu, who drowned at the Likoni Ferry Crossing Channel two weeks ago.

According to Chief Government pathologist Johansen Oduor, the autopsy, which took one-and-half hours revealed that the two died out of suffocation.

The post-morterm was conducted at Jocham Hospital mortuary in Mombasa where the bodies are being preserved.

The family, through spokesperson Luka Mbati, expressed satisfaction with the results, saying burial arrangements would kick off immediately.

However, Mr. Mbati added that the family intends to sue Kenya Ferry Services over the incident.

Ms. Kighenda, 35, and her daughter drowned after the car they were in slipped out of MV Harambee ferry and sunk into the Indian Ocean.

Their bodies and the car were retrieved from the Likoni Ferry Crossing channel 13 days after the incident occurred.

Earlier, John Wambua pointed an accusing finger at the Kenya Ferry Services over the death of his wife and daughter.

Wambua says his wife Mariam Kighenda was an experienced driver and he believes she would never have made such a mistake to reverse out of the ferry midstream.

“She has been driving for over 10 years, she is a very careful driver… I doubt it was her negligence, you saw the car, it was in parking gear, the handbrake was activated,” says Wambua.


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