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Mother and daughter who died in ferry tragedy to be buried Saturday

35-year-old Mariam Kighenda and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu drowned into the Indian Ocean after a station wagon she was driving slid off the ferry on Sunday,September 29. /COURTESY.

NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 19 – A mother and her daughter who perished in the ferry tragedy earlier this month were set to be buried Saturday at their home in Kilome, Makueni County.

Bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her four-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu were transported from Jocham Mortuary in Mombasa on Friday night ahead of the burial in Mung’ala village, a family member said.

The burial comes three weeks after the tragedy in Mombasa where they died when their vehicle slid off the ferry and plunged into the Indian Ocean. It took two weeks for the car and their bodies to be retrieved in what exposed the government’s poor state of preparedness in disaster management.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has since disbanded the Kenya Ferry board and sacked its members following commuter safety concerns at the Likoni Channel.

Mariam’s widower John Wambua has since indicated he is considering taking legal action.

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