The family of Likoni Ferry tragedy victims Mariam Kighenda and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu intends to sue Kenya Ferry Services(KFS).
This was revealed by the family’s spokesperson, Luka Mbati, following the release of post-mortem results on Wednesday. The family expressed satisfaction with the results, saying burial arrangements would kick off immediately.
Chief Government pathologist Johansen Oduor conducted the autopsy on Wednesday and found that Kighenda and her daughter died out of suffocation.
The post-mortem examination took one-and-half hours, said Dr Oduor. It was conducted at Jocham Hospital mortuary in Mombasa.
Burial arrangements are currently ongoing in Makueni county where Kighenda’s husband, John Wambua, hails from.
The bereaved Wambua has since pointed an accusing finger at the Kenya Ferry Services over the death of his wife and daughter. He said Kighenda was an experienced driver who would never make the mistake of reversing 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,” he said.
As the family prepares to file a suit against KFS, the government on Tuesday donated Sh 200,000 towards the funeral arrangement.
On Monday, the insurance company that had covered the family’s vehicle handed Mr Wambua a cheque for a reported Sh682,500.
Mayfair Insurance Company’s Mombasa branch manager Priya Shah said the claim was made on October 7.
“We are here to condole with the family of Mr Wambua and also hand over the cheque of the insurance claim he had made,” said Ms Shah when she visited Mr Wambua’s house in Tudor.