BREAKING!!! Car with Likoni ferry victims may have been traced-Oguna

The vehicle carrying a mother and daughter who drowned in the Indian Ocean may have been traced, Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna has announced.

He, however, said the government is yet to confirm whether the number plate of the vehicle traced corresponds with that which was carrying Mariam Kighenda, 35, and Amanda Mutheu, 4.

Oguna went on to say he cannot confirm yet, whether the bodies are in the vehicle. The spokesman on Wednesday took a jibe at the Swedish scuba diver who had initially said he could recover the bodies in two hours.

“There are people who came, acting as if they could recover the bodies, but they were unsuccessful and went,” he said. Scuba diver Volker Bassen later retracted his statement, saying he had underestimated the conditions.

It was a mother and her 4 year-old daughter! Identity of Likoni ferry victims revealed

He later praised the navy for its efforts, saying they were doing a good job.

Oguna said, “We have made all efforts to search for the bodies and the car.”
The Kenya Navy had on Tuesday evening announced the sighting of an unnatural disturbance in the seabed of the Indian Ocean following the deployment of new technology in the ongoing search for two bodies of a mother and daughter.

The head of the recovery operation, Col (Rtd) Lawrence Gituma, said the new technology had enabled them to narrow down the search for the bodies of Kighenda and Mutheu to a 300m radius out of the 1.2km radius search area earlier identified.

The five South Africans contracted by Mariam’s family and the three contracted by the government made an extensive dive on Tuesday in four locations.

Mariam and Amanda perished on September 29 when their vehicle slid off the MV Harambee mid-stream and plunged into the ocean.

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Pictures from the burial service of Mary Mburu (wife to Machachari director)

Machachari director Mburu Kimani’s wife Mary Mukiri Mburu lost her battle with liver cancer on Tuesday night last week. Her burial service was today.

She died while undergoing treatment at Texas Cancer Centre on Mbagathi Road.

Speaking to Word Is on the phone last week, Mburu said,

“She was diagnosed with lung cancer six months ago. She died while going through chemotherapy. We don’t understand why lung cancer, yet she was a non-smoker.”

The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony

Adding, “It hurts to see someone who was healthy and okay die just like that.” Mary’s 10-year-old child was an actor in the kids’ show ‘Machachari’.

Mburu also said that dealing with a cancer patient wasn’t easy. ”

You have to be stronger for them. Cancer leaves one malnourished and drains your pocket,” he said. Mary died aged 40. The pictures from her funeral service are below;

The burial ceremony for Mary Mburu 17
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony

The burial ceremony

The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony
The burial ceremony

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It was a mother and her 4 year-old daughter! Identity of Likoni ferry victims revealed

There was a pall of bad news yesterday after a saloon car with two occupants slithered from the rear of MV Harambee ferry into the Likoni channel of the Indian Ocean.

The victims of the sad incident have been identified as Mariam Kigenda, 35 and her daughter Amanda Mutheu, 4 who perished before it docked on the Island side.

Mariam Kigenda
Mariam Kigenda

The minor was a student at MM Shah, with the school authorities confirming they had lost one of them, through a text sent to parents.

RIP: Victims of riverside attack identified (photos)

On Monday, Mariam’s husband and other family members camped at the ferry early in the morning to monitor rescue operations. But by the time of going to the press, police were still waiting for Kenya Navy rescue services and other private divers.

The Star learned that the Kenya Ferry top brass were holed up in an emergency meeting over the incident. Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich said that the vehicle lost breaks and reversed just before the ferry docked.

The car, a Toyota ISIS registration number KCB 289C was onboard MV Harambee and was plying to the Island side.

He said that ferry officials attempted to throw out rescue savers near the car, but the two were trapped inside the car and could not access them.

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Sarah denied me intimacy from 2014! The late Tob Cohen’s affidavit claims

Sarah Wairimu and Tob Cohens marriage was one that the phrase “irrevocable differences” can best describe. The reason for my statement is the court records that the Star has been able to get its hands on.

The court papers paint a grim picture of a marriage were both Cohen and Sarah were at a wit’s end with each other. The papers describe the Dutch businessman appearing to make every effort to push Wairimu out of their Lower Kabete home.

Cohen's body
Cohen’s body

 

It was the 71-year-old Cohen who first filed for the annulment of the union on January 21 under a certificate of urgency. He claimed that Wairimu had been denying him se3 since 2014.

He said they were sleeping in separate bedrooms and he was preparing his own meals. On February 25, Cohen amended the grounds for dissolution of the marriage to include cruelty and violence from Wairimu.

He also said that four days later, Wairimu assaulted him, causing “cut wounds and multiple bruises and as a result.” the petition by lawyer Judy Thongori reads.

In her rejoinder in her sworn counter-affidavit, Wairimu “admits that the marriage had irretrievably broken down but avers that the break down is on account of adultery and cruelty on the part of petitioner [Cohen].”

Asserting that she also wanted a divorce, Wairimu dismissed the claim that she was violent, arguing that this was a ploy by Cohen to paint her as a bullying spouse. “The particular attack started by Cohen was staged by him to build his divorce narrative,” she said.

The coffin carrying Cohen being loaded
The coffin carrying Cohen’s body being loaded

She also dismissed the claim of denial of conjugal rights, saying that they always shared the master bedroom except in sporadic occasions when she had been “forced to take refuge in our daughter [Renee] Gathoni’s bedroom during times when the applicant is excessively intoxicated and abusive.”

Wairimu further said that though they would engage in se3, the late billionaire was highly ineffective some times failed to perform as he was an abuser of drugs and had secretly undergone a procedure that sabotaged him.

Sarah Wairimu at the funeral
Sarah Wairimu at Cohen’s funeral

“The applicant underwent a prostrate operation which seems to have affected his ability to engage often or effectively in the manner that he did before the operation,” she claimed.

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