Kenyatta sacks ferry services board after tragedy

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NAIROBI, Kenya

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired all the board members of the Kenya Ferry Services.

This follows the death of a woman and her child two weeks ago after their car slid and sank into the busy Likoni ferry channel in the coastal city of Mombasa.

Efforts to recover the bodies and the car was seen as sluggish with the ferry authorities coming under sharp criticism for how they handled the operation.

At some point divers from South Africa and India were called in to help those from Kenya Navy who lacked proper equipment to retrieve the car.

The family of the deceased have since indicated that they will sue the Kenya Ferry Services for negligence, according to The Star newspaper

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The ferry service has often been accused of operating dilapidated vessels – some which have been condemned as unseaworthy.

A proposal to build a bridge across the channel has also been shrouded in delays, mystery and corruption allegations – much like many other mega infrastructure projects in the country.

BBC

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