President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoned with the family of the mother and child who perished in the Likoni ferry accident.
State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said the President’s message of condolence follows the completion of the search and retrieval of the ill-fated car and bodies of the departed.
She added that the President regrets the unfortunate incident and assures all Kenyans that efforts are being made to ensure that a similar incident does not occur in future.
She outlined measures the government has taken to make it easier for people to cross the Likoni channel.
“Besides the ongoing revamp of ferry services, the President notes that the proposed Likoni Gate Bridge, the ongoing construction of the Dongo Kundu by-pass as well as the completion of the Samburu-Kinango-Kwale Road will help ease the pressure on sea crossing between Mombasa Island and the South Coast,” she said.
According to Kanze, the President has closely followed the search and retrieval exercise over the last 13 days.
The President thanked the multi-agency team for their relentless efforts in ensuring the long, tedious and risky undertaking was a success.
However, most Kenyans felt that the President was not genuine in issuing the apology with fingers pointed at the timing.
They raised concerns that Uhuru took too long to comment on the matter.
Here’s some of their reaction:
The president as head of state & commander in chief could NOT have sent condolences without retrieval of the actual bodies.The president availed the Military and equipments. What more did anyone expect. I thought the handshake cured the HATRED for Uhuru by a CERTAIN COMMUNITY?
— dantorish (@dantorish1) October 12, 2019
2 weeks since the tragedy occurred!!!!
— Tom (@thomasndungani) October 12, 2019
13 days later!!!! SMH!
— Karelina the Muinist (@Karolina_Kare) October 12, 2019