35 year old Mariam Kigenda and her 4-year-old daughter Amanda Mutheu drowned on Sunday September 29th after the Toyota ISIS they were on slid off the prow of the moving MV Harambee ferry and plunged into the Indian Ocean.
It has been 8 days since the incident happened and multi-agency operation by divers from Kenya Navy, Kenya Ferry Services Ltd, Kenya Ports Authority, the Kenya Coast Guard service and Kenya Marine and Fisheries research institute, has failed to retrieve the two bodies.
Mijikenda elders are now calling on family of mother and daughter who drowned in Likoni channel to perform rituals to recover bodies as technology continues to fail.
The Christian family has so far rejected calls by Mijikenda elders to sacrifice an animal to appease bloodthirsty sea gods.
Speaking during an interview with the press, Mijikenda elder Mwinyihamisi Mwakinyasi said it will take recovery teams a long time to retrieve the bodies because the gods are holding the wreckage inside their caves.
“The gods feed on blood. If they do not get blood, they take it for themselves. Animal blood will satisfy them. But modernity has made people forget these things. A tragedy like this reminds us they exist and need to be recognised,” Mijikenda elder Mwinyihamisi Mwakinyasi was quoted by the Star as saying.
As hopes fade of finding the bodies of mother and daughter, the family is getting desperate and there are reports that members have clashed as some consider the Mijikenda request for ritual to retrieve the bodies.
The family has been giving the press conflicting reports on the Mijikenda offer for ritual to be performed to recover the bodies. Widower John Wambua said that he was to meet elders on Sunday to discuss performing the ritual.
Family spokesperson Luke Mbati however rejected the calls for ritual sacrifice insisting that it was against their Christian faith. He said they don’t believe in traditional rituals.