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Likoni ferry stampede leaves 11 with injuries

27 October 2015, 11:23 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Eleven people were injured Monday morning following a stampede at the Likoni ferry as they tried to disembark from an overcrowded ferry.

Three women and eight children were rushed to the coast general hospital where they are currently going through treatment.

Of the eight children, one is a KCSE candidate and is likely to do her examinations in the hospital.

Hundreds of Mombasa residents who ply the Likoni channel have been forced to use three ferries due to the breakdown of two other ferries that usually serve the south coast, leading to overcrowding.

“The stampede was caused by overcrowding, which is unfortunate since the situation could have been avoided with proper management,” Sudi Tenga, Kenya Red cross Mombasa county manager said.

Read Also: Hoteliers fear losing tourists to delays at Likoni crossing channel

Mombasa county commissioner, Nelson Marwa who visited the Likoni ferry following the incident stated that it is due to mismanagement of Kenya Ferry Services that such incidences keep on recurring.

He also renewed calls for the sacking of Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director, Musa Hassan Musa over alleged mismanagement of the parastatal adding that the Ethics and Anti corruption commission needs to step in and investigate the management of KFS.

“KFS management is failing in its mandate to provide efficient services, in part because there is very little accountability,” Marwa said.

The Mombasa county deputy Governor, Hazel Katana also said that the KFS needs to be devolved in order to allow the county to invest in the sector.

“KFS under the national government has been neglected and it needs to be passed on to the county government to improve ferry services which are on the decline with the present management.

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