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Likoni Ferry tragedy: Why Musa the Diver was kicked out of search and recovery operation

The private divers hired by family of the woman and daughter whose car plunged into Indian Ocean have been kicked out of the search and recovery operation.

On Friday, October 4, the Kenya rescue Divers led by Musa Owaga said they could not continue with the search operation following harassment by security team they were working with.

Musa Owaga, who was leading the team of 15, said they withdrew from the operation after Colonel Lawrence Gituma kicked him out. Col Gituma of the Kenya Navy is heading the operation to retrieve the bodies.

Owaga said his team withdrew after they were kicked out by Kenya Navy’s Col Lawrence Gituma who is overseeing the operation.

He accused the Owaga led team of refusing to follow security regulations thereby endangering the lives of other search teams.

“We need everyone to follow the rules we issued strictly. Musa defied orders to adhere to the rules,” he said.

Gituma said the ongoing operation must be conducted in a manner that it does not endanger life adding 13 different entities are working under one command.

Since Wednesday, the Musa led team hired by Kighenda’s family at a cost of KSh 250,000, were in constant clash with security forces manning the operation.

 “We are not pleased with the harassment by the security team. We have taken a break and we are not sure when we are we going to resume,’’ he said On Wednesday.

Kighenda and Amanda drowned on Sunday after their vehicle slid into the Indian Ocean from a moving ferry.

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