- May 25, 2011
KENYA: Watu 18 wafa maji baada ya boti waliokuwa wakisafiria kuzama ktk Bahari ya Hindi. Rais Kenyatta atoa salamu za rambi rambi.
Boti hiyo ilibeba jumla ya watu 22 huku manusura wakilazwa katika hospitali ya King Fahd iliyopo Lamu. Boti hiyo ilikuwa ikitokea katika kisiwa cha Ndau kuelekea Lamu ambapo ilizama wakati ikiwa katika eneo la Mkanda.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned the death of 10 people who perished in a boat accident in Lamu county on Tuesday.
In his message of condolence to the families, relatives and friends of the victims, the President said it was particularly sad that the incident occurred at a time when majority of the people in the area are observing the holy month of Ramadhan.
Uhuru wished quick recovery to those who were rescued and are admitted at King Fahd Hospital in Lamu.
The boat, which was ferrying 22 people and building materials from Ndau Islands to Lamu, capsized at Mkanda Channel as a result of high tides.
Among the victims of the 10.30am incident were children between the ages of 10 and 12 and four adults.
Only 10 bodies have been found so far by divers and Kenya Navy officers.
Lamu East county administrator Shee Kupi is overseeing the rescue efforts.
Uhuru urged all Kenyans to continue praying for the mercies of God to deliver the nation from such tragedies especially during this month when Muslims are fulfilling their religious obligation.