In what could be an indirect implementation of ODM leader Raila Odinga's Friday orders, government banned all activities along Likoni channel, declaring it a military zone.

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The latest declaration means that Kenya Ports Authority workers will not be able to continue dredging activities within the port since Kenya Defense Forces have taken over.

KDF which has been under criticism from a section of the public, is now expected to intensify operations to retrieve the bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter.

The declaration banning the civilian, which includes even journalists was pronounced on Monday afternoon by the Kenya Ferry Services Chairman Dan Mwazo.

The area is now under the command of the naval and KFS bosses.

“The divers who have been hired by the family from Subsea company are here. The government has also hired three more from South Africa. We also have machines for the operations…They have therefore requested people to vacate this place so that it eases their operation,” said Mwazo.

"We are late because of the Indian air force who had to put their big four ships in order. They have come for a visit and to do some exercise. However, we are going to embark on our operations anytime soon from now," said KFS boss Mwazo.

Mr Mwazo also told the press the Indian Airforce could be involved in the search as well.

On Friday, Odinga, a key partner of President Uhuru Kenyatta, issued orders stopping dredging activities within the Likoni channel where the two Kenyans drowned.

However, a number of MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto accused him of going overboard. Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua dismissed Odinga as a busybody.

“He is still simply an Opposition leader who we defeated in the last election and has just been brought near the fireplace to warm himself. We are asking public servants to ignore such orders even if put in writing. You will only have yourself to blame if you follow the order,” Gachagua added.