The government has announced that it has acquired a robot that will be used in the retrieval the bodies of Mariam Kighend and her daughter who drowned in Indian Ocean.

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Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna gave an outline of the activities lined up by the government to ensure the operation was successful.

"Today's project will be to determine the exact location of the sunken car and bodies. This will be made possible by the use of a robot that will give the exact location of the vehicle because as per now those who were able to locate the car only gave a general area," Oguna said.

He said that the ocean has powerful waves that may sweep the car and it's occupants to another area.

"Afterwards we will need to ensure that the vehicle will not be swept away to another location by the waves in the ocean," he said.

He said that afterwards she divers and retrieval equipment will then descend into the waters to acquire the car and the bodies.

He stated that the operation was slowed down by the water depths, strong waves and darkness at the floor of the ocean.

Oguna's remarks come just a day after the family of the victims paid Sh100,000 to private divers to help with the retrieval of the bodies.