Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has broken his silence on the Likoni ferry crossing incident that claimed the lives of a woman and her daughter.

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In a heartfelt message, Joho called for patience as the multi-agency team works around the clock to retrieve the bodies.

He said that the recovery effort was riddled with complications that were behind the delays, adding that a team from the Mombasa County administration had been deployed to help the multi-agency team.

"It has been a painful wait for the family and relatives of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter as rescue operations intensify at the Likoni Channel. We understand the complexity of the search operations being the reason for the delay, and therefore we are asking for patience. We are part of the multi-agency team involved in the search operations, " the governor said.

Joho has come under blistering criticism for not saying a word on the tragedy since is happened on Sunday evening.

Kenyans have hit out at the Kenya Ferry Services for not having divers on standby to help rescue the woman and her child.

Recovery efforts were halted yesterday, Tuesday, due to darkness and resumed on Wednesday.