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We are afraid of pulling out the car halfway and losing the bodies — Govt Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna

Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna on Thursday informed the public that the retrieval of the Likoni car is taking long because they do not want to risk losing the bodies of Mariam Kighenda and Amanda Mutheu.

Speaking during a press briefing, Oguna stated that the area has very strong currents that might jeopardise the process.

He added that had the bodies not been in the car, they would have already pulled it out but the challenge was that they were yet to attach the hooks needed to pull out the car safely.

"We have equipment to remove it but the currents are strong and making it difficult to hook the entire car and pull it out.

“We need to have the car and the bodies. We hope by tomorrow (Friday) we will have found ways to achieve that.

“Our fear is to pull the car and lose it halfway because we may lose the bodies and end up doing zero work," said Oguna.

The government spokesperson emphasized the importance of pulling out the bodies saying the families need closure.

"We have briefed the family every step and progress we have made. The important thing is to have the bodies out and help them get closure to the matter.

“This has been the desire of every Kenyan," he added.

Oguna expressed optimism that the exercise will be completed by Friday evening and requested members of the public to be patient since it is not as straightforward as it may look.