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Likoni Ferry: Mijikenda elders blame mysterious accidents on abandoned rituals ▷ Kenya News

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– Elders said sacrifices ought to be made in order to prevent future tragedies at Likoni channel

– They said the ocean has spirits which ought to be appeased from time to time to avert calamities

– In cases of accidents, the elders advised that a sacrificial ritual has to be performed by elders to appease the ancestors before search mission starts

– Failure to perform the sacrifices, the elders warned, would make the mission impossible

Likoni ferries which facilitate approximately 300,000 residents and 6,000 vehicles cross from Mombasa Island terminus to mainland Likoni have been dogged with mysterious accidents over years.

The Sunday, September 29, incident in which a vehicle with two occupants mysteriously slid from MV Harambee, one of the ferries, to the ocean is among accidents that have kept not only Mombasa residents, but Kenyans talking.

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A team of divers trying to locate bodies at Likoni channel. Photo: Daily Nation.
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Mijikenda elders, the dominant community in the area, had their view about the cause of the accident and solution to retrieving the bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her four-year-old daughter, Amanda Mutheu, which have remained undersea for over four days.

The recent occurrence sparked concern among the Digo elders whom we spoke to.

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Likoni channel where the accident that claimed two lives occurred. Photo: Citizen TV
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Hassan Ali, one of the elders, said although some incidences appear as accidents or suicide cases, there are equal chances spirits and superstition play a big role in causing calamities.

Ali said the ocean area along the Likoni channel has its “owners”, meaning there are spirits which control the waters and have to be appeased from time to time.

“In the past, there was great seriousness when it came to appeasing the spirits on this channel, even the captains of the cargo ships that used this channel knew very well that their safety depended heavily on the rituals that were performed here when passing by,” he said.

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Locals witnessing rescue operation at Likoni channel. Photo: Daily Nation
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Ali advised that a cow or several goats used to be sacrificed, where blood could be poured inside the ocean as the elders chanted some incantations.

“The spirits feed on blood from time to time, and if they do not get the blood, they will have to demand sacrifices by causing accidents in the ferry channel to get blood.

It is very unfortunate that this generation is not aware of this and they will continue to fall victims of tragedies at the Likoni channel and blaming the Kenya Ferry Services,” Ali added

On April 29, 1994, the MV Mtongwe Ferry bound for the mainland capsized just 40 meters from the port, killing over 250 people on board.

It was reported that the ferry which could only carry 300 people was overloaded with over 400 people, causing it to capsize.

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A lorry carrying maize flour is seen plunging into the Indian Ocean after sliding off a ferry. Photo: NTV.
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Yusufu Said, who witnessed the aftermath of the Mtongwe accident, claimed those who survived the accident had seen a mysterious “buibui clad woman” who appeared and stood in the middle of the ocean as they battled for survival.

“It was amazing to hear people saw a woman dressed in a black buibui floating in the air and minutes later, the ferry began to tremble and subsequently sank,” said Yusufu.

He claimed the bodies which were recovered had no blood, which was very strange even though some had been eaten by sharks.

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A lorry plunges into Indian Ocean at Likoni channel. Elders have linked some of the accidents to ghosts. Photo: coastweek.com.
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The elder advised that a cow or several goats could have been sacrificed then to avert the tragedy from reoccurring.

“These “buibui” women are seen but come as a warning of the impending tragedy. If nothing is done then calamity occurs . There are some individuals who come here at the Likoni channel wanting to commit suicide, but what many don’t know is that the ocean spirits call them to drink their blood,” Yusufu alleged.

Another elder TUKO.co.ke spoke to on condition of anonymity claimed even the workers at the Kenya Ferry Services especially the Mijikendas know what is supposed to be done to avert the ferry tragedies.

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The elder advised that a cow or several goats ought to be sacrificed to avert the tragedy from reoccurring. Photo: Daily Nation
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He revealed some of them perform the rituals secretly without involving the relevant elders making the sacrifices to backfire.

“When performing rituals, you have to involve elders with a calling to appease the spirits. It is not just a matter of slaughtering a cow or goats, you have to chant some words and use magical portions for the rituals to be effective,” he said.

Ahmed Nasser, another elder, told TUKO.co.ke that even some drivers of vehicles that enter the ferries are influenced by the spirits, making it difficult to salvage them whenever they plunge into the ocean, no matter how good and careful the driver or rescue teams are.

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A ferry carrying passengers across the Indian Ocean. Photo: NTV.
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“The drivers whose vehicles plunge into the ocean are experienced drivers, but when the spirits hover, they cannot do anything about it.

If they are lucky enough, they can alight before they drown. Many vehicles which have sunk with people inside have never been recovered,” Naseer stated

He suggested that a sacrificial ritual has to be performed by elders to appease the ancestors who would then release the bodies by pushing them off shore or allow them to float.

The elder claimed so many things happen during the voyage and at some point, ferries just stall mid-ocean for hours causing panic among those on board.

“Many complain that it is because the ferries are old but in the real sense, that might not be the case. In the past, elders were consulted and after special rituals were performed, the ferries would begin to sail smoothly once again.

Story by Monica Wambugha – Tuko correspondent, Taita Taveta

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