By KEN-ARTHUR WEKESA
She left her parents’ house in the afternoon to join other children in the neighbourhood to play. Even as evening drew close there was no reason to worry about her whereabouts; she had always played with her friends until dusk.
|Four-year-old Tania Omondi, the abducted girl. [PHOTO: STANDARD]|
But when darkness fell and the jolly little lass had not returned home, it dawned on her parents that something could be wrong.
Seven months after the most excruciating moment in their lifetime, Guytan and Beatrice Omondi, the parents of the four-year-old girl, are still hoping against hope that someday, their only daughter will return and transform their tears of sorrow into that of endless pearls of joy.
“I have not the slightest shred of doubt that my little Tania is alive and in good health, I will faint not until she returns home,” Guytan, 43, told The Standard On Saturday, recounting the untold ordeal they have been forced to go through since last year.
On the night of the day she mysteriously went missing, Tania’s parents received disturbing text messages from her captors who warned of grave consequences should they fail to give them a staggering Sh2 million in exchange for the little priceless life.
The captors consequently warned the couple against involving the police over the issue if they loved Tania. Another demand by the ‘smart’ captors, who strictly communicated through texts using different lines and handsets, was to have the ransom sent in batches of Sh280,000 for consecutive days until the entire sum is settled.
Guytan says he sent Sh150,000 a day after the ordeal and told the captors he couldn’t afford the Sh2,000,000 they were demanding. “They then demanded additional Sh500,000 before they release my daughter for Christmas and we complied,” says distressed father.
The optimism of the Omondis that finally their flesh and blood will return having the demands of the captors, was then thwarted 24 hours later as the captors went under only to resurface with fresh demands for more money.
“The contact said other accomplices had become uncooperative and wanted an additional Sh300,000,” Guytan said.