By Kevin Tunoi
Days and months have now turned into 14 years and whereabouts of police constable Richard Kipruto is still unknown. His wife Selly Kipruto has spent sleepless nights with the hope that her husband of 13 years could at one time resurface.
Selly has single handedly brought up their four children including their last-born daughter who was under one year when her father disappeared.
Constable Kipruto, force number 36446, was of sound health and stationed at Elburgon police station under Molo Police Division.
|Selly Kipruto with her husband and first born daughter.|
He was reportedly in the company of other colleagues manning communication transmitters at Mau Summit when he went missing. Fourteen years down the line, the police force and his family cannot explain how he disappeared.
"It was mid-morning when I got communication from Iten Police Station asking me the whereabouts of my husband," she says.
Selly says she was shocked because officers said Kipruto had taken leave without approval.
"They were demanding to know where he was because he was supposed to resume duty at his post and had not reported," she said tearfully.
Selly says that by the time they were contacting her, her husbandâs colleagues had already launched a search in the dense forest in Mau Summit. After two days, the search was stopped, as there were no leads on the constableâs location.
Selly says she travelled to Molo to get more information about her husband since by then mobile communication was not common. On arrival, she demanded that she joins the search party in the forested area.
"I accompanied the police since I could not go alone because the area by then was full of wild animals likes buffaloes and it was dark and dangerous," Selly says.