11 members of Nyamira family missing

11 members of a family in Nyagacho village, Borabu Constituency have been missing since October 2019.[File,Standard]

11 members of a family in Nyagacho village, Borabu Constituency have been missing since October 2019.

They are believed to have joined Pastor Paul Makenzi's Church in Kilifi County.

The two brothers; Joseph Ntabo and Richard Ntabo alongside their spouses and children sold all they had, quit their well-paying jobs and proceeded to Kilifi to join pastor Mackenzie's Good News International Church.

Among those missing is a University Student who was pursuing Public Relations at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and who was in his final year.

They had hoped that they would go fast and have a chance to go meet Jesus Christ. The two are sons to Nicholas Ntabo and Hellen Ntabo.

Since the reports on the deaths at the Kilifi based church emerged, the family of Ntabo have not known peace.

Before resigning, one worked with the Nairobi Water Company while the other worked with a private security company in Nairobi.

Before travelling to Kilifi for their mission to go meet their maker, they resigned as devoted members of the Seventh day Adventist Church.

The family's matriarchy, Hellen Ntabo said that she only got information from her grandchildren that they were set to travel to Mombasa for fasting and prayers, and that they were set to meet Jesus.

"They had been playing together in one of the houses in Nairobi. They sold the piece of land they had and one of them also sold his car," she says

The family's fourth born son, Frank Ntabo says his niece had made a report at one of the police stations in Nairobi when her parents opted to force her brothers and sisters to abandon their studies.

"She went against the wishes of her parents and informed the police of what was happening. His parents, on being summoned to record police statements, sold all that had remained and proceeded to Kilifi."

According to Frank, residential houses in Nairobi are part of the properties that his brothers sold.

He says the two had visited home in October 2019, just before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

Since they left, they have never been seen again.

"There is no doubt that they must have joined Pastor Makenzi's Church. We don't know whether they are alive or dead. This is someone who has been forcing people to sell off their property. They fast until they die, and in the end, he takes the hard earned wealth," Frank says.

The family has since dispatched four family members to Kilifi to trace on their loved ones.

Kisii Ex-Governor James Ongwae said a number of those who had been traced to the Church were from Western and Nyanza parts of the Country.

"This is the time to call for leadership, we need the properly ordained Church leaders to come out and offer leadership. Spiritual nourishment is key. Our people are perishing in the name of fasting, and we need moderation."

He said the Kisii region is known to profess Christian values. "We need to ask ourselves a hard question on why our people are losing the Christian faith."