Why is she doing this to me? Woman begs sister to bring back her missing child
Two months since her eight-year-old son went missing in Kwa Rhoda slums in Nakuru, Elizabeth Nanjala cautiously holds on to hope, though each day it gets harder.
“This is a nightmare, and you don’t wake up out of it,” says Elizabeth, the 26-year-old mother of four. Her son disappeared on November 7, 2020.
The first born son Dennis Moroka left their home en route to Kariobangi with his aunt Joyce Nanjala.
“That was the last time I saw my son,” Ms Nanjala told The Nairobian.
Elizabeth said her sister Joyce visited their home and requested to take Moroka for the holidays in Nairobi until schools reopened.
“My sister told me she had been overwhelmed with work and house chores and needed assistance. I allowed her to take my son with a promise she would return him once schools are opened,” she said.
However, her sister called on November 30, 2020 with news the minor had gone missing. She broke down in tears.
“I inquired how my son got lost. My sister said she had left him in the house but when she came back, she didn’t find him. I was disturbed,” Elizabeth said as tears rolled down her cheeks.
After inquiries, Elizabeth said her sister ended the call and disconnected her mobile phones the following day.
She accused her sister of neglect, arrogance and ignorance even after losing her nephew.
“When we called her, my sister became rude to me, our mother, my husband and our relatives before switching off her mobile phone. Joyce said she had no responsibilities to take care of our son because she was engaged with her work,” said Nanjala.
She lamented at how her sister had turned on her family and cared less over what could have befell her nephew.
“Why is she doing this to me? She has no justification and I am shocked,” lamented Elizabeth.
To date, Elizabeth has been unable to locate her sister despite several efforts.
“I didn’t know where she lives. My sister’s mobile phone and her husband’s phone have been switched off since December 1, last year,” she adds. Elizabeth wants assistance to locate her son and sister. She has even reported the matter to Rhonda Police Station under OB Number 14/11/1/2021. She is pleading with anyone, who may locate her son to take him to the nearest police station.
Elizabeth described her son Moroka, who was in class two, as a responsible, calm, peaceful and bright boy.
Her husband John Sabet, who spoke to The Nairobian said he is on verge of losing hope despite reporting the incident to the police.
“Even if we find him, his education may have been ruined. We are in pain, confusion, wild thoughts and sorrow because of him,” he said.
Nakuru West Town Sub-county police commander Samson Gathuku said the matter had been referred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
“We have information of a missing boy. However, we need more information to proceed with the matter especially since the child went missing in Nairobi and not Nakuru,” said Gathuku.