A family in Korogocho ward, Ruaraka constituency in Nairobi are living in pain over the disappearance of their kin four months ago.
Caroline Wanjiku vanished mysteriously from her matrimonial home after a protracted domestic violence with husband spanning three years.
According to her father John Machara, he got the report several days after her daughter fled her matrimonial home leaving behind two children aged one and three years.
“I got the report weeks after she vanished from her house, I expected her to come to me so that we sit down to settle the issues as family but I did not see her, I don’t know where she is,” Mzee Machara explains emotionally.
Mzee Macharia further states that his son-in law in retaliation, brought the two young children to his house and left them without saying a word.
His attempts to reach him through phone call are futile, a matter that he has reported to the police.
“He met someone who I expected them to live an happy life, but after short time, I have been left to take care of grandchildren, it is not easy to feed ,because I don’t have a job… most of the time we go without food,” Machara stated.
Machara describes her daughter as a hardworking and soft spoken business oriented lady. Many times she was spending time at her grocery store in town.
She started the apples business with support from her elder brother Innocent Machara, who is a garbage collector.
“She is a quiet lady, most of time she used to sell fruits in town, she is not any career a part from business, his brother gave her a capital to start a business and she opted to start a grocery,” Machara added.
The aging Macharia, everyday is in conflict with cultural norms, since he finds it difficult to bathe them or change their nappies after defecation.
“Being an old person, I have to accord female gender some dignity and privacy no matter how young they are, but for now I’m because I’m a widower I have to do everything for myself, I their nudity is nologer privacy in make case,” sobbing Machara narrates.
Innocent Machara, brother to the missing Caroline, narrates that since her mysterious disappearance in July, they have intensified the search, but when they visited the his sister’s matrimonial home in Gatundu ,Kiambu County, everybody fled.
Only an old woman met them and said that before the disappearance the duo had a fight over a text message in the man’s phone.
“In search for my sister we went to her rural matrimonial home in Gatundu, upon arrival, everybody ran away, only Cucu(old woman) was left. He told us that the two were fighting over a text message,” said Innocent.
He further told Ghetto Radio that the three year old children had revealed their father chased their mother to a thicket using a knife.
By Rodgers Oduor