- On Tuesday, Mr Ratemo said he could not rule out their disappearance to his quest to be the ward representative.
- Mr Ratemo’s brother who was last seen with the boys has been in police custody since the children disappeared.
They were happy and bubbly children. At home in their world of innocence, they would walk around the estate comfortable in the belief that they were safe.
It was with this confidence that Clifford Nyambane, 6, Dan Nyamweya, 5, and Glen Ongagi, 3, strutted excitedly to the Eldoville Seventh Day Adventist Church last Saturday morning.
Their mother, Ms Ebby Esaji, at home in the town they have lived in for many years, was not worried, even after she failed to spot them in church that morning.
She thought her children had gone to play with the others. She thought they were safe. She was wrong.
Hopes of finding the three boys alive were dashed today after a week-long search ended painfully when their bodies were found at Kitale County Referral Hospital.
The boy’s father, Mr James Ratemo, a Kanu candidate for Kapsoya Ward in the August elections, said a relative identified the bodies at the hospital after the police informed him that they had found the bodies on different days last week.
In an earlier interview on Tuesday, Mr Ratemo had said: “I cannot rule out that the children’ disappearance is related to politics but I cannot speculate. Let police do their own investigations.”
He was unable to speak about his devastating loss.
Police said the bodies of the children were retrieved from River Nzoia near Matunda town, more than 50 kilometres from Kapsoya in Eldoret town where they were last seen last Saturday while on their way to church.
The first body to be found was that of the eldest, which was retrieved on Tuesday and taken to the hospital around 5pm.
The second was discovered on Wednesday, retrieved the same day and taken to the same hospital mortuary in the evening.
The body of the youngest was found on Thursday evening but it was not until today afternoon that it was pulled out of the river.
Upon hearing the sad news that her sons were no more, Ms Esaji collapsed and was taken to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where she was still being attended to this evening.
The bodies were last evening transferred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.
Clifford was a Standard One pupil at Highland Grace Academy in Kapsoya estate.
Dan was in baby class at Shalom Academy in the same estate while Glen was yet to start attending school.
Both parents were yet to come to terms with the tragedy last evening.
On Tuesday, Mr Ratemo said he could not rule out their disappearance to his quest to be the ward representative.
However, he said he had not had any differences with his political rivals and wondered why his children should be hurt.
“I’ve not had any differences with my opponents or my neighbours,” he said as he appealed for help to find his children.
The new political dispensation has made positions, especially at the county level, so lucrative that it has spurred do-or-die contests across the country, some of them ending in fatalities.
UNCLE IN CUSTODY
Mr Ratemo’s brother, Enoch, who was last seen with the boys has been in police custody since the children disappeared.
Police are yet to establish whether he was directly involved in the death of the children.