In Summary
  • Mr Peter Essendi is another parent living in great hope that his son, Mathews Essendi, who disappeared on October 6, 2016, will be found safe and sound.
  • Mrs Joyce Muaania’s harrowing experience since her only son Emmanuel Muuo disappeared is so deep that it always takes tears to put it in words.

She left her sleeping baby under the watch of his uncle at their home in Pipeline, Embakasi, Nairobi, and went to town to buy him school uniform on April 29, 2017.

When she returned, her three-and-a-half-year-old son was nowhere to be found. He had gone missing, never to be seen again.

Mrs Joyce Muaania’s harrowing experience since her only son Emmanuel Muuo disappeared is so deep that it always takes tears to put it in words.

“The pain is inexplicable. How a mother leaves home, with all good intentions to buy uniform and prepare a good future for her son, only to come back and realise it was useless leaving him … he can’t wear the uniform, and I can’t be with him now,” Mrs Muaania said and broke down uncontrollably.

A beginner pupil at Havard Junior School, “Manuu”, as they fondly called him, was a jovial, active boy.

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His mother remembers how, on that fateful day, she accompanied her husband, Mr Abel Muaania, who was heading to work.

This was after giving instructions to her younger brother to feed little Manuu when he woke up, and keep an eye on him till she returns.

She returned, eager to fit the uniform on him, but he couldn’t be found.

“My brother said that he had gone to the shop with him and Manuu joined in a game with a friend outside the shop,” narrated the mother of three girls.

Panic set in and she dropped the uniform to join in the search, an emergency that has never been resolved.

After combing through the entire Embakasi with the help of neighbours and not finding Manuu, they then reported the matter to the Embakasi Police Station.

HOPE

Manuu was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt with orange sleeves; a jumper with the word “Bear” on the front and a black-and-white striped short.

Days and nights of tears and distress affected Ms Muaania health, causing her blood pressure to drop, and she occasionally fainted.

They even had to move from their house because it brought memories of their son, and she would faint.

“I had two daughters when Manuu disappeared, now I have a third girl. He is still my only son.

“I have hope that I will reunite with him soon because that is the gut feeling in me … that he is happy wherever he is and that God will bring us together again,” she said with optimism.

Mr Peter Essendi is another parent living in great hope that his son, Mathews Essendi, who disappeared on October 6, 2016, will be found safe and sound.

CON MEN

What started as an exciting trip from Kitale to attend his cousin’s wedding in Nairobi ended in a nightmare that robbed the family of good moments with their firstborn jewel.

Then 17, the mentally unstable young man crossed Luthuli Avenue ahead of his father, who had to wait a couple of minutes for the heavy traffic to subside before rejoining him.

It was not to be. “It was during the rush hour when things are chaotic and Mathews crossed the road ahead of me. By the time I got to the other side, he was nowhere to be seen.

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