When he left his family in Tim-boiywo village in Baringo County 30 years ago for his work station, Jackson Tarus Chepsergon (pictured), an Administrative Police officer was upbeat about joining them a month later.
However, this was not the case as the officer, who was attached to Mukumuini chief’s office in the then Kipkelion district, allegedly disappeared at the height of 1992 ethnic clashes.
His family is living in agony and is calling on the government to assist them trace his whereabouts.
In an interview with People Daily at their home, the officer’s wife Mary Chepsergon, 57, said her efforts to get help from the authorities have proved futile.
“The children keep asking me about their father’s whereabouts. If he is dead just give us his body we bury him,” said a teary Mrs Chepsergon.
The aggrieved mother said that immediately after her husband disappeared, his work mates visited the home and allegedly took away some of his documents including pay slips claiming that it was part of their investigations into his disappearance.
She said that her four children were now at home and jobless as she was not in a position to educate them.
“They have resorted to doing menial jobs,” said the mother.
She said that she has sold all the family’s property to raise the money to look for her husband.
Mrs Chepsergon said the late Kabarnet mayor Philemon Chelugui took her to AP headquarters in Nairobi in the early 90s where she was assured that her plight will be addressed but this is yet to be fulfilled.
She said that her mother-in-law Sogome Chepsergon, 82 is yet to come to terms with her son’s disappearance.
She described her missing husband as a responsible and an ambitious man who always provided for the family.
Mr Chepsergon’s eldest daughter Mercy Jepkorir Tarus who was aged seven and in Class Two in Kip-kutuny Primary School when her father went missing called on well wishers to assist her family.
Baringo County Commissioner Henry Wafula promised that his office will look into the matter.
“We will scrutinise our records to ascertain if the family reported the officer’s disappearance. 30 years is a very long time.
“We will, however, do all within our means to assist the family including liaising with the officer’s last work station to ascertain his whereabouts,” Wafula said.