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Why I have been missing for 17 years – Muranga woman reunites with family



A middle-aged woman who disappeared from her parent’s home 17 years ago has returned home claiming lack of fare could not allow her to visit her parents.

A family in Kagaa Village in Kahuro Sub County termed the comeback of their Kin Milka Muthoni as an Easter blessing from God.

Muthoni who showed up with a young child narrated that after she went to Nairobi in 2004, she got married but the marriage was rocked by domestic violence.

She told villagers who milled at her parents’ home that due to numerous challenges she could not get fare to return to her home.

After completing her class eight education, the mother of six opted to get a job in the city where she did menial jobs before meeting her first husband who hailed from Narok County.

“We stayed with my husband in Nairobi for a short period and opted to go and stay at his rural home. At the outskirts of Narok town, things got worse during 2007 post-election violence. This prompted us to leave our rural home and go stay in Narok town,” Muthoni narrated.

She added that things did not go well as her husband turned violent and most of the time she was chased to sleep outside. In the marriage, Muthoni was blessed with three children.

“The marriage was rocked by many wrangles and I opted to escape but my husband by then shield the children denying me a chance to escape with them. I moved to Nyeri to be hosted by a friend in 2011,” She further stated.

Muthoni continued, “In Nyeri, I embarked on some small jobs and in the process I got another husband and we moved to his rural home where we constructed our house and started a new life.”

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In the new marriage, Muthoni said she was blessed with two children but unfortunately her husband who was a driver was jailed in connection with a theft.

“My husband who was a driver was arrested in Mombasa after stolen goods were found outside his rental house. He was not lucky as he was jailed for two years. In 2019, the conviction ended,” added Muthoni.

The mother of five further narrated the many challenges she encountered while his husband was in jail saying some people torched her house after she blamed them for stealing her chicken.

“Problems followed me since we were left with nowhere to stay. I opted to put up a makeshift shelter but when my husband was released we constructed a semi-permanent house,” she reflected.

Muthoni claimed that many times she missed going to see her parents and her children who had become of age would ask why they never visit their upcountry grandparents like children of their neighbours do.

Last Sunday, she got some Sh3, 000 and made up her mind to go back to her parent’s home, even though she did not remember the place very well.

Her mother and family members could not hide their joy for her coming back, adding that they had not yet given up on searching for her as no report on her death had been brought to them.

Muthoni proclaimed a word of hope for people with lost relatives or friends, intimating that some of them could just be in deep struggles, but will eventually come back one day just as she did.

“We will now be visiting home henceforth together with my husband and children. The children I left in Narok are under the custody of their father. I don’t know if one day I will see them,” remarked Muthoni.


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