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Kakamega Boy Who Went Missing Returns Home One Year Later from the Streets

The 15-year-old boy was living with his father, stepmother and siblings when he left home unannounced.

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  • The boy had been hosted by Pastor Duncan Omondi, the director of Great Assignment Organisation based in Kakamega. According to the pastor, the organisation partners with the local government, security agencies and the children's department to rescue minors from the streets. At the rescue centre, the children are given shelter, clothing and food.

The family of Jackson Mura in Khwisero, Kakamega county, was overwhelmed with joy upon the return of their son, who had been missing for over a year.

The 15-year-old boy was living with his father, stepmother and siblings when he left home unannounced. According to The Standard, the boy disappeared from his father’s home in March 2020.

Boy trails father

This is after his father left for work after assigning him (the boy) to perform home chores and take care of his younger siblings.

At the time, the stepmother had left for her maternal home. However, immediately after Mura left home for job, the teen trailed him but in a different direction. Since then, the man lived with a puzzle regarding the whereabouts of his eldest child.

He had sought the help of the police, whose efforts did not yield results. Mura was at one point told that his son had been killed by a mob in Bungoma for allegedly stealing rabbits from a farm. He was almost convinced that his son was no more but kept the hopes of a reunion alive.

“A few weeks back, he told me his home is in the Shirakha village of Butere. Just to be sure, we organised a trip to the place. When we got there, we left him hidden in the vehicle some distance from home and went to the house he pointed out to us,” the pastor said. “We interrogated the people we found there and the boy’s story gelled with what they told us. Reassured, we brought him home to an emotional reunion,” he said.

Good news

But after months of agony, a Friday morning turned to be a fine one for Mura after his son was escorted home by a cleric who had been hosting him. The delighted father attributed to God the resurfacing of his son.

Pastor rescues boy

The boy had been hosted by Pastor Duncan Omondi, the director of Great Assignment Organisation based in Kakamega. According to the pastor, the organisation partners with the local government, security agencies and the children’s department to rescue minors from the streets. At the rescue centre, the children are given shelter, clothing and food.

The organisation encountered the boy, and that is how they got to host him as they kept interrogating him about his family. The pastor said they had the challenge of getting vital information from the boy as he was so adamant about sharing information.

The centre had wanted to trace his home before reuniting him with his people. However, after a long time of being nudged, the boy shared the information with the centre’s operators, who could now locate his home.

Source
Tuko

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