A family in Kagaa village, Kiharu constituency, Murangá County, is celebrating the return of their kin who disappeared in 2004.
Milkah Muthoni left her home in 2004. She was only18, and had just sat for her KCSE final year exams.
She went to Nairobi where she met a man. They got married and relocated to Narok. In the heat of the 2007/’08 post-election violence, the couple fled to Nairobi. The upheavals were manifest in Muthoni’s marriage and she broke up with her husband. She relocated to Nyeri, leaving behind two children
Trying to get her footing, she was re-married and built a new house – and home. She got two other children. Misfortune beckoned again when her new husband was incarcerated in Mombasa. A simmering land dispute on where her house stood saw her detractors torch the house. Akin to the 2007/’08 experience, she was back to square one.
Through the years, she struggled to raise her two kids, taking up any casual jobs that came her way. It is the children who steered her back home, with pestering questions on the whereabouts of their Cucu – grandmother. They said their friends often told them they were going upcountry to visit their grandparents. She saved Ksh3000, and last Sunday, made up her mind go back home. On Monday, she set off on the journey home. She could not remember the place very well though.
She made it to Kagaa village, and after inquiring about the homestead where her kin lived, she traced the specific home. “My sister run away in fear after I introduced myself,” she recalls.
Muthoni’s mother Margaret Njeri, was however, receptive. Upon seeing her daughter, jubilation broke in the homestead. It has been that way since. Her father and brother died while she was away, she learnt.
Margaret says she never given up hope of seeing her daughter again. That she had never received any reports of her demise kept her hopes alive. “Somehow, I knew she was still alive.”
She says that those who are still searching for their lost relatives should never give up. “May be they are caught up in life’s struggle,” Margaret says. “When the right time comes, they will return home.”