, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – They have spent more than Sh30,000 seeking “divine help” following the kidnapping of their first born child from their home in Mukuru kwa Reuben slums, but they are still waiting, two months later.
The money has been given to senior men of cloth in Nairobi as an offering and other local servants in a desperate move to see whether they will be re-united by their three year-old daughter.
Time is moving fast for a family that now knows no peace, no happiness for the past two months.
The only attachment left is one shoe that she was wearing, that was found the following day after the incident, about two kilometres from their single roomed house.
Enoch Mudavadi received the disturbing call on October 1 while with friends in Kayole area from his distressed wife, who informed him that they could not trace their daughter, Monica Makhungu.
“It was around 7pm,” he recalls.
“I immediately left my friends and boarded a matatu but unfortunately I didn’t alight at the usual terminus – I was already confused and worried- so I found myself already in the city centre.”
On arrival at about 8pm, he joined his wife, who was expecting by then to search for their daughter in the neighbourhood and then reported to all police posts in the area, but till now, no good news has come forth.
“My daughter never used to follow strangers and that’s why we believe she was drugged,” the 26 year-old Mudavadi said during an interview with Capital FM News at their home.
She has been my joy, my life, my everything…please, whoever has taken m daughter hostage, just bring her back. We are suffering.”
They have sold almost everything in their effort to pay pastors who have assured them that their daughter is alright in some place, “with a woman.”
“I am wondering why can’t they just tell us who is the woman and where she is,” Elizabeth Anua, his 25 years old wife interjected.
She vividly recalls her last moments with her missing daughter.
Anua, had just arrived at their home from a local supermarket at around 6pm on the fateful day, where among other things she had purchased some yoghurt and biscuits for her daughter.
Makhungu was bubbly as always, she says, and after a few minutes she joined three other children to play, “within the corridor of our houses. But at some point they walked away.
She was carrying her yoghurt and some biscuits.”
At around 6.30pm, Makhungu briefly returned to the house, picked more biscuits and left.
This was to be the last time Anua would see her daughter.
“She was extremely generous…I believe she had gone to share with her friends as they played around,” she said.
According to children she was playing with, her daughter was given ” a sweet by a rastaman (dreadlocked man). After sometime she followed him while asking for water.”
Her dresses remains on the hanging line, inside their house, and as the clock ticks, the family is becoming more anxious.
“Never give up,” reads the shirt she was wearing during the interview.
“Mum (Makhungu her daughter) used to ask me to bring her a brother. I have given birth to a son but she didn’t even see him,” an emotional Anua said.
She says her Christmas gift will be finding her missing daughter.
“I even don’t eat well since I don’t know whether my daughter has something to eat as well,” she said.
After sometime, she added, “why should someone cause this pain to me? Please return my daughter.”
For Mudavadi, he is aware of the painful truth – the daughter may be found or not.
“I have done my best as a parent, Monica, she’s my biological daughter, God is the one who gave me that child, if she’s mine, let her return safely and if God has a purpose to take her for good, let His will be done,” he said.
He says he is normally heart broken when his wife starts crying, every time she sets her eyes on Makhungu’s clothes.
“I miss her nagging questions , Baba umeniletea nini” (dad, what have you brought me?) baba umeniletea kalamu? (dad, have you brought me a pen?)” he says, but that remains to be just that- memories.
When she was kidnapped, Makhungu was wearing a green African dress with yellow spots.
She has a birthmark on her right thigh.
If you get to see her or have any information that may lead to her rescue, please contact any police station or call her father through mobile phone numbers 0715 652 113 or 0715 052 939.