Pain, anguish and desperation is what is written all over the faces of the family of a 14 year old form two student who mysteriously disappeared from his school 7 months ago without trace.
For the parents of Tonny Ngugi Gichanga a form two student at Njumbi High School in Muranga County the happenings of 11th February 2017 is still flesh in their minds and every day that passes fills their hearts with hopelessness and anguish.
Speaking to Ephraim Gichinga Wachira, the father to the diminutive, calm and amiable boy at their Ruiru home in Kiambu County, one cannot help to see the pain of a father who for over 7 months have had to rummage through mortuaries across the Country and visited virtually every hospital and prisons in all the neighboring Counties in an attempt to trace his last born son who disappeared mysteriously without trace.
Gichinga narrated how on that fateful Saturday he received a call from his wife informing him that their last born son had called from a Nairobi Telephone booth requesting to be sent fare home as he had ran away from school after a misunderstanding with his class teacher.
Shocked and in a state of disbelief he immediately called the number the boy had used to call the mother and a female voice answered and actually confirmed that the number was a Nairobi MPESA shop and the boy who had requested to use the number had left.
Gichinga said that he immediately called the school to verify whether his son was in school and surprisingly the school had not even noticed that the boy was missing. They however called them later to confirm that their son was actually not within the school compound.
The father pointed out that on the previous day he had attended a class clinic for the same boy and he had mentioned to him that he has had issues with his class teacher over unfinished school work and that he had been disciplined by a number of teachers about the same case.
He narrated how his son had cried uncontrollably as he narrated the matter forcing him to seek audience with the authorities of the school.
“When I sought audience with the school administration about the story that my son had told me, I was told that my son had refused to re-sit an examination he had performed poorly in his first form an act that was interpreted to mean defiance”. He said.
He said that he however managed to convince the boy to re-sit the examination and he even sat with him as he rewrote the examination.
According to Mary Wahu Gichinga, the mother, the boy had requested to be transferred from the school but efforts to find out why he wanted to be moved from the school which according to them was a very good National school never bore nay fruits.
She explained that with the help of Nairobi CID officers they have tried to ;look for Antony in vain and they had even placed a notice of his disappearance in one of the local dailies without any results
The distraught parents are now appealing to anyone who knows the whereabouts of their last born son to contact the nearest police station.
Contacted for comment the Principal Njumbi Boys High School said that they reported the matter to Mathioya Police station a few days after the boy sneaked out of school.