The mother of a seven-year-old boy who was kidnapped in Zimbabwe four years ago and smuggled to Kenya says she is losing hope of ever seeing him again.
This comes after authorities in the East African country reportedly failed to find him at the children’s home where he was said to be.
Awakhiwe Ackim Ncube was abducted while he was playing with other children at his grandfather’s homestead in Nkayi.
He was found at the Kenyan border and was taken to Happy Children’s Home in Nairobi after the authorities in Kenya had failed to locate his parents.
A taskforce is led by the Children’s Services in Kenya failed to locate Awakhiwe at Happy Children’s Home, and will now search for him in all children’s homes in Kenya.
Awakhiwe’s mother, Nobekezelo Maseko, spoke with a woman at Happy Children’s Home some time back but failed to get the name or the phone number of the woman she spoke with.
The International Organisation for Migration(IOM) said it was difficult to locate the child. IOM representative, Tsetse Mkhonto, said:
The Kenya Children’s Services has formed a committee that is already on the ground investigating the whereabouts of the kid.
It is a challenging task because we have not yet found the lady whom the parents had contacted, if we manage to get her contacts it will be a conclusion of the matter.
Maseko revealed that she was invited for an interview by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). She said:
They wanted to know whether I have a passport or not and I would be able to go and take my son when he is found and I told them that I have nothing. I am now losing hope again after it was restored.