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Nakuru family fears son disappeared to join Al Shabaab

According to his mother Mary Njeri Karuga, the son joined the university in September 2016 and studied for only one semester but failed to report for the second semester despite being given full school fees which he failed to pay. Efforts by the parents to trace their son have turned futile.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comTuesday, 09 May 2017 17:40 EAT

A Nakuru family is having sleepless nights after their son disappeared under unclear circumstances. The first year student from Chuka University went missing in March and has never been seen to date.

According to his mother Mary Njeri Karuga, the son joined the university in September 2016 and studied for only one semester but failed to report for the second semester despite being given full school fees which he failed to pay. Efforts by the parents to trace their son have turned futile.

Ms Njeri said that the last time their son spoke to his father was in March when he assured him he had no difficulties despite lecturers being on strike. She expressed fear that her child might have been recruited to join Al Shabaab militants in Somalia.

His father Moses Karuga Githaiga said the student was of good behaviour and had had no criminal record since his childhood. He pointed out that after visiting the university, he was informed that the whereabouts of his son were unknown.

He said the young man's colleagues at the university told him that he was not interested in studies anymore and that he wanted to join the military. He called on the government to assist him in tracing his son whom he termed as a pillar in the family.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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