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Family in agony after mentally ill son, 28, goes missing

A family in Matobo village in the outskirts of Kericho town is distressed following the mysterious disappearance of their mentally ill son in February.
Kenneth Kipyegon Keter went missing on February 4 after he left home and was last seen at Nyagacho Trading centre at 8pm by members of the public.
In an interview with the mother at her home, Esther Kirui said her son left home at 5pm and was allegedly last seen alighting from a Toyota Probox taxi at Nyagacho trading center at around 8pm.
Mama Kirui added that her son is on medication for his mental condition which she administers through an injection on a monthly basis and fears that without the said prescription his son may turn violent.
“My 28 year old son came home at around 5pm and asked for my whereabouts before leaving for Nyagacho Trading centre and arrived at Kericho town. He later came back to Nyagacho Trading centre where he was last seen alighting from a Toyota Probox taxi at around 8pm by members of the public. I had left my house at 3pm to pick my cows, which I had left grazing near the river. I administer to my son an injection on a monthly basis and I fear that without it he will become violent.” said Mama Kirui.
The family reported the matter at Nyagacho police station, which was booked as OB 11/06/2/2019 after all efforts to trace their son in the village and in Kericho town borne no fruit.
“We have looked for Kenneth at police stations and hospitals in the County and even extended our search to Nakuru and Kisumu counties. We have also circulated his photo and details on WhatsApp and Facebook.” said Kenneth’s brother, Abdul Keter.
Keter appealed to anyone who has seen Kenneth whom he states is fluent in Kiswahili and Kipsigis languages to the nearest police station or call them on 0722 306645, 0722700148 or 0725 860904.
Confirming the incident, Kericho county police commander James Mugera acknowledged they had received the matter in question and were conducting a search.
By Sarah Njagi

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