Comedian Kartelo and his mother and two siblings have been looking for their dad for a decade now.
Speaking to Betty Kyallo on Weekend with Betty, Kartelo narrated how his biological dad disappeared in 2006.
“My father just disappeared. It was in 2006. He just woke up one morning, went to work and never came back. We have never seen him since.”
“My mum had been posted to work in Murang’a as a teacher. My father convinced her to live at his home since he was from the area. But it did not go as planned, her inlaws beat her up, they stabbed her. She was admitted to the hospital for a long time. My father left when she was bedridden, did not have a job, was still recovering. So it hurt my mother,” he said.
They managed to pull through all that on their mother’s little salary of Ksh 150 which she got from washing people’s laundry.
Kartelo says they searched for him in prisons, hospitals, made public announcements even on the radio but he was nowhere to be found.
“At first we thought it was a joke since he would disappear from time to time. It was some sorts of a conman, he would swindle money from someone, goes missing and after two months h would be released from prison. So when he went missing, we thought he would be back.” Kartelo said.
“We took it seriously when it was two years since he disappeared, and that’s when we initiated another search. It has been over ten years now.”
Kartelo and the family still hope that he will resurface one day.
“Naeza ambia mzae arudi home..mambo iko fine…vijana wake wamegrow,” he pleaded.
Adding that he misses him so much.