Kidnapped Nkayi boy to be repatriated from Kenya

The herald

Criminal reporter

Authorities in Zimbabwe and Kenya are working on paperwork to repatriate a seven-year-old boy from Nkayi who was kidnapped and taken to Kenya in 2016 in a human trafficking case.

The boy, Awakhiwe Ackim Ncube, was kidnapped while playing with other children in the Nkayi neighborhood of Hompani and his parents only learned he was in Kenya from media footage. social.

He was last seen in his grandparents’ garden.

Awakhiwe was found at Happy Children’s Home in Nairobi.

National Police spokesperson Deputy Commissioner Paul Nyathi said a full statement will be released today.

The mother, Ms. Nobekezelo Maseko, was recently quoted in the media as saying: “One of Nkayi’s neighbors brought a photo which was sent by her son who is in South Africa. They accompanied him to show the grandfather of the child who undoubtedly saw that it was his grandson.

She then contacted the orphanage and a woman who ran it confirmed that her Awakhiwe was a resident of the house.

“I sent him a photo and Awakhiwe identified me. The mother, who keeps them, asked us what name do we use when we call her, we said Kim, which is the abbreviation of Ackim. She then called him by that name and he answered, ”Ms. Maseko said.

Awakhiwe was kidnapped and drugged with two other children by the kidnappers on their way to Kenya. The other two children were not Zimbabweans.

Upon reaching the border with Kenya, Awakhiwe reportedly began to cry and demand to be returned to his mother. Border alert officers grew suspicious and arrested the kidnappers as Awakhiwe spoke in IsiNdebele.

They thought the child was Zimbabwean or South African.

The alleged kidnappers, Margaret Juma Magero and David Ochieng Omentho, suspected of being married, were brought to justice before the senior magistrate, Ms. Diana Mochache, in the Shanzu main courts on December 13, 2016.

Ms Mochache ordered that Awakhiwe and the two children be placed in the care of Happy Children’s Home until their parents are found.

The other two children have since been identified, extradited to their country of origin and reunited with their families.

However, the paperwork to bring Awakhiwe back is still being processed by the Zimbabwe Embassy in Kenya.

In June last year, police managed to locate and bring back to the country from South Africa a one-year-old boy who was kidnapped last December by a woman in the suburb of Ushewokunze. in Harare.

The suspect identified as Fortunate Tanyanyiwa has since gone into hiding in South Africa and police, who work with Interpol, are still looking for her.

CID Homicide detectives traveled to Polokwane, South Africa with the boy’s mother, Yvonne Machingo (21), and combined the following two investigations.

Machingo, who also resides in Ushewokunze, approached Tanyanyiwa, alias Mai Tatenda, in December last year, telling her that she wanted to be taken to a traditional healer who could care for her six-month-old baby who was not coming out. did not smell well.

It is alleged that on December 12, 2020, the two went to Block 11, Shawasha Flats in Mbare, where a traditional healer could help Machingo.

Machingo was ordered to stay outside while Tanyanyiwa went with the child inside the healer’s house, but she never returned. After a few hours, Machingo tried to locate her, but to no avail.

She even tried to call, but her phone was turned off and a report was made to the police.

Police were unable to locate Tanyanyiwa.

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