Kasipul MP Ongondo Were is locked in a row with a family over the mysterious disappearance of a woman more than nine years ago.
A 63-year-old woman from Kasipul constituency in Homa Bay county claims that her daughter Dotty Apondi vanished in 2010 while in the home of Were in Meru where she had gone to seek employment.
Grace Adongo who is a former employee at Chemelil Sugar Company said at her home in Kasipul near Oyugis Township that Were, according to her daughter, promised to find her employment in a hotel in the city.
Adongo said Apondi later vanished and has since that time lost communication with them.
Adongo appealed to the Director of Criminal Investigations and the Director of Public Prosecutions to assist her locate the whereabouts of Apondi whom she says vanished nine years ago while staying at the Meru home of Were while in search of employment in the hotel industry.
She says that Were attempted to find her daughter employment in one of the hotels in the city but his efforts did not bear any fruits.
Adongo says that her daughter who was a hotelier told her on phone that she was too qualified for the earlier job she was supposed to land at a hotel.
“She told me that Were later promised to employ her as an auditor,” Adongo says.
Adongo said Were later took her to Meru and accommodated her for some days in the hope of finding her an alternative employment.
She says that her daughter later vanished from the room in which Were accommodated her.
Adongo says she initially reported the mater at the DCI Nyanza where officers promised to look into the matter.
She says the matter was also reported to police in Nairobi.
“I have been going through a lot of pain for the last nine years since I cannot find my daughter,” she said.
Adongo says her daughter vanished when she was 35 years old.
But Were while responding to the claims, said he cannot comment much on the issue since it is politically motivated with ill motives.
He said such a matter can best be handled by the DCI who are competent to deal with it.
The MP dismissed claims that he knows something about the mysterious disappearance of the woman who happens to be his distant relative, nine years ago.
“The sudden disappearance of a person should be reported to the police in the first place, in any case, nine years is a very long time, ” he said.
He said somebody who was over 30 years in 2010 cannot be presumed to have disappeared with no trace.
Apondi’s father James Goga who works in Were National Government Constituency Development Fund office said they did what they could do by reporting the matter to the relevant authorities.