Kenya chaos victim goes missing

Sunday January 22 2012

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

As the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC moves to determine whether the Ocampo Six will be committed to a full trial on Monday Mr Bernard Orinda Ndege, a post election violence victim whose children and wife were killed in Naivasha, has gone missing.

His mother has not heard from him for the last three months.

Before he went missing in November last year, Mr Ndege had received several visitors and later complained that they threatened him.

He had also suspected that the visitors were acting on behalf of certain suspects who were afraid that he would give incriminating information against them to investigators from the ICC.

“If they have killed him, can’t they give me his body to bury? I have not slept well since he went missing,” said his mother, Mrs Ogot Ndege.

Mrs Ndege recalls a day in October last year that could have frightened her son, who had remarried after the loss of his first wife.

A black pick up drove into their compound in the middle of the night and four hooded men emerged. They knocked on Mr Ndege’s door and asked his wife where he was.

“He had sensed danger when he saw the pick up and hid under the bed. He also instructed his wife to tell the strangers that he had travelled,” recalled the mother.

From then on, the pastor lived in fear and trusted nobody. “He didn’t know when these men would return. He either plotted to secretly live with his family or was kidnapped, ” says the mother.

A local administrator who spoke to the Nation and requested anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media said he knew only of an incident when the Kenya Police went to Mr Ndege’s house to follow up “ICC related issues.”

“This subject is a matter of life and death. The OCS confirmed that his officers had come to Mr Ndege’s place on ICC and other security issues,” said the administrator reservedly.

His brother, Mr Peter Ndago suspects that Mr Ndege must have fled. Mr Jacob Ouma, a resident, said the pastor had hinted to him that he is being assisted to relocate to an unknown place.

The mother is still waiting for her son; dead or alive.