Charles Mutembei 4
New Life Nyambene
He is the last born in a family of three children. He watched his mother struggle and breathe her last without help. His family believed that she had been bewitched so no one wanted to get close to her. His father was a drunkard, he never attempted to help their sick mother. Her sickness couldn't be detected in the hospital. So she came home and her condition kept worsening. So one day he noticed that his mother was behaving abnormally at this point he was 5 years old. So he ran out screaming and calling his grandmother. By the time the granny arrived, she was already dead. He watched in pain as they prepared his mother for burial, there was no morgue within reach. So her burial was hurried. They kept saying he didn't understand his mother was dead. He could hear them discuss him and conclude that he wasn't hurting or grieving. Soon after that his father took him and fled from home. He sold the land where the mother is buried. (At this point he said when he gets his own money he shall go back and buy the piece of land where his mother was buried just so that he keeps his mother's respect). They moved to a different village. There, his father married another lady who had two younger children. He would then become their babysitter. Since his father was a drunkard, he never brought food home to his stepmother and so she turned her disappointment to Charles. She would beat him and send him to bed without food. One day she came home and as it is the habit of all children, they will...misbehave, he had committed a minor offense in his own judgment but then she took some boiling water from the stove and poured it on him, shouting "You are useless, I'll kill you". He ran away from home. He trekked many kilometers far away from his stepmother's house determined to never turn back. In the process he sort of lost his way, someone found him in the market and took him to the children's office and that's how he found himself in our program, those days under Ambrose. During his stay, there is a time he had a conflict with the staff and he ran away from home(NLN).
That time, he went back to the neighborhood where his father had remarried and learned he had separated from his stepmother. However, he remarried and had other children. He managed to see his father but then he couldn't stay with him since he had another family which he says he didn't feel he belonged. Soon he would return home(NLN) and nobody seemed to have cared much to know where he had been the days they didn't see him in the home. He has never met any of his relatives since.