- Hiltan Kalugho disappeared from his home in 1980 and headed to Tanzania in search of greener pastures
- However, Kalugho was unable to come back home as he did not get the money he expected he would to cater to his family's basic needs
- When he returned to his home in Majengo village last week, Kalugho was shocked to find out that his wife and two of his sons had died
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A 94-year-old man, who left his home in Majengo village, Taita Taveta county, 42 years ago has reunited with his family.
Hiltan Kalugho disappeared from his home in 1980 and headed to the neighbouring country Tanzania in search of greener pastures.
Kalugho's move distressed the family he left behind, a wife and seven children, as their years-long continuous search for him bore no fruits.
Wife, 2 sons died
When he returned to his home last week, the nonagenarian was shocked to find out that his wife and two of his sons had died.
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Speaking to Nation, he said he had hoped he would reunite with his wife, Dreda Mshai, who died in 2007 aged 75 and all his children.
"I feel so bad that some of my family members are not here to witness this reunion. I had longed to see my wife and all my children," said Kalugho.
Good future for my children
The older man told the publication he left for Tanzania to look for better opportunities as he wanted a promising future for his children.
However, he was unable to come back home as he did not get the money he expected he would to cater to his family's basic needs.
Kalugho and his friends settled in the country's Mororoni village, where he worked in the gemstone mines.
“We used to get the stones and sell them. We, however, did not get any breakthrough. What we used to get was only enough to sustain us," he added.
Later, he was hosted by another family, where he was tasked with taking care of livestock.
For all those years, he said he never remarried as he had hoped he would one day see his wife and children back in Kenya.
Coming back home
After being away for years, he said his heart desired to return home. He returned to Kenya through a pastor who knew his family.
However, on arrival, just a few people would remember him. Also, on his part, he would not recognise his siblings, who are now old.
His son, Mnjala Mwaluma, said they missed the fatherly love that other children had as he left when he was barely 10 years.
Francis Indek Arachabon
In other news, a 75-year-old man returned to his ancestral home in Kolait village, Teso North, Busia county, where he left 46 years ago to search for greener pastures.
Francis Indek Arachabon reportedly left in 1975, aged 29, to visit his uncle in Kimilili but he later extended his journey to Soy to look for employment where he broke contacts with his family.
His family unsuccessfully searched for him from his relatives, police stations and even mortuaries.
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