*Mother agonises over son missing since 2017
A distraught mother is appealing to members of the public to help her find her son who has been missing for over two years.
60-year-old Angelina Sumbikani last spoke to her boy, Teedzani Mosolina, 38, on March 2017.
She has not heard from him since and has no idea if he is even alive.
“He called informing me he was taking the bus to Sekgoma Memorial Hospital in Serowe for medical check-up,” explained Sumbikani, speaking to The Voice outside her home in Matshelagabedi this week.
“I knew he was struggling with diabetes and when he talked about going to the hospital I did not put much thought into it,” continued the old woman, staring intently at an old photograph of her missing son.
In the picture, Teedzani smiles brightly, his face glowing with pleasure.
It is painful reminder of happier times.
“I called him two days later to find out how he was doing, but his phone rang unanswered. Eventually my calls went to his voicemail,” said Sumbikani, tenderly tracing the outline of her son.
Kutlwano Police Station Commander, Superintendent Neo Serumola confirmed that indeed his office is investigating Teedzani’s disappearance.
“We traced him to the Ramokgwebana border where he used his passport to cross into Zimbabwe. We are however not sure why he crossed into Zimbabwe,” Serumola said, adding that this happened the same month he went missing.
At the time of his disappearance, Teedzani was residing in Block 7, Francistown and was a well-known figure in the area as well as his village of Matshelagabedi.
“He was a harmless boy who never bothered anyone,” stressed Sumbikani, displaying remarkable composure despite her obvious angst.
She revealed that after a few days without word from her son, she finally reported him missing.
“The police were quick to establish that he used his passport to cross into Zimbabwe where he has relatives.”
The old woman’s relief however was short-lived when her relatives in Bulawayo said they’d never seen him.
Days turned to weeks and later months as police struggled to crack the case of a sickly man who seemed to have simply vanished.
Those months have now become years; the uncertainty has taken a telling toll on Sumbikani.
She is worried because Teedzani uses a urinary catheter and needs regular medical attention.
“His tube usually blocked and he was always in and out of hospitals. My son could be lying dead in a Zimbabwean hospital with no one coming to claim his body,” she said, her voice, which had held firm until then, breaking with emotion.
“I’m appealing to everyone, the police here in Botswana and Zimbabwe to help me search for my son,” she said desperately.
Perhaps afraid to let go of a glimmer of hope of one day seeing her son alive again, Sumbikani added that she sometimes stares at her gate and visualises her son walking through, his usual big grin fixed firmly on his face.
“I act paranoid sometimes. At times I see people who look like him in Francistown. I’m still hopeful. Not a single day passes without thinking about him.”
The missing man’s teary-eyed brother, Mbakiso Mosolina, 33 who’s been quiet as his mother narrated the story, finally cleared his throat.
“We didn’t talk much with my brother because he spent most of his time in Francistown. I wish we could have talked more,” whispered Mbakiso, his head bowed in the sad realisation that he might never get the chance.