Mao: We’ve Found our Son, Nico

Nico Hope Mao, the son of Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao, has been found, three days after he went missing.

Mao on Wednesday afternoon made a report to the Uganda Police about the disappearance of Nico who left home in the company of a friend on Monday evening and had not returned since.

Efforts to reach Nico on his mobile phone by his father were fruitless.

Police yesterday said the lad’s whereabouts remained unknown despite a frantic search by detectives.

Mao said Nico, 19, successfully completed his A Levels at Vienna College in July and was on vacation.

It was not until Thursday morning that Nico was found.

Below is Mao’s statement in full.

Hallelujah! The hours of frantic search (some of which were blind alleys) have paid off. We have found Nico! I give the highest form of praise one can give the Living God. Nico is well.

The time was 55 minutes past midnight. We found him asleep. His guitar leaning on the wall. His host (a cousin) said he wanted some time alone to reflect. I let him sleep. No fuss. There will be time to talk.

I wrote him a letter which he will read when he wakes up. His cousin said he had written a note he wanted dropped at home to let us know that he was fine. But alas the heavy downpour frustrated his plans.

How I wish I could embrace all those whose outpourings of prayer, love and encouragement kept me from imagining and believing the worst.

Your calls and messages kept our spirits high. Concerned people from all walks of life in Uganda and abroad offered support. I especially thank our friends for keeping us from the abyss of despair. Indeed friends are relatives you choose. We may not be related by blood but we are related by love. May God bless you all abundantly.

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