Democratic Party president Norbert Mao’s missing 19-year-old son Nicholas Mao Hope has been found at the home of a relative. Mao made the announcement himself on his Facebook page late last night.
Mao said, “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.”
Nicholas Mao had been missing since Monday evening. He apparently left home in the company of a friend unknown to the family and had not since been seen.
The worried parents contacted friends and family on top of informing the Uganda Police Force that their son was missing.
Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango confirmed the disappearance of the 19-year-old student of Vienna College and noted that investigations into the same had started.
Mao added that on finding his son safe and sound, he “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.”
Nicholas’s disappearance came at a time when the Mao family has been undergoing domestic challenges. Mao and his ex-wife Naomi Acheng Odongo announced their divorce in June 2019 after sixteen years of marriage.
Mao has been the DP president since 2010 and unsuccessfully contested for national presidency in 2011. He has also been the Gulu district LC 5 chairman.