Sharon Mathius and Melon Lutenyo twins sisters separated at birth/COURTESY
BY MKARIMU MEDIA
Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has launched investigation over Kakamega County Referral Hospital following the outcome of a DNA test that confirmed the lookalike Kakamega girls are twins.
The DCI is expected to establish how it all happened in a Kakamega hospital back in 1999 when the girls were born and hold those involved to book.
The identical twins were raised by different mothers.
Was it a case of a baby switch? If so, was it intentional and who was involved?
These are some of the queries Kenya’s top detective is expected to find answers for, as he digs deep into a case likely to expose massive rot within Kenya’s health sector.
“We believe the forensic investigation will establish if any criminal act was committed or any mitigating circumstances that may have led to the present status. We encourage and appeal to the families concerned to please report to DCI office in Kakamega to facilitate investigations, ” the DCI said in April after the case went public.
The outcome released on Saturday by Lancet Kenya, corrected a two-decade mistake, by confirming Sharon Mathius and Melon Lutenyo are twins.
With 23 allelic loci tested, the outcome released by Lancet Kenya Laboratories Chief Executive Officer Dr Ahmed Kalebi shows that there was a 100 per cent match.
“Rosemary Khaveleli Onyango could not be excluded as the biological mother of the twins who have a compatible obligatory maternal allelic profile with a 99.999 per cent probability” reads the report.
According to the results, Rosemary Khaveleli Onyango is the biological mother of the twins.
The third girl, Melvis Imbaya who was raised by Onyango is not her biological daughter, with her DNA samples matching with those of Angeline Omina, the Nairobi lady who raised one of the twins separated at birth.
According to Dr Kalebi, this is not an isolated case which he attributes to negligence.
“It is a worrying trend. We have had at least four cases where parents were given a baby that was not theirs,” he said.
Onyango the biological mother of the two girls said doctors who were attending to her used to tell her that she would give birth to twins.
“Just two days earlier, on August 13, 1999, another woman, Angeline Omina, had been at the same hospital where she gave birth to a baby girl.” she narrated.
That girl was named Sharon.
Due to some complications after birth, one of the babies Rosemary delivered was taken to nursery after she developed a lump on the neck.
A week later, she was discharged and started raising her girls at her Furfural home.
“I was told that I had given birth to two girls and I was happy since I already had four big boys. I have been living with the two (Mevis and Melon) since then,” she narrated.
Since then, the family of Richard Lukoa has been raising Mevis and Melon at their home in Likuyani, Matunda, Kakamega County, whereas Sharon has been staying with her parents in Kangemi, Nairobi.
Sharon and Melon grew up without knowing about each other’s existence but things changed when they joined high school.
How the two twins met
The twins first met on social media in April 2018 and would later meet in December the same year but only sought help in April this year, after months of confusion.
“It was until our schoolmates and teachers raised concern over our resemblance that we were forced to get acquainted even though we were hesitant,” explained Melon.
During their interactions in social media, the two said they used to dis each other after they noticed that their photos appeared similar.
“It got to a point where I could refer to Sharon as a ‘ghost’ while she used to call me a ‘devil’ because it was unbelievable that were shared a lot of similarities,” said Melon.
According to Sharon, despite having a desire to meet Melon, she got suspicious and annoyed, “prompting me to refer to her as a devil”.
“There is this day that I met Melon’s father who referred to me as his daughter but I could hear none of it since he was a total stranger to me,” she recalled.
“I had to rush and board a vehicle before he could cause a scene.”
Sharon’s sentiments were confirmed by Melon’s father, Mr Lukoa, who said he first met her in December 2018 at the Kitale stage in Kakamega town.
“When I saw her I thought it was my daughter who had come to visit me. When I called out her name she did not answer me back,” said the father of six.
“This prompted me to call my wife and tell her that our daughter had rejected me. I had a lengthy argument with my wife to an extent that I deleted her number from my phone. I was later told that it was not Melon but a student from Shikoti Girls who resembles my daughter,” the father of six narrated.
Source: Mkarimu Media and News Agencies