Happenings at Lancet before and after release of Kakamega twins DNA results

KAKAMEGA-TWINS

BY VICTOR NZIOKA FOR WWW.EDAILY.CO.KE

Sharon Mitekwa, Melon Lutenyo and Mevies Imbaya arrived at Lancet Kenya offices in Upper Hill 5th Ngong Avenue, Nairobi a few minutes to 12 noon on Saturday, June 15 accompanied by their family members.

All the three girls, who were under keen public focus, covered their faces as they dodged camera shutter sounds while entering the offices.

Also present at Lancet was the biological father of Mevies, Wilson Maruti.

Unlike in their previous public appearances, Sharon and Melon — this time around — wore completely unmatching attire, so did Mevies.

All the three girls, their two mothers — Rosemary Onyango [Sharon and Melon’s mum] and Angeline Omina [Mevies’ mum] –, were ushered into a private chamber within the Lancet offices, where they were counseled from 12 noon to 3pm.

The DNA results were, thereafter, shown to the two families.

Even after receiving the report, the families were subjected to further counseling.

As late as 4pm, none of the family members had come out of Lancet offices.

However, sources told EDAILY that the girls, their mothers and Mevies’ father were secretly whisked from Lancet to an unknown location a few minutes after 4pm in a bid to ward off media attention. A Lancet vehicle was used in their transportation.

The two families’ spokespersons said they do not harbour any suspicion against each other, only hinting that they would sue Kakamega County Referral Hospital for negligence.

The Lancet report showed that Sharon Mitekwa and Melon Lutenyo, the girls from Kakamega whose case was taken up by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, are biological sisters.

The report was released on Saturday, almost two months after the rare story hit the headlines.

“They share identical DNA profiles, with the 23 allelic loci tested show 100% perfect match, which is consistent with the two being biologically twins,” the Lancet report reads.

Sharon lives in Kangemi, Nairobi, with Angeline Omina, who was originally deemed to be her mother, while Melon resides in Kakamega with her biological mum, Rosemary Onyango.

The twins were separated from each other at birth in 1999 at Kakamega County Referral Hospital.

The other originally perceived twin sister of Melon, Mevis Imbaya, is the biological child of Kangemi-based woman Angeline Omina.

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