In Summary
  • Kakamega County Health Executive Rachael Okumu is reported to have instructed the hospital’s workers to look for the records and establish what might have led to the girls’ separation.

  • A hospital official told the Nation that the search, which involved going through volumes of records at the hospital’s maternity section dating back 19 years, will not be easy.

Staff at the Kakamega County General and Referral Hospital were Sunday involved in a frenzied search for the records relating to the birth of the identical twins born there, but separated at birth, 19 year ago. A DNA test conducted on Sharon Mathius and Melon Lutenyo by Lancet Kenya confirmed the girls are identical twins.

MATCH

The results of the tests, which were released on Saturday, showed that they share identical DNA profiles, with 23 allelic loci tested showing 100 per cent perfect match.

Kakamega County Health Executive Rachael Okumu is reported to have instructed the hospital’s workers to look for the records and establish what might have led to the girls’ separation.

A hospital official told the Nation that the search, which involved going through volumes of records at the hospital’s maternity section dating back 19 years, will not be easy.

“But we are determined to dig up the records and unravel when Sharon and Melon were born, and what could have led to their separation,” said the worker, who cannot be named since he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Meanwhile, Ms Okumu was reported to be preparing to hold a media briefing on Monday to unravel the intriguing story, which has been widely followed by the public for the last one-and-half months.

The report on the DNA tests said: “Ms Rosemary Khaveleli Onyango could not be excluded as the biological mother of the twins, who have compatible obligatory maternal allelic profile with a 99.999 per cent probability.

The report also excluded Ms Rosemary Khaveleli Onyango from being the biological mother of Mevis Imbaya, with 12 out of 23 loci tested showing a mismatch (Three or more mismatches are considered grounds for exclusion of paternity).

The tests also showed that Mevis exhibited a compatible obligatory maternal and paternal allelic profile with those of Ms Angeline Omina and Mr Wilson Lutah Maruti.

Sharon and Melon were suspicious of their striking resemblance but after an online altercation, they chose to cut off communication.

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