Puzzling tale of 'identical' girls reunited 19 years later
SEE ALSO :KNH releases patients with unpaid billsThe emotional meeting between Sharon Mathias and Melon Lutenyo has set tongues wagging and two families seeking answers over the unusual event. Sharon is a spitting image of Melon. The two girls, according to the families who spoke to The Standard yesterday, were born at Kakamega Provincial General Hospital (now Kakamega County Referral Hospital) in 1999. It is a puzzling tale of Melon raised in Likuyani, Kakamega County, and Sharon in Kangemi, Nairobi.
TripletsMelon and Sharon are Form Four students at Friends Secondary School Kongoni and Shikoti Secondary School respectively. Both schools are in Kakamega County.
SEE ALSO :New twist in Justice Ojwang’s sagaShe said students at Shikoti didn’t believe that she was not Sharon. In another incident, Melon's teachers went to Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology for a motivational talk. The event was also attended by Sharon, and the teachers were shocked to discover Melon’s look-alike. “My class teacher returned and asked me whether I was a ghost. He said he saw me in Kakamega dressed in Shikoti Secondary School uniform,” Melon said. Sharon said out of curiosity, she sent Facebook friend request to Melon and she accepted it. “First, I thought someone had hacked my account because she looked exactly like me and even wore clothes similar to mine,” said Sharon.
Hugged and criedThe three teenagers left for Likuyani on Sunday night and arrived on Monday without the knowledge of Sharon’s mother. “It was our first time to travel to Nairobi and we met in town. We hugged and cried uncontrollably. It was like there was a strong bond between us and that makes me believe that Sharon is my sister. We now want a DNA test done immediately to end the doubts,” Melon said. Sharon said: “If a DNA test reveals that Rosemary is my mother then I would wish to stay with her but will not accept to be separated completely from my mother in Nairobi.” Melon’s father, Richard Olukhaka, said he met Sharon in Kakamega as schools closed for the April holiday and thought he had seen his own daughter. He wondered what his daughter was doing in Kakamega town wearing a different school uniform. “I saw her (Sharon) at the Kitale matatu stage in Kakamega and when I called out her name (Melon) she declined to respond and accused me of attempting to kidnap her. I was shocked and called my wife who told me that Melon was at home and had in fact gone to Eldoret for a seminar,” Mr Olukhakha narrated. He said his family is unable to pay for a DNA test. “I went to Nairobi to see Sharon’s mother when I heard my twins had gone there. We talked and I decided to seek an opinion from the Children’s Department. I was advised to wait until they sat their KCSE exam,” he said. Sharon’s mother Angeline Omina told The Standard on the phone from Kangemi where she lives that she is confident Sharon is her child and that the two girls were just look-alikes. She said she gave birth to Sharon at Kakamega County Referral Hospital on August 13, 1999, and the baby was put in an incubator. “I gave birth to Sharon. People must understand that people look alike,” she said. She, however, said she was ready for a DNA test but said that the procedure should be done later in the year after the girls have completed their KCSE exam so as not to interfere with their preparations. Mevies said she would continue staying with her family despite the planned DNA tests. “I have grown with Melon and I have known her to be my sister. I love her and will always want to be close to her even if the DNA test shows I am not her sister,” she said amid sobs. She urged her mother not to isolate her if the DNA results showed she was not her daughter.
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