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DCI to proceed with twins saga case despite families 'forgiving' hospital

By Graham Kajilwa | June 19th 2019
From left: Melon Lutenyo, Mevies Imbaya and Sharon Mathias during meeting with other family members to decide the way forward for the three girls in Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

The Director of Criminal Investigations office will still pursue the case of the identical twins switched at birth, even after the family said they will not press charges against the hospital.

The Standard has been informed that DCI George Kinoti’s office has gathered enough evidence that implicates Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital.

The families of Sharon Mathias, Melon Lutenyo and Mevies Imbaya on Monday said they did not wish to press charges against the hospital, but would let State agencies handle the case.

“For us, we will let the Government do its job but we have agreed as a family not to sue the hospital,” said Wilson Lutah, Mevies Imbaya’s father.

The families also warned any other external family member not to sue saying they will not take part in the case.

The decision not to press charges was one of the avenues to ensure peace and not to disrupt the studies of the three girls with numerous court appearances.

The twins are said to have been exchanged 19 years ago which led to Sharon and Melon growing up miles apart-Sharon in Kangemi, Nairobi and Melon in Kakamega, Western Kenya yet they are identical twins.

Similarly, Mevies Imbaya was given to Rosemary Khaveleli as a fraternal twin to Melon yet she is the biological daughter of Angelina Omina, who brought up Sharon.

‘The Standard’ has learnt that despite furnishing DCI with proof that the two mothers gave birth in the hospital, it could not produce documents to show mode of delivery, dates and other details.

The hospital claimed that the documents got lost.

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