DCI Swings into Action Over Kakamega 'Twins' Saga

  • Kakamega twins Melon Lutenyo and Sharon Mathias. The Standard
  • The Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Thursday intervened in the Kakamega 'twin' saga that has been making rounds on social media for two days after it was aired on KTN News.

    On its Twitter page, DCI stated it would probe the circumstances that led to the present status, whereby the lookalike girls only got to know about each other 19 years after they were born.

    "The attention of the @DCI_Kenya has been drawn to the highly publicized story of the #Kakamega twin puzzle. We believe forensic investigation will establish if any criminal act was committed or any mitigating circumstances that may have led to the present status," read the tweet.

    Sharon (l), Melvis(c) and Melon (right) pictured alongside Melons' parents-Richard Olukhakha and Rosemary Onyango

    The security agency also asked the families involved to report the case to the DCI office in Kakamega for investigations to begin.

    On Wednesday, the government's medical research institute (Kemri) offered to fund a DNA test on the two girls that have puzzled many after they appealed for help.

    “This is a matter of public interest, and to bring it to closure for the interested parties Kemri will be willing to offer DNA services if requested,” Professor Sam Kariuki stated.

    The two, Sharon Mathias and Melon Lutenyo, who were reunited at Furfural village, were born at the Kakamega Provincial General Hospital, which is currently called Kakamega County Referral Hospital.

    Melon was raised in Likuyani, Kakamega County while Sharon was raised by a different woman in Kangemi, Nairobi.

    In a puzzling twist of fate, both girls are set to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education this year, both are studying in Kakamega, both don't eat omena and matumbo (tripe), have similar interests, the same academic performance among other similarities.

    Families of both Melon and Sharon are eagerly waiting for the truth.

    Sharon and Melon pose for a photo