On 15th of August 1999, a heavily expectant Rosemary Onyango went to Kakamega County Referral Hospital expecting to deliver triplets. However after her c-section, she was told that she had infact delivered twin girls, Melon and Mevies Imbaya.
Just 2 days prior to her delivery, another woman, Angeline Omina, had also given birth to a girl, Sharon, in the same hospital.
Fast forward to 20 years later, the births are now the topic of discussion Likuyani Constituency after two teens who believe they are twin sisters have reunited.
The exceptional reunion between Sharon Mathias and Melon Lutenyo has left people stunned and two families seeking answers over the puzzling event. The two look exactly alike!
Melon and Sharon are both in Form Four at Friends Secondary School Kongoni and Shikoti Secondary School respectively. The two schools are in Kakamega County. However, Melon was raised in Likuyani, Kakamega County, while Sharon grew up in Kangemi, Nairobi.
After they were born,one of Rosemary’s twins was placed in an incubator for about a week due to low birth weight before she could take them both home. She says all along, she has been wondering how come her twins didn’t look alike, up until Melon suspected she could have another sister after a school trip to Shikoti secondary left some students wondering why she looked exactly like their schoolmate Sharon, while others didn’t believe that she was not Sharon.
Talking to The Standard, Melon said, “When I went to Shikoti, students confronted me and started laughing. I was so afraid after they told me that I had a sister at their school. I told them I had a sister at Kimosin Girls and not Shikoti.”
Another time, Melon’s teachers went to Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology for a motivational talk. Sharon happened to be in attendance, and she left the teachers perplexed at her striking resemblance to Melon.
“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.
Then one day, Sharon came across Melon’s Facebook account and out of curiosity, she decided to send a Facebook friend request to Melon and she accepted it. Sharon recalled, “First, I thought someone had hacked my account because she looked exactly like me and even wore clothes similar to mine.”
At the start of the April holiday Melon took home photos of a girl who looked exactly like her, but her mom dismissed Melon saying the pictures were hers.
Melon and her sister, Mevies, left for Nairobi to look for Sharon in Kangemi. Melon recalled, “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.”
“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.” Sharon said.
“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,” The girls’ dad, Mr Olukhakha, said adding that his family was not able to pay for a DNA test.
Sharon’s mother Angeline Omina is confident that Sharon is in fact her daughter and is willing to take a DNA test as long as it was after their KCSE exams. She said she gave birth to Sharon at Kakamega County Referral Hospital on August 13, 1999, and her child was put in an incubator as well.
On the other hand, Mevies wants to continue staying with her family despite the planned DNA tests and will love both of her ‘mothers’ if the DNA test showed that she was Omina’s daughter.
With tears in her eyes, she said, “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.”