Following DNA test that indicated that the two Kakamega identical sisters from Kakamega are twins, their parents have said they are ready live together as one big family.
However, there are a few rituals that need to be performed on the twins who were separated at birth only to meet 19 years later.
The rituals are meant to integrate them into one family as well as prevent a repeat of what happened in the twins’ lineage.
According to Idakho Council of Elders chairman Zacharia Shimechero, their culture dictates that Lutenyo’s hair has to be shaved by her grandmother, father or aunt in a ceremony that will take place in Lukuyani sub-county, Kakamega County.
“In this case, we will treat the girl as a child who was born out of wedlock. The elders will have to administer the triplets a concoction of herbs to cleanse the family. This is done before Melon meets other children. If that is not done the triplets will stare at sudden death,” Shimechero said.
Sharon was raised by Angela Omina, who resides in Kangemi.
“The girl’s ‘real father’ will also have to give Omina a cow to reward her for keeping her well,” Shimechero said.
Melon will also be given a new name – that of someone who has died in the family or village and was close to the family.