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Detail left out of ‘miracle babies’ DNA report

The Nation, Kenya
Mar. 22, 2005
Jillo Kadida • Tuesday March 22, 2005

A DNA report by a government analyst in the “miracle babies saga” does not indicate whether the blood samples are contaminated or not, a court was told.

The report prepared by a forensic expert from the Government Chemist, Ms Rose Sikuku, is silent on contamination.

Upon cross-examination by defence lawyers, Ms Sikuku said, she did not include that aspect in her report as there was no chemical contamination observed.

“We normally include that in our reports in situations where it is observed that there is contamination,” she said.

She further explained to the court that contamination by chemicals would interfere with the DNA profiling.

As a result, she said, one might not get the DNA results.

She was testifying in a case in which Ms Miriam Nyerko, Ms Mary Deya and Ms Rose Kiserem are accused of stealing an unnamed child said to have been renamed Daniel Rwot-Omio.

It is alleged the three committed the offence between July 19 and August 19, last year, at Mountain View estate, Nairobi.

Ms Nyerko faced a further count of falsely obtaining a birth certificate for the child on July 27, last year.

The four were charged after investigations cast doubt on claims that Ms Deya’s husband, a cleric, could pray for women to miraculously conceive.

In her evidence, Ms Sikuku said a police memo on the case did indicate if the blood samples had been obtained voluntarily.

The defence noted that the name of the child appearing on the police memo and the charge sheet were different.

The witness said the DNA results ruled out Ms Nyerko as the child’s biological mother.

The parties are to take new hearing dates.

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