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‘Miracle’ boy identifies parents

The East African Standard, Kenya
Aug. 28, 2004
Evelyn Kwamboka and Cyrus Ombati
www.eastandard.net

ReligionNewsBlog.com • Saturday August 28, 2004

It was immense joy and an emotional moment for a Meru couple yesterday after their long lost son, who is one of the “miracle babies,” identified them.

Catherine Kajuju and her husband, Gerald Muthomi Mikunyua, shed tears of joy freely after the boy whom, they called Hardy Kaimenyi, ran up to them after he recognised them.

The four-year-old now named Simon Odera is one of the 13 children that an elderly couple, Eddah and Michael Odera, claims to have borne miraculously. The boy, who is at the Nairobi Childrens Home, was asked to show CID officers where his father was and he went straight up to him. The boy had earlier also run to his mother immediately he saw her. The couple have given their blood samples for a DNA test to ascertain whether the boy is indeed their son. They claimed that Kaimenyi disappeared from a neighbors compound in Nthimbiri village within Meru on June 9, last year.

Meanwhile, more than 40 couples claiming to be the real parents of the “miracle babies” have given their blood samples for DNA testing. The parents, who claimed they had positively identified their children at the home, have also recorded statements, as detectives said they expected the number to increase in the next two weeks.

Another couple, Kuresi Namkosi and Martin Nahokho, travelled all the way from Uganda to check whether one of the babies, whose picture they had seen in the newspapers, was theirs.

The menopausal Eddah Odera, who claims to have given birth to the 13 children in a span of five years, was proved wrong by DNA tests that showed neither she nor her husband is genetically linked to the children. The couple claimed they had received the “miracle” after prayers by Mary Deya, the wife of UK-based evangelist Archbishop Gilbert Deya.

And police have launched investigations into all childrens homes in the country to establish whether they are involved in international human trafficking.

A senior CID officer revealed yesterday that a special team will be set up to spearhead the investigations after it became evident there were shady deals involving children, following the DNA results of the Oderas versus the “miracle” babies.

“This is a serious crime, which we now must get to the bottom of. We shall investigate and advise for proper vetting of persons offering welfare support to children in these institutions,” said the officer. The officers will probe the past operations of the homes.

Meanwhile, the Government has explained why it is holding Mary Deya, who is at the centre of the “miracle babies” saga. Deputy chief State counsel, Horace Okumu, yesterday told the High Court they were holding Mrs Deya and two other women for purposes of investigating “a wide range” of offences. He named some of them as the possible disappearances of children who were in the trios custody and drug trafficking.

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