UK Police Join Probe Into ‘Miracle’ Babies

Detectives investigating pastor Gilbert Deya‘s “Miracle Babies” will today take tissue samples from a Nakuru couple and a man who have laid claim two of the children.

They will submit them for DNA tests as Kenyan police sought help from their British counterparts to establish the parentage of the 19 children seized in a Nairobi estate.

They were found at the home of Mr Michael Odera and his wife Eddah, who claimed to have had them between 1999 and 2004.

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But on Saturday, Lucy Mbugua and her husband laid claim to one of them, saying it was their one-year-old son who disappeared from their Njokeria home, Njoro in 2002 and Duncan Muli Munyau lost his son in Kibera in 2001.

The outcome of the tests could dramatically change the “miracle babies” saga in which London-based Kenyan evangelist Gilbert Deya claims to exorcise demons from woman who are unable to conceive naturally by praying for them.

The women, some who are past menopause, are then brought to Kenya where they supposedly give birth before returning to London with the babies.

The outcome of the tests would strengthen investigations by Kenyan and British police into the possibility of an international racket in which children are smuggled from Kenya to Europe.

According to police sources, two families presented themselves to CID headquarters on Saturday morning and later pointed the children they thought were as theirs at the Nairobi Children’s home.

They will report to the police surgeon’s offices where blood and other body tissues samples will be taken. These will be matched with those of the children to ascertain if they are their parents.

Result of the samples taken from the first batch of 13 children taken from the Oderas residence in Komarock estate, Nairobi will be released this week.

The samples had been flown to a foreign laboratory. But results of blood sample test on the Oderas and the children have already been released to CID.

Investigations turned more firmly to a possible ‘baby trafficking’ racket spanning over three continents after detectives picked up Pastor Deya’s wife, a couple and a Ugandan woman and seized eight more children on top of the eleven they taken away previously.

Police Spokesman Jasper Ombati said that Kenyan police are working with their British counterparts through Interpol in the investigations.

“We have asked the CID through the local Interpol office to contact with London police in connection with the investigations into the saga,” Mr Ombati said.

Police are still holding pastor Deya’s wife Mary and Eddah and Michael Odera, from whose Komarock estate home 13 so-called ‘miracle babies’ were seized together with four nurses.

The affair came to light in a BBC documentary on Pastor Deya’s claims about “miracle babies”, which reported that a woman who claimed to have had a baby without any sexual contact with a man was prevented from leaving Kenya with a child of suspect parentage.

It sparked calls from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Children Charities in UK for child trafficking investigations to launched into the Gilbert Deya Ministries.

It has previously been reported that children are stolen and trafficked to and from Uganda, UK, Nigeria, and Kenya.

Deya critics ask why the miracle babies can only be delivered in Kenya, where the Oderas were found with the 11 children.

Pastor Deya’s wife and a Ugandan woman are meanwhile being held at the JKIA police station.

If police establish that there were no miracles, then the couple could be charged with various offences, including abduction, forgery, obtaining by false pretences and human trafficking

Police are also questioning the Oderas over the whereabouts of their first three children, who left the country years ago and have not been seen by relatives for a long time.

Meanwhile, Dr G. D Njoroge has denied association with Mama Lucy clinic in Huruma, where the babies are alleged to have been delivered.

Dr Njoroge said that he was unaware of the clinic’s operations and referred his alleged association with them as an attempt to malign his name. He said that he has been operating from Kenda House, Nairobi, since 1986 in his own name.

Yesterday the Presbyterian Church of East Africa yesterday blamed the “miracle” babies on the mushrooming of strange sects.

Moderator David Githii and secretary-general Rev Samuel Muriguh, addressing their followers at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, asked the government to investigate those involved in the “miracle babies” affair.

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The Nation, Kenya
Aug. 23, 2004
Dominic Wabala
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