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Twins wanted to study together in one school, mother says

 The twins who are form two students from Embu County who got lost on Tuesday in unclear circumstances have been found safe and in good condition.

Embu identical twins Ryan Mwenda (left) and Leon Macharia. They went missing on July 12, 2022. They have since been found. Photo/COURTESY

The two aged 15 years, Leon Macharia and Ryan Mwenda, are students at Moi High School Mbiruri and Kangaru School both in Embu.

According to police the two were found in Juja in Kiambu county about 80 kilometres from their home where they were before disappearance.

Confirming the incident, Embu West Subcounty police commander Julius Kyumbule said after interrogating the two they said they were kidnapped by two men who gave them lift and they were taken to Kasarani area when they were held for some hours.

The duo told police that they managed to sneak unnoticed from where they had been locked and escaped to Ruiru where they sought help from an Mpesa shop.

They said they borrowed a phone where they called their mother and told her that they were at Ruiru town.

The parents swiftly then rushed to Ruiru where they picked the boys and dropped them to Itabua police station to record statements and questioning. However, police ruled out the issue of kidnapping. “The students are lying. They had fled home but they want us to believe that they had been kidnapped. We are investigating the issue further because they are not sincere," Kyumbule remarked. Their mother Ms Naisela Muthoni said the two disappeared at midday on Tuesday when she was preparing to drop them to school.

"They were to report yesterday in their respective schools. We woke up and started preparing. We ironed clothes and ate lunch then I entered my room to prepare but not long I came out and found they had left all their school belongings behind and vanished to an unknown destination," Muthoni said.

Muthoni, a teacher at Nyangwa Boys High School, said now after missing them she took her vehicle and followed them to see whether she could find them on the way but all in vain.

"Nothing looked abnormal since morning," Muthoni observed.

However, Muthoni said the two had raised concern that their wish was to school in one secondary school since they are twins questioning why they were separated.

She said they had no indiscipline issue “since they were born”.

Muthoni said this holiday is when the issue of schooling together cropped up and they did not imagine it could escalate to a level of leaving home unnoticed.

"They were saying their school mates were asking them why they agreed to be separated," Muthoni narrated.


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