DNA Test Reunites Mother and Daughter 30 Years Later


Tony Barigye

Kigali — Jacqueline Murungi, 30,

a resident of Biryogo, in Nyarugenge district,

could not contain her joy after a DNA test

confirmed that she had found

her biological mother whose identity

she had not known all her life.

It was on a visit to Uganda, her birth place

that Murungi read in one of the local tabloids

of Hadijah Ssebi, a 52 year- old mother

trying to locate a daughter.

On meeting her mother, despite

their striking resemblance, Murungi was still

suspicious and unconvinced of the connection.

As they continued to acquaint with

each other, Murungi opted for

a DNA test to erase her suspicion.

"I cut her nail without her knowledge and

sent it to South Africa for a DNA test,"

said Murungi, who was raised by

her paternal grandmother, a Rwandan.

At the time of separation, Murungi

was eight months old and she was

later told by relatives that

her mother was dead.

"I grew up knowing that my mother

was dead.

I still think it is a dream,"

Murungi told The New Times yesterday

as she choked on tears.

Ssebi, a Ugandan and soldier during

the regime of former President Idi Amin,

said she was coerced to leave

her child behind in 1979 when

the then government was overthrown.

"I left the child behind when

I was fleeing.

It was 1979, in Idi Amin's regime.

I fled to Sudan and left her

with the father," Ssebi said.

Murungi, currently the president

of Nyamirambo Women's Centre,

a local NGO aimed at empowering women,

lived with her Rwandan father

until he handed her over to

her grandmother.

With proof at hand Murungi threw

a party to celebrate their reunion

at her residence in the presence of friends.

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