A family in Thika, Kiambu County, is enjoying a double blessing after their identical twins received comparable scores in the KCSE test results revealed on Saturday by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha.
Patrick Mbugua and Gabriel Kamau, both of Utumishi Boys Academy in Gilgil, received an A- (minus) grade of 77 and 75 points, respectively, and were among the school’s top performers.
Mbugua and Gabriel, who were born on Valentine’s Day, had been together from infancy, according to their mother Lydia Wangui, and even academics couldn’t tell them apart.
At their house, Wangui told Citizen TV’s Safi Godana Mamo, “I am really delighted, I can’t conceal my happiness.”
Apart from sharing the same total grade, Gabriel and Mbugua scored B+, A, and A- in English, Mathematics, and Biology, respectively.
“I was shocked I earned the same grade as my brother,” Gabriel remarked, “but I guess it’s because of the cooperation we’ve been doing together.”
“We started at the same elementary school and managed to earn the same grades,” Mbugua said, citing their competitiveness as a significant component in their success. We attended to the same secondary school and have been studying and competing together all along. For example, when he beats me, I consider it as a challenge to beat him in the next test.”
The ecstatic twins intend to follow medicine at the same university but specialize in Cardiology and Orthopedic surgery, praising their professors’ relentless efforts, moral and emotional support from their parents, and self-discipline for their outstanding success.
“Like Dr. Gikonyo, who is my mentor and role model, I want to study medicine and surgery and eventually become a cardiologist,” Gabriel added.
In the meanwhile, despite her financial restraints, their mother has committed to guarantee that they both follow their desired vocations.