The government has declared Shakahola Forest, which is 800 acres located in Malindi Kilifi County, a crime scene.
This has been made public by Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration in Kenya Hon. Kithure Kindiki.
Kindiki has also issued a directive to the Regional Commissioner for Coast Region together with the Regional Security Team to reinforce the team in Malindi.
Through his statement, Cs Kithure Kindiki has promised to visit the region on Tuesday.
“The unfolding Shakahola Forest Massacre is the clearest abuse of the constitutionally enshrined human right to freedom of worship. Prima facie, large- scale crimes under Kenyan law as well as international law have been committed. While the State remains respectful of religious freedom, this horrendous blight on our consience must lead not only to the most severe punishment of the perpetrator(s) of the atrocity on so many innocent souls, but tighter regulation (including self-regulation) of every church, mosque, temple or synagogue going forward.
While the Multi-agency security team on site is doing their best to unearth the truth and prevent further loss of lives, I have directed the Regional Commissioner for Coast Region together with the Regional Security Team to reinforce the team in Malindi ahead of my visit on Tuesday. Enough security officers have been deployed and the entire 800 acre forest is sealed off and declared a scene of crime.”
Shakahola Massacre: Shakahola Forest Massacre has hit the headlines after a rogue pastor Paul Mackenzi mislead his followers to fast in order to make it to heaven.
It is said that the members of Good News International Church were starving, believing that in the process, they would meet Jesus Christ.
Many graves have been spotted in the 800-acre forest, a land owned by the rogue Pastor Paul Mackenzie.
According to sources, more bodies are yet to be exhumed as police personnel have been increased to fasten the process.
Pastor Paul Mackenzie is currently detained in Malindi Sub-county police awaiting to face the law.
Apart from dead bodies, other followers have been rescued on hunger for Jesus with very poor health.
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