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There are 89 members of a sect who fasted until they died

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Nairobi, (BLAZETRENDS) while the exhumations of corpses continue in a forest.

“Those responsible (for the exhumations) have informed me that we have been able to discover, for the moment, another 16 more bodies, which brings the total to 89,” said Kindiki, who traveled today to the place of the events, a forest near the town of Shakahola, in statements collected by the local media.

“The investigation will continue and we do not know how many bodies we will possibly discover,” added the minister.

At the same time, Kindiki noted that the Kenyan authorities have managed to rescue 34 people alive.

“We are following a series of leads and I want to assure Kenyans and the rest of the world that we will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this matter and establish the truth,” said the Kenyan head of the Interior, who believes that the case may give may to the formulation of charges of “terrorism and” genocide.

The death toll includes, in addition to the bodies that the Kenyan authorities are discovering in the wooded area near Shakahola, at least eight people who died in hospital due to their poor condition after being rescued.

The death toll is so high that the morgue in the tourist coastal town of Malindi, some seventy kilometers away, has already reached its maximum capacity and the Red Cross has planned to make a mobile morgue available to them, said the administrator of the Hospital of the Malindi sub-county, Said Ali.

Another 210 people disappeared

According to a statement issued by the Red Cross late yesterday, Monday, residents of the area have reported the disappearance of at least 210 people.

The President of Kenya, William Ruto, yesterday, Monday, condemned this event as an act of “terrorism” and assured that the country will not tolerate “people who preach misleading sermons that cause deaths.”

Thus, Ruto pointed out that the pastor of the church who allegedly convinced dozens of Kenyans to fast until death, Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, of the so-called Good News International Church, “must be” in jail. .

On April 13, and after receiving a leak, the Police raided the place where Nthenge’s followers were fasting and rescued fifteen people, but four of them died on the way to the Malindi hospital.

That police operation triggered the current excavations in search of graves.

Currently, Nthenge, who once worked as a taxi driver, has been in police custody since May 14 and is pending a court appearance scheduled for May 2, along with thirteen other suspects.

pastor’s arrest

Last March, the controversial pastor was already arrested after being accused of being behind the death of two children in similar circumstances, but was released on bail.

The religious leader founded the Good News International Church in 2003, according to that cult’s website.

It was established with the “mission” to “nurture the faithful holistically in all matters of Christian spirituality as we prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ through teaching and evangelism.”

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