21 bodies found in mass graves on cultist leader’s land in Kenya

Archive – Kenyan Police file image – Europa Press/Contacto/James Wakibia

Kenyan police have found 21 bodies buried in mass graves on land owned by Kenyan cultist leader Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, the self-proclaimed leader of the Kilifi sect, now in jail on suspicion of influencing his followers to fast to death.

Investigators have found at least 32 mass graves on Mackenzie’s estate in the coastal town of Malindi, of which at least 20 remain to be unearthed.

Mackenzie, head of the so-called International Church of the Good News, first surrendered to police after two children died of starvation in front of their parents, members of the sect.

After being released on bail, he was re-arrested on April 15 and has now started a hunger strike to protest against his treatment, reports the Kenyan daily ‘The Nation’.

Eleven other members of the sect or their children are in serious condition, three of them in critical condition, after they were found languishing in a forest at the beginning of the investigations into the mass graves.


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