Kenya cult demise toll reaches 200, with greater than 600 reported lacking


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The demise toll linked to a doomsday cult in Kenya hit 201 Saturday after police exhumed 22 extra our bodies, most of them bearing indicators of hunger, in line with the coast regional commissioner.  

The our bodies are believed to be these of followers of a pastor based mostly in coastal Kenya, Paul Mackenzie. He is alleged to have ordered congregants to starve to demise so as to meet Jesus.

Greater than 600 individuals are nonetheless lacking. 

Mackenzie, who was arrested final month, stays in custody. Police plan to cost him with terrorism-related offenses.

A whole bunch of our bodies have been dug up from dozens of mass graves unfold throughout his 800-acre property, positioned within the coastal county of Kilifi.

Mackenzie insists that he closed his church in 2019 and moved to his property in a forested space to farm.

Autopsies performed on greater than 100 our bodies final week confirmed the victims died of hunger, strangulation, suffocation and accidents sustained from blunt objects.

Native media retailers have been reporting instances of lacking inside physique organs, quoting investigators within the case.

Mackenzie, his spouse and 16 different suspects will seem in courtroom on the finish of the month.

Coast regional commissioner Rhoda Onyancha on Saturday mentioned the overall variety of these arrested stood at 26, with 610 folks reported as lacking by their households.

It’s unclear what number of survivors have been rescued so removed from the search and rescue operations on Mackenzie’s huge property. A few of them had been too weak to stroll after they had been discovered. 

Cults are frequent in Kenya, which has a spiritual society.

Police throughout the nation have been questioning different non secular leaders whose teachings are believed to be deceptive and opposite to primary human rights.

President William Ruto final week shaped a fee of inquiry to examine how tons of of individuals had been lured to their deaths on the coast and advocate motion on establishments that didn’t act.

Mackenzie had prior to now been charged with the deaths of youngsters in his church in a case that’s ongoing in courtroom. Residents close by had raised the alarm after his followers moved to the forested space.




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