Kenyan pastors face courtroom over alleged forest massacre

In what’s being referred to as the “Shakahola forest massacre“, two pastors are set to look before Kenyan courts, suspected of being behind the deaths of a minimal of 109 individuals discovered buried in mass graves. The stunning revelation has shocked deeply spiritual, Christian-majority Kenya. The two men, at present in detention, are scheduled to seem in courts in different towns today.
Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, the self-proclaimed pastor who established the Good News International Church in 2003, will appear in court docket in Malindi. He is accused of inciting followers to starve to demise “to meet Jesus” on the close by outpost of Shakahola. In the same forest, roughly 30 mass graves containing over a hundred bodies, largely children, have been unearthed.
Ezekiel Odero, a wealthy and well-known tele-evangelist, can also be expected to look in courtroom in Mombasa following his arrest in Malindi. Odero faces accusations of homicide, aiding suicide, abduction, radicalisation, crimes against humanity, baby cruelty, fraud, and money laundering. Prosecutors are seeking to detain him for an additional 30 days, citing credible data linking the exhumed corpses to the deaths of several “innocent and weak followers” from Odero’s New Life Prayer Central and Church.
Minutes reveal that Odero and Nthenge share a “history of business investments” including a tv station allegedly used to transmit “radicalised messages” to their followers. The first autopsies from Shakahola, carried out on 9 kids and one lady, confirmed hunger as the cause of death, although some victims additionally experienced asphyxiation, in accordance with authorities.
Questions have been raised about how the distinguished self-styled pastor with a history of extremism has managed to evade regulation enforcement. This case has prompted President William Ruto to intervene regarding Kenya’s homegrown religious actions and failed efforts to manage unscrupulous church buildings and cults concerned in criminal actions..

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