Deranged hunger strike cult starved to meet Jesus as 58 bodies discovered

Almost 60 bodies have been discovered on the land owned by the Kenyan pastor who was arrested for ordering his followers to fast to death.

However, authorities say there are more shallow graves on the land which are yet to be excavated.

Malindi sub-county police chief John Kemboi told how pastor Paul Makenzi was arrested on April 14 over his links to cultism.

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It comes as four people died and more were discovered starving at the Good News International Church on the pastor's farm.

According to CBS News, police have requested a longer hold on Makenzi while they continue to investigate the deaths of his followers.

Police were alerted to the situation by a tip-off from a member of the public.

During a police raid of the pastor's property in Malindi, officers discovered 15 emaciated people – four of which tragically later died.

Reports state the followers had been ordered by the pastor to starve in order to “meet Jesus”.

Dozens of shallow graves were reported on the farm, and authorities began excavating the sites soon after.

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The publication added that Makenzi went on a four-day hunger strike while in police custody but has since been released on bail.

The pastor has been arrested twice before. Once in 2019 and once in March of this year, in relation to the deaths of children.

Each time, he was released on bond, and both cases are still proceeding through the court.

Local politicians have urged the court not to release him this time, decrying the spread of cults in the Malindi area.

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Cults are common in Kenya, which has a largely religious society but the shocking case has prompted calls for stricter control of religious denominations in the country.

However, such moves have been met with fierce opposition as attempts to undermine constitutional guarantees for a division between church and state, adds CBS News.

Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki described the case as "the clearest abuse of the constitutionally enshrined human right to freedom of worship".

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The publication noted a previous case where a British woman was found dead at the house of a different cult leader in Kenya.

Luftunisa Kwandwalla, 44, was on holiday in Kenya – visiting the coastal city of Mombasa – when she died in August 2020.

The family lawyer told how she was buried a day later, but her family claimed foul play, and her remains were later exhumed.


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