Once more, Christians and politicians are pleading with the government to shield the citizens from perilous religious figures.
A site in the southern Kenyan seaside city of Malindi is being searched by police after dozens of dead bodies were discovered there in shallow graves. Kenyan authorities uncovered 65 victims buried in unmarked graves and dozens of malnourished people at the founder of Good News International Church’s woodland complex. The preacher Zablon Wa Yesu and the head of the church, Paul Mackenzie, were both detained by the authorities. Authorities have been examining Mackenzie’s property since Friday and have retrieved victims from shallow graves, including those from mass burials including up to seven men, women, and children.
This is Betty, an air hostess who quit her job, sold her land and donated it all to Malindi cult leader Pastor Paul Mackenzie. pic.twitter.com/73OEBzT8Mw
— Zowan Fayzan (@ZowanFayzan) April 23, 2023
Following the police rescue of 15 members of Mackenzie’s congregation from the property earlier this month, an inquiry was launched. Four of them passed away before they got to the hospital as a result of their extreme fasting. Others, however malnourished, kept turning down food. The victims, who were promised heaven if they starved to death by Mackenzie, an end-times preacher, are thought to be acting on his orders, according to police. When they caught Yesu on Monday while he was on the premises reading a Bible, the police discovered nine additional malnourished persons. Yesu said that while he wasn’t fasting right now, he would in June. The state of the remains and how long they have been buried have not yet been disclosed by the authorities.
First evangelical president of Kenya, William Ruto, compared Mackenzie’s use of religion to terrorism and denounced “people who want to use religion to advance a shady and unacceptable ideology.” Mackenzie was arrested on April 15 and began his own hunger strike then. It is the third time he has faced charges around the deaths of children. The most recent was in March, after two children starved to death. Mackenzie, who was released on bond for the previous arrests, denies any wrongdoing and claims his church shut down four years ago. – Steve Sijenyi