Kenyan pastors face courtroom over alleged forest bloodbath

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 at least 109 individuals discovered buried in mass graves. The shocking revelation has shocked deeply religious, Christian-majority Kenya. The two men, at present in detention, are scheduled to appear in courts in numerous towns today.
Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, the self-proclaimed pastor who established the Good News International Church in 2003, will seem in courtroom in Malindi. He is accused of inciting followers to starve to demise “to meet Jesus” on the nearby outpost of Shakahola. In the same forest, roughly 30 mass graves containing over 100 our bodies, mostly kids, have been unearthed.
Ezekiel Odero, a wealthy and well-known tele-evangelist, can additionally be anticipated to seem in court in Mombasa following his arrest in Malindi. Odero faces accusations of homicide, aiding suicide, abduction, radicalisation, crimes towards humanity, youngster cruelty, fraud, and cash laundering. Prosecutors are looking for to detain him for an additional 30 days, citing credible information linking the exhumed corpses to the deaths of several “innocent and vulnerable followers” from Odero’s New Life Prayer Central and Church.
Court documents reveal that Odero and Nthenge share a “history of business investments” including a television station allegedly used to transmit “radicalised messages” to their followers. Endorsed from Shakahola, carried out on nine children and one girl, confirmed starvation as the purpose for death, although some victims additionally skilled asphyxiation, according to authorities.
Questions have been raised about how the outstanding self-styled pastor with a history of extremism has managed to evade legislation enforcement. This case has prompted President William Ruto to intervene concerning Kenya’s homegrown non secular movements and failed efforts to manage unscrupulous church buildings and cults involved in felony actions..

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