"They starved to death after being radicalized by a certain member of a church who told them their work in this world was done...and they were waiting to die and see their maker."
In Kenya, police rescued fifteen members of the Good News International Church from a forest near the town of Malindi on April 13. Four of them died during the rescue mission, the others were rushed to hospital. Three of them are in critical condition.
All had "radicalized" following the preaching of a certain Paul Makenzie Nthenge who would have told them to starve themselves to meet Jesus. Kenyan police say they have launched a manhunt to find him.
"They starved to death after being radicalized by a certain member of a church who told them that their work in this world was done...and they were waiting to die and see their maker," said Charles Kamau, the criminal investigations officer.
Local authorities fear that the number of victims is actually higher. neewsweek cites a police report that 31 victims may be buried in a mass grave.
“On April 13, 2023, an intelligence report was submitted to Sub County Criminal Investigation Officers (SCCIO) Malindi by Karume Fondo. He further alleged that there was a shallow mass grave of victims of this brainwashing totaling 31 bodies at an unidentified location in the Skakahola forest in Langobaya in the Malindi sub-country."
But the police would not be able to go there because of the hostility of the inhabitants, who would "supporters of the suspect".
On March 23, Paul Makenzie Nthenge was accused of having buried two babies in a mass grave.