"Give us some time, our security agencies are working around the clock so that we can unravel these acts that shame people who want to abuse the sanctity of religion and cause loss of life."
The horror of the "Shakahola massacre" continues to grow. With the resumption of excavations of mass graves, these are now 226 corpses who were exhumed in this forest near Malindi in Kenya.
These 226 victims were followers of a certain Paul Nthenge Mackenzie, a former self-proclaimed taxi driver "pastor" of the International Church of Good News. Today in judgment alongside 26 other people, he called on his followers to fast until death to meet God.
Search operations also make it possible to find victims alive. On Wednesday, a man was rescued carrying the number of victims rescued at 82. Among them, children who are still cared for by doctors at Malindi hospital.
"I want to assure you that the government is going to get to the bottom of what really happened," said William Rutho, President of Kenya, "Give us some time, our security agencies are working around the clock so that we can unravel these acts that shame people who want to abuse the sanctity of religion and cause loss of life ".
He also says he wants to work with churches and religious leaders to ensure that such a tragedy does not happen again:
“We need to be sensitive and I am sure our religious leaders will give us guidance on how true religion is not exploited by people who have illegitimate goals”
L'Agenzia Fides reports that the President of Kenya has admitted his "failure to prevent the Shakahola massacre committed by followers of the Good News International Church". “And certainly, some people responsible for this failure on the part of the government will have to be held to account,” he said, citing in particular “our intelligence services and the Department of Criminal Investigations”.