‘Weak and traumatized’ survivors found as 89 bodies recovered in Kenya starvation cult case

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Police have now recovered 89 bodies from mass graves in a forest in eastern Kenya, believed to be linked to a cult that allegedly encouraged its followers to starve themselves to gain salvation, the country’s government said.

Kithure Kindiki, the Kenyan interior minister, said three people were found alive and rescued on Tuesday.

In all, 34 people have been rescued since the graves were discovered last Friday at an 800-acre forest.

They are said to be members of the Good News International Church, which allegedly taught its members that they would go to heaven if they starved themselves.

Mass graves

Paul Mackenzie Nthege, the leader of the cult, was arrested after police received a tip-off that his vast land on the Shakahola forest in the Kilifi County of eastern Kenya, contained mass graves.

Nthege was seen shouting “Praise Jesus” as he was escorted by police following his arrest. His lawyer told CNN on Tuesday he was denied bail over investigation interference fears.

“The court is of the opinion that he might interfere with investigations,” Nthege’s lawyer George Kariuki told CNN.

Kariuki said prosecutors have been given 14 days to investigate the case, adding that Nthege has not been charged. He added that he had no permission from his client to comment on allegations that he encouraged his followers to starve themselves to death in order to go to heaven.

Content retrieved from: https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/25/africa/kenya-cult-starvation-mass-graves-intl/index.html.

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