According to The Star, cult leader Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, pastor of the Good News International Church, told police that they would find at least 1,000 people who went to meet Jesus Christ.
It was stated that the number of bodies found in Shakahola Forest near the Good News International Church in Malindi has reached 73, while 112 people are still missing and the body count may increase.
“No Different From Terrorism”
On the other hand, Kenyan President William Ruto, who made a statement on the issue for the first time, stated that what happened in the sect was “no different from terrorism”.
Ruto said, “Terrorists use religion for their ugly acts. Men like Mackenzie do the same thing. Men like him and other terrorists and criminals have no religion. They belong in prison, that’s where they should be.”
Police detained Nthenge after the bodies of 4 people suspected of starvation were found on April 15. Dozens of bodies were found in a mass grave during extensive searches in the forest area.
It was learned that Pastor Nthenge had been detained and released several times before upon complaints.