Pastor Makenzie Nthenge a kenyan clergman has been arrested for the death of 4 of his church members who were allegedly directed to fast to “meet Jesus.”
On April 14, the police conducted a raid in response to the tip about “ignorant citizens starving to death under the pretext of meeting Jesus after being brainwashed by a suspect, Makenzie Nthenge, a pastor of Good News International Church”.
During the operation, four members were discovered dead, and eleven were admitted to the hospital. Among the hospitalized individuals, were 7 men and 4 women between the ages of 17 and 49 including three in critical condition.
According to Charles Kamau, criminal investigations chief of Malindi sub-county, “The pastor is under arrest after he surrendered because he knew we were looking for him.”
Kamau stated that the pastor has been detained in anticipation of his court hearing on Monday, April 17th.
There are rumours of a probable mass burial site in the Shakahola forest, where other devotees might have been interred, and investigators are anticipated to carry on with their search on Saturday.
“It is further suspected that there are many victims in the forest land believed to belong to the suspect,” the police report said.
According to the local media, Nthenge was apprehended and accused last month following the death of two children from starvation while in the care of their parents. Subsequently, he was granted bail of 100,000 Kenyan shillings ($700).