The Government Declares Curfew in Shakahola

Kithure Kindiki in Shakahola
The Government of Kenya has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Shakahola area in Malindi, Kilifi County for 30 days. This follows the deaths of almost a hundred people over starvation in the past one month.

 So far, the police have discovered the bodies of 89 people who are believed to have starved to death as a result of fasting. Pastor Paul Mackenzie has been accused of indoctrinating members of his Malindi Cult to fast to death so that they can see Jesus. There are still more than 200 missing persons who are attached to the Good News International Church.

As police officers continue searching for the missing persons, interior CS Professor Kithure Kindiki has announced a curfew in Shakahola to last for 30 days.

Additionally, all public gatherings, processions, or movements into or out of Chakama Ranch during the curfew have been outlawed by the CS.

Kindiki wrote on his twitter account: “The entire 800-acre parcel of land that is part of the Shakahola ranch is hereby declared a disturbed area and an operation zone. The multi-agency security team will upscale the search and rescue mission to save as many lives as possible.”

The Interior Security Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kindiki visited Shakahola region where he described the situation as a massacre. Kithure Kindiki also reiterated his position to pursue every possible way to charge the controversial pastor Paul Mackenzie with terrorism and genocide.

The CS hinted yesterday that Mackenzie could be charged at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague for his crimes against humanity.

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“We are doing everything possible to ensure that Mackenzie gets the harshest punishment. I am impressed that the Director of Public Prosecutions has indicated that he is exploring charging him and his associates with terrorism, but that is not enough,” he said.

Kindiki further added that the country is facing a serious threat of religious extremism and promised that a massacre of such great magnitude shall never happen again.

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