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21 Bodies Found In Kenya After Pastor Asked Members To ‘Starve To Meet Jesus’

Reports from Kenya, East Africa say, 21 bodies have been dug out of their graves by Police in Malindi, a coastal town in the southeastern part of the country.

According to the BBC, 15 members of the Good News International Church, were rescued from shallow graves in the Shakahola forest, The Cable quoted the BBC.

Kenya Broadcasting Station (KBC) said, 58 graves have so far been identified, adding that dead children are among those that have been exhumed.

Meanwhile, the founder of the church, also known as the “cult leader”, Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, now in police custody, has denied any wrongdoing.

Nthenge was arrested on April 15 after four bodies suspected of having starved themselves to death were discovered by the police.

The Preacher was said to have instructed his congregation to starve themselves in order to “meet Jesus”.

“In one grave, investigators found the bodies of three children with their father on one side and their mother on the other side.

“Another grave contained the bodies of a woman and a girl, both facing each other. All appeared to have died in recent weeks,” a police source told AFP.

“Police have identified at least 58 suspected graves on the grounds of the Good News International Church, raising fears that the death toll will rise significantly.

“One Kenyan media outlet reported that more than 100 people may have been buried in the graves.

“We have not even scratched the surface which gives a clear indication that we are likely to get more bodies by the end of this exercise,” reports said. – TC

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