At least 103 deaths are actually being linked to a suspected hunger cult as authorities proceed to seek out our bodies in Kenya.
A preferred preacher has been arrested after the stays have been uncovered in Shakahola forest, the place the Good News International Church was based mostly.
Several dozen individuals have been additionally rescued in a police raid, however most have been unable to stroll and discuss. Some have been discovered emaciated and later died.
The church’s chief, Paul Mackenzie, is in custody and is accused of telling individuals to starve themselves to go to heaven. He’s denied any wrongdoing.
A second man, Pastor Ezekiel Odero, has now been arrested and was anticipated in court docket on Friday.
Kenya‘s inside minister stated he would “face criminal charges related to mass killing of his followers”.
Odero’s New Life Prayer Centre Church relies in the identical area as Mackenzie’s – on Kenya’s east coast – and has greater than 400,000 subscribers and 70 million views on YouTube.
His companies have been attended by senior politicians and other people journey from throughout Kenya to go to the church.
The our bodies within the forest have been uncovered two weeks in the past when the location was raided after a tip-off. Fourteen different cult members have been additionally being held.
Pictures of the 800-acre ranch present mud huts with palm-thatched roofs scattered among the many timber and foliage.
There are fears the dying toll might rise additional because the native Red Cross stated greater than 200 individuals had been reported lacking.
Kenya’s public prosecutions workplace stated it was taking a look at attainable costs together with homicide, radicalisation and threatening public security.