Police detectives in Kenya are leaving no stone unturned in their investigations into the recent spate of mysterious deaths related to cultic worship at the Coast.
This move by detectives follows the Shakahola massacre, where over 90 bodies were exhumed, and over 30 people were rescued while starving themselves to death.
Pastor Paul Mackenzie, the cult leader behind the massacre, has been arrested, and charges including terrorism, genocide, radicalisation, and aiding individuals to kill themselves have been recommended against him.
In the wake of the tragedy, authorities have expanded their investigation, looking into other flamboyant preachers whose teachings appear contrary to what the law advocates for.
According to the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Kithure Kindiki, detectives are getting crucial leads that will soon help them make logical conclusions regarding coastal preachers.
Pastor Ezekiel Odero of New Life Church is one of the preachers under investigation.
Sources at the Ministry of Interior have confirmed that Pastor Ezekiel recorded a statement with Kilifi DCI on Tuesday, April 25. According to the sources, the police are investigating allegations of indoctrination of the faithful at Pastor Ezekiel Odero’s New Life Prayer Centre and Church.
So far, conflicting reports have been coming out from the pastor and the Milele Funeral Home CEO, Johnson Amani Kea, where the police interrogated the management on critical issues surrounding alleged cultic operations at the Coast.
Pastor Ezekiel had earlier on accused the morgue of profiting from carnages and claimed that he prayed over the matter, and the morgue was shut down.
But Johnson Amani Kea clarified that the morgue was still in operation, adding that the building hosting the morgue also housed other different ventures benefitting the community.
With investigations continuing, the government has emphasized that any faith that kills people or engages in criminal activities in the name of religion must be stopped to ensure that people can practice their faith freely and without fear of harm.
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