In a chilling development, authorities led by Martin Nyuguto are investigating a secluded village in Shakahola, where they suspect the remains of several followers of the enigmatic Pastor Paul Mackenzie of Good News International Church may be buried. The investigation follows the recent rescue of 15 emaciated individuals and the confirmation of six deaths linked to the church.
On April 19, 2023, homicide detectives discovered a shallow grave believed to hold three bodies of suspected followers in the village. Accompanied by government pathologists, the team meticulously mapped out the area, guided by key witnesses in the ongoing investigation.
The discovery of the starving woman and the unearthing of the potential gravesite have cast a harsh light on the church and its controversial pastor. Mackenzie, known for his doomsday prophecies, reportedly controlled every aspect of his followers’ lives, instilling fear of an impending catastrophe.
A police officer involved in the investigation described the village as a place where “radicalization of the Christian faith” occurred. Combining elements of animism and Christian beliefs, the sect’s teachings have drawn scrutiny and concern. Several families have reported losing loved ones to the church, who subsequently vanished without a trace.
The investigative team from Nairobi arrived in Malindi on Tuesday, anticipating a rigorous three-day search. As they traverse the desolate, uncultivated land, they hope to uncover the truth behind the grim events that have transpired in the village, and bring closure to the families who have lost their loved ones to the mysterious cult.