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Government plans cleansing prayers at ‘cursed’ Shakahola

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has announced that the government will conduct a mega prayer at Shakahola Forest, in Malindi, to cleanse the area.

Prof Kindiki made the announcement on June 11, 2023 while speaking at a church service in Tharaka Nithi.

He clarified that the event will be held after the exhumation exercise is over.

On June 5, 2023, the government unveiled the third phase of the exercise, with Prof Kindiki stating that there are still massive graves with bodies.

“After the operation, we will hold a mega prayer event at Shakahola for cleansing the area so that we don’t curse our nation,” CS Kindiki said.

He said what happened in Shakahola is a curse to the nation, that if a cleansing of the area won’t be done such kind of evil deeds will keep occurring.

“What happened there is a curse. A lot of people died, blood was shed,” Prof Kindiki regretted.

Since the Shakahola incident was brought to the public limelight, 274 bodies have so far been exhumed.

Cult leader Paul Mackenzie, founder Good News International Church, is accused of radicalising his followers urging them to fast without eating nor drinking water, a move he claimed will enable them to meet Jesus Christ.

Mackenzie who is in custody, is battling genocide, terrorism and murder charges.

“He claimed that he is a Christian. The number he has killed is more than what terrorists have killed in the history of Kenya,” Prof Kindiki told the Methodist Church of Kenya congregants in Marimanti, Tharaka Nithi.

Issuing a warning to church leaders who indoctrinate their followers through misleading teachings, the CS questioned the kind of Bible Mackenzie used to preach with.

The Bible says, no one knows when Jesus will come. Again, Jesus says, he is the one who will come to pick us, not us going where he is, Prof Kindiki explained.

The CS, however, insisted that the government will not relent its decision on vetting churches, mosques and places of worship across the country, noting that it is its responsibility to ensure every Kenyan is safe.  

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