Kenyan police announced that they had uncovered three bodies in the eastern part of the country, believed to be members of a religious cult who had starved themselves to death. The investigation has been expanded to include the latest discovery, and the identities of the deceased and the cause of death are yet to be established.
The leader of the Good News International Church, Makenzie Nthenge, was charged after two children died of starvation while under their parents’ care, and he later turned himself in to the police.
He was granted bail of 100,000 Kenyan shillings ($700). Last Saturday, police discovered the bodies of four followers who had reportedly been told by Nthenge to starve themselves in order to “meet Jesus.”
After the initial discovery of bodies in a forest near Malindi, 11 other church members were rescued, with three of them in critical condition.
The latest bodies were found in the same forest and are believed to be in a common grave. The police were tipped off about the deaths of several individuals who were brainwashed by Nthenge into starving themselves to death.