In total, 39 dead have been discovered on land owned by Kenyan preacher Paul Makenzi, who was detained after ordering his flock to fast till death.
On the property owned by Makenzi, who was detained on April 14, 2023 due to connections to cultism, other shallow graves have still to be dug up, according to Malindi Sub-County Police Chief John Kemboi.
43 individuals have already perished, including four more who passed away after being found to be famished at the Good News International Church last week.
Also, the pastor has been fingered in the death of two children who were starved and strangled to death by their parents “to please God”.
Police have asked a court to allow them to hold Makenzi longer as investigations into the deaths of his followers continue.
A tipoff from members of the public led police to raid the pastor’s property in Malindi, where they found 15 emaciated people, including the four who later died.
The followers said they were starving on the pastor’s instructions in order to meet Jesus.
Police had been told there were dozens of shallow graves spread across Makenzi’s farm and digging started on Friday, April 21.
Makenzi has been on hunger strike for the past four days while in police custody.
The pastor has been arrested twice before, in 2019 and on March 22, 2023, in relation to the deaths of children. Each time, he was released on bond, and both cases are still proceeding through the court.
Local politicians have urged the court not to release him this time, decrying the spread of cults in the Malindi area.