Kenyan Pastor Charged for ‘Mass Killing’ of Church Members


Kenyan authorities stated on Thursday, April 27, that they had detained another pastor in connection with the “mass killing of his followers” just days after the discovery of dozens of dead tied to another church.


Ezekiel Odero, the head of the New Life Prayer Centre and Church, “has been arrested and is being processed to face criminal charges related to the mass killing of his followers,” Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki said in a statement.


“The said church has been shut down. The over 100 people who were holed up at the premises have been evacuated and will be required to record statements,” he added.


Odero’s arrest comes on the heels of an ongoing investigation into Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, the cult leader accused of the deaths of 98 people linked to his church.


The self-styled preacher is accused of urging his followers to starve themselves to death as a path to God.


The majority of those discovered in mass graves have been youngsters, and authorities fear that the death toll may grow as their search expands.


Kindiki called the case “the clearest abuse of the constitutionally enshrined human right to freedom of worship.”


According to local media, Nthenge was detained again last month after two toddlers died of starvation while in the hands of their parents. He was released on 100,000 Kenyan shillings ($700) bail after a raid on his farm in the Shakahola forest turned up bodies.


On May 2, Nthenge is scheduled to appear in court.A Kenyan pastor has been charged with’mass murdering’ church members.

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