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Shakahola tragedy hits 133

Shakahola tragedy hits 133

On Tuesday, the Homicide unit detectives were successful in removing 21 bodies from the graves at the Shakahola scene forest.

 

Even as the second phase of exhumation began, Coast Regional Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha said that 133 remains had so far been removed from the ground.

 

The victims are thought to be adherents of the preacher Paul Nthenge Mackenzie, who is currently being held by authorities.

Shakahola tragedy hits 133

Following the discovery of 20 mass graves in the woodland, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki declared the exhumation effort to have begun in earnest.

The Regional Commissioner stated in the Daily Brief that they were able to save five persons, bringing the total number of people saved since the operation began to 68.

 

“There are many things happening right now, including day and night search and rescue operations. We are conducting investigations, and of course, phase two of the exhumations started on Tuesday,” she said.

Onyancha said at least 566 people have reported their relatives are missing.

 

“Even as we take people to the hospital and for psychosocial support, because that is what is majorly going on, we have been able to reunite 14 victims to their families so far,” she said.

A Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) report that some bodies recovered from Shakahola woodland had missing organs was disregarded by Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.

 

Tuesday, after being present for the second exhumation phase, Prof. Kindiki spoke out against the “politicization” of the investigation into the tragedy.

Pastors Paul Makenzi of Good News International Church and Ezekiel Odero of New Life Prayer Centre have been blamed by the state for the deaths.

 

In what is perceived as a response to public anger over the entire procedure, he stated that two agents from the media, civic society, and the Red Cross will be permitted access to the grave sites.

 

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