Abuse of the constitutionally enshrined human right to freedom of worship- Kindiki responds to Kilifi church cult.
As more bodies are being exhumed in Preacher Mackenzie’s cult activity, Interior cabinet secretary, Kithure Kindiki has responded to the incident saying this people are misusing freedom of worship.
In a long twitter statement, Kindiki expressed that all religions in Kenya ought to remain respectful to humans including their lives.
Kindiki wrote,” The unfolding Shakahola Forest Massacre is the clearest abuse of the constitutionally enshrined human right to freedom of worship. Prima facie, large- scale crimes under Kenyan law as well as international law have been committed. While the State remains respectful of religious freedom, this horrendous blight on our consience must lead not only to the most severe punishment of the perpetrator(s) of the atrocity on so many innocent souls, but tighter regulation (including self- regulation) of every church, mosque, temple or synagogue going forward.
While the Multi-agency security team on site is doing their best to unearth the truth and prevent further loss of lives, I have directed the Regional Commissioner for Coast Region together with the Regional Security Team to reinforce the team in Malindi ahead of my visit on Tuesday. Enough security officers have been deployed and the entire 800 acre forest is sealed off and declared a scene of crime.”
According to statistics from the detectives, Eighteen more bodies of people believed to be followers of Mackenzie, have been exhumed, making it to a total of 39 people.
Majority of those exhumed are children and women who starved to death.