11 more bodies exhumed at Shakahola, death tally rises to 109
Eleven more bodies were
on Thursday exhumed at Shakahola Forest in Malindi, Kilifi County, the scene of
crime where numerous members of the Good News International Church cult are
believed to have been buried after starving themselves to death in order to
This brings the
total number of corpses recovered from the scene, linked to controversial
self-proclaimed pastor Paul Mackenzie, to 109.
As of Wednesday
evening, a total of 98 bodies had been dug up at the location.
According to local
authorities, no persons were rescued or arrested during the operation which is
now in its seventh day.
Wednesday, journalists were still barred from accessing the operation zone by authorities
following orders by Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki who
visited the scene on Tuesday.
In a statement on
Thursday, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) noted that denying the media access to
report on such a matter of public interest will open the floodgates of
misinformation, rumours and confusion.
the principles of press freedom and the right to information," read the
MCK statement in part.
"We note that
it is the media that drew attention of the country to the sad happening for
several weeks before any GoK intervention. We call for establishment of a media
centre and regular press briefings on site to ensure media access
&dissemination of accurate information to Kenyans."
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