73 dead as pastor orders church members to ‘starve to meet Jesus’

No fewer than 73 members of Good News International Church have so far died following an order by the founder of the church, Paul Nthenge, for the worshippers to starve in order to meet Jesus.

According to the Kenyan police, the death toll from the starvation cult has now risen to 73.

Japhet Koome, inspector-general of police (IGP) in Kenya, had earlier pegged the casualties at 58.

In bizarre developments, one pastor Paul Nthenge, founder of the Good News International Church, instructed his congregation to starve themselves to “meet Jesus”.

Followers of the church were reported to be living in several secluded settlements in an 800-acre area within the Shakahola forest.

In a statement on Monday, Koome said the bodies were exhumed from shallow graves in the disturbing scene, adding that 29 people had been rescued.

He said the investigation had so far indicated that Nthenge’s victims were subjected to extreme religious beliefs, characterized by fasting and starvation to death, as their unorthodox means to meet their maker.

Koome assured that “all those culpable shall face the law” and added that rescue missions were ongoing.

Charles Kamau, head detective in Malindi, Kilifi County, told Reuters, that “the death toll now stands at 73 people”.

According to the report, Kamau said three more persons had been arrested.

President William Ruto described Nthenge, the cult leader, as a terrible criminal under the guise of religion.

He said he had instructed relevant agencies to get to the root cause of what had happened and to tackle “people who want to use religion to advance weird, unacceptable ideology in the Republic of Kenya that is causing unnecessary loss of life”.


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  1. This criminal, and all his enablers
    should be tried in the court of law; and sentenced to death to stop
    others from following this deadly
    acts; all over Africa. This is tragic.
    My condolences to the President of Kenya, families, friends and loved ones of the late ones.
    E pele pupo, olorun yio fo’riji won
    oooo, ASE.

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