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Kenya to construct monument in memory of massacred victims

Nairobi, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Kenyan government informed today that in the Shakahola forest area, where the bodies of some 250 members of a Christian sect were found, a monument will be raised as a tribute to those victims.

The Minister of the Interior of this territory, Kithure Kindiki, emphasized that through the national memorial these people, who fasted until death under the instigation of their religious leader, the self-proclaimed pastor Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, will always be remembered.

After stating that the Executive and the Kenyan authorities will adopt the appropriate security measures in order to avoid a repetition of the Shakahola tragedy in this country, the government representative pointed out that in the last few weeks, relief teams rescued 95 people in the forest.

On the 2nd of this month, Nthenge, accused of starving to death numerous followers, testified before a court in the coastal town of Malandi.

Founder of the Good News International Church in 2003, the religious representative, previously charged with radicalization and running an unofficial school, is being judged for his role in the so-called Shakahola Forest Massacre.

In view of the scandal unleashed by the recent deaths of people in this country, the Kenyan president, William Ruto, recently denounced that certain terrorist movements use religion as a pretext to commit criminal acts, including crimes.


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