• 20 Graves marked as Exhumation Exercise recommences at Shakahola

Shakahola death toll has hit 133 after a team of homicide detectives on Tuesday exhumed 21 more bodies from the vast 800-acre forest.

Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki led the detectives in recommencing exhumation exercise marking 20 more graves in the forest believed to have hosted the killings allegedly led by the infamous pastor Mackenzi.

Five more Shakahola cult victims were rescued from the area bringing the total of number of people rescued to 68.

Kindiki told the media that the exhumation exercise might take longer than expected revealing that the killings were a highly level organized crime.

“20 more fresh graves have been identified that means this process will take much longer than we anticipated. I can conclude that this was a highly organized crime and I want to assure the country that the government will unravel this criminal activity, ” kindiki said.

The investigation at the Shakahola mass graves is being supervised by Abdhala Komesha who is the assistant inspector general of police.

Kindiki assured the public that the government will report the entire truth without hiding anything during the exhumation process, calling upon individuals to report their missing kins through the right channels.

“We will not leave any of our people in this forest, dead or alive”, He said.

Kindiki mentioned that the DNA of 88 families has already been conducted to help families identify their departed kins.

Already the police has been able to record various statements from several people of interest, according to Kindiki.

The Search and rescue operations is being superheated by senior assistant inspector general of police Peter Ndungu.

Kindiki also warned politicians to keep off the site in order to give the detectives time to handle the issue professionally.

“No person of whatever rank in the society will be allowed to access this place. There are so many places you can go to discharge your political matters, not here”, Kindiki warned adding that anyone found within the area illegally will be considered a criminal suspect.

Kindiki extended Dust to Dawn curfew in the area.

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By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of https://www.ktmn.co.ke KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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