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(File Photo) Shakahola exhumation process.

Kenya releases bodies linked to Shakahola starvation incident to families

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The Kenyan government says it will release some of the bodies of victims of the Shakahola starvation incident next week.

At least 34 bodies have been identified and linked to their families, out of the hundreds that were exhumed last year.

Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor says the government will counsel victims’ families but will not assist them in transporting the bodies for burial.

The mass starvation case came to light in April 2023 when two children died under their parent’s care. Prosecutors say Pastor Paul Mackenzie instructed members of his church to starve themselves to “meet Jesus”.

Mackenzie was arrested in April 2023 and has since been under police custody. Several of his followers are also on trial for several charges including terrorism, murder, and torture.

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