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Court orders Mackenzie and 94 others taken to the hospital

Mombasa Law Court has ordered controversial pastor Paul Mackenzie and 94 others taken to the hospital after staging a hunger strike.

The orders follows an application by the prosecution seeking to have the accused health conditions checked given that they have been on a hunger striker for several days.

“Mombasa Law courts Chief Magistrate Alex Ithuku has today ordered that Shakahola key suspect Paul Mackenzie and 94 others be taken to hospital after staging a fresh hunger strike.

Hon. Ithuku’s directive comes after an application by the prosecution seeking to have the accused persons examined by a medical practitioner on their nutrition and health condition.

The prosecution in their application indicated that there was need for an urgent intervention measures to rescue the accused persons, who are reported to have been on a hunger strike for several days.

Principal Prosecution Counsel, Alex Gituma and Prosecution Counsels Victor Simbi and Yassir Mohamed argued that section 13 and 15 of Persons Deprived of Liberty Act provides for the right to nutrition, diet and health care by a medical practitioner or nutritionist.” said ODPP

At the same time, prosecution called on the court not to allow the accused released on bond due to the fact that they abandoned their homes.

“In the same application, the prosecution notified the court that they are opposed to the release of the accused persons on bond since they are flight risks having abandoned their homes for Shakahola forest and the state would be at pain to locate them, if released.

Prosecution added that the accused persons are glaring at severe sentences if found guilty of the offences, thus releasing them would likely see them abscond court. The prosecution further notes that Mackenzie and his co-accused are likely to interfere with key witnesses including children, whom they have immense control and influence over.

Hon. Ithuku directed a social inquiry report on the current condition of the accused be filed in court to guide it on further direction.” said ODPP

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