Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Shakahola massacre death toll hits 360 as 10 more bodies exhumed

The death toll in the Shakahola massacre now stands at 360 after 10 more bodies were exhumed on Monday in the fourth phase of the exercise.

Confirming the news was Coast Regional Commissioner Rhoda Onyancha who noted that no new arrests have been made leaving the number of those arrested at 27.

The number of DNA samples so far collected stands at 253 as 95 people have so far been rescued from the massacre.

On Monday, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki confirmed that 40 new graves have been discovered inside the forest with the graves likely to contain more than one body.

Appearing before Senate Ad Hoc Committee investigating the rise religious organization, Kindiki noted that the Shakahola massacre was the worst breach of security.

“The Shakahola massacre is the worst breach of security in the history of our Country. To avert a repeat of this tragedy, the Government will relentlessly push for legal reforms to tame rogue preachers who misuse the scriptures to mislead their followers and indoctrinate them through religious extremism.

Self-regulation will also be an integral part of the regulatory framework and reforms in the management of religious organisations.

Law enforcement will be strengthened to tame the proliferation of unaccountable religious activities that include indoctrination of innocent people,” said Kindiki

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