Four people have starved to death in Kilifi County after a pastor instructed them to fast, supposedly to save them from an imminent “painful death in the world”.
The four, worshippers of Pastor Paul Mackenzie’s Good News International Church, died after going for days without food and water at Shakahola village in Magarini Constituency.
Their bodies were taken to Malindi sub-county hospital mortuary pending identification and autopsy.
Mackenzie’s followers say they have been told to fast to avoid “apocalyptic damnation”.
According to the police report, the cops acted on a tip-off and visited the scene for fact-finding. They managed to rescue 15 people, among them four were emaciated and in critical condition. They died before reaching the hospital.
The other 11 people, including two minors, are admitted to the Malindi sub-county hospital.
The incident was reported at Langobaya police station under OB NO 07/14/4/2023