The second phase of exhuming bodies from Shakahola forest is expected to continue on Tuesday 10th May 2023 as investigations into the cult led by controversial pastor Paul MacKenzie continue.
Families are still looking for their loved ones as they wait for DNA identification of the bodies.
Morris Yimbo is one of those eagerly waiting for outcomes of the DNA tests so that he can determine whether 5 of his family members are among those who died in Shakahola.
His four sons aged between 14 to 21 years travelled from Kisumu to Shakahola to meet their uncle who was a member of MacKenzie's cult. The family did not initially know the four had joined the cult until two years later.
They looked for the four in Lamu and Mombasa before discovering that they were in Shakahola.
Their uncle Ayub Yimbo said that he spoke to Mackenzie in 2022 and he confirmed that the four were alive. Mackenzie however did not want the family to go to the forest and pick them. He said that they were mature enough to make their own decisions.
Maurice Yimbo received information that the four were murdered after they tried escaping from the forest to save themselves from dying of starvation. He also suspects that their uncle is already dead.
He said that Mackenzie might have gotten bitter after his church was closed down in 2019 due to his controversial teachings.
Maurice has been in Malindi since news of the massive deaths and bodies burried in mass graves at Shakahola emerged. He hopes that the bodies will be quickly identified so that they can burry them well and start healing from the tragic loss.
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