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RIP: Why Cause of Death of Four People Who Died in Shakahola Could Not Be Established

Autopsy on bodies exhumed from Shakahola during the second phase officially began today.

One of the bodies had an injury on the head. 12 out of the 15 bodies whose autopsies were conducted were adults and three were children. 4 were male and 11 were female.

Starvation was identified as the cause of death for 10 and no body organ was missing. Sadly, the cause of death of four could not be established since the bodies were badly degraded.

One had a head injury.

The government also extended the dusk to dawn curfew in Shakahola by 30 more days.

The number of deaths rose to 241 after one person died while in hospital. It is alleged that he continued with the dreadful fast despite being urged to eat.

There are suspicions that some of the people who were yet to be rescued from the forest already escaped to Galana and Tsavo. Rescue operations have been extended to those areas to ensure that people who are still alive by now will not starve themselves to death.

Exhumation will be resumed immediately after the postmoterm exercise is completed. Interior Cabinet secretary Kithure Kindiki said that the operation phase ahead will be more detailed. More police officers have been deployed to the forest so as to fasten rescue of people. Satellites and drones are also being used.

CS Kithure Kindiki also revealed that they have already identified 10 graves and they suspect that there could be more given that some were tampered with and concealed by planting crops on top. He said that more suspects will be arrested after police conclude investigations into the cult.

Kindiki toured several parts of the forest including the grass thatched house where Mackenzie lived.


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