May 25. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The families of more than 600 people who are missing in Kenya with links to a Christian sect have denounced the slowness of the search and rescue efforts by the authorities, who are investigating land in Shakahola where more than 240 dead in mass graves.
The authorities have specified that there are 34 suspects in custody linked to Paul Mackenczie’s sect, and that they have managed to rescue 91 people, of whom 19 have been reunited with their families.
However, families who have found their loved ones have lamented that they are being kept “in the dark” as some of those rescued have not had contact with their relatives for several days. Some parents have indicated that their children were transferred to centers for counseling and that they have not been allowed to contact them.
Kenyan President William Ruto recently assumed his “full responsibility” for what happened and promised that the authorities “will get to the bottom of the matter” to clarify the incident. “I take responsibility that, as president, this should not have happened,” he stressed.
The main leaders of the sect, headed by Paul Mackenzie, urged followers to fast until death under the promise that they will meet Jesus Christ in a new life. Ruto himself has described Mackenzie as a “terrible criminal”.