Shakahola Massacre: Senators Want 2 Foreign Pastors Banned From Entering Kenya

The Senate Ad-hoc committee investigating the proliferation of religious organisations and circumstances leading to deaths in Shakahola wants two Australian pastors banned from visiting Kenya.

Senators linked Dave and Sherry Mackay to the Shakahola massacre by accusing them of delivering summons echoing anti-government sentiments. 

According to a senate report released on October 19, the duo was alleged to have condemned the defunct Huduma Namba project as “the mark of the beast.”

The senate thus recommended that the DCI and Ministry of Foreign Affairs work jointly to investigate with a view to expel the foreigners advancing doctrines or activities of the entity, group, or religious outfit known as ‘A Voice in the Desert’ also known as ‘Jesus Christians’ connected to Dave and Sherry Mackay.

A photo collage of Pastor Paul Mackenzie and other accomplices arriving in court under heavy security on May 2, 2023.

Senate further ordered that the recommendation barring their entry into Kenya be adopted within 30 days of the release of the Senate report.

According to the Senate report, Mackenzie was accused of hosting the alleged two cult leaders in Makongeni, Nairobi County, where they perpetrated the illegal doctrine in a bid to brainwash unsuspecting believers. However, the two foreigners have since left the country. 

“The Director of Criminal Investigation, in conjunction with the Department of Immigration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, investigates with a view to expelling from the Republic of Kenya or any foreign person or entity advancing the doctrines or activities of the entity/group/religious outfit known as ‘A Voice in the Desert’ also known as ‘Jesus Christians’ connected to one Dave and Sherry Mackay and their associates and bar their future entry into the
Republic of Kenya within thirty (30) days of the adoption of this report by the Senate,” the Senate report read.

Mackenzie was further accused of recruiting hundreds of vulnerable people through agents in different parts of the country who lured followers to their deaths through deceptive tactics, which he intensified during the pandemic.

According to the report, the controversial cult leader allegedly manipulated his followers by promising them land, financially exploiting them and further creating an armed gang that he employed to enforce his starvation doctrine. 

He also allegedly made a makeshift court where he held mock trials of followers who refused to comply with starvation orders. The armed gang would enforce the orders as directed by the makeshift court.

Senate thus wants Mackenzie to be expeditiously investigated for heinous actions with a view of recommending his prosecution within thirty (30) days.

The Senate committee also recommended the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) pursue the prosecution of the existing charges against Mackenzie as well as lodge fresh formal charges against him and other persons found guilty. 

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki at Shakahola Forest on Thursday, May 25 and Pastor Paul Mackenzie at Malindi Police Station.


Ministry of Interior/ Bahari FM

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