Pastor Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, a controversial preacher and cult leader, was the head of Good News International Church located in Kilifi, Kenya. He gained notoriety for allegedly influencing his followers to fast to death as a means to meet Jesus Christ.
Mackenzie’s dangerous teachings led to multiple deaths among his followers. Four people reportedly died of suspected starvation, while ten others were rescued from the church and sent for treatment. An incident report filed at Langobaya Police Station revealed the mysterious deaths of two children linked to Mackenzie, with the parents, Isaac Ngala and Ms. Emily Kaunga, listed as suspects.
Mackenzie’s controversial activities caught the attention of the authorities, and he eventually surrendered to the police on April 14, 2023. He was detained for 14 days pending investigations into the deaths of his followers, with his police bond being canceled.
As the investigation unfolded, detectives discovered 12 shallow graves in Kilifi County, believed to hold the bodies of suspected followers of Mackenzie. They also found an 800-acre parcel of land allegedly belonging to the cult leader, where more graves were discovered. During the operation, four more people were rescued, including a female worshipper.