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CJ Koome Goes After Judiciary Staff in Paul Mackenzie Mass Murder

Chief Justice Martha Koome, on Thursday, April 27, launched investigations on all Judiciary staff who handled controversial pastor, Paul Mackenzie’s court cases.

Koome, as the chairperson of the Judiciary Service Commission (JSC), stated that the commission was examining the records to establish whether there was any misconduct on the part of Judicial Officers and staff who handled the matter.

“The Judicial Service Commission is charged with handling disciplinary issues and the leadership of the Judiciary. The Judiciary reaffirms its commitment to upholding the Constitution and the rule of law in the administration of justice,” she stated.

“The judiciary offers deep sympathy to the families, relatives, and friends of victims affected by the unraveling mass deaths, sufferings, and injuries at the Shakahola village in Kilifi County,” read part of the statement.

Judiciary listed the several cases involving the controversial pastor, detailing his release.

In one of the cases reported in 2017, Mackenzie was charged with offering basic education in an unregistered institution contrary to Section 76(1)(2) and Section 92(a) of the Basic Education Act.

He was released after a plea bargain with the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Mackenzie was subsequently charged with radicalisation, failing to take his kids to compulsory primary and secondary education.

Notably, most often, the pastor was released on a cash bail of up to Ksh1 million.

In 2019, Mackenzie was flagged by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) for airing unauthorised content on his TV station.

His recent arrest unearthed at least 103 bodies buried on his vast 800 acres of land in Shakahola forest in Kilifi County.

He was accused of encouraging his followers to fast to meet ‘Jesus’. He allegedly told the believers that their time on earth had ended and they should surrender their possessions to meet the Messiah.

His case attracted global attention, with President William Ruto comparing his acts to a terrorist hiding behind religion.

The DPP, Noordin Haji, and Interior CS, Kithure Kindiki, preferred the following charges against Mackenzie; terrorism, radicalisation and aiding individuals to kill themselves.

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