Friday, May 5, 2023 –A commission of Inquiry to look into Shakahola death has been formed today.
To lead the inquiry will be Lady Justice Jessie Lessit with other members on board including Lady Justice (Rtd.) Mary Muhanji Kasango, Eric Gumbo, Bishop Catherine Mutua, Jonathan Lodompui (Dr.), Frank Njenga (Dr.), Wanyama Musiambu and Albert Musasia.
The Joint Secretaries in the commission picked by Ruto are Oliver Kipchumba Karori, Rachel Maina, while the Lead Counsel is Kioko Kilukumi.
President William Ruto, on Friday, May 5, appointed the team dubbed Commission of Inquiry to dig deeper in the facts surrounding the deaths cases and burial of more than 110 persons whose bodies were discovered buried at Shakahola Forest.
Ruto also appointed Assisting Counsel in the commission to be Vivian Janet Nyambeki and Bahati Mwamuye, who will provide legal advice to the Commission of Inquiry as the exercise takes shape.
The head of State lamented that Shakahola Massacre was unfair to many families that lost loved ones in Kilifi County under the guise of religion.
He asked those mandated with the exercise to do justice and deliver credible findings to him so that action could be taken.
He directed the Lessit-led team to inquire into the death, torture, and inhumane, degrading treatment of members and other persons linked to the Good News International Church located in Kilifi County.
Founder of the questionable cult church, Paul Mackenzie, is still in police custody even as New Life Prayer Centre and Church owner Ezekiel Odero was freed yesterday Thursday May 4 by Shanzu courts.