In a shocking turn of events, a rescue operation led by the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the Proliferation of Religious Organizations uncovered several mentally ill individuals locked up inside the Coptic Holy Ghost Church in Kisumu.
The church, allegedly owned by Pastor John Pesa, has come under scrutiny due to the deplorable conditions in which these individuals were found.
The rescue mission, spearheaded by Tana River Senator Danson Mungatana and chaired by Shakila Abdalla, shed light on the harrowing state in which these individuals were kept.
"There is no permission for anyone to hold sick people in any church. Sick people should be in hospitals," stated committee chair Shakila
Abdalla. She further revealed that the rescued individuals were subjected to abysmal living conditions, being fed only once a day and restricted to using buckets as toilets.
This incident comes in the wake of the deaths of the faithful of Good News International International, a religious organization connected to controversial Pastor Paul Makenzie.
The Ad Hoc Senate Committee was formed to investigate the proliferation of such organizations, and the death toll of the Shakahola cult has now exceeded 330.
The Shakahola massacre unfolded as Pastor Paul Mackenzie brainwashed his followers and coerced them into a cult that demanded extreme fasting, promising that death would lead them to meet Jesus Christ.
This tragic event has raised grave concerns about the exploitation of vulnerable individuals in religious establishments.
The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee emphasizes the urgent need for stricter regulations and oversight to prevent the proliferation of religious organizations that pose a threat to society.
It is crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals seeking solace and spiritual guidance.
As investigations continue, authorities are expected to take appropriate action against those responsible for the mistreatment of mentally ill individuals within the church.