Homicide unit officers have started exhuming bodies from graves believed to contain the remains of followers of the controversial pastor Mackenzie.
The operation, which began on Thursday, has so far retrieved seven bodies, with two found in one shallow grave. The team of around 100 officers, led by the Homicide unit Director, also includes pathologists, forensic experts, and regular police.
Over 32 graves have been discovered in the area, with the bodies covered in lesos. The public has not been allowed at the crime scene, and journalists have been instructed on how to conduct themselves. Human rights activists have also witnessed the process.
Mathias Shipeta of Haki Africa expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the security agencies. However, Victor Kaudo has called for an increase in personnel to speed up the exhuming process and begin the justice process.
During the operation, a Nigerian man who was looking for his six missing family members was encountered. He suspects they went to the pastor in Shakahola.
The locals have thanked the government for the operation but warned against releasing the pastor.