CS Kithure Kindiki to Raila: ‘Keep off Shakahola! Next time we wont be courteous’

May 8, 2023

Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof Kithure Kindiki has warned politicians against politicizing the Shakahola cult massacre.

Speaking after Opposition leader Raila Odinga was Friday denied access to the site of the mass graves, CS Kindiki said Shakahola Forest in Kilifi County is a security operation zone.

He said the only political leaders allowed are members of the parliamentary security committee.

“I allowed the National Assembly Security Committee to access Shakahola because it is a security operation zone and Parliament has a role. The other politicians, keep off. Don’t bring politics to Shakahola,” he said.

“Those who want to play politics can go out there and fight their battles but we cannot politicize national security. This applies to all politicians.

“Those leaders who are going to play politics there should know that Shakahola is a security operation zone and they should keep off. Let them be warned that next time we will not be as courteous and we will deal with them no matter who they are,” he added.

CS Kindiki said the government has nothing to hide and will reveal the truth once the security operation is complete.

He said 112 bodies have been dug up so far, with the exhumation exercise to resume on Tuesday.

“There are some pictures we cannot allow to be beamed on national television on grounds of medical and security ethics. We cannot allow filming of decomposing bodies of other people’s mothers, fathers and children,” Kindiki explained.

“As a government, we have nothing to hide. It does not matter the number of people who have died, we will broadcast it to the world so that we don’t have such an incident again in our country,” he added.

CS Kindiki spoke at Gotolengo Catholic Mission Hospital Chaaria, Imenti Central in Meru County when he presided over a fundraiser to assist children living with disabilities.

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