AG Muigai suspends registration of atheist society


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FILE IMAGE: Attorney General Githu Muigai during a past event.

 

Attorney General Githu Muigai has suspended the registration of Atheist Society of Kenya following complaints by religious leaders, saying the Supreme Court will determine group’s fate.

In a statement by the communication department of State Law, the Attorney General directed the Register of Societies to suspend with immediate effect the said registration under Section 12(1) (b) of the Societies Act until the propriety, legality and constitutionality of the registration is determined by the Supreme Court.

The Atheists’ Society was planning to have a party on Saturday in Nairobi to celebrate its registration.

According to adverts posted on the social media the theme of the event was ‘Without God’.

On Friday, the Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal Churches and Ministries said it is “abominable and unconstitutional” for the society to be registered.

“All people who believe in God, we register our disgust and protestation to AG for the way he has causally and in utter contempt been handling religious issues in our country. He has now touched nerves of every person of faith by registering a society that denies existence of God,” said the Congress Vice Chair  Stephen Ndicho.

Separately, the Muslims’ Shuura Council chairperson Abdullahi Abdi faulted the registration of the society saying that ‘it not only goes against the constitution of Kenya but also mocks Kenya’s cultural and social norms.’

The Atheist Society of Kenya was registered early this year.

The Atheist Society has 5,000 members. The organisation has already launched countrywide recruitment and advocates scrapping religious studies from the syllabus.

 

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