You have one week to register us, Atheists tell gov’t


Harrison Mumia
Atheists In Kenya (AIK) society Chairperson Harrison Mumia. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Atheists in Kenya Association has given a one-week ultimatum to the government to confirm their registration or face legal action.

According to the association president Harrison Mumia, despite forwarding their documents to the Deputy Registrar of Societies in compliance with the Society’s Act, their efforts have been frustrated.

“We have submitted our registration documents to the Deputy Registrar of Societies, for the Registration of Atheists in Kenya Society,” he said.

Mumias said the Deputy Registrar of Societies Mr. Joseph Onyango has declined to register the association citing the Preamble of the Kenyan Constitution which recognises the supremacy of God Almighty.

The Bill of Rights

“We reject this interpretation. The Bill of Rights fully protects Atheists and allows them to form an Association. It is our view that the Preamble does not represent the views of all Kenyans, as matters of belief are personal.”

Mumia quotes Article 32 (1) which states: “Every person has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion”, adding that the decision to prevent their registration is in contravention of the Constitution.

“We feel that this decision is discriminatory, retrogressive and unreasonable.”

Mumia stated that they had written a letter to the Registrar of Societies, copied to the Attorney General asking them to issue a good reason as to why they cannot be registered.

The association has also threatened to move to court if the deputy registrar refuses to register the Atheists In Kenya as a society in one week.

 

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