UDA Politician Moves to Have Atheists Society Suspended

  • Atheists in Kenya Society founder, Harrison Mumia duing a past interview
    Atheists in Kenya Society President, Harrison Mumia during a past interview
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  • Former Juja Member of Parliament, Stephen Ndichu, has petitioned the High Court to suspend the registration of Atheists In Kenya society. 

    In a petition filed before the Milimani Law Courts, the former Kiambu County assembly speaker argued that Kenya is a religious society and that the activities of the society are unconstitutional.

    Ndichu added that the group had been criticising Kenyans for expressing their religion, which goes against the dictates of the Constitution.

    Notably, the petitioner filed a statement by Harrison Mumia, the society's chairman, calling out First Lady Rachel Ruto for hosting religious meetings at State House as evidence.

    Dr Stephen Ndichu and President Willam Ruto in Karen on April 8, 2022.
    Dr Stephen Ndichu and President Willam Ruto in Karen on April 8, 2022.
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    "Through public press statements and via its social media platforms, its Twitter account expressed its distaste against religion, undermined people's beliefs in religions and people professing their religious freedom and beliefs, companionship and assembly.

    "The respondent's actions have created adverse and cynical effects on the larger society," read the petition in part.

    Justice Hedwig Ong'udi directed the UDA politician to serve the society with the petition. Atheists In Kenya was given 14 days to file their responses before the court.

    Consequently, in a statement to the newsrooms, Mumia acknowledged receipt of the petition criticising the move by President William Ruto's ally to have the society deregistered.

    "Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of the atheists existing in Kenya. He sees enemies where there is none.

    'We will do everything in our power to remain a registered society, We urge all right-thinking Kenyans to support us as we fight this petition," read the statement in part.

    The matter will be mentioned on Tuesday, November 22.

    Ndichu eyed the UDA gubernatorial and senatorial ticket in the run to the August 9 polls but dropped out in favour of Governor Kimani Wamatangi and Senator Karungo wa Thang'wa.

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    President William Ruto, First Lady Rachel Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, his wife Dorcas Rigathi, and Governor Johnson Sakaja during the thanksgiving service at State House Nairobi on Sunday, September 25, 2022.
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