NAIROBI-(MaraviPost)-General secretary of a popular organisation uniting atheists in Kenya has resigned saying he has found Jesus Christ, and is no-longer interested in promoting atheism in the East African Country.
“This evening, regretfully, our Secretary Mr. Seth Mahiga made the decision to resign from his position as Secretary of our society,” the statement reads. “Seth’s reason for resigning is that he has found Jesus Christ and is no longer interested in promoting atheism in Kenya.”
The atheist group, which points to the nearly 2.5% of Kenyans who report having no religion or specify no affiliation, wants the country to adopt science and skepticism in its affairs and have a rational and humanistic approach to morality, NTV Kenya reports.
AIK has since its inception pursued several campaigns in court to advocate for the scrapping of Christian education in Kenyan’s basic education curriculum and the annual National Day of Prayer.
In a letter addressed to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) this year, the society president Harrison Mumia said they are compiling a list of churches and mosques that have become a “nuisance to public peace especially in residential areas” due to noise pollution.
They have also lobbied for February 17 to be declared as an atheist national holiday in the country.
Jubilation among Christians
Spontaneous celebrations erupted online among Christians following Mahiga’s decision to receive christ, and immediately resign as the Secretary of the Atheists in Kenya Society.
“Thank you God you have done it again . You changed Paul, you changed Zacchaeus the tax collector, you have now changed Seth Mahiga. May you also change our corrupt politicians,” one Christian remarked.
“Welcome to the world of reality and truth. ”The light shineth in the darkness and darkness cannot comprehend it!” Glory to Jesus,” another said.
The Atheists In Kenya Society is an atheist organization, registered under the Societies Act in Kenya. It is the first non-religious society to be registered in the country. The society believes that the most reasonable conclusions are the ones that have the best evidence. It is a member organisation of Humanists International.
The society was established in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 17, 2016. Harrison Mumia is the founder and president and Daisy Siongok is vice president. The foundation has its headquarters in Cargen House, Nairobi.
In 2013, a group of Kenyans met with the aim of establishing a nonreligious society. In 2015, they applied for registration, which was first rejected by the Deputy Registrar of Societies in Kenya
On February 17, 2016, the Kenyan government issued Mumia with a certificate for the organization under Societies Act, Cap 108.
In 2016, April, the society’s registration was suspended by the then Attorney General, Githu Muigai, due to pressure from the Kenya National Congress of Pentecostal Churches, who claimed the establishment of the group threatened the public peace. Mumia then took the case to the High Court of Kenya, where he challenged the suspension.
In 2018, the High Court of Kenya quashed the suspension and had the society reinstated.
The objects of the society are:
To promote and practice the open, rational, and scientific examination of the universe and our place in it.
To advocate that ethics and morality be meaningfully based on rational and humanistic ideals and values.
To promote skeptical inquiry.
To provide community for atheists.
To organize activities, such as forums for discussion, guest speakers and debates.
To foster public acceptance of atheists in Kenya.
To engage in social issues affecting its membership and the wider community.
In 2020, the society, through its president, Mumia, paid school fees for one of the top students in 2019 KCPE from Baringo County. The Association has also pursued several campaigns in court to advocate for the scrapping of religious education in Kenyan’s basic education curriculum. They have also lobbied for February 17 to be declared as an atheist national holiday.