In a rare moment that is hard to come by in today’s world, atheists in Kenya have sided with the church!
Atheists in Kenya Society now says that it stands in solidarity with church leaders who called for inclusivity during the implementation of the constitutional review process under the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Thursday, November 12, the society acknowledged that just like the Church, the BBI taskforce ignored concerns and recommendations of the atheists.
“Like the church, we welcomed the BBI initiative, hoping that it would tackle areas that had not been dealt with in the 2010 Constitution that were of concern to atheists,” read part of the statement.
The society’s president Harrison Mumia says that “it is unfortunate that our concerns as atheists have not been captured in the final draft of the BBI.”
One of the key proposals atheists presented to the BBI taskforce was that Article 170 that established the Khadhi Courts be expunged from the Constitution.
The society also wants the preamble of the Constitution that acknowledges the supremacy of the supremacy of God removed.
“We appreciate the efforts made by the two principals (President Uhuru and former PM Raila Odinga) but everybody must be brought on board. Let us not act as if we are doing this for someone,” concludes the statement from atheists.
The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops came out on Thursday, November 12 to fault some of the proposals in the BBI report which is likely to be gazetted on Monday, November 16.
According to the Church leaders, the BBI report is consolidating many powers around the Presidency- for example appointing the prime minister and deputy prime ministers, amendments they say “is creating the same problems it set out to solve.”
The Catholic bishops are now calling for a further consultation on the final BBI draft, expressing concerns that creating an imperial President will be detrimental to the wellbeing of project Kenya.