Kenyan atheists are accusing Ruto of being unconstitutional after saying that Kenya is a Christian nation.
Atheists in Kenya(AIK) have slammed Deputy President William Ruto, accusing him of ‘advancing religious nationalism. This came after Ruto said that Kenya is a God fearing nation and is not a country of magicians.
This follows a recent remark by the DP that Kenya is ‘a God-fearing nation’ during a public address in Western Kenya.
Speaking to the Anglican Church of Kenya Ruto said:
I want to say for the avoidance of doubt that Kenya is a country of prayer and not reggae and magicians.
According to Atheists in Kenya, DP Ruto’s remark was nothing short of “religious arrogance”.
The Atheist community argued that Kenya is a democratic country.
We are concerned that the Deputy President is advancing religious nationalism. Given that he holds a key Constitutional office, such remarks demean the status of his office and pose threat to our Constitutionalism.
AIK Chairperson Harrison Mumia and Vice-Chairperson Francis Maende noted that Kenya is a secular State as established in Article 8 of the constitution.
Article 27 of our constitution guarantees freedom of religion as well as freedom from religion for all Kenyans. Article 8 establishes Kenya as a secular state. William Ruto is perverting the spirit of our Constitution by insisting that his religious views (or the religious views of the majority) should be normative for all citizens.
They further argue that the fact that census data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) revealed that 700,000 Kenyans are atheists means Kenya is a diverse nation.