The Atheists In Kenya Society is an atheist organization, registered under the Societies Act (CAP108) in Kenya. It is the first non-religious society to be registered in Kenya. We are a member organization of Humanists International. The society was registered on February 17, 2016. Nyende Mumia is the founder and the current president of the society.
In 2013, a group of Kenyans met with the aim of establishing a non-religious society in Kenya. They held informal meetings in various restaurants in Nairobi and made use of social media, especially Facebook to engage with like-minded Kenyans. This group included Ssemakula Mukiibi, Zack Wanambwa, Elizabeth Wangari, Ellen Mical, and Beatrice Mwikya. In 2015, they applied for registration of the society, which was first rejected by the then Deputy Registrar of Societies in Kenya.
On 14th January 2016, the Office of the Registrar of Societies formally wrote a letter refusing to Register AIK. The grounds for which the registration has been denied were flimsy. She stated that “The interests of peace and welfare or good order in Kenya would be likely to suffer prejudice by registering AIK.” Atheists In Kenya Society was clearly being discriminated against. The atheists began working on a lawsuit to compel the Office of the Registrar to register AIK.
In February, the government issued Atheists in Kenya a Certificate of recognition. We received the certificate on April 7, nearly a year after we had applied for it.
Nearly a month later, on April 30, the then-attorney general, Prof. Githu Muigai released a statement suspending our registration, citing complaints from religious organizations. This became news and received a lot of media coverage in Kenya and around the world. Harrison 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.
To promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya.
- 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 a 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.