Kenyan Atheist threaten to sue Governor Sakaja for favouring churches
The Atheist community have threatened to sue Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja after saying that he will not be closing down places of worship because of noise pollution.
Sakaja has been put under pressure by a section of Nairobians who demanded that him to also shut down Churches as he did bars and nightclubs in residential areas that were guilty of noise pollution.
According to the Atheist of Kenya chairman Harrison Mumia, the decision not to close churches by the governor was a clear indication of his having double standards.
“It is in the public domain that in your speech during the official commissioning of the Green Park Bus terminal you said that you won’t shut down churches located in residential areas in the city.
Instead, your government will hold talks with the clergy to come up with an appropriate solution. You are treating the religious community with privilege,” Harrison Mumia said.
“The decision to hold talks with the clergy and not with the business community on this matter amounts to direct discrimination against the business community.
We would like to reiterate that noise pollution should be dealt with without favouring any particular constituency.
We demand that you rescind your public notice and issue a fresh one to include the religious community within seven days so as to be seen to be tackling the issue of noise pollution without favouritism.
Failure to do so we will seek appropriate relief before a court of proper jurisdiction,” he said.
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Last week, police raided the 1824 club disrupting revellers enjoyment time, hours after the county chief issued a final warning to nightclubs in the city’s residential areas to comply with the order to revoke their licenses.
Though Sakaja issued the directive after complaints from the public about increased noise pollution from nightclubs in residential areas, Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) asked him also to accord the same treatment he did pubs and restaurants to churches.
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