Kenyan atheists in court to stop 'Pope's' Public holiday
25 November 2015, 15:41
Nairobi - Kenyan Atheists have gone to court to protest the public holiday which will take place Thursday to celebrate the arrival of Pope Francis to the country.
Led by the Atheists in Kenya chairman Harrison Mumia, they have stated that the government has broken the Constitution by calling for the holiday using religious backgrounds.
They say that the Constitution calls for separation of religion from government activities and that Kenya is a secular state as a result.
Thus in their eyes, the Pope's visit is not a public holiday.
" The Constitution is ice clear that Kenya is a secular state and that should be respected," Mumia said at the Milimani Law Courts Wednesday.
The application was termed as urgent and a ruling over it will be made in due course.
The Pope will hold a 1 million people mass in the country Thursday which would have caused massive delays and disruptions to Kenyans thus the need for a public holiday, the government said.
" This is also to allow Kenyans reflect and pray for the nation led by the Pope who will set the mood," State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said.
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