The Society of Atheists in Kenya has welcomed Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s decision to ban crusades in Kisumu town.
Through Acting City Manager Abala Wanga, Nyong’o issued a notice banning religious gatherings in city estates and residential areas in a bid to minimize noise pollution.
In the notice dated Nov. 3, Wanga said the decision was made following multiple noise pollution complaints from area residents.
“A notice is hereby issued to all religious institutions to ensure that all public religious gatherings in estates and residential areas are stopped and held on church premises and not in public space,” reads- one partly in the opinion.
In addition, the city leadership ordered worship centers to install soundproofing devices to contain sound within the premises.
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Otherwise, Wanga said legal action would be taken against the centers under Sections 137 and 140 of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act 1999.
Not allowed to make noise
Weighing in on Nyong’o’s move, nonbelievers thanked the governor, insisting that:
“No one, regardless of religion or purpose, can claim the right to create noise that will spread beyond their enclosure and cause a nuisance to neighbors or others.”
In a statement by its president Harrison Mumia, the society reiterated that faith is a private matter that should not be allowed to vitiate public life.
He also proposed the prohibition of the call to prayer which is an integral part of the Islamic religion.
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