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By Kennedy Karuga
On April 6, our President received a call from Kenya’s Attorney General to tell him that our registration as a society under the societies Act had been approved. This was a gratifying conclusion to
several years of a painstaking struggle against an ossified state bureaucracy that wasted no opportunity to frustrate our endeavors. In
fact, we fell back on the Attorney General after the Registrar of Societies refused our registration on the preposterous basis that it
would endanger “peace and good order” in Kenya.
It is not possible to overstate the benefits of registration. Apart from giving legal form to the group, registration will enable us to take part in activities that have previously been outside our reach. AIK has many projects in the pipeline; many of them stalled by a lack of funds. Our registration will give us better instruments to raise funds and awareness, and hopefully we can get our projects back on the tracks soon enough.
Although this latest development is cause for celebration, we remain far from our objectives. Atheism is still widely misunderstood, irrationality pervades every corner of his country, and religion still dominates public life to a degree that is both dangerous and
unconstitutional. The task before us remains enormous.
But the enormity of the task that lies ahead is no cause for worry or despair. In only the last two years, AIK has crossed several milestones. We might take for granted the many things we can now do, such as how easily we can put out our opinions through the media
virtually at will. However, those of us who were members in 2012 and 2013 will remember just how impossible it seemed that we would ever receive media houseroom. We have accomplished a lot, and we are not about to rest on our laurels. Now more than ever before, we have a chance to effect real change.
Let’s take it.
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