AG: Govt does not intent to curtail religious freedom

By Rose Welimo

Attorney General Githu Muigai has said that the government has no intention to restrict the operations of religious institutions or curb the freedom of religion as guaranteed by the constitution.

In a press release, the AG said the government held consultations with religious leaders for the better part of last year and proposed a raft of measures to facilitate enhanced engagement between the two bodies.

“The freedom to hold and practice religious beliefs according to one’s own conscience, without interference, or dictation by the government, is one of this country’s oldest and most cherished political rights,” said the AG.

Muigai was responding to reports in sections of the media that suggested that the government was determined to curtail religious freedom through the proposed Religious Societies Rules 2015.

Githu said, the new requirements, would address emerging challenges posed by the digital era.

On Sunday, the Deputy President William Ruto assured the Christian community that the Government would not muzzle their freedom to preach the gospel nor infringe on the right of true men and women of God to attend to their calling.


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