Kenyan atheists threaten legal action against Nairobi church over ‘morning glory’, ‘kesha’ noise pollution claims

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 16 Jan, 2022 12:11 | 2 mins read
Atheist Society in Kenya (AIK) President Harrison Mumia. PHOTO/Courtesy.
Atheist Society in Kenya (AIK) President Harrison Mumia. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Atheists in Kenya Society has threatened to take legal action against Nairobi-based Pentecostal Evangelistic Fellowship of Africa (PEFA) church over what it termed as noise pollution.

In a letter dated Saturday, January 15, the society's President Harrison Mumia says they are issuing an ultimatum of 14 days to allow the church to reduce the noise, failure to which the society shall head to court.

"We have received numerous complaints that PEFA CHURCH, based in Saika, along Kangundo Road, between Kwa Miti and Stage 18, is generating noise pollution on Sunday mornings and Friday Nights during "KESHAS

"The loud noise that emanates from ​PEFA​ church is intolerable to a lot of residents living near the church.

"We are giving them exactly 14 days within which to reduce the noise pollution at Saika Church, Kangundo Road. We plan to take legal action if the concerns of the complainants are not addressed conclusively," part of the letter read.

Mumia says their concerns follows alleged numerous complaints that the church located in Saika, along Kangundo Road, was generating too much noise, especially on Sunday mornings and Friday nights during overnight keshas.

Sources say the Sunday morning prayers begin with what is popularly known within Christian cycles as morning glory devotional prayers.

This comes a few days after it announced a series of incentives aimed at attracting new members.

In a poster seen by K24 Digital and published on the society’s official website, the non-religious organization said it will offer Ksh20,000 for medical expenses to any new members once they pay an annual membership fee of Ksh500.

The society further stated that it is ready to give an additional Ksh20,000 to its new followers to cater for funeral costs.