More than half a million Kenyans don't believe in God - Census

Kenyans have 15 million Protestants while 9 million are Catholics.

In Summary

• Kilifi has the highest number of atheist with the number put at 146,669, Nakuru( 67,640)

• Mumia moved to the High Court of Kenya to challenge the suspension of the society and won the case in February, 2018

The cross./FILE
The cross./FILE

More than half a million Kenyans do not believe in God, Census results have shown.

In the report released on Friday, Kenya has 755,750 atheists. Atheism is greatly stigmatized in Kenya.

Kilifi has the highest number of atheists with the number put at 146,669 followed by Nakuru (67,640).

The statistic is interesting and ironical given the fact that Kilifi is the first place in Kenya where missionaries first established a Christian mission in a place called Rabai.

Johann Ludwig Krapf came to Rabai in 1844 with his pregnant wife Rosine, whom he had married in Egypt.

In 1846 Krapf together with Johannes Rebmann set up a mission at Rabai. Dr Krapf learnt the local languages and translated the Bible into Swahili.

In the Census results, Kilifi was followed by Nairobi at 54,841, Narok (45,617), Kiambu (30770), Kitui (23,778), Meru (20,985) and Mombasa at 11,148 atheists.

Harrison Mumia registered the first atheist Society in Kenya on February 17, 2016. He is the president of that group.

The Kenyan Government suspended the registration of the Atheists In Kenya Society barely three months after it was registered.

Mumia moved to the High Court of Kenya to challenge the suspension of the society and won the case in February 2018

According to the report, Protestants lead with 15,777,473 Kenyans in the religion. It was followed by 9,726,169 Catholics.

The report notes that 9,648,690 are going to Evangelical churches.

African Instituted Churches consisted of 3,292,573, Orthodox (201,263),  Other Christian (1,732,911), Islam (5,152,194), Hindu (60,287 ), Traditionists (318,727).


Other Religions ( 467,083) Don't Know (73,253), Not Stated (6,909).

The population has grown to 47.6 million in 2019 from 37.7 million in 2009.

The statistics recorded the number of intersex persons for the first time. The country has a total of 1,524.

The average household size declined to 3.9 per cent in 2019 compared to 4.2 per cent as per the 2009 population results.

The outcome will be used by the government in distributing its resources countrywide.

President Uhuru Kenyatta received the data results last year, lauding the team for ending the exercise within three months since it was concluded.

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