Atheists in Kenya (AIK) have given Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua 24 hours to apologise over the remarks the latter made regarding NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua. 

During Kenya Kwanza campaign engagements in Nakuru County on Thursday, Governor Mutua claimed that Karua is an atheist. 

"Ile team ingine pale wamemchukua deputy ambaye sisi ambao tunamfahamu tunajua yeye anasema ni atheist. Haamini ya kwamba kuna Mungu. Sisi ni Nchi ya Wakristo. Je nyinyi mtakubali mtua ambaye haamini kuna Mungu aingie kule kuongoza Nchi yetu? Mutua told a gathering. 

{File image of Martha Karua}

In a rejoinder, AIK president Harrison Mumia now wants an apology from Governor Mutua failure to which they have threatened to raise the matter with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC). 

"Progressive political leadership is 100 percent possible without religious belief. It doesn't matter whether Martha Karua is an atheist or not, she can still make a great leader," Harrison stated. 

Harrison stated that Governor Mutua's remarks showed that he lacked an understanding of religious freedom.