Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua is back in the headlines again.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Mr. Mutua put actor Nini Wacera on the spot, accusing her and singer Kaz of hosting a ‘lesbian show’.
Mr. Mutua calls the two ladies ‘popular lesbian celebrities’.
“Our attention has been drawn to a blog news highlight being shared online about an alleged ‘first lesbian TV show hosted by two popular lesbian celebrities’. ‘The Spread Podcast’ programme, reported on the http://kentv.biz website on 14th April, 2016 was allegedly scheduled to go on air as from 15th April this year on WGN TV.” he writes.
Nini Wacera has in the past denied she is a lesbian, but at the same time refused to be branded heterosexual or bisexual.
Mr. Mutua said that the programme is being investigated to find out if all regulations were followed.
While the Board is carrying out investigations to establish whether the programme was ever produced and whether the regulations guiding content production and distribution of film content meant for public exhibition were followed, the Board has established that the production was set to be distributed on WGNTV, a global video on demand service with a presence in Kenya’s cyber space.
If investigations reveal contraventions of established regulations, KFCB will take a firm action against the producers and distributors of the programme in line with the law.
The Board takes this opportunity to warn producers that it is against Section 4 of the Film and Stage Plays Act to engage in the production and distribution of film content meant for public exhibition/sale without obtaining a filming from the Kenya Film Classification Board.
Meanwhile, it is important to note that lesbianism is prohibited by the laws of Kenya. Article 45 of the Constitution defines marriage as a union between two people of the opposite sex.
Further section 162 to 165 of the Penal Code criminalizes homosexual behavior with a penalty of 5 to 14 years of imprisonment. Section 181 of the Code explicitly prohibits the distribution and exhibition of indecent content, attracting a penalty of a two-year prison term for offenders.
We take this opportunity to thank members of the public for bringing the matter to our attention. The Board will issue a comprehensive statement on the matter once investigations are complete.
Here are two past episodes of The Spread podcast.