Mutua vs Wanuri: Court Allows Gay Film ‘Rafiki’ to be Aired During Hearing

June 7, 2019

Ezekiel Mutua, the director of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), on Thursday suffered a blow after the High Court ruled that the banned film ‘Rafiki’ be aired in court as exhibit.

In February of this year, the gay-themed film’s director Wanuri Kahiu requested for audio-visual equipment to be availed before a determination in the case is made.

But Ezekiel Mutua opposed the request to have the film played in Court saying it was not necessary. In submissions in court, Mutua argued that Wanuri Kahiu had failed to produce a certificate in court for an electronic material to be played in court as evidence.

Read: Ezekiel Mutua Now Doesn’t Want Lesbian Film ‘Rafiki’ to be Aired in Court

On Thursday, Justice James Kamau settled the contest, allowing ‘Rafiki’ to be played. “I am satisfied the petitioners prayers are merited and should be granted for the respondents to exhibit,” he said.

Wanuri, through lawyers Mugeria, Lempaa and Kariuki advocates, is contesting the constitutionality of Ezekiel Mutua’s ban on April 26, 2018, on grounds that it is a violation of freedom of expression.

The case will be mentioned on July 24, 2019.

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