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Moral policeman Ezekiel Mutua to start war against betting

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) will use the Boy Scouts movement to fight gambling among children, chairman Ezekiel Mutua has said.

Speaking during the Founderee celebration of the scouting movement in Nyeri, Mr Mutua said KFCB will partner with the Kenya Scouts Association to fight betting which has taken root among youth.

The KFCB boss argued that the moral code embedded in the scouting movement presented the preferred recipe to battle the gambling menace .


“The scouts movement in itself bears moral codes which we feel will help in the fight against betting. Through their programmes, we hope to empower them with knowledge that they can pass on to their peers,” said Mr Mutua.

The potential partnership will  see KFCB introducing mentorship programmes to scouts and girl guides in its bid to tap into the biggest youth movement in Africa with a membership of over 1.4million youths.

“With their numbers, we hope to reach out to young people and teach them that they cannot rely on the ideology of acquiring wealth quickly through betting. We actually encourage more youth to become scouts,” said the KFCB boss.


Mr Mutua also announced plans to revive mobile cinemas as part of KFCB’s rebranding programme.

The venture, dubbed Sinema Mashinani, will be a remake of the traditional mobile cinemas locally known as “Watoto Kaeni chini”.

According to Mr Mutua, the programme will be rolled out in the next six months and is currently being piloted in Isiolo County.

“Those traditional films were a way of teaching morals based on the local setup. So Kenyans can expect to see those mobie cinemas in their villages,” said Mr Mutua.