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Film board boss Ezekiel Mutua takes credit for Koffi’s deportation

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua is at it again, this time seeking credit for the deportation of Congolese musician Koffi Olomide.

Mr Mutua, who had on Thursday banned a planned “girls only” bash made the statement on Facebook while defending the involvement of KFCB in parties and performances.

“Those questioning the legal basis for banning this “Girls Only” party have not read the law. KFCB is established under the Film and Stage Plays Act Cap 222. The letter and spirit of this law is to regulate such parties, concerts and stage performances,” Mr Mutua said.

“Our mandate is not limited to rating film and broadcast content but also extents to stage plays, performances and concerts. That’s why the Board guided the process of deporting Congolese musician Koffi Olomide,” he added.

Koffi’s arrest and subsequent deportation was first recommended by Kenyans online before the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender alongside the National Gender and Equality Commission added their voices.


Mr Mutua’s claims elicited mixed reaction among his followers on Facebook as some questioned the law the board was operating on to tamper with events and performances.

Radio presenter Ciru Muriuki shared a screenshot of the functions of the board as regulating content commenting:

“But sir, THIS is what the law says. I also took the liberty of consulting your website, and nothing there talks about concerts or performances. Perhaps we should try and confine ourselves to the truth.”

To that Mr Mutua went on to responded: “This is one part of it but as I said the law establishing KFCB is Film and Stage Plays Act Cap 222. Our mandate is domiciled in so many other laws including KICA. That’s why Section 3 of the Programming Code is donated to KFCB for enforcement.”

The two went on with the presenter insisting that events were not part of the boards mandate while Mr Mutua quoted several sections of the act to prove that the events were connected to content regulation.