Ezekiel Mutua Caught Up in Copyright Scandal

  • Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua has found himself entangled in a scandal after the makers of Oscar-nominated movie Watu Wote's recent revelation.

    Germany’s Hamburg Media School, are not happy with the self-proclaimed ‘moral police’ alleging that he screened the film in the US without their permission.

    Posting on Twitter, the school noted: "After a lot of people asking on social media and in public domain, we are forced to following statement, related to the screening of @Watu_Wote on 8th of March sponsored by Ezekiel Mutua and KFCB in Las Vegas."

    In a statement attached to the tweet, the school expressed their disappointment towards the KFCB boss and the corporation itself.

    "As the owners of all copyrights for Watu Wote, we want to point out very clear(ly) that KFCB and Dr Mutua had no rights to so, this screening was an illegal act and a copyright infringement,” the statement reads in part.

    The school added that Dr Mutua neither attended the Oscars nor participated in anything concerning the movie as he had been claiming on social media.

    “Contrary to these claims, Dr Mutua was not in attendance at the ceremony and did not participate in the Oscars with us,” the school notes.

    They insisted that KFCB boss never received an invitation and he was never asked to join them during the coveted award ceremony.

    In addition, they stated that they had written a letter to the head of civil service and copied it to KFCB and the relevant ministries.

    The claims were made by two main actors of the Kenyan film that was picked to be screened at the festival.

    The two, Joyce Maina and Brian Ogola, who starred in the short film, also blamed Mutua of joyriding in the event yet his board had contributed nothing towards the project.

    Watu Wote movie is based on the events of December 21, 2015, where Al-Shabaab militants attacked a bus en route to Mandera from Nairobi.

    [caption caption="Here is the letter"][/caption]

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