Kenya Films Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua reprimanded comedian Eric Omondi over a video he termed as 'controversial with negative effects' on teenage viewers.
Omondi shared the video on his Instagram page on Wednesday, November 25, as a marketing strategy.
"You find artists such as Eric Omondi recording themselves in compromising postures and then he claims to be the African President for Comedy.
"Respect yourself and the kids. Put a disclaimer on your videos and let everyone know it is for the adults. We are not here to protect adults but kids. We do not want to lose control," Mutua ranted as KFCB unveiled new measures to protect children from lewd content.KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua (right) addresses journalists on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in Mombasa
Omondi responded through his Instagram page, accusing Mutua of using his name to gain cheap publicity. He also alleged that the KFCB was not assisting nor promoting the entertainment industry.
"I have never understood exactly what you do for a living. Please visit Eric Omondi Studios and see what we are about to do to help young and upcoming talents," Omondi defended.
KFCB accused parents of not being vigilant about what children access online.
Mutua also raised alarm over the rate at which teenagers are engaging in vices such as consumption of alcohol, drug abuse and engagement in orgies, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, oblivious of the dangers this poses to them and their loved ones.
KCFB said that it will take legal action against advertising companies that are exposing children to inappropriate content during the watershed period.
Video dens admitting minors will also be shut down, their license withdrawn and the owners prosecuted. Legal action will be taken against online content distributors exposing children to adult content. KFCB will work with the Cybercrimes unit and Google to pull down such content.
The DCI was also roped in to arrest and prosecute adults found facilitating minors to engage in immoral activities. The NTSA was also asked to impound PSVs exhibiting unrated content.
“Protecting children against exposure to premature adult experiences is a collective responsibility. As responsible adults, we owe our children a duty of care to create safe spaces for their growth. Parents, caregivers and guardians must concern themselves with the content that their children consume as well as their whereabouts at all times,” Mutua stated.Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu RoadSimon KiraguKenyans.co.ke
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