Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua has threatened to take action against Citizen TV’s 10 Over 10 for alleged indecency.
Mutua said the Friday entertainment based show hosted by Joey Muthengi and Willis Raburu is “one of the most obscene shows ever to be aired on the mainstream media in Kenya”.
The KFCB boss who has been christened Kenya’s moral cop conveyed through his Facebook page that 10 over 10 was an indecent show that goes against everything that a morally upright society holds dear.
In as much as it is aired outside the watershed period, Mutua laments that the show defies the laid guidelines in the country.
”Although 10/10 comes outside the watershed period (10pm) it involves young boys and girls behaving badly live on set, and in-between it advertises beer, cigarettes and condoms. This is a discotheque on TV,” Mutua said.
Mutua argued that the programme is not entertainment but rather one that was using the precious airtime to destroy the moral values of young people -by providing a platform for them to behave badly.
”This is one of the most obscene shows ever to be aired on the mainstream media in Kenya where young boys and girls are paraded in a diabolical show of scatology, engulfed in smoke, amidst blaring and deafening noise. It’s the epitome of indecency and goes against everything that a morally upright society holds dear. To have young boys and girls gyrating their bodies on each other like lunatics while being cheered on by irresponsible adults who call themselves show hosts is the most disgusting abuse of national frequencies,” he added.
Mutua took a swipe at parents of the participating under-ages for not acting responsible.
“While I blame Citizen TV for such blatant violation of decency, any parent who allows their kids to participate in such a show should equally shoulder the blame.”
In a bid to tackle the airing of contested content on local screens, the KFCB boss has submitted a bill to Parliament that will ensure that content that could potentially erode children’s morals is regulated.
”The bigger picture should be for all of us to work together to promote decency and ensure that unpalatable content with potential to corrupt moral values is not shown to our children. KFCB has submitted a bill in Parliament to strengthen our mandate in content regulation but consumers have the power to say no to such indecency like 10/10!” he said.