Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Film Classification Board, (KFCB) has banned a controversial song mocking the Kamba Community and castigating Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu over the ongoing dispute on charcoal burning ban.
Dr. Mutua condemned the song Ikamba released by artists Isaiah and Waharaka saying it amounts to incitement to violence amongst communities. The song came to his attention on March 4th, 2018 after it went viral on YouTube causing an uproar on social media platforms.
“The song is offensive and distasteful. Its translation, real meaning and objective is to mock one community and deride its members over the ongoing controversy on charcoal burning in Ukambani. The song is in bad taste as it generalizes the acts of a few individuals to malign and deride a whole community in the most foul language”, he said.
Dr. Mutua further demanded that the video be suspended forthwith and brought down on YouTube and ordered the two singers, producers and distributors of the video be arrested and charged with hate speech and incitement to violence.
“It’s a primitive piece of art that contravenes the provisions of Article 33 of the Constitution on Freedom of Expression and amounts to incitement, violence and hate speech. A thorough review of the video shows a clear breach of the KFCB classification guidelines”, said Dr. Mutua.
The KFCB CEO also asked the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to move with speed, arrest and arraign the culprits in a court of law.
He also issued an order that the song should not be aired on any media platforms or distributed in any frontier.
“Anyone found in possession of the same will be charged for being an accomplice to a crime”, he said.
KFCB CEO issued the statement while attending the concuded 90th Oscar Academy Awards in Los Angeles USA where he represented KFCB’s support and the president’s message of good luck to the Watu Wote film crew that was nominated for the awards.