The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has committed to work with the National Police Service (NPS) in a bid to recognize and award law enforcement officers who support the Board’s mandate as well as those who perform their duties diligently in creating law and order.
Speaking during the annual Mwala Sub-County Police Thanksgiving service cum New Year Party at the Masii Police station on 30th January 2021, the Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua said the proposed award is part of KFCB’s nationwide program of working with the law enforcement agencies and the community in promoting the execution of our regulatory mandate as stipulated in the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya.
The CEO stated that the award will be coordinated by the local community as part of encouraging community policing.
Dr. Mutua further noted that KFCB’s collaboration with law enforcement agencies is key in the Board’s clarion call for moral values, protection of children against exposure to inappropriate film and broadcast content as well as the promotion of Kenya’s culture and national aspirations which are key ingredients to the realization of national development.
“Our Board truly believes in the principle of community policing and its role in, especially, policy formulation and public participation that is reflected in the attitudes people have towards the police as well as an appreciation of what the men and women in uniform do. We applaud community policing since it gives the public a sense of right and wrong without being policed around. Ultimately, this has a positive impact on moral values,” said the CEO.
He reiterated that the Board will collaborate with law enforcement agencies on initiatives aimed at curbing vices, instilling positive values to the public, especially the youth, protecting children from destructive film and broadcast content and on strategies meant to create law and order which are key in realizing national development.
While noting that the moral decadence in Kenya poses great dangers to our youth who are the key drivers of economic development, Dr. Mutua said the collaboration with law enforcement agencies and communities will go a long way in reversing the wave of immorality and provide a platform for creating safe spaces for children.
“The duty of protecting children against harmful content is a collective responsibility. As such, broadcasters, parents and caregivers, and the society at large must collaborate in ensuring that unpalatable media content does not reach children,” he said.
Various leaders among them the Mwala MP Engineer Vincent Musyoka, Director of Medical Services Dr. Jackson Kioko, Machakos County Police Commander Mr. Issa Mohamed as well as the AIC Kenya Presiding Bishop Abraham Mulwa graced the annual event.