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Maina Kageni, Churchill to face disciplinary action over inappropriate content

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Classic 105 breakfast duo Maina Kageni and Daniel Ndambuki alias Mwalimu King’ang’i is facing disciplinary action over what the Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) terms as airing adult content during the watershed period.

Also on the KFCB radar are Joseph ‘Gidi’ Ogidi and Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee of the Gidi na Ghost morning show on Radio Jambo.

The flagged duos host morning shows on radio stations owned by Radio Africa.

Speaking during a press conference in Nairobi on September 11, KFCB CEO Ezekiel said the board is concerned over increased airing of adult content by most free to air radio and TV stations in the country which is likely to upset children.

Terming airing of the content in question as being contrary to Kenya’s programming code, the self-styled moral police said KFCB is currently consulting with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) in order to ensure that the trend is stopped.

He appealed to media houses to adhere to the terms and conditions stipulated in their broadcast licenses and promote professionalism.


“Our attention has been drawn to several adverts and programs airing on our local broadcast networks without compliance to the provisions of the Films and Stage plays Act Cap 522 of the Laws of Kenya and the Programme Code for free to air Radio and TV stations,” said Mr Mutua.


Mutua also announced that the board has banned airing of Fresh Fri cooking oil and Marie Stopes adverts on both television and radio for being explicit in language and being sexually suggestive.

The Marie Stopes advertisement airing on radio has been banned as its message clearly promotes abortion contrary to Article 26 (4) of the Constitution of Kenya.

He said Marie Stopes targets teenage girls by giving them alternatives to unwanted or unplanned pregnancies and has therefore been prohibited by the board. “The board demands that the said adverts be pulled down immediately and should not be aired until they have been submitted to the board to determine age suitability,” underscored Mutua.


The KFCB head also said that Marie Stopes should apologise to the public for airing such content without submission for examination and classification in line with the law.

The High Court in May ruled that all advertisements as captured by section 2 of Cap 222 are films and therefore must be submitted to the board for examination and classification prior to broadcast.

Mutua asserted that all adverts submitted to the board for rating and classification would be cleared without any delays.


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