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Six ‘gay’ cartoon programmes banned by Ezekiel Mutua



Kenya Film Classification Board Corporate Communication Manager Nelly Muluka (center) speaks when she released a statement on Children Television Programmes Promoting Homosexuality in Kenya on 15th June 2017. She is accompanied by senior Legal Officer at KFCB Loice Shalakha (left) and the board's Head of finance Vincent Ayaya.

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has raised the redflag on six cartoon programmes relayed by pay television service provider Multichoice, claiming they promote deviant behaviour among children and opening a new chapter in the regulation of foreign content broadcast through satellite.

KFCB Chief Ezekiel Mutua, the self-declared moral prefect in a country reeling under moral corruption, pointed out that some of the programmes distributed through DStv and GOtv channels glorify homosexual behaviour.

“Most of these programmes,” he said in a statement that has roiled Mulctichoice, “target vulnerable children with subtle messages that are deliberately designed to corrupt their moral judgment regarding the institution of family.”

He said the Kenya Film Classification Board had over the last couple of weeks received public complaints that a section of pay television channels were distributing content glorifying homosexual behaviour.

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Mr Mutua said the board conducted investigations on these complaints and established that they were, indeed, legitimate.  The red-flagged programmes include Loud House, the Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold, which are animated children’s programmes available on Nickelodeon (DStv). Others are Clarence, Steven Universe, and Adventure Time on Cartoon Network (both Dstv and Gotv).

“The programmes have been rated as suitable for children, yet they contain elements that are intended to introduce children to deviant behaviour, against our moral values and understanding of the institution of family,” said the KFCB CEO.

This has exposed the challenge of regulating content on pay television, which aggregates different programmes or TV channels. Children programmes have been a strong selling point for DStv and Gotv and this crackdown could cause resentment among parents as, it seems, the programmes are not pre-screened for audience and geographical suitability.

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Film remains a strong way of influencing culture and behavior among people. Hollywood, for instance, has played a great part is spreading Americanism across the world from dress code, eating habits, sexuality and even crime.

These channels are accessible through subscription and most parents in Kenya may not aware that the children’s programmes are laced with messages intended to promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) agenda. “Further, the programmes bear misleading age suitability ratings that are inconsistent with KFCB content Classification Guidelines and indeed against the laws of Kenya,” he said.

KFCB has directed MultiChoice to immediately discontinue the broadcasting, distribution or exhibition of the programmes.


Editor and writer at BUSINESS TODAY, Muli has a passion for human interest stories that have a big impact on economic development. He holds a BSc in Communication and Journalism from Moi University and has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service. Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Media Watch

Three journalists land top jobs at City Hall

In the appointments made on Wednesday, K24 senior reporter Joab Mwaura was named as the director of the Governor’s Press Service



People Daily news reporter Sarah Ndung'u. She has been appointed City Hall's Media Liaison Officer with K24 senior reporter Job Mwaura taking over the position of director, Governor's Press Service.

Three journalists have been appointed to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s executive.

In the appointments made on Wednesday, K24 senior reporter Joab Mwaura was named as the director of the Governor’s Press Service taking over from former radio personality Walter Mong’are alias Nyambane who headed the communications department under former governor Evans Kidero.

Mwaura, who came to fame with his Mgaagaa Na Upwa programme on Citizen TV before he was poached by Mediamax Network Ltd to join K24 TV, will be deputised by Royal Media Services news editor (radio) Richard Bosire.

People Daily reporter Sarah Ndung’u was tapped to fill the position of Media Liaison Officer. She is a veteran journalist who has covered many beats for the People Daily, including City Hall and the courts.

Governor Sonko, also named former Town Clerk John Gakuo as an advisor on Urban Planning, Environment and Urban Renewal.

Gakuo, who served as a county executive committee member under Kidero before they fell out, is ranked highly for transforming the city with regard to cleanliness and order during his tenure as Town Clerk.

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The appointment of the three journalists two weeks after Sonko nominated Radio Africa Group Chief Editor Charles Kerich as the CEC in charge of ICT and E-Government and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Head of Radio Operations Larry Wambua as CEC (Devolution, Public Service and Administration).

They will be vetted on Monday after the exercise was rescheduled to allow for scrutiny of public memoranda submitted on the 10 executive committee nominees.

In the latest hirings, Peter Musembi was named Chief of Staff, Alphonce Mutinda as Legal Advisor, Abel Onchari the political advisor while Anthony Otieno as Communication advisor.

The governor has also established a social media department to be headed by John Mwangi. The department is set to have eight staff members tasked to inform the county residents on the development
agenda and the performance of his administration.

– Additional reporting by People Daily. 

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Sam Shollei’s surprise career move



Former Standard Group CEO Sam Shollei has joined Keroche Breweries as managing director.

Shollei left the Mombasa Road-based media house two months ago after allegedly falling out with Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who represents the interests of the Moi family, the company’s main shareholder.

However, during a recent farewell party, he denied the reports, saying he left at his own volition.

Speaking to Business Today, Shollei confirmed he has joined Keroche Breweries as a director. Before joining Standard Group, Mr Shollei was the Director-Group Business Development at Nation Media Group.

Mr Shollei also served as the managing director of Tanzania’s Mwananchi Communications, an NMG subsidiary.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from the University of Nairobi.

Keroche Breweries is a family-owned company co-owned by James Karanja and his wife, Mrs Tabitha Karanja, who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer.

The Sholleis are close family friends of the Karanjas and attend most of each other’s social functions. Mrs Karanja appears to have tapped his skills to actualise her aspirations to launch operations across the continent.

He will be the second media CEO to be tapped by Keroche Breweries after Paul Wanyagah, who was in 2014 appointed managing director as the company readied to embark on regional operations.

Wanyagah, formerly the CEO of Mediamax Network Ltd and Standard Group and before then a senior manager at EABL, however, left soon after in unclear circumstances. He is now the CEO of Kenya Markets Trust.

In a previous interview, Mrs Karanja, who co-owns Keroche Breweries with her husband, James Karanja, said she was targeting to fully increase its market share in Kenya to 30% and 20% in the spirit and beer markets respectively before exploring the East African market and finally going African.

ALSO SEE: After returning Standard, Sam Shollei turns to growing revenue

“My dream is to see Keroche grow to the whole of Africa,” she said.

The home grown brewer has over the years defied competition from industry giant, East African Breweries, and multinationals, high taxation and State interference to turn into a multi-billion venture.

In 2015, the company received a loan of Ksh 5 billion to expand production levels of its signature Summit beer from Barclays Bank from 10 million litres per year to 110 million litres.

In 2010, Mrs Karanja was honoured by former President Mwai Kibaki with a Moran of Burning Spear (MBS) for contribution to liberalizing the liquor market in Kenya.



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Capital FM manager in hot soup over rape tweets

Media house says it has noted with concern Joe W. Muchiri’s posts and is dealing with the matter with the seriousness it deserves



Capital FM Production Manager Joe Muchiri.

A Production Manager with Capital FM is facing disciplinary action over social media posts propagating gender-based violence.

In a statement posted on Twitter by the Capital Group, the media house owned by billionaire  businessman Chris Kirubi said it has noted with concern Joe W. Muchiri’s posts and is dealing with the matter with the seriousness it deserves.

“We would like to make it abundantly clear that we do not support or condone gender based violence or any form of violence. We are therefore dealing with the matter with the seriousness it deserves,” said the statement.

Here is Capital Group’s statement:

Capital-Group-300x150 Capital FM manager in hot soup over rape tweets

It is believed the move came after Muchiri had an altercation with a lady by the name Wanjiru Maina for which he later apologised.

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Previously, Muchiri, an Arsenal FC fanatic, has tweeted about the games the London club is involved in, which critics say normalise rape.

He has also had exchanges with socialites such as Huddah Monroe and at one time made lewd remarks about now Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris attracting the ire of Annerlisa Muigai, the daughter of Keroche Breweries proprietor Tabitha Karanja.

Muchiri, also a radio presenter, started working at Capital FM immediately after college, though he had a short stint as an intern in KTN.

“Capital is my 1st and last job,” he says on his profile on the Capital FM website.

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Why Otiende Amollo walked out on NTV

Rarieda MP accuses Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa, a fellow panelist, of justifying the killing of Luos but the latter defends himself, saying post was on a parody Twitter account ( SEE STORY BELOW)



The high political tensions in the country played out in the mainstream media on Tuesday morning, when an opposition politician walked out during a live studio interview with a rival legislator.

Despite continuous persuasion by NTV anchor Ken Mijungu to stay on during the heated ‘AM Live’ morning political show, Rarieda legislator Otiende Amollo walked out some 45 minutes after the show started at about 7am, moments after Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa walked in, Daily Nation reports.

Mr Otiende said he could not share a panel with Mr Ichung’wa over a tweet he claimed was posted by the Kikuyu MP

“Ken allow me to leave. I cannot sit on a panel with Kimani Ichung’wa because he sent a tweet that I find offensive, a tweet that suggests its okay to maim and kill Luos,” Mr Amollo said as he unplugged the microphone pinned on his chest.

Mr Amollo was referring to a tweet that went viral on Monday, apparently suggested Ichung’wa applauding the police killings in the ongoing opposition demonstrations.

Pinned to apologise by Mijungu, Ichung’wa however distanced himself from the tweet.

“That’s not my Twitter account,” Mr Ichung’wa said.

“I only have one Twitter account. I am in the process of having it verified. I even suspect these fake accounts are being created and operated by Nasa propagandists.”

“To the Luo nation, if there is someone you will never find fuelling ethnic hate, it’s Kimani Ichung’wa. Most of my friends are Luos and Somalis.”

Despite this explanation, Mr Amollo still made good his threat and walked out of the show, which also had Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi in attendance.

Incidentally, Miguna Miguna who was expected to be a panellist on the very show, failed to turn up.

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