Economist David Ndii on Sunday differed with the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) boss Ezekiel Mutua over his continued watch over the Kenyan moral set up and the country’s film industry.
While Mutua remains unmoved and unshaken about his push for clean content and upholding the moral standards in the country, the economist finds it uncalled for.
Amidst the opposition, Mutua says he intends to push on with his agenda at KFCB and doe not find strange the objections on his view of morality.
“Someone said: ‘The hottest places in hell are reserved for people who, at a time of moral crisis, choose to be neutral.’ I refuse to be neutral when the moral fibre of the country is at stake. I have no apologies for my stand. I believe I am doing God’s will. I am saving lives,” Mutua wrote on Twitter.
The KFCB boss has particularly stood firm against the production and distribution of content that he deems as promoting lesbianism, the gay culture and other vises in society.
Ndii on his hand finds Mutua to be letting his Christian life guide his decision making on critical areas on the Kenyan creative industry.
“Morality is not synonymous with Christianity. Kenya is a secular state and your religion should have no influence on your job. You continue to demonstrate that education was wasted on you,” Ndii reacted to the KFCB boss’s remarks.
Recently, a heated debate emerged on a movie dubbed Rafiki, and Mutua was at the forefront effecting its ban over content that is deemed as a threat to societal morals.
The board carried out an opinion poll on social media about the ban that was temporarily lifted last week for a few days before being reinstated by the board.
On Facebook, out of at least 1000 respondents, 99 per cent voted in favour of the ban. 60 per cent of participants on the same poll on Twitter supported the ban with 40 per cent opposing the KFCB decision.
KFCB banned the movie over concerns that some parts of its content were aimed at glorifying homosexuality.
The ban was temporarily lifted on Friday to enable Rafiki to have a chance of nomination for the Oscars.
Rafiki failed to qualify for Oscars nomination, as the Oscars Selection Committee picked on Supa Modo to represent Kenya in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.