Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO)¬†Ezekiel Mutua’s term¬†comes to an end in early November.
His stint at KFCB made him a household name as he became the country’s one-man ‘moral police’.
The controversial tenure was characterized by disputed banning of various movies, videos, TV advertisements,¬†billboards and¬†other productions he accused of ripping apart Kenya’s moral fabric.
On more than one occasion, Mutua drew the ire of film-makers, artists and content creators who accused him of stifling a creative industry already beset with several challenges.
Mutua’s extended stay at KFCB will be determined by a newly constituted board that¬† includes, among others, National Super Alliance (NASA) CEO Norman Magaya.
Most recently, Mutua made international headlines banning lesbian movie ‘Rafiki‘ directed by Wanuri Kahiu.
The ban was challenged in Court, with Justice Okwany lifiing the ban to allow the movie to meet the criteria for Oscars submission.
After one of his past¬†posts on social media touting himself as a moral crusader facing stiff opposition from forces of evil, Mutua landed himself in trouble with the Immigration Ministry which ordered him to return his diplomatic passport.
“Because of my moral values, including the banning of content promoting LGBT and atheist culture in Kenya, someone wrote in a local daily that I will never get a visa to the USA.
‚ÄúI not only got it but it came on a diplomatic passport and I didn‚Äôt even have to go to the Embassy for biometrics or pay the visa applications fee. It was delivered to my office free of charge thanks to our efficient Foreign Affairs ministry and highly courteous US Embassy officials. America, here we come. To God be the glory,‚ÄĚ Mutua had posted.
The Ministry issued a statement noting that he was not authorized to hold a diplomatic passport.
On another occasion, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) declared that Mutua had no power to dictate broadcast content as KFCB went on a banning spree.¬†
Productions with¬†LGBT, violence, alcohol and gambling were especially targeted during his reign at the helm of the body.
Mutua, however, argues that he has tripled KFCB’s revenues, boosted its brand and protected the country’s core values.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd rather be accused of over-zealousness than lethargy. I have raised the profile of KFCB.
“In just three years, everyone knows the organisation. I tripled its revenues from Sh88 million annually that I got when I came here. I have also built partnership across, whose value is way beyond Sh2 billion,‚ÄĚ he stated.