Kenya Film Commission Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua is a no nonsense man.
His actions of sticking his nose in all corners has set off angry reactions by Kenyans, especially the youth while earning praises from lots of parents.
Now he set his sights on Citizen TV’s Tahidi High, criticising a scene where popular character Omosh is smoking.
Although it was just but one of the classic episodes of the programme, Mutua wondered why the station aired such content as early as 6.40pm saying it will instill the wrong values in children.
“Citizen TV shame on you. Watching Tahidi high and this character is smoking openly in the program at exactly 6:40pm. Kids are at home and you are teaching them that smoking is cool.
“A manager, a producer or an actor allows this because your agenda is to destroy the morals of our children. Why would you allow this to run during the watershed?” he quipped through his post on Facebook
The moral cop went ahead to lecture the station for breaking the law yet they would be the first ones to point an accusing finger at the government.
“The law will catch up with you soon. And worse, God will deal with you harshly for trading moral values for profits and destroying our children.
“Where do you even get the guts to lecture Government about corruption when you break the law with impunity?” he wondered.
Mutua has constantly reminded the media that such content is in contravention with the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222, KICA Section 46 (i) and the Programming Code for free to air radio and TV stations in Kenya.
These laws protect children from exposure to such programs or adverts during prime time and when they are most likely to watch TV or listen to radio.
The post generated a lot of debate as some netizens asked him to also monitor the music shows that air just before 7pm.
Tahidi High was one of three Citizen TV programmes moved up from 7.30pm to 6.40pm to make way for the popular show Maria aired last year.
Inspekta Mwala and Papa Shirandula, airing on Monday and Thursday respectively were also moved to the 6.40pm timings.
Maria airs every Monday to Friday from 8pm.
Here are the other programmes who had their timings changed as from October 5, 2019:
- Johari –Wednesday at 6:30pm
- Rebecca–Monday to Friday from 6pm.
- Heart of a Champion–Monday to Friday 5pm
- Deceptive Measures–every Friday at 6:30pm
- Maria–Monday to Friday starting 8pm
- Inspekta Mwala–Monday
- Tahidi High–Tuesday
- Papa Shirandula–Thursday
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