KFCB issue 14 day ultimatum to video operators in Eldoret

By Kiptanui Cherono

Kenya Film Classification board(KFCB) has issued a 14 day notice to video owners and operators in Uasin Gishu County to comply with the required standards of operation or lose their licenses.

KFCB Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua said that all video operators must comply with operational requirements as per the law failure to which they will be closed.

Speaking during Film production stakeholder’s forum in Eldoret, Mutua said that KFCB officers together with county security teams will embark on a crackdown on video shows which violate the law on video show operations.

Mutua said that all video shows must acquire operation license from KFCB and adhere to guidelines on film operations.

“The law is clear on the requirements of operating video shows, after 14 days whoever will be found guilty of violating these rules and regulations will be arrested and taken to court as per the law,” said Mutua

He revealed that a recent survey in Uasin Gishu indicated an increase in the number of video operators in Eldoret town and its environs who are allowing children into their dens to view obscene films especially in informal settlements.

“We have heard reports that there are video shows which show children adult content, such videos are the ones that we are coming for.    It is against the law to expose children to immoral films that will corrupt their morals,” said Mutua

He said that all video shows must be well ventilated with emergency exit doors and away from school environment among other basic requirements.

“We will revoke licenses of operators who have violated the operational laws as per Films and Stage Plays Act,” he warned.

The board called upon stakeholders to contribute to the review and amendment of Films and Stage Plays Act so as to be in tandem with societal moral code and the emerging technological advancements.