No homosexual films in Kenya, Muslims clerics tell KFCB
14 October 2016, 18:34
Nairobi - Muslim clerics in Mombasa have rejected proposals by homosexuals in the Country to be allowed to produce their movies, plays and songs.
The Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) has rejected the proposal saying they will not allow the production of any film that is detrimental to the moral values and traditions of Kenyans.
“If they want to produce any film, play or song for public consumption, they must bring it for classification,” said KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua.
Kenyan Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex community LGBTI had earlier called for their recognition and said they should also be allowed to produce their songs, movies and documentaries.
However, speaking after a sensitization meeting with the KFCB in Mombasa today, Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya CIPK Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa said that LGBTIs have no right to corrupt the minds
of Kenyans and especially children.
“They have no right to disrespect the holy books and Kenyan cultural values,” said Sheikh Khalifa during the sensitization work shop at the Kenya school of government Mombasa on Thursday.
Already the board banned several films and songs deemed immoral in the country including ‘Fifty Shades of Black (movie), Stories of Our Lives (movie), Same Love (song), among others.
Mutua and KFCB Chairman Bishop Jackson Kosgei said the board is not curtailing businesses as claimed by stakeholders in the film industry.
This comes a day after practitioners in the Film and Entertainment industry in Kenya on Wednesday rejected a proposed bill to regulate the industry in Nairobi.
Among the proposed laws in the Films, Stage Plays and Publications Bill 2016 is a requirement for police officers to be present during the shooting of a broadcast film and to stop an scene that an officer deems unlawful in their opinion.
Mutua said the sensitization forum in Nairobi was hijacked by activists who did not understand that already the laws they were fighting exist, but the board has only not been enforcing them.
On his part, Sheikh Khalifa said there should be a 24-hour watershed period in Kenyan television and radio programming.
The watershed period is a duration during which adult content (content deemed to be unfit for consumption by minors) should not be aired, which is between 5am and 10pm.
“This adult content should not aired at all. What is it that will be aired that mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, grandparents do not know or have not seen? Why should these people look at others yet they all
have the same things?” said Sheikh Khalifa.
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