Kenya Film Classification Board boss Ezekiel Mutua has been left with an egg on the face just hours after insisting he was still in charge at KFCB.
Mutua even went ahead to preside over an official function Friday morning in Kiambu county, only to be sent on compulsory terminal leave awaiting the expiry of his contract in October.
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Mutua commonly referred to as the moral cop for censoring films and songs with obscene content has been replaced by Christopher Wambua, Director of Public Communication CAK in an acting capacity for two months.
According to a memo from KFCB acting Chief Manager, Corporate Services Mr Paskal Opiyo, Wambua’s appointment takes effect immediately.
Earlier, Mutua refuted claims that he had been fired over alleged abuse of office and urged Kenyans to ignore what he dismissed as malicious rumours.
“My attention has been drawn to reports on social media to the effect that I have been fired as CEO of KFCB. PLEASE IGNORE such malicious rumours. I am not aware of such developments and there can be no grain of truth in them as there’s no vacancy in the office of the CEO KFCB” he said.
His response had been prompted by a tweet from Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior who accused ICT CS Joe Mucheru of unlawfully sacking the KFCB boss.
“Ezekiel Mutua unlawfully removed by CS Mucheru as CEO after being lawfully appointed by the board. Laws are mere suggestions for this administration,” Kilonzo Jnr tweeted.
There have been accusations that the KFCB boss is planning to extend his term in office without falling due process.
The unconfirmed reports further indicated that the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC) had waded into the matter when it got wind of the scheme to renew his contract for a third term hence, asked the CS to take disciplinary action against the KFCB Board.
Mutua who has served at the helm of the Kenya Films Classification Board for six years has always been at the centre of controversy over his strict directives.