No homosexual films in Kenya, Muslim clerics tell KFCB

By Margaret Kalekye/KNA

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 has also rejected the proposal saying they will not allow the production of any film that is detrimental to the moral values and traditions of the Kenyan.

“If they want to produce any film, play or song for public consumption, they have to bring it for classification,” said KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua.

Kenyan Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender and Intersex community 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 Thursday, Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya said LGBTIs have no right to corrupt the minds of Kenyan children.

“They have no right to disrespect the holy books and Kenyan cultural values,” said Sheikh Khalifa at the Kenya School of Government in Mombasa.

Already the board has banned several films and songs deemed immoral in the country. These include 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 after 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.

Mutua said the board has only not been enforcing them.

“What we saw in Nairobi was very unfortunate. The meeting was hijacked by a group of activists. It became unruly and under duress we had to call it off because that was not consultation,” Mutua said.

He said so far, there is no new law that is being introduced.

“We will consult even the MPs to amend this law to make it facilitative, not punitive, to the growth of this industry. There is no cause for alarm,” said Mutua.

Kosgei said Mutua should not be attacked whenever he announces regulatory measures as they are usually not his own personal views.

“What he says is always what the board has discussed and agreed on. So, do not crucify him for trying to protect and safeguard the Kenyan moral values,” the Bishop said.

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 of minors) should not be aired.

This 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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