…just leave them alone! Ezekiel Mutua tells Kenyans as he defends WaJesus family

Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua is one complex character. The man can sometimes enrage you with the way he policies the entertainment industry but at other times, he can show a side of himself that leaves you questioning your whole assessment of him.

And this story is one such example. Ezekiel or “Moral Cop” as some online call him has come out with one of the most interesting takes about an ongoing situation.

Ezekiel Mutua
Ezekiel Mutua

That is the Kabi WaJesus scandal where the YouTuber confessed that a DNA test had proved he had fathered a child with his cousin.

Ezekiel, who is known for his no-nonsense attitude about morals, has now given his opinion on the matter defending Kabi and Milly after DNA results proved Kabi fathered baby Abby.

Using his Twitter page, Mr. Mutua urged Kenyans to not kick the couple when they are down. He noted that everybody faces tough times but because celebs are public figures it becomes more pronounced.

He concluded by wishing the couple well. “Do not celebrate another person’s downfall or accentuate the pain. If you can’t help, comfort or pray for them, just leave them alone. “We all have some difficult bends in life only that some people attract more public attention and drama. To Kabi and Milly, may God be with you!” Mutua wrote.

Mutua’s take is one filled with grace, something I appreciate at a time when the whole world seems to be having joy seeing the couple in pain at the moment.

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Embarambamba danger to himself-Ezekiel Mutua voices concern for gospel singer

Embarambamba has either been a blessing to the gospel community or an embarrassment, so much so that Ezekiel Mutua has noticed his antics.

For those who might not know him, Embarambamba is a Kisii gospel artiste who has made a trademark out of rolling in the mud and pulling of other spine-chilling stunts, while doing his music videos.

The musician’s gimmicks have now drawn the attention of the Kenya Films and Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua, who is concerned for him and those around him.

“Why do I feel like Embarambamba is a danger to himself and that his fans could be cheering him to self-destruction? Is this style sustainable? Is it even sane?” Mutua posed.

The moral cop suggested that the artiste’s fans were the ones egging him on to proceed with his stunts, unaware of the dangers that could be staring at him.

For his part, Embarambamba has been on record defending his daring music videos, saying the Holy Spirit’s power inspires them.

In his latest music video, Embarambamba was spotted holding a bible while kneeling in the mud as he donned a white suit. “I pray for wisdom to get a way to reach my President Uhuru Kenyatta to assist me to preach your word and lift your name high, both in kids and adults.”

And who takes care of the laundry that gets messed up?  The artiste has claimed in the past that his wife takes care of his laundry and has never complained about her husband’s behaviour.

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Ezekiel Mutua comes to Reverend Natasha’s defense after tattoo reveal

Kenya Film Classification Board chairperson Ezekiel Mutua has a reputation for going after celebrities for what he considers unbecoming behaviour either in their lives or in the art.

The moral policeman rarely if ever takes the side of a public figure, but there are times that he bucks the trend and shows support for one, as he recently did with the cleric, Reverend Lucy Natasha.

Ezekiel defended Kenya’s “prettiest” pastor on social media after she was attacked by Kenyans over the fact that she had a tattoo.

Earlier, the woman of God had posted an image of herself getting the COVID-19 jab, and her visible tattoo was the point of discussion for the better part of the day.

Her caption read, ”Together with my pastoral team, I took the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine at RFH Health Care in adherence to government and medical recommendations for clergy and frontline workers as we combine our efforts in overcoming this global pandemic.”

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The tattoo brought out the critics in droves calling out her for having a tattoo. One example is below, “Servant of God, with all due respect, what does a tattoo on your body signify? You even look so proud of it. Is it okay for an exemplary leader? Or people should do what you say?”

But Mutua wasn’t having any of the criticism and supported Natasha saying, ”Rev. Lucy Natasha, preach on and turn your back to the critics, sceptics and naysayers. People will always talk tattoo or no tattoo. Shine on for the Lord and reach out to souls. There is nothing you can do to please everyone!”

What does the Bible say about tattoos?

In Leviticus 19:28 it says, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”

But in the new testament, after Jesus’ death, Paul makes it clear that salvation is by Christ alone and what he did on the cross. Having a tattoo will not make someone go to hell.

Read more in this article for a great summary on tattoos in the Bible.

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“…it’s going to be worse!” Eric Omondi says candidly about Wife Material’s new content

Eric Omondi had arguably one of the toughest weeks in his career earlier this month when he became an enemy of the state. (pardon the pun).

The man became the subject of controversy after his Wife Material castmates were filmed behaving poorly at a certain club in Nairobi.

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The ensuing backlash captured the ears of KFCB chairperson Ezekiel Mutua who descended on Eric with all the available power that his cushy job can provide him.

The moral cop forced Eric to do something many hadn’t anticipated – apologize to the masses for his creative content. This week I spoke to the popular comic about the incident.

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Eric informed me that many Kenyans didn’t realize that the show would still go on, despite the wide belief that it had been canceled after falling foul of government censors.

“The show will go on with the same cast. We only canceled for two days, then when we were about to start it again, John Pombe Magufuli passed on. We thought that it would be a bit disrespectful to proceed considering his death.”

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And what had been Ezekiel Mutua’s exact problem with the show?

” Where Mr. Mutua was right and what his issue from the get-go, was that children were able to watch the show considering we had not put any ratings for it.”

Adding, “His point was very simple. If the show isn’t targeted at kids, why don’t you rate it? Even Hollywood movies are rated. That’s the only point he made that got me hands down. I am always ready to fight him. He also told me to get the relevant licenses which I have since done.”

And would the content on Wife Material change considering the backlash he got from some quarters? “I have got a feeling that it’s going to be worse,” he said contemplatively.

“There is nothing like dirty and clean content. Don’t be lied to. Each and every content has its own target market. There are family shows, comedy shows, action shows, political shows, religious shows, even children’s shows out there. Wife Material is not a family show! That’s what people aren’t getting. By now everyone knows what it is and what it entails. What are you doing watching Wife Material if you aren’t comfortable with it? Nini mbaya na wewe? Si uwachane nayo!”

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And are he and Mutua on good terms? “Yes, we are. He had a point, we agreed and moved on,” he replied.

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The case for Eric Omondi – He reflects Kenyans deepest and darkest behaviors

Eric Omondi was arrested by Compliance officers from the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers.

Eric Omondi looking great
Eric Omondi looking great

In a statement, KFCB said that the comedian was arrested for contravening the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222, which prohibits production and distribution of unauthorized films, and in this case his Wife Material series.

“The Kenya Film Classification Board Compliance Officers in conjunction with Police Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have this afternoon arrested one Eric Omondi for violating the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya by producing and distributing unauthorized films dubbed “Wife Material”,” reads the statement.

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The statement further stated that Eric Omondi will be arraigned in Court on Friday. Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua backed up the action insisting that the board has nothing against artistes and young people.

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Taking to Twitter, Mutua said the only thing they are against is dirty content.

He added that all they are doing is protecting children against exposure to adult content, by promoting clean content.

The war is not against artistes or the youth. It’s against dirty content. The intention is not to harass artistes or stifle creativity. The idea is to promote clean content and protect children against exposure to adult content!” said Dr. Ezekiel Mutua.

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Ezekiel Mutua screenshot

My issue with this arrest is that it makes Mr. Mutua the arbiter of what is right and wrong? Kenya has witnessed a lot of dirtier content with the emergence of the gengetone genre which is arguably more filthy than anything that Eric has ever released.

The question is why didn’t Mr. Mutua arrest those artistes? What has made Eric’s case so flagrant that he has to be prosecuted in a court of law? What is so different about the artistes who put out filthy (questionable) content and what Eric does (has been doing recently?).

I find Ezekiel’s picking and choosing of who to prosecute a slippery slope. It is based on his own subjective feelings and makes him the judge, jury, and prosecutor.

Lastly, art imitates life. Eric is simply putting on screen who we are as a society. He is a mirror of what Kenya is and wants.

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And while Mr. Mutua might want a vision of a greater Kenya, art that is based on propaganda will not succeed with Kenyans, revealing our base natures.

Eric has tapped into the psyche of Kenyans and has shown the deep, dark underbelly of who we are, something that Mr. Mutua might not like to see.

But I might be wrong…

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Give KFCB an inch…Eric Omondi’s new show with Betty Kyallo under board’s spotlight

Eric Omondi must feel like he is living a nightmare. The comedian had to cancel the second season of his highly popular show, Wife Material after the Kenya Film Classification Board(KFCB) went after him using state machinery.

As if that wasn’t a body blow, they are at it again with the CEO Ezekiel Mutua issuing another statement concerning Eric Omondi’s and Betty Kyallo’s upcoming show on KTN Home.

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In a statement seen by Classic105, Mutua sought to clarify that despite the show “The Big Quiz” airing between the watershed period, its content will fully comply with the stipulations of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 as well as the Kenya Information and Communications Act (KICA) and the Programming Code.

Mutua said that Standard Group MD Joe Munene has assured him that the show will adhere to all the regulations put in, pointing out the 18+ information on the poster of the show is misleading.

He tweeted;

We thank the members of the public who brought these concerns to the Board and the Standard Group Management for their swift action” reads Mutua’s statement.

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Some Kenyans read Mutua’s statement and wondered aloud what was so flagrant about the poster, as I did? Hmm…

Mutua’s comment comes hours after he slapped Eric Omondi with 9 demands before withdrawing the case that led to his arrest and opt for an out Court settlement as per his request.

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I still maintain that Eric should have fought the KFCB in court. Once you allow politicians to legislate art, then it stops being art and becomes mere propaganda. But those are my thoughts. What do you think?

Should the government have a big part in steering a country’s art?

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