Comedian Eric Omondi was on Thursday arrested for allegedly producing and distributing unauthorised films of his controversial YouTube show “Wife Material.”
Officers from the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) pounced on Omondi accusing him of violating sections of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya.
A statement released by KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua said Omondi is set to be arraigned and charged with violating the law.
Wife Material 2 cast. PHOTO/COURTESY
Dr Mutua said “The Board will take all possible legal means to curb production and exhibition of unauthorised films on any platform meant for public exhibition,” said Dr. Mutua.
He added, “Protection of children from exposure to harmful content remains our core mandate and any artist producing any content for public consumption must ensure that they comply with the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya.”
The Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 states:
No person shall exhibit any film at an exhibition to which the public are admitted or distribute such film unless he is registered as an exhibitor or distributor by the Board and issued with a certificate.
No film or class of film shall be distributed, exhibited, or broadcast, either publicly or privately, unless the Board has examined it and issued a certificate of approval in respect thereof.
Any person who exhibits any film in contravention of the provisions of subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence.