Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua on Wednesday evening, April 21, indicated that the board had received numerous complaints on the matter and vowed that disciplinary action would be taken.
“It should be noted that although the program has been pulled down, the violation has already been committed as the content had not been submitted to the Board for examination and classification in line with the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the laws of Kenya,” reads a statement in part.
Mutua noted that many children are likely to have watched the content bearing in mind that they were home for the holidays.
“The timing of airing such explicit content disguised as a children program is a serious offense…it exposes children to adult experiences,” he added.
The Board vowed to collaborate with the Communications Authority of Kenya and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to take action on the station.
The punishment, he vowed, would act as a lesson to others who plan on airing such content in the future.
“We thank members of the public for drawing our attention to this issue and appeal for more vigilance to protect children from exposure to harmful content,” he concluded.
On Wednesday, the station apologised to the audience for the mistake.
“We are requesting for your forgiveness following mature content that was aired on one of the children’s programs. We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that it does not happen,” reads the station’s apology.
The board has on numerous occasions urged parents to be vigilant on the content children consume both on traditional media and on digital platforms.
â€œLet us monitor the kind of content and programs our children are watching on TV and the internet. Children will not die if they donâ€™t watch TV or use the internet,â€ Mutua was previously quoted.