Comedian Eric Omondi arrested over controversial ‘Wife Material’ show

Comedian Eric Omondi was on Thursday arrested for producing and distributing unauthorised films of his controversial show “Wife Material.”

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) compliance officers together with officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said Omondi had violated the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya.

A statement from KFCB, signed by CEO Ezekiel Mutua said the comedian will be arraigned for contravening the law.

The Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 provides that:

  • 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.

“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.

“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.”

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