by Helvine Achieng
March 17, 2021
Comedian Eric Omondi has bowed to the Kenya Film Classification Board's pressure to suspend production of his online show, "Wife Material". This comes a few days after Omondi's arrest. The KFCB boss Ezekiel has been in pursuit of Omondi over his questionable content.
In a press briefing, the state corporation stated that it had agreed with the comedian that the content, which was considered explicit and unsuitable for a young audience, would be deleted from his YouTube channel.
"The board has keenly examined Eric's apology and has requested for an out of court settlement and is willing to settle the case through an alternative dispute resolution on condition that the said Eric Omondi deletes all the explicit content running on his online channels and that the program in contention dubbed 'Wife Material' is suspended forthwith until this case is heard and determined and the same fully complies with the provision of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the laws of Kenya," stated Ezekiel Mutua.
Adding, the KFCB announced that it would come up with guidelines for self-regulation that should be observed by online content creators.
"The said committee shall, in conjunction with the board and the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, develop guidelines for self-regulation of online content,"
"If the producers of the said show wish to continue with the programme, they shall apply for a filming licence and shall submit to the board the script, synopsis, storyboard and filming schedule for approval before production and exhibition of the same,"
Further terms have included that producers must submit the recorded show for examination and classification by the board upon completion of production "for agreed appropriateness to ensure the protection of children from premature exposure to adult content."
The comedian was arrested on March 11 for sharing the content on his online platforms. After he and his cast were released from police cells on Sh 50,000 bond each, the comedian took to his social media, saying that he had personally apologized to Mutua and the board.
"I had a very long phone call with Ezekiel Mutua and he is of the very strong opinion that Wife Material does not have to be dirty to sell. I completely agree with him and have sent him a personal apology. The intention has always been to entertain and not to offend, and I would like to apologize to anyone who I have offended," wrote Omondi on Instagram.