KFCB Launches Crackdown On Matatus Over Obscene Music Videos

KFCB launches crackdown on Matatus playing obscene music videos

By Winnie Kabintie

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has launched a countrywide crackdown on public service vehicles playing unrated content, saying they are exposing passengers to obscene and explicit content.

According to KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua, they are acting upon a public outcry by passengers, who have complained of “pornographic” music videos that are played in some Matatus.

“The stories of agony told by passengers in PSVs are very disturbing. The display, exhibition or playing of pornographic content, loud music and foul language used on passengers presents an image of a public transport sector gone rogue,” said Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS.


Ezekiel Mutua while announcing measures that the classification board has taken to bring sanity to the public transport sector further stated that PSV operators who illegally exhibit content not only contravene the law but also expose children to content that is potentially harmful.

Film/Video Regulatory license

Among these measures is that any Matatu operators who want to screen or exhibit content must obtain a Film/Video Regulatory license and the content must be classified by KFCB.

In response to critics who accused KFCB of “overstepping” it’s mandated in the PSV crackdown, Ezekiel Mutua said  “PSVs are not broadcasters or exhibitors”, adding that “mounting of screens for entertainment can only be regulated under the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 as the content in public service vehicles is not for personal consumption but rather an exhibition to the public”.

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20 Killed in Tanzania Church Stampede

20 people killed in Tanzania Church stampede, Image courtesy

At least 20 people are reported to have died in Moshi, Tanzania on Saturday, following a stampede at a crusade,  allegedly as they tried to “walk through an anointed path”.

The tragedy reportedly occurred in a crusade led by the popular preacher, Boniface Mwamposa, of Arise and Shine Ministry Tanzania.

According to witness accounts, the preacher is said to have poured ” holy oil” on the ground and the crowd surged towards the premises to touch and walk on it in the hope of tapping into blessings and being cured of sickness.

The preacher took off after the incident and Tanzanian authorities have called on him to surrender.

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Kenya Airways Finally Caves In To Pressure and Suspends Flights To China Over Coronavirus

KQ suspends flights to Guangzhou, China over coronavirus

Kenya Airways has just issued a statement announcing the suspension of flights to Guangzhou, China over the coronavirus outbreak.

“Further to our prior communication regarding the current coronavirus outbreak, we have temporarily suspended all flights to and from Guangzhou, China from 31st, January 2020 until further notice,” KQ said in a statement.

There has been a mounting public uproar over KQ’s failure to suspend flights to China, in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, which has killed more than 130 people in China and spread across the world.

Kenya Airways had in an earlier statement ignored calls to suspend the flights and maintained that it’s been in consultation with the Ministry of Health to continue monitoring the coronavirus situation in China and is evaluating all options.

“We would like to assure our customers that we are evaluating all options and that we will communicate the best steps of action at the appropriate time”

KQ had also further stated that it has implemented additional precautionary measures to ensure that its staff and customers are safe and that Passengers from Wuhan and surrounding Districts would only be accepted in their flights after clearance by the Guangzhou health authorities.

Airlines Suspend some flights to China over Coronavirus

Major airlines have suspended some flights to China because of the coronavirus outbreak in an effort to protect their citizens from the coronavirus pandemic.

Air Tanzania announced that it was going to postpone its maiden flights to China, which was to take off next month.

Germany’s Lufthansa has also suspended Swiss and Austrian Airlines flights to and from China until Feb. 9.

British Airways also announced on Jan. 29 that it had suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China.

Air Canada and Air India have also suspended flights to china.

WHO Declares Coronavirus Outbreak Global Emergency 

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared the coronavirus outbreak that has killed 170 people in China a global emergency, as cases spread to at least 18 countries.

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Panic as Male Student is Quarantined at KNH over Suspected Coronavirus

Kenyan student who arrived from China on Tuesday quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH)

A male student who arrived in the country from China, exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms was yesterday quarantined at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

According to the Ministry of Health, the patient arrived in Nairobi from China on Tuesday and medical practitioners are carrying out investigations to establish if indeed the patient is infected.
Health CS Sicily Kariuki has maintained that the issue remains a  “suspected case” until all the investigations and laboratory tests have been concluded.
“The surveillance system remains on high alert at all points of entry & health facilities & screening is being conducted to all those from affected countries,” CS Sicily Kariuk
The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has called on the Health Ministry to provide adequate protective gear.
“The first protection against the coronavirus is ensuring that health workers on the frontline of response are protected,” said Dr Ouma Oluga.
Kenyans have however taken to social media to condemn the government for what they are calling “lax” in handling the “suspected coronavirus case”. Concerns are being raised as to why the ministry hasn’t sought the passengers who were in the same flight with the suspected patient.
Below are some of the reactions shared on twitter under the trending hashtag; #CoronaVirusKenya
Demas Kiprono:  This #CoronaVirusKenya this is terrifying me. A proper response needs strategic and coordinated leadership and a well-oiled health sector. The horror stories coming from Wuhan are scary kabisa.
LexxiTheMediaGuru: Kenya has never been serious, how can they exclude only one person on a plane that was carrying hundreds of passengers given that the virus is an airborne they should have been given a check-up before leaving the Airport. #CoronaVirusKenya
BRIAN_MOGENI: While some security guards stationed at the Infectious Diseases Unit could be seen wearing face masks, patients and staff at the country’s largest referral facility mingled freely without any protective gear. Further, there were no government-led prevention #CoronaVirusKenya
RickyMozzart:Kenya airways always makes losses even if they don’t fly to China it won’t make a difference economically to them but can save Kenyans from the virus. But why hs the government not restricted flights to and from China? #CoronaVirusKenya
Abraham Deng Panchol: #Kenya has never been serious, how can they exclude only one person on a plane that was carrying hundreds of passengers given that the virus is an airborne they should have been given a check-up before leaving the Airport. #CoronaVirusKenya #coronavirus

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RIP Mamba and Mambacita

The world is mourning the legendary Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday together with his daughter Gianna and seven other victims. The tragedy occurred in the hills of Calabasas, California.

The deceased were reportedly traveling to Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, where he was to coach Gianna’s school basketball team.

Among those dead is a family of three; Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, 56; John’s daughter Alyssa and wife Keri.

Since he retired from the National Basketball Association in 2016, Bryant had been coaching Gianna’s middle-school basketball team.

Barack Obama: Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Priyanka Gandhi: The world has lost a legend, and a family has lost its light. May the prayers of millions of people from around the world give #KobeBryant ’s family and those of the others who died in this heartbreaking tragedy courage and strength. #RIPMamba

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Billy Dee Williams: The impact Kobe had on so many lives in so many ways… unimaginable heartbreak#ripmamba
Rich Eisen: I still can’t believe what happened today actually happened. I’m sure

is there to welcome him, comfort him and talk hoops and fatherhood of daughters with him. #RIPMamba and to everyone lost today.

NICHOLAS Trump OSEKO: Death may have taken you away from us, but it could never take your memories away. You will always be in my heart in your own special place. #RIPMamba Kobe Bryant

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