Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned all media content containing homosexual references in Kenya.
The announcement was made by acting KFCB CEO, Christopher Wambua, during a radio interview, reports Viraltea.
Mr. Christopher Wambua said that Kenyan law does not allow homosexual content and relationships. He added that the film regulator’s position has always been to ban creative work of the sort within the Kenyan territory.
‘As we rate and classify content, we also consider other applicable laws. If there is any content that normalises and glorifies same-sex relationships, our position in Kenya has always been to restrict and not to broadcast, exhibit or distribute that kind of content within the borders of the country.’
Additionally, Mr. Wambua maintained that any broadcast content appearing to promote homosexuality contravenes the laws of Kenya. ‘Therefore, it is unacceptable as well as demeaning to Christianity to watch two gay men in a film purport to conduct a religious marriage invoking the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.’
Mr. Wambua was referring to the film I Am Samuel (see below).
The Bible says
Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
Apostle Zakaria Odongo, Chairman of Kenya Christian Voice, expressed excitement over the ban. The Chairman said the ban could not have come at a better time than now. ‘Immorality cannot prevail in Kenya. Any avenue used to promote such an act must be closely monitored and brought down if possible. Kenya is a Christian nation. We will not allow any form of modernisation or cultural imperialism that will affect our values.’ He added.
Furthermore, Apostle Odongo said ‘we prayed for this moment, and I believe God has answered us.’
In the meantime, Apostle Zakaria expressed optimitism and confidence that the leadership of President William Ruto will not deviate from God’s word.
Apostle made reference to the Deputy President and the wives of both leaders. He described them as pillars who he hopes will stand in the gap physically and spiritually for the nation.
In September 2021, the Kenya Film Classification Board banned a pro- sodomy 52-minute documentary, I am Samuel, citing a homosexuality theme. This was made known in a release by the film board.
According to the KFCB acting CEO, the documentary was restricted from airing within Kenya because it violates the Films and Stage, Plays Act Capp 222. Section 165 of the Penal Code outlaws homosexuality.
‘The 52-minute film is, therefore, an affront to Article 45 of the Kenyan constitution. It recognises the family as the basic unit of society and defines marriage as between two persons of the opposite gender. Moreover, our laws, culture as well as our society’s belief is in the sacrosanct institution of family,’ Mr Wambua stated.
In the same vein, Standard Media reported that KFCB banned ‘Rafiki’ in April 2018, on the grounds of “clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law.”
Rafiki’s producer Wanuri Kahiu appealed against the ban, arguing it was against freedom of expression which is enshrined in Kenya’s constitution. But the court disagreed, saying there was no violation of freedom of expression.
Same-Sex Relationships Illegal in Kenya
In May 2019, we reported that Kenya’s High Court ruled against campaigners seeking to overturn a law banning gay sex.
The three judges rejected claims that the colonial-era law violated the new constitution, which guarantees equality, dignity, and privacy.
The penal code criminalises ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’, widely understood to refer to sexual intercourse between men.
Male homosexual act is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. The foreign funded Kenya National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) pushed for the law to be scrapped. They argued that it gave rise to a climate of homophobia. However all the law does is maintain that such(homophobia) activities are unlawful.
Kenya remains among the 69 countries to criminalise same-sex consensual activity.
Kenya’s Film Commission has said international filmmakers must adhere strictly to the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 in the country.
Similarly, Christopher Wambua the commission’s boss maintained that while the Board welcomes local and foreign support, such funding should focus on the production of content that is aligned with the laws of the country.
In addition, the excesses must be checked in the process of acquiring filming licenses as well as submitting content for examination and classification for age suitability.
The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) is fully funded by the West.
Ruto’s Administration and LGBTQ
Kenya’s President William Ruto made his stance long before he became the Head-of-State.
In May 2015 Mr. Ruto openly declared there is “no room” for homosexuality in Kenyan society in remarks at a church service.
‘The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others,’ Ruto told a Nairobi church congregation in Swahili, according to an online video posted by Kenyan broadcaster KTN.
Furthermore, in 2015, the President stated that his Christian background teaches against homosexuality but if elected president, the Constitution, and the law will be the guiding principle.
It is on this principle that Christian Voice prays for the manifestation of God’s glory in Kenya through Mr. William Ruto and members of his cabinet.
1 Corinth 12: 17, But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit.
Read and Pray
Genesis 19:5-7; Leviticus 18:22; Deuteronomy 5: 17; Proverbs 3:17; James 3:17;
Thank God for another victory
Thank God for Godly leaders
Pray for sound Leadership in Kenya
Pray for wisdom and discerning spirit in this administratiion
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