Controversial Comedian Eric Omondi has been released on a Ksh.50,000 police bond barely a day after he was arrested for illegally producing and distributing unauthorized films.
Omondi was arrested on Thursday March 11, 2021 by Officers from Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for producing and distributing unauthorized films of his controversial show “Wife Material.”
According to a statement from Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) that was signed by CEO Ezekiel Mutua, Comedian Omondi violated the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya and 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,” Dr. Mutua said.
“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.” he added.
He will be arraigned in court on March 18, 2021.