Ezekiel Mutua speaks on being fired from the KFCB

Former Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Boss, Ezekiel Mutua has broken his silence after being dismissed on Friday, August 6, 2021.

Mutua took to his social media page on Saturday, August 7, 2021 and posted a message thanking his family and friends for their prayers and words of encouragement following his forced exit from his position as the KFCB Boss.

“Dear friends & family, Thank you for your prayers and the words of encouragement. I can’t pick all the calls or respond to all the messages, but I deeply appreciate your prayers and goodwill. Mungu mbele!, “ Mutua stated.

On Friday, August 6, 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication Technology (ICT), Joe Mucheru confirmed Mutua’s exit from KFCB.

He was replaced by Communications Authority of Kenya’s (CAK) Director of Communications and External Affairs, Christopher Wambua, as the new KFCB CEO on an acting capacity.

Reports revealed that Mucheru had instructed KFCB to appoint an acting CEO and take immediate administrative measures necessary for Mutua to proceed on terminal leave pending his retirement on October 25, 2021.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had also launched an investigation after Mutua was accused of receiving irregular payments in terms of salaries and allowances.

In a statement that was issued on May 6, 2021, the EACC stated that  Ms Gathoni Kungu who is a board member was also under investigation.

The EACC asked KFCB to provide personal files of the two officials, all payments of salaries and allowances including payslips and payment vouchers, human resource policy and procedures manual guiding the increment of salaries and allowances.

A confidential letter which was addressed to CS Mucheru leaked online on July 23, 2021, exposing wrangles at the KFCB.

The letter that was marked as “confidential” indicated that any decision made towards the renewal of Mutua’s contract for a third term, was illegal and void.

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