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Ezekiel Mutua’s Response To Being Fired as KFCB CEO

Mutua was responding to a Thursday night, August 5 tweet by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. who claimed that the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs had kicked him out despite being appointed by the Board.

UPDATE 11.43: Comedian Eric Omondi has weighed in on allegations of Ezekiel Mutua being fired from the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), affirming that he will ensure he is ousted from office, whether the allegations are true or not.

Omondi reminded Mutua that he had only one chance to make amends with the entertainment industry following his unfortunate remarks, which he failed to take.

“I said before September and you thought it was a joke. You cannot bite the hand that feeds you, we are your employers.

“I told you your only option was to apologise to the Entertainment Industry for your unfortunate remarks, but I guess it’s too late. I don’t know how true or false the word going around is, but I still promise you, unless you apologise and change your ways, you will not be in that office come September,” he declared on his Instagram post on Friday, August 6.

Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua has addressed claims that he was illegally evicted from office by ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru. 

Mutua was responding to a Thursday night, August 5 tweet by Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. who claimed that the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs had kicked him out despite being appointed by the Board. 

“Ezekiel Mutua unlawfully removed by CS Mucheru as CEO after being lawfully appointed by the Board. Laws are mere suggestions for this administration,” tweeted the senator. 

Mutua however dismissed those reports, urging Kenyans to ignore the malicious rumours while affirming that he is still the CEO of the film board. 

KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua and Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr. /FILE

“My attention has been drawn to reports on social media to the effect that I have been fired as CEO of KFCB. Please ignore such malicious rumours. 

“I am not aware of such developments and there can be no grain of truth in them as there’s no vacancy in the office of the CEO KFCB,” he responded shortly after. 

Senator Kilonzo’s tweet ignited wild reactions on social media, with many celebrating his ouster before Mutua stepped in to dismiss the rumours. 

Mutua has been battling accusations over a planned extension of his office tenure without following due process. In a report by Nairobi News on July 25, 2021, a letter was addressed to ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru stating that the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC) found Mutua, who is commonly referred to as the ‘moral policeman’, constituting a plan to extend his term in office before his current term had expired. 

Mutua’s second term in office expires on October 25, 2021. 

SCAC further claimed that Mutua had discussed with the board members the possibilities of renewing his contract for another three years before the current one expires in two months’ time. 

SCAC whose mandate is to provide directions for effective governance and oversight of State corporations, had urged the CS to initiate Mutua’s early retirement by kicking him out of the office with immediate effect and disciplinary action taken against the KFCB Board. 

The State Advisory claimed that members of the board “knowingly convened to deliberate and make a determination on a matter that is already pre-determined and not feasible”. 

SCAC declared illegal any decision to renew Mutua’s contract for a third term. Mutua a former journalist, was first elected to the top post at KFCB in October 2015 and his term was set to expire in October 2018. 

The contract was renewed by the KFCB Board in that October for another three years with the help of SCAC who stated that the renewal was based on Mutua’s performance in line with Section 11(C) of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 and Section 5(3) of the State Corporations Act Cap 446. 

Reviewing his scorecard in 2018, SCAC gave him a rating of 86.7% and 99.1% for the Financial Year 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 respectively. 

The alleged plan by SCAC came when a number of artists, led by Eric Omondi led the charge to kick him out of office for publicly criticising them instead of helping them. In Omondi’s case, Mutua called him broke and poor.

Eric Omondi responding to Ezekiel Mutua calling him broke and poor. /FILE

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