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Ezekiel Mutua’s Words Following Exit From KFCB

Mutua expressed gratitude to his family and friends for their prayers and words of encouragement after his forced exit from the government agency.

Immediate former Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua has spoken following his sacking on Friday, August 6.

Through a tweet on Saturday, August 7, Mutua expressed gratitude to his family and friends for their prayers and words of encouragement after his forced exit from the government agency. 

Mutua added that he was not in a position to respond to all the messages from people who were curious to know the real intrigues behind his exit.

Ezekiel Mutua during a past media briefing. /CAPITAL GROUP 

Viral Tea learnt that Mutua was sent on “terminal leave” and no reason was given at the time of his ouster.

Christopher Wambua from the Communications Authority of Kenya was appointed as the acting CEO until a replacement is found.

Wambua is an accomplished communication expert with masters in international studies and a postgraduate diploma in mass communication from UoN.

He started his career at Jomo Kenyatta University as a Public Relations Officer in 1997 where he worked for two years.

Wambua moved to the Tea Board of Kenya in 2000 where he worked in the same position for 6 months. He joined the CAK that same year as an assistant public relations officer and was promoted to the position of Communication Manager after 12 years.

In 2014 he became the Assistant Director in charge of Multimedia Content and Innovation and was promoted to the position of a director the following year.

Mutua’s ouster comes at a time the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) launched investigations into alleged irregular payments of salaries and allowances to the KFCB boss and Ms Gathoni Kungu.

Mutua earlier on addressed claims that he was illegally evicted from office by ICT CS Mucheru. He 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.

“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 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.

Christopher Wambua, who was appointed to replace Ezekiel Mutua at the Kenya Film Classification Board. /CA

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