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Otieno Aloka faces Arrest

Otieno Aloka and Ezekiel Mutua: Photo Courtesy

Otieno Aloka got the internet talking about him after his Facebook live performance that has left most people disappointed with him. He used very vulgar and obscene language in his song.

 The ‘Kanungo E Teko’ hit maker did a live show over one-hour long where he performed a somewhat degrading song to women which have since brought social media users to call for action from authorities.

Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua on Sunday, August 16, announced that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had been alerted to arrest the singer and the producer responsible for the Facebook live performance.

He accused Aloka of promoting a high degree of women degradation. The producer of the show was not left free as was accused of failing to obtain a filming license from KFCB.

Kisumu Woman Representative Rosa Buyu was among the numerous angry Kenyans who demanded that action be taken on Aloka over the live show. 

“Thank you, Hon. Rosa Buyu for bringing this to our attention. We are working with Google to have the video brought down and will ensure that the artist faces the full force of the law for violating the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 in respect to content creation regulations “he wrote. The KFCB boss cautioned that children, at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are facing increased risk of consuming harmful content.

“Content does not have to be dirty to sell and our artistes must know that such dirty content will also be consumed by their children,” he warned.

 Due to closure of schools, most children have access to gadgets and they need to be protected from exposure to harmful content by ensuring that content meant for adults are not circulating online. This is something that is believed is possible through strict parental guidance.

The singer later issued a brief apology video, stating that he did not intend to cause offence to women or anyone else with his performance saying a German fan had requested such dirty and degrading song.

At one point in June the KFCB boss blamed the Kamba Vernacular Artistes of the rise in teenage pregnancies during this COVID 19 period, the content they created were not palatable to children even though the teenagers consumed. He argued that they contributed to the dire situation with obscene stage names, music videos and lyrics.

Mutua has trained his sights on vernacular musicians in recent months, accusing them of creating obscene and harmful content.

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