By Alex Roberts
‘Dr.’ Ezekiel Mutua strikes back; as it were, in his latest of a long line of ill-conceived and suppression-based positions against various artistic endeavors. The latest bug up his ass takes the form of some faux moral stance against two hits.
Yes, we at the EA Scene know that we’re late to this party; and that the good doctor made his proclamations about a month ago; but it’s better to be late to the party hungover and confused than to miss it altogether, right?
For those that forgot, and want to step back into the fray; Mutua had made statements that would allude to an attempt to ban Diamond’s ‘Tetema’ and Sailors’ ‘Wamlambez’; only to back track days later and state he merely meant his statements in the context of ‘beer’; as in alcohol has an age limit, so should music. He also named the tracks as pornographic.
Sure, we could pass along totally unsubstantiated rumors about Dr. Mutua being in desperate need of a good old fashioned lay; in his probable preferred fashion of a hidden tryst with a muscle bound rugby forward in an alley out back of one of the pubs he rails against as ‘the dens of Satan’; but there is no such need for such ill-maligned speculation here. women play rugby too, don’t be sexist we’re obviously talking about a woman here and wouldn’t dare insinuate as to the sexual preferences of the moral Doctor.
All deep-seeded need for a rough pounding aside; there is a much more insidious aspect to Mutua’s attempts to suppress: has anyone else noticed that the primary focus of Mutua nearly always goes against artistic efforts from within the region and not from abroad? Sure, there was the notable example of him attempting to ban ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ in 2013, much to the delight of River Road in Nairobi, but primarily he has taken aim, again and again, at the arts of East Africa. He may talk the talk against Western ‘sinful expression’; but Mutua walks the walk against East Africa.
Yes, his primary target has been the artistic expression of Kenyan creatives; but this latest episode points to something deeper. This line of thinking is not only neo-colonial, but also is a roundabout way of demoting African made music; railing against it as ‘moral decay’ and attempting to ban it from the very night clubs where club bangers from the West and Nigeria are played in constant rotation.
Sure, the songs were dirty, but in deep dark honesty, are they any more dirty than those sung by Americans? Have you heard a Prince song?
Nah. That ship has left the harbor, all that’s left is an ugly truth; that any controversial opinion formed artistically is deemed a threat to society by Mutua as he sees it as laying seeds of subversion. Nobody likes the guy, and yet he keeps his job. Why? Because he is good at being the ‘moral policeman’. He’s a Picasso in the tedium of his own bureaucratic bullshit- while in the shadier parts of his job he quietly makes it more difficult for creatives to get licenses, attempts to charge content fees and puts for measure that would see the arrest of anyone airing ‘unrated’ films that didn’t get KFCB clearance.
That last one, he just did this past week, and its a classic tactic of such glory hungry ‘moral policemen’. He’ll say something outlandish to grab attention and slide his real agenda through as the fervor is slowly dying down as to not draw attention.
@EzekielMutua ~ making, exhibiting and distributing unrated films is illegal and any person involved in the same will be arrested and charged in accordance with the law. @ntvkenya @NellyMuluka @K24Tv #KFCBonChildProtection pic.twitter.com/mkmwXIUl0B
— KFCB (@InfoKfcb) September 19, 2019
Unrated films, Mutua claims, are pornographic in nature. Is this the case or is it truly a matter of making filmmakers filter through the KFCB in order to be approved by a body headed by a man to whom an inter-gender high-five looks like a Caligula-hosted stag party? I surely don’t think so- and his checks against creativity in Kenya and beyond are the kind of polite fascism that makes my skin crawl. It seems that the biggest gripe he truly has is independent thought; to him following convention is the most sacred of duties; any who would cut against that can be cast out into a lake of fire.
The creative sector in East Africa has suffered more than enough without such a constant malignant damper on it. Make no mistake; these very same policies he espouses for headlines always have fine print; and it is within that fine print that the creative sector in Kenya is being actively strangled to death.
His true colors are showing with his latest underhanded slimy attempt to suppress. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes it’s a big fat dick.