Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has warned matatu operators that they risk hefty fines over any unlicensed fitted screens.
The KFCB chief executive, Dr Ezekiel Mutua, on Monday accused matatu operators of turning public service vehicles (PSVs) into mobile raunchy dens.
“The stories of agony told by passengers in PSVs are very disturbing. The display, exhibition or playing of pornographic content, loud music and foul language used on passengers presents an image of a public transport sector gone rogue,” said Mutua.
The KFCB boss directed all matatus with fitted screens to apply for licenses and present their content for screening or risk a fine of not less than Sh100,000.
“Some matatus have become theatres for pornographic content and are destroying our youth, especially students, some of whom simply spend the whole day consuming this content,” said the KFCB boss.
Mutua said that screening of unrated content in PSVs and exposure of children to obscenity violates the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222, the Sexual Offences Act of 2006 and Children’s Act.
“Matatu operators who want to screen or exhibit content must obtain a film/video regulatory license and the content must be classified by KFCB,” said Mutua.