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Comedian Eric Omondi arrested, to spend night in custody

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Comedian Eric Omondi has been arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives.

A statement from the Kenya Film Classification Board boss Ezekiel Mutua says that Eric Omondi has been arrested for allegedly violating the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act.

The comedian yesterday caused a stir at a local club after contestants of his Wife Material Show were involved in a catfight. The skimpily dressed women had to be whisked away by the police in a bid to bring calm.

According to Mutua Eric Omondi’s reality show Wife Material falls under the unauthorized films under the act.

The said comedian will be arraigned in court for contravening the law.

“The Board will take all possible legal means to curb production and exhibition of unauthorised films on any platform meant for public exhibition,” said Mutua.

“Protection of children from exposure to harmful content remains our core mandate. Any artist producing content for public consumption must ensure that they comply with the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya,” he further stated.

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The Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 provides that:

(1) No person shall exhibit any film at an exhibition to which the public are

admitted or distribute such film unless he is registered as an exhibitor or

distributor by the Board and issued with a certificate.

(2) No film or class of film shall be distributed, exhibited, or broadcast, either

publicly or privately, unless the Board has examined it and issued a certificate of

approval in respect thereof.  (3) Any person who exhibits any film in contravention of the provisions of

subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence.

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