Comedian Eric Omondi has been released on a Ksh50,000 police bond.
The ‘Wife Material’ show host – and main actor, and self-proclaimed “President of Comedy in Africa” was arrested for producing and distributing unauthorized films.
Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) says Omondi violated provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya.
KFCB CEO Dr Ezekiel Mutua said yesterday “The Board will take all possible legal means to curb production and exhibition of unauthorised films on any platform meant for public exhibition.”
‘Wife Material’ was a reality TV show in which numerous women participated, with the ultimate prize being a hand in Eric’s marriage. But unlike hit American TV series The Bachelorette, on which it was modelled, Wife Material was just for show.
The Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 says:
- 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.
- 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.
- Any person who exhibits any film in contravention of the provisions of subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence.
Added Mutua, who has been championing for ‘clean content’:
“Protection of children from exposure to harmful content remains our core mandate and any artist producing any 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.”
Omondi will be arraigned on March 18.