Nasa pioneer Raila Odinga has encouraged the Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) to enable Kenyans to watch whatever they like, including restricted gay film Rafiki.
KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua had a month ago prohibited the film on grounds that its substance advance lesbianism.
Mutua, the so called moral crusader, had contended that the motion picture’s delineation of homosExual practice runs counter to the laws and the way of life of Kenyan individuals.
“It is our considered view that the moral of the story in this film is to legitimize lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law and the board’s content classification guidelines,” Mutua said in a statement.
But Mr Odinga on Thursday told the Oxford Union in a lecture that Kenyans should be allowed the freedom of expression and the freedom to watch what they like.
He was commenting on the banning of the Rafiki film on lesbian love that premiered at the Cannes festival.
People should be allowed freedom of expression, as well as the freedom to watch what they like. @RailaOdinga on the ‘Rafiki’ film ban. @wanuri @KuisanMacharia #shapingafricanconversations @GinaDinGroup pic.twitter.com/jqelm9RaCx
– GINA DIN (@gina_din) May 17, 2018
The film, telling the tale of two young women whose fathers are political rivals, is the first-ever film from Kenya to get a slot at the world’s most prestigious cinema festival.
During its premiere at the Cannes festival, the team received a standing ovation from those in attendance.