Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) boss Ezekiel Mutua on Thursdaue night, August 5 rubbished claims that he had been fired from his position.
In a Tweet, vocal Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr alleged that the KFCB boss has been fired by Ministry of Information and Communications CS Joe Mucheru.
“Ezekiel Mutua unlawfully removed by CS Mucheru as CEO after being lawfully appointed by the board. Laws are mere suggestions for this administration,” Kilonzo Jnr wrote.
However, Mutua dismissed the Senator’s statement terming it malicious rumours, noting that there is no vacancy for CEO position at KFCB and so he cannot be dismissed.
“My attention has been drawn to reports on social media to the effect that I have been fired as CEO of KFCB. Please ignore such malicious rumours
“I am not aware of such developments and there can be no grain of truth in them as there’s no vacancy in the office of the CEO KFCB,” said Mutua.
Mutua, a trained journalist, was first appointed to the position in October, 2015 but his term was renewed for three more years in 2018.
His first term was rocked by controversy due to his hard stance on issues especially those touching on morals earning him several enemies both on mainstream and social media.
Mutua was also embroiled in a bitter fight with film producers and directors, a recent incident being the ban on Kenyan gay movie Rafiki.
Speaking in a past event, he said the renewal of his term by KFCB directors is an indication of his unrivalled track record during his first term.
“When I was first appointed, the board gave me two mandates. One, raise the profile of the board. I have done that by over 99%. When I came in no one knew about KFCB let alone pronounce it properly in full
“That has since changed. Even government agencies were contradicting our mandate and so I made sure I set up the structures. Two was raise the revenue and I have done that raising it by over five times,” Mutua said.
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