Board bans ‘Baadhai Do’ film, says it flouts law and values

Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) Acting CEO Christopher Wambua addressing the media at their office in Uchumi House, Nairobi on February 14, 2022. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

The Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) has banned a television film deemed to be offensive.

The board said the film titled titled Baadhai Do, promotes same-sex relations as it goes against Kenya’s law and cultural values.

“It disregards our laws, Constitution and sensibilities as a people. The film is an affront to our culture and identity and therefore, unacceptable,” said Acting KFCB CEO, Christopher Wambua at a press conference.

According to Sections 162, 163 and 165 of the Penal Code, same sex relationships and sexual practices are an offense. Further, the Constitution does not recognize same-sex marriages. 

"The film tries to influence the viewer into believing that homosexuality is a normal way of life. This is evident by use of symbolic colours that are associated with LGBTQ+ as displayed towards the end," said Wambua.