Ethic apologise over controversial song, Ezekiel Mutua gives them an ultimatum
By Vincent Kejitan | April 21st 2020
Music group Ethic Entertainment was this week put on the
spot over their new song ‘Soko’ which was deemed to promote paedophilia.
KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua on Tuesday highlighted an apology
sent by Ethic but maintained that they have to face the full force of the law.
“Now listen guys, an apology won't just wash. You will have
to face the full force of the law as provided for in the Films and Stage Plays
Act Cap 222 of the laws of Kenya:
1. Delete the offensive material - all versions of the
uploads you had done.
2. Present yourself to the KFCB offices or to the nearest
police station while observing the COVID-19 safety guidelines. You can be
accompanied by your lawyers.
3. Pay a fine of Ksh100,000 or face a five-year jail term.
This applies to the singers, producers and distributors of the banned song jointly
“In fact, regarding No.3 above, since you are repeat
offenders, you should have faced both, but considering the COVID-19 situation,
we would prefer to sort the matter under ADR as long as you commit to desist
from creating such obnoxious stuff,” wrote Mutua.
In their statement, Ethic apologized to their fans saying
they have made sure the song has been taken down and is inaccessible.
“We sincerely apologise and we are working to release better
music content in the future.
“We appreciate the feedback and we are also grateful for
your continued patience,” read the statement in part.
Immediately the song was released, there were complaints
from members of the public who called upon KFCB to act.
This was promptly done and the video was taken down on
grounds of promoting paedophilia and degrading women.
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