Kenya Films Classification Board KFCB has refuted claims that it was frustrating efforts by televangelists in recruiting new members.
KFCB Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua defended his Board saying any move to gag churches could be unconstitutional.
‘The law provides for freedom of worship, with the limitations of ensuring that it does not amount to hate speech or undermine other faiths. It is on this knowledge that we deem it imperative to engage with all relevant players to ensure that as we strive to meet expectations of one provision in the law, we do not stifle the fulfillment of the other,’ states the CEO.
Mutua added that KFCB is focused on weeding out cases where religious institutions use broadcast platforms to fight their supremacy battles.
‘Our concern is when televangelists use frequencies that are national resources to recruit members and in the process demonize other faiths and it is likely to bring disharmony,’ states Mutua.
KFCB has strongly stated that its intention through the new law is to safeguard the country’s national values against corruption through irresponsible content.
Meanwhile sections of Pentecostal churches have called for further consultations over the matter with the Attorney General.
The Pentecostal Church leaders have seen the new laws as a threat to their freedom of expression as they threaten to take legal action unless their needs are addressed.
However, Mutua assured religious leaders and Kenyans in general that nothing will be done outside the country’s constitution ‘On the matter of televangelism and asking people to get saved, we note that this is a delicate matter requiring wide consultation with stakeholders in the church. The Board has already conducted a nationwide engagement with these stakeholders and we expect to iron out our regulations with the suggestions we have collected. As firm believers of the rule of law , we will not implement any framework that contradicts the Constitution or any other law for that matter.