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High Court upholds ban on ‘Rafiki’ film in a move termed ‘draconian’ to the freedom of expression

April 30, 2020 at 16:11
High Court upholds ban on 'Rafiki' film in a move termed 'draconian' to the freedom of expression

Dr Ezekiel Mutua breathed a sigh of relief after ban on the screening of acclaimed ‘Rafiki’ film was upheld by the High court of Kenya on the 29th of April.

Since its release ‘Rafiki’ which promotes and advocates for gay rights, was considered unethical for the Kenyan audience by leaders as well as citizens.

This saw it warrant legal measures with KFCB boss, Dr Ezekiel at the forefront to ensure its ban from airing on our local broadcasting stations.

KFCB CEO, Dr Ezekiel Mutua

Seems his prayers have been answered.

Sharing an article by the Star newspaper that headlines “Court upholds ‘Rafiki’ ban, says it protects morality” Dr Mutua hailed the move.

Quoting High Court Judge J.A. Makau, the moral cop tweeted:

“Freedom of expression is not absolute but subject to limitations under Article 24, and the discretion of the Kenya Film Classification Board to restrict @rafikimovie is constitutional, ” Hon. Justice J.A. Makau. @InfoKfcb @TheStarKenya #RafikiMovieJudgement

Standing his ground, the board chairman articulated:

You want to do gay films? Go to countries that have legalized the practice. Gay films are not a human rights issue.

Further condemning the film for introducing a practice in the country that Kenyan space actually despises.

It’s an attempt to normalize a practice the larger Kenyan society abhors. This we shall resist with the full force of the law! #rafikimoviejudgement


‘Rafiki’ is a same-love romance themed film starring actresses Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva.

Rafiki film

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, the film talks of a gorgeous romance between two teenage girls falling in love in Nairobi.

‘Rafiki’ is a major success outside of Kenya, being the first Kenyan movie to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Banned Kenyan film ‘Rafiki’ makes history in Cannes Festival

It is an 83-minute film incorporating English, Swahili and Sheng tongues.


Check out varied reactions from Kenyans below:

The ban uphold has been considered a major blow to freedom of expression and love.





  1. High Court upholds ban on 'Rafiki' film in a move termed 'draconian' to the freedom of expression - Kenyan Digest : April 30, 2020 at 4:22 pm

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  2. i support the ban on this gay vice/film in totality i could care-less how many awards it’s worn outside our shores,proud of the High court and the work of our faithful patriot-ezekeiel mutua too. The film as described is unethical, un-african n worst of all un-biblical. gayism is same as terrorism..bombing society with moral poison eventually creates more harm than a single explosive could ever do. It’s always better to fear God& risk being un-cool than bend or consume western garbarge presented as progress by depraved human beings. People don’t even realise that homosexuals have a less than average life-span because of the gross/un-biological nature of their sexual relations that introduce pathogens in their bodies esp digestive system where it’s not designed for..but the reports aren’t welcome in a gay-backing ”modern” world and usually suppressed to condone/support their moral decadence.

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