The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has asked Homeboyz Radio to ensure Kenya’s Media Council credits its presenters in new directives.
The directive was one of seven new demands that the Communication body issued to the station following a scandalous week.
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Directives to the radio
The statement, issued on Sunday morning, also asked for Homeboyz Radio to put on suspension the offending show for six months until it showed compliance with all ‘statutory and regulatory requirements.’
Furthermore, the Authority imposed a Ksh 1,000,000 fine against the station. It also directed it to take the staff through gender sensitization.
“The CA has directed that the staff of the station (Homeboyz Radio) undergo training and sensitization on gender issues,” reads the third directive, “The training should be certified by the National Gender and Equality Commission and evidence of compliance filed with the Communications Authority.”
A Public apology for five days running
The Authority also directed the station to issue a public apology in two newspapers with nationwide circulation. They also required the station to air the same apology during prime time. The process would start from today (Sunday), over the next five days.
The Authority also directed the station to review its editorial policy to align it with law requirements on gender. They would then file the same with the Authority.
The update comes just several hours after Homeboyz Radio confirmed terminating their contract with the three: Shaffie Weru, DJ Joe Mfalme (Joseph Munoru), and Neville Muysa. The station said that they were ‘deeply disappointed’ in the conduct of the three presenters.
Gender inclusivity and diversity
The Communications Authority said that it upheld gender inclusivity and diversity and urged broadcasters to exercise great responsibility when working.
The statement, signed by CA Director-General, Mercy Wanjau, said they would continue monitoring the programming on Kenyan stations. The programming needed to conform with the ICT sector law provisions and the Kenyan Information and Communications Act.