Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) boss Ezekiel Mutua has responded candidly on the Kiambu shocking incident where a 22-year-old student admitted to having killed 4 members of his family, including his parents.
Lawrence Njoroge, the main suspect in the murder case, confessed to DCI detectives that he drew his inspiration to commit the act from a dark British comedy-drama, Killing Eve.
He said that he was mainly influenced by Villanelle, a psychopathic character, who becomes an assassin for hire and engages in a brutal killing spree on all her victims.
Addressing journalist about Njoroge’s confession, Mutua said that KFCB had already taken action against the series.
“The series has been restricted and is currently rated as not suitable for persons under the age of 18,” Mutua stated.
Recently, Mutua took to social media to further point out the substantial effects the media has on the youth and children.
“When we say that content consumed by our children has a bearing on our national security, this is exactly what we mean,” he added.
According to Mutua, media content influences consumers’ behavior and thinking, especially children, and that’s why kids who consume violent content have a likelihood of becoming violent adults.
Kenya now joins Brazil in giving the highest age rating for the Psychological thriller, which is a hot sell in local movie shops and online streaming platforms.
Killing Eve has a PG rating of 14 in the United States of America because of its intense violence, bloody images, sexual material, brief drug content, explicit language, and intense sensuality.
In other countries such as South Korea and Germany, the series has a rating of 16 plus.
However, this is not the first time that the KFCB boss has stamped his authority over content deemed unfit for viewer consumption.
Mutua has in the past banned international hits Fifty Shades of Grey and Wolf of Wall Street over sexual content.
He has also not spared local hits like Wamlambez by Sailors Gang, which he restricted from being played in clubs for vulgar content.