Traffic police officers arrest a crew member of a matatu that plies the Mtwapa route in Kilifi for playing pornographic music content. PHOTO | WINNIE ATIENOTraffic police officers arrest a crew member of a matatu that plies the Mtwapa route in Kilifi for playing pornographic music content. PHOTO | WINNIE ATIENO
By WINNIE ATIENO

A Public Service Vehicle plying along Mtwapa route in Kilifi has been impounded for playing pornographic music content to passengers on board.

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) coast regional manager Boniventure Kioko warned PSV against playing pornographic contents to passengers.

Mr Kioko ordered PSV owners to either comply with the law or remove their screens.

“We conducted a raid following complaints from passengers that Mtwapa, Bamburi and Tudor PSV’s are notorious of playing pornographic music content especially when school girls board the vehicles,” Mr Kioko said.

A driver and the conductor were arrested and taken to Mtwapa police station during the raid.

“Notorious matatus are those plying the Mtwapa-Posta, Bamburi-Ferry and Tudor-Ferry routes. They lure school going girls with dirty content no wonder some matatus are a favourite to our children. We are collaborating with police to nab them,” he added.

Traffic police officers order passengers out of a matatu impounded in Mtwapa, Kilifi for playing pornographic music content. PHOTO | WINNIE ATIENO

Traffic police officers order passengers out of a matatu impounded in Mtwapa, Kilifi for playing pornographic music content. PHOTO | WINNIE ATIENO

CRACKDOWN

Speaking during a dawn crackdown of the PSV’s at Mtwapa stage, Mr Kioko said the two will be arraigned in court on Tuesday.

“They will be charged with exhibiting unclassified video content contrary to section 12 (1)and (2) of the file and stage plays Act CAP 222 Laws of Kenya. Audio visual content being exposed to the public is subject to regulation and matatu operators are not exceptional. Moral values must be observed,” he added.

Passengers lauded the move urging the crackdown to be extended to other counties at the Coast.

Matatu Owners Association Coast coordinator Salim Mbarak warned Saccos against tolerating conductors and drivers who play such content in their vehicles.

“Those found culpable should face the law. We cannot erode our culture, Mombasa is not Sodom and Gomorrah,” Mr Mbarak said.

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