Atheist in Kenya (AIK) society have criticized the arrest of Comedian Eric Omondi.
Omondi was arrested by officials from the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) as well as officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
In a statement by its president Harrison Mumia, the society stated that the arrest contravened the freedom that artists should be enjoying.
“The society is shocked and dismayed by the arrest of comedian Eric Omondi. Eric has exhibited great talent and creativity during his illustrious career,” he stated.
He further recommended that KFCB formulate better ways of handling artists especially in the era of digital content, which is enjoying its highest activity during the COVID-19 pandemic
KCFB argues that Omondi violated the provisions of the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the laws of Kenya by producing and distributing the ‘Wife Material’ entertainment show.
The film’s second edition was unveiled on Monday.
The new season featured 15 contestants from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Uganda is represented by Naditor, Diana Birungi, Raphaela Sibella Nsiimire, and Sumaiyah, while Tanzania has Singer Gigy Mama, Suzan Faustine, Kyler Jeycman, and Bertha.
Kenya has former Citizen TV presenter presenter turned socialite Sherlyne Anyango, DJ Coco, and Manzi wa Kibera.
In one scene of the show, two contestants were involved in a physical assault at a Club Blend in Nairobi.
In the video clip which the comedian shared on social media, contestants from Tanzania led by singer Gigy Money and Sumaiyah were seen throwing things around and fighting Kyler Jeycman who was seated next to him to an extent of forcing police officers and stewards who were providing security at the club to intervene.
The KFCB boss and Omondi have been at loggerheads over the ‘Wife Material’ show for a period of time, with numerous calls from the former for the show to be banned.
The first episode of the show was released in November 2020 as part of Omondi’s intent to get a wife