Ezekiel Mutua responds to viral video of primary school student’s vile rant

Ezekiel Mutua and blurred image of the Consolata School student.

On Sunday, Kenyans online were shocked by a foul-mouthed video uploaded by a primary school pupil at Consolata School, Nairobi.

The video shared on the boy’s Instagram account showed him hurling insults at a schoolmate who had allegedly spread rumours that he is gay.

After being the topic of discussion for days across social media platforms, the Kenya Film and Classification (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua has weighed in on the matter.

Mutua wondered why Kenyans expressed shock at the student’s vile rant yet politicians, preachers and media houses use vulgar language.

“When national leaders use the vulgar language on each other like Hon. Babu Owino did on the DP yesterday, why are we blaming that young boy for doing a vulgar video, using unpalatable language?

“When preachers like Pastor Ng'ang'a do the crazy things he's doing for "trending" and controversy, why are we shocked when our kids copy him?

“When media houses play dirty music and make television studios discotheques, why are we shocked when our kids think that foul language, controversy, bad manners and profanity sell?” posed Mutua.

“When I condemn certain artists for their obscene content and grownups like Willy Mutunga, Esther Passaris and Moses Kuria mock me, why are we shocked when we see our kids talking dirty and appearing to be proud of themselves for doing it?

“When KFCB talks about the importance of regulating content and people frustrate our efforts why are we shocked when our kids are being fed with poisonous content?” he wrote.

According to Mutua, Kenya has a major problem since morality goes hand in hand with national development.

“Guys we have a problem. Kenya is at the cliff. We need a national conversation on moral values. No society mocks God and prospers. No country glorifies evil and makes socio-economic development. No country with the unprofessional media like Kenya makes any meaningful progress.

“Moral values are the basis of national development and societal stability. The kind of media our kids are being exposed to whether online, TV, Radio or print media will shape their values.

“We must go back to the basics and have a national conversation on moral values. Let's do it for our kids and our future. Say no to dirty content!” he concluded.