Matatu lobby in suit threat after new music videos fee directive

Matatu Welfare Association chairman Dickson Mbugua. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Matatu Welfare Association chairman Dickson Mbugua. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Matatu Welfare Association (MWA) has threatened a legal action should the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) implement its directive which requires all public transport vehicles to pay Sh2,000 in licence fee annually to exhibit music videos.

The lobby, which represents the industry workers joins vehicle owners in voicing opposition to the directive

“This is practically impossible. If indeed Matatus have been playing pornographic videos as alleged, KFCB should simply outlaw those big screens with immediate effect,” said MWA chairman Dickson Mbugua. “There was no public participation. If they go ahead and implement this directive, we will take them to court.”

Last week, the KFCB chief executive Ezekiel Mutua said all passenger service vehicle must immediately pay the fee before playing any videos.

He also ordered operators tuning to radio stations to pay the agency an unspecified amount in broadcasting fee.

Mr Mbugua who was speaking to the Business Daily in an interview Monday said that plans by the KFCB to charge an extra fee for playing music on Matatus was unacceptable.

He argued that there was need for consultation with stakeholders.

A fortnight ago commuters in Mombasa complained about matatus showing pornographic content leading to a crackdown.