‘Boastful’ words land Ezekiel Mutua in trouble as diplomatic passport is revoked


Kenya Film Classification Board boss Ezekiel Mutua was on Thursday ordered to surrender his diplomatic passport by the Immigration Department.

The department says Ezekiel Mutua is not entitled to a diplomatic passport, explaining that Mutua was supposed to have returned the passport the moment he stopped being an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The revocation of the passport that he got in February 2013 when working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs comes barely three days after he took to Facebook to react to remarks by a journalist that he would never set foot in the “land of milk and honey” due to his stand on lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and atheists.

“Because of my stand on moral values, including the banning of content promoting LGBT and Atheists culture in Kenya, someone wrote in a local daily that I will never get visa to the US,” reads the post.

“Well, I not only got it but it came on a Diplomatic Passport and I didn’t even have to go to the Embassy for biometrics or pay the visa application fee. America here we come… To God be the glory!” he wrote.

Through their Twitter handle, the Immigration Department said Mutua does not fall under the Third Schedule of people entitled to diplomatic passports.

Ezekiel Mutua was set to attend Google’s Web Rangers global summit (a conference on digital literacy and safety) at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Google confirmed that Mutua has been invited to the summit, says Quartz.

As head of the government agency that regulates all visual content in the country, Mutua is best known for demanding that YouTube takes down a music video celebrating gay love. (YouTube kept it online but flagged it for “potentially inappropriate” content.)

When Netflix first launched in Kenya, Mutua called it a threat to the country’s “moral values and national security.”

Earlier September, 2016, Mutua also described atheism as a form of radicalization. “The crusade on moral values is gathering momentum,” he said.

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