Film board boss, Mutua: I’m not mshamba, I’ve been to the White House

EZEKIEL MUTUA PHOTO/COURTESY

Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) Chairman Mr. Ezekiel Mutua has laughed off statements from critics claiming that he has a “village mentality” when he “bragged” about his first class treatment aboard a plane.

Mr Mutua became the recipient of harsh criticism when he posted a photo on an airplane on April 10, and captioned it: “When you are the only passenger at the VIP Lounge, then you board the plane and find that you are also the only passenger in the Business Class. . . Yet there was a time I used to negotiate fare with touts in Githurai! God can turn around your situation and treat you to things you never dreamed of. Your background does not determine your destiny.”

Many interpreted his message to be “pure show off”; whereas he termed it “gospel”.

“Talking of praising God in Business Class and VIP lounges…; this was during the Kibaki regime, just before the 2013 General Election that brought the Jubilee Government to power,” said Mutua on Saturday, April 16.

“The then President Mwai Kibaki entrusted me and the former minister for Cooperative Development Joe Nyagah with his plane. Joe and I had been sent by Kibaki with a goodwill message to five presidents in the region.

“We were nearing the 2013 General Election and our neighbours were afraid that there could be post election violence in Kenya and that it would affect the flow of goods to those countries.

“The president sent “his trusted men” to assure our neighbours that Kenya had put mechanisms in place to avert an incident of post election violence, that the elections would be peaceful and that they would continue to get uninterrupted services through the port of Mombasa and our roads across the borders.

“So there we were flying from one capital to another and holding serious meetings with Heads of State. I am not seeing these things (VIP plane services) at KFCB. I have been to the White House, I have visited nearly all the major capitals of the world and I have used nearly all major airlines on business and even first class. Now, should a boy from a village in Mwala not praise God for all this?” posed Mutua.

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