The Communications Authority of Kenya has imposed tough measures on Homeboyz radio to cub gross misconduct in the said media house. The regulator has fined Homeboyz radio KSh1million and ordered that the Lift Off morning show be off air for the next six months.
Addressing the media on Sunday, director general Mercy Wanjau said the suspension is until the station shows compliance with statutory requirements. Wanjau also directed that all presenters in the station to undergo mandatory training . “They should undergo training on programming code by the authority, and training by the National Gender and Equality commission,” she said.
She directed that the station should publish a public apology on two daily newspapers with nationwide circulation. Homeboyz should also air the same apology on the station prime time starting today for the next five days. In her directives, Wanjau said the station should review it’s editorial policy to align it with requirements of the law on gender and file the same with the Authority.
“I direct that the station to ensure its presenters are accredited by the Media Council of Kenya and file evidence of compliance with the Authority,” added.
On the other hand The Media Council of Kenya has commended Radio Africa Group for terminating the services of three radio presenters at Homeboyz radio which include Shaffie Weru, Joseph Munoru (DJ Mfalme) and Neville Muysa.
“The Council takes note of the action taken by the management of the radio station, against the individuals and commends them for taking responsibility,” CEO David Omwoyo said in a statement.
“This is as a sign of commitment, to uphold ethical standards in their programming. Consequently, the Council will be keen on following up on such matters to enforce compliance as per the Media Council Act 2013.”
The three were accused of shaming a victim of sexual violence during the Lift Off morning show on Homeboyz radio. The girl is said to have been thrown from the 12th floor by a man she met on Facebook after denying him sex.
The girl, whose name is Eunice, became crippled by the tragic incident. Dj Joe Mfalme, Shaffie and Neville made this incident their topic of discussion; little did they know this was going to screw them. They termed Kenyan ladies as being ‘too available’ and lose for strangers.