Kenyans have come out in numbers and petitioned both the Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) and YouTube to take action on a song released on Friday dubbed Pigwa Shoka.
The newly-released song has caused an uproar over its messaging and video that shows youths in “blood-stained” clothes carrying “bloody” axes.
On Sunday, KFCB boss Ezekiel Mutua confirmed that he had received complaints from Kenyans and that he had asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to find and arrest the culprits behind the said song.
“We are following up to ensure that there is heightened surveillance on this kind of content. We have also alerted DCI to find the creators and producers of such content and ensure that they face the law,” said Mutua.
4/7 We are following up to ensure that there is heightened surveillance on this kind of content. We have also alerted @DCI_Kenya to find the creators and producers of such content and ensure that they face the law. @InfoKfcb
— Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS (@EzekielMutua) May 5, 2019
HACKED TO DEATH
He added that they had also alerted Google, which owns YouTube and are committed to take action through their “Trusted Flaggers” office in Kenya.
“We are saddened by the delay. Global platforms take long on such decisions as the global community policy standards differ from one jurisdiction to another.”
The song comes just weeks after 28-year-old Naftali Njahi Kinuthia was arrested and charged for allegedly hacking Ivy Wangechi to death over unreciprocated love outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) on April 9.
The sixth-year medical student was reportedly waylaid by the suspect as she walked out and died on the spot after sustaining deep cuts.
Report indicated that the suspect had allegedly concealed his axe and knife in a sack.
Many lamented that the song was a reenactment of the chilling murder of the Moi University student.
So, there’s a song by a bunch of idiotic kids called “Pigwa shoka” which actually talks about killing girls..the song has a video with girls dancing in it..I am out of adjectives to describe this but I guess @EzekielMutua @InfoKfcb this is where you come in?..
— Ben Kitili (@Ben_Kitili) May 4, 2019
There are some young, admittedly talented people who have released a song called Pigwa Shoka. In the video they are wearing “blood” stained clothes and carrying “bloody” axes. I have felt such disappointment.
— Arya MF Stark (@CiruMuriuki) May 4, 2019
Dear @DCI_Kenya @EzekielMutua there’s a music video doing rounds called ‘pigwa shoka’ that’s enacting Ivy’s killing and basically asking young men to kill slay queens. It’s horrific to say the least. I hope you can act on it with speed. Urging whoever has seen it not to share.
— Terryanne Chebet (@TerryanneChebet) May 3, 2019
Someone kills someone with an axe (shoka) and someone runs to record a song with the title “Pigwa Shoka”, advocating for women to be killed with “shoka” (axe). More irritating, there r women (girls) dancing in the same songs. Reminds me Fasihi “Mwanamke ni adui wa mwanamke”
— juma G. (@jumaf3) May 5, 2019
So now there’s a song called pigwa shoka. The level of insensitivity in this country is rising to extreme level and what pple would do to attract attention is unbelievable!! God help the lost souls
— miss.sayit (@SayitMiss) May 4, 2019
Whoever sold our morals must have been paid bounteously, Pigwa Shoka is preposterousness, I have watched that video and am very disappointed @DCI_Kenya You have to arrest all the characters involved .@EzekielMutua I fully support you on this!
— NGONG’U Kiarie (@Joekiash) May 5, 2019