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technology 25 Nov 2019

Homeboys Radio faces harsh penalties for derogatory comments made by “The Lift-Off” hosts

By Waiswa Wafula

On Thursday 25th of March 2020, popular Homeboyz Radio trio made some derogatory comments against Ms. Eunice Wangari Wakimbi who was recently thrown off a window on the 12th floor of Ambank House after she reportedly rejected a man’s sexual advances. When

The trio namely Shaffie Weru, Neville Muysa and Joseph Munoru commonly known as DJ Joe Mfalme hosted the morning drive show, “The Lift-Off” when the comments were made.

A statement released on Saturday 27th March by Radio Africa Group parent company to Homeboyz Radio indicates individual contract termination of the trio following a comprehensive review of the controversial comments they made. This comes after their subsequent suspension from employment on Friday.

“Our partners and listeners will not be surprised by this action to terminate their services as it is the right thing to do.” Homeboyz Radio General Manager Somoina Kimonjino said in a statement.

The announcement came shortly after Sponsors EABL expressed their withdrawal from programs associated with the presenters in support of the investigations being carried.

The communication Authority led by Director-General Mercy Wanjau during a press address on March 28th fined Homeboyz Radio with a KSH. 1,000,000 and suspended the offending programme for six months until the station complies with “all statutory and regulatory requirements.”

In a statement released on Sunday, the Director-General directed Homeboyz Radio to publish an apology in two newspapers with nation-wide circulation and air the same apology on the station during prime time for the next five days.

According to the state agency, the presenters exposed a victim of Gender-Based Violence to ridicule and implied that it was the victim’s fault that she was targeted and assaulted.

The breakfast show was in violation of the provisions of the law and the programming code in respect to the requirement for broadcasters to air decent and family oriented programming. The presenters discussed sexual matters in an explicit and offensive manner and went on to glorify sexual violence against women.

The communication Authority further directed that the staff undergo mandatory training and sensitization on gender issues, certified by the National Gender and Equality Commission.