Monday, March 18, 2013

Advert on condom use causing a storm

By GALGALO BOCHA gbocha@ke.nationmedia.com

Some religious leaders have condemned the communications regulator for failure to take action against a condom advert aired on national TV stations before prime time news.

They argued that the “Weka Condom Mpangoni” advert, which is intended to educate the public on the importance of condom use, is promoting immorality rather than playing its intended role.

Bishop Julius Kalu of the Anglican Church of Kenya, Mombasa Diocese, said the advert openly agitated for extra-marital affairs and sex among school-going children.

“There are better ways of passing useful information to society. This one has certainly failed. It openly propagates immorality, especially when all family members are gathered before television sets, waiting to watch news,” Bishop Kalu said.

In one of the scenes, two women are seen talking at a marketplace about their families, with one of them saying her husband is on a trip. Her colleague reminds her to use a condom while having sex with her boyfriend.

The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) organising secretary, Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa, echoed Bishop Kalu’s sentiments and asked the Communications Commission of Kenya to swing into action.

“The advert depicts this nation as a Sodom and Gomorrah and not one that values the institution of marriage and family,” Sheikh Khalifa said in an interview.

Sheikh Al-Amin Kimathi, a Nairobi-based Muslim activist, agreed with the religious leaders, saying, the advert encouraged unfaithfulness among married Kenyans.

The commercial has also elicited reactions from social media users in the country.

“This is bad and it is coming every time while the family is at the table. Blackout on that advert pliz,” posted David Wanjohi Kruger.