'Project X' was organised by porn rings - film board

Tuesday March 8 2016

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The highly publicised party "Project X" was organised by international pornography rings and unscrupulous businessmen to shoot films on sight and promote drug use, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has said.

Project X has stirred social media uproar. Its advertising content, "No one goes back home a virgin", caught the attention of the police and religious and political leaders, who launched campaigns against its success.

“These activities are coordinated and funded by an international porn ring, with local networks promoting homosexuality in the country. We have incredible leads that Project X is part of a syndicate of unscrupulous people who have turned events of this nature into avenues of shooting pornographic films and extorting their victims through blackmail,” said Ezekiel Mutua, KFCB chief executive.

The films board said it acted on a tip that unscrupulous businessmen were "to promote drugs, illicit sex and making of pornographic movies" at the Kileleshwa party set for March 12.

The party is named after a 2012 Hollywood movie that features a birthday celebration that gets out of control with drug abuse and sexual encounters, prompting police intervention.


Police, led by Deputy Inspector-General Joel Kitili on Saturday put planners of the event on notice, saying they were in breach of the law.

“We are taking action aimed at establishing what the organisers are planning,” said a statement from the police, “we will not allow events where illegalities are committed to take place.”

Law enforcers were responding to a public outcry that saw ODM nominated Member of Parliament Isaac Mwaura launch a Facebook campaign against the party.

“8 Days to go to the biggest celebration of bad behaviour in the +254... Chiqs... Dudes... and a whole lot of booze...no rules...no regulations...everything goes," read WhatsApp promotional material for the party,"...carry your own high... Whether it's herbs... pills...everything is legal advance tickets are almost sold out!! Get the few remaining at selected outlets.”

The board has proposed that a special police unit be assigned to carry out enforcement in compliance with the law in cases where there is a breach. Also in progress are plans to set up a special phone helpline where the public can file complaints of illicit movies.