Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua has declared war on the Samantha sex doll, which has continued to elicit mixed reactions among Kenyan social media users in the past few weeks.
Speaking when he attended the Scouts Founders Day in Nyeri County on Saturday, Mutua, who is referred as the Kenyan moral police, stated that he has began plans to ensure importation of Samantha and other sex dolls is stopped.
UK magazine Express describes the doll at "the most realistic sex robot you will ever see." Its creator, Sergi Santos, a Barcelona-based engineer says that the Samantha doll is able to respond to basic conversation and needs to be seduced before 'sex'. “Basically she likes to be touched. She has different modes of interaction ― she has romantic, she has family and she has also sexy modes," he told the magazine.
However, Mutua likens intimacy with the doll to having sex with a dead body. "This Samantha thing is glorified necrophilia. There's no difference between having sex with a doll and doing it with a dead body!" he exclaimed.
“Anybody who dares to advertise those things will have KFCB to reckon with. Our mandate is on what Kenyans consume and advertising such things is immoral and wrong,” he said.
“You cannot promote sex with a robot as a way of life. We must protect our children from such things. In my view there is no difference between having sex with Samantha and having sex with a corpse,” he said.
Samantha is developed with artificial intelligence (AI) and retails at £2,500 (Sh 316,000). The sex doll topped the list of most searched items by Kenyans on Google in the month of January.