Homeboyz Radio has suspended two radio presenters and a DJ for two weeks in relation to comments they made that appeared to victim shame and justify sexual assault against women.
Shaffie Weru, Neville and DJ Joe Mfalme made the insensitive remarks on Wednesday when hosting the station’s breakfast show, The Lift Off which were highly condemned by social media users.
The statements surrounded an incident where a lady named Eunice Wangari was thrown off the 12th floor of a building by a man whose sexual advances she had turned down.
“During the suspension period, the presenters and all other Homeboyz Radio presenters, producers and the Homeboyz radio social media team shall undergo mandatory gender awareness sensitization training and training on ethical reporting and on-air discussion of women issues, sexual assault and gender based violence,” Kimojino said.
She said the training shall be conducted by the station’s legal team and a credible institution that is a key advocate of women’s rights and their protection from all forms of discrimination, bias and abuse.
“As the leading heritage youth station in Kenya, Homeboyz Radio will start changing the narrative around violence towards women,” the GM assured listeners.
The suspension of the presenters came hours after the station issued a public apology earlier on Thursday.
“Homeboyz Radio does not condone sexual assault, violence against women, victim shaming and any actions by men who do not respect women’s choices and their voices,” Kimojino said.
The radio station also ran a public apology besides the one made separately by the presenters. Read the apologies in the links below: