Homeboyz Radio has taken action against its breakfast show hosts Shaffie Weru, DJ Joe Mfalme, and Naville following public uproar over comments they made live on air.
The three are accused of making utterances perceived to be glorifying sexual assault against women during their show on Wednesday.
They were discussing an incident where a 20-year-old woman named Eunice Wangari was allegedly shoved from the 12th floor of a building in Nairobi CBD after rejecting sexual advances from her date.
Through its General Manager Somoina Kimojino, Homeboyz Radio announced it has suspended the three for two weeks following an inquiry into their comments.
During the period, they will undergo training on ethical reporting and on-air discussion of women issues, sexual assault, and gender-based violence.
“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.
Shaffie and DJ Joe Mfalme have since issued apologies to Eunice and her family over their insensitive remarks.
“I realize and accept that my statements about the unfortunate incident that happened to Eunice were very insensitive and hurtful and could be interpreted by some as encouraging the already ongoing and unacceptable culture of violence against women and girls,” said Shaffie.
On Friday, the East African Breweries (EABL) said it had stopped all its advertisements at Homeboyz Radio following offensive remarks against women by their presenters.
”EABL strives to promote inclusion and diversity and we discourage gender insensitive statements including a negative portrayal of women in all our marketing campaigns. The context in which content on the Wednesday program was relayed goes against the core tenets of this agenda,” part of the statement read.