Languages
Page last updated at 12:38 GMT, Monday, 26 April 2010 13:38 UK

Anger in Kenya over Mandera World Cup TV video hall ban

World Cup trophy
The World Cup kicks off in South Africa in mid-June

Football fans in north-eastern Kenya have criticised a decision by a Muslim leader to close public video halls ahead of the World Cup.

Many Kenyans watch live football in video halls via satellite because they cannot afford the technology at home.

But Sheikh Khalif Mohammed has shut the halls down in the town of Mandera, saying the satellite channels expose children to pornography.

The move has sparked anger in a nation where football is hugely popular.

The BBC's Bashkas Jugsodaay in Mandera says fans have told him they will do anything to watch the World Cup, which begins in six weeks' time.

Some even said they planned to cross the crocodile-infested river Dawa to watch games in neighbouring Ethiopia.

"If the chiefs [clerics] don't lift the ban, I will go anywhere for the World Cup - from the first day to the last day," said a man who did not want to be identified.

Sheikh Mohammed said the video halls were a bad influence on local children and encouraged them to miss school.

"If anyone wants to go watch the World Cup at his house or her house then we have no problem. But public - no," he told the BBC.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Kenyan Arsenal fan hangs himself
06 May 09 |  Africa

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific