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Friday, 23 September 2016

Tanzanian lecturer charged with insulting president on WhatsApp

A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, a senior police official said on Friday, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.

Insulting the president was made a criminal offense in Tanzania under a cybercrimes law passed last year, punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of around $3,000, or both.


"The senior university lecturer was arraigned in court yesterday, and I think he was later released on bail," Julius Mjengi, police chief of the south-west Tanzanian town of Iringa told Reuters by telephone.
Police said the lecturer was charged with offenses under Tanzania's strict cybercrimes law. The lecturer denies the charges.
"The number of people who have been arrested across the country thus far for insulting the president has now risen to 10," Tanzanian newspaper Mwananchi said in an article on Friday.
Those who have faced trial for insulting Magufuli in recent months include students and opposition politicians.

Magufuli, nicknamed "the bulldozer" for pushing through his policies, has won some praise from Western donors for anti-corruption drives and cutting wasteful government spending since coming to power in November. But opponents accuse him of becoming increasingly authoritarian, undermining democracy by curbing political activity and restricting live television coverage of parliamentary sessions

Source: Reuters

22 comments:

STERN said...

THAT IS TANZANIA BUSINESS. Anybody wey belive say he or she get 2 heads should come and charge me for laying curses on BUHARI THE CLUELESS

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Hmmm

Uju Phil said...

Never knew they practiced tyranny in yeye Tanzanian fah,they should come to Naija na. Even with our Tyrant here,no one is mute,except those who have who have sold their consciences and freedom of speech and for a penny!

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Imaging the foolishness.
SO APC ARE NOT ONLY IN NIGERIA HUH?
am sure that if the president is doing well with his scam cabinet this guy won't insult him.
Terrorist buhari don copy am already so is no longer new thing in Nigeria na.
AFRICA IS JUST THE WORST PLACE TO BE HOW I WISH AM NOT FROM AFRICA.






















#sad indeed

livingstone chibuike said...

Anyway tanzania abi? Dats d only place such nonsense can happen. Dey shuld free d man

freeborn bamislam suani ahmad bamislam said...

Imaging the foolishness and stupidity.
SO APC's ARE NOT ONLY IN NIGERIA HUH?
am sure that if the president is doing well with his scam cabinet this guy won't insult him.
Terrorist buhari don copy am already so is no longer new thing in Nigeria na.
AFRICA IS JUST THE WORST PLACE TO BE HOW I WISH AM NOT FROM AFRICA.






















#sad indeed

Uju Phil said...

Never knew they practiced tyranny in yeye Tanzania fah,they should come to Naija na. Even with our Tyrant here,no one is mute,except those who have sold their consciences and freedom of speech and for a penny,the bandwagons!

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Only in this shitty Nigeria..... Nansance...
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Lol udonminit, just for insulting the president on whatsapp.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Anonymous said...

Na wa
Lol. Read this funny akpos jokes here

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ike manuel said...

Only in Africa!

Na me talk am!

Long Live Lib!!!

OSINANL said...

*SIGH*

Vivian Reginalds said...

haha freedom of speech joor
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Juliet Iwuno said...

Hmmmmmmm! Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when we choose Tyrants as leaders. This President was presenting himself as man of the people before o. smh. How is this different from the Unilag matter? Sue people for slander or libel if you are lied upon. Besides you should not take up office if you do not want to be criticized- Newyorker

Odibe Blessing said...

Nawa ooo this president sef don deserve to retire

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Vincent Okechukwu said...

Africans and their abuse of power shaa

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Seun Combs said...

Illiteracy is rife among Nigerian youths. How can you say you have freedom to publicly insult someone just because he holds a public office? If I called any of your parents name I don't think any of you would be happy? Freedom of speech is freedom to express opinion freely and not to insult, malign or debase any individual under any guise.

Anonymous said...

Please shut your trap. Your comments always reek of folly and childishness. Anything can be taken as an insult, including this rubbish you just spilled. Do you deserve to go to prison? Illiteracy is rife in your shallow brain. And yes it's an insult, the least you deserve. Kindly whip yourself up

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