Magufuli starts arresting critics

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After making headlines as a reformer and becoming a darling of many Africans including Malawians who are unhappy with their leaders, Tanzanian President John Magufuli has taken a step higher in his radical reforms on governance.

John Magufuli

‘ill-mannered’ Magufuli

An opposition member of parliament in Tanzania has reportedly been arrested by police for saying  President Magufuli has become “ill-mannered” and will one day “order Tanzanians to go topless”.

According to BBC, the MP, Halima Mdee, was held on Tuesday evening after she said – during a meeting in her Chadema party – that Magufuli had become ill-mannered.

Mdee was accused by a district commissioner in Dar es Salaam of making “unacceptable” comments.

Tanzania’s The Citizen newspaper, said on Tuesday that the commissioner Ally Happi had ordered the arrest of Mdee for uttering “abusive language” towards the president.

Mdee, the report said, criticised Magufuli, over his stand regarding teen mothers’ right to return to school after delivery.

Magufuli sparked outrage from women’s rights campaign groups in June after he said that students who became pregnant should not be allowed to finish their studies after giving birth.

“I give money for a student to study for free. And then, she gets pregnant, gives birth and after that, returns to school. No, not under my mandate,” the president was quoted as saying at the time.

A report by Human Rights Watch claimed that school officials in Tanzania have been conducting pregnancy tests in order to expel pregnant students, thus depriving them of their right to an education.

But Magufuli hit back, saying if Tanzanians listened to western human rights organisations, “all the students in an entire class could have babies”.

“In that case, what would happen? While the teacher is conducting class, they’ll all leave to nurse their babies? Never under my mandate”, he said.

“If the NGOs really love these students they should open special schools for mothers.”

According to the BBC, Mdee’s arrest comes just days after Mr Magufuli warned opposition leaders to be careful about what they say in public.

He told the authorities to take action against anyone who incites violence.

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48 Comments

  1. As far as I know, in Africa, you can’t be a successful president if you don’t mix with dictatorship, otherwise the majority of the people amazitengela zinthu pamgong’o chifukwa cha umbuli. True democracy can only be successful in the West where the majority are educated. Have you seen where Kagame has taken Rwanda??? It’s all because he is partly a dictator. So go Magufuli, that’s what Africa needs.

  2. All African leaders hav a similar altitude, just like Malawian movies , amayamba bwino but lacking the necessary knowledge to accomplish wat they’ve just started. zikawavuta nde amangoti ” To be continued” hahaha!! . O of thiz african leaders ndi achina To be continued

  3. Yoh!! I don’t surprise myself coz these African presidents always end up like that it’s in our blood, we can not change our personalities

  4. Mugufuli is apresdnt of Tanzania and wat ever he is doing he does it for tanzanians .sorry for u malawians u hav been craping hands for him,u hav showing that u are stupid in minds cuz u always put trust on somebody before u learn him.power of ignorance.

  5. J M in not God . Though he is a president he is a human being just like any human with flesh and blood.. he can respond to matters just like any other person can do.
    After all you can not go in the street and start insulting the the 1st person in the country and get any with it. You can not dare to do it even to a chief in a village.

    “They is always a price tag for any thing”

  6. Before commenting your nonsense read what Tanzania President said “But Magufuli hit back, saying if Tanzanians listened to western human rights organisations, “all the students in an entire class could have babies”. “In that case, what would happen? While the teacher is conducting class, they’ll all leave to nurse their babies? Never under my mandate”, he said. “If the NGOs really love these students they should open special schools for mothers.”

  7. Ife timangokuonanitu anyapala olemba nkhaninu, mkumanyoza ur president kkkkkk. Magufuli akuyabwa ku Tanzania, he just wanted to attract attention from the west. African reasoning is not as that of Azungu, ife tada ndi mmutu momwe.

    Today if ajournalist write nosense is being arrested, pamene ananzeze akumalawinu mungotukwana muli pheeeeee.

    Kuyalusa abambo ako mkumayamikira abambo amnzako all because of political difference, kkkkkk

  8. Any reasonable thinking human will always get rid of rubbish cos there is nowhere any home would spare room to accommodate such when you have better things to keep. In Malawi, we have PAC, CSOs & the Opposition not worth having.

  9. That is my country,my Africa that I want God bless my president J.P Magufuli ,God bless Tz, God bless Africa my continent

    • Nyasa Big Bullets yatha ngati ma curtan, kodi ma supporter alipobe kapena adasamuka. Kukakamila Nyasa nchimodzimodzi kukakamila mkazi osabereka kkkkk

  10. African continent resembles a question mark…. what he is doing is not suprising at all. Its in the DNA of all african leaders. They have priorities upside down alwayz

  11. Ambiri amamuyamikira kuno kwathu ku Malawi,amayamikira utsogoleri wake wa u dictator wo tikamati nsipu obiliwira umaoneka ukakhala patali ndithu lero tsano mutipo chani za mkulu amenei?ndi zoba week yathayi waletsa atsikana omwe otenga pathupi ali pa sukulu kuti ngakhale abereke asamaloledwe kubwerera kusukulu

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