Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tanzania church accuses President Magufuli of harming democracy by limiting freedom of expression

Tanzania's Catholic church on Sunday accused the government of President John Magufuli of violating democratic norms by limiting freedom of expression.

"Party political activities, such as public meetings, demonstrations, rallies, debates inside premises, which are after all every citizen's right, have been suspended until the next elections," said a letter penned by the country's Catholic bishops.

Denouncing "violations of the constitution and national laws," the bishops pointed to the temporary shutdown of some media outlets, saying it amounted to "restricting citizens' right to be informed" and hence freedom of expression.

The episcopal letter warned such a political climate would only foment "division and hatred."

"If we allow this to continue, we should not be surprised if we find ourselves embroiled in worse conflicts which will destroy the basis of peace and national unity," it said.

In recent months, the church has come under fire for its silence in the face of Magufuli's "dictatorial bent" and particularly over its failure to address the attempted murder of senior opposition lawmaker Tundu Lissu in September.

Lissu was shot at his home in the capital Dodoma and was rushed to the Kenyan capital Nairobi where he was in intensive care for several months before being transferred to a hospital in Brussels.

His CHADEMA party has accused the government of trying to assassinate Lissu, who is also president of Tanzania's bar association.

Magufuli, nicknamed the Bullzozer, took office in 2015 promising to tackle corruption.

But detractors say he is autocratic and has clamped down on freedom of expression with opposition party meetings routinely banned and several newspapers shut while several journalists and artists have suffered death threats for criticising his regime.


1 comment:

  1. Here you have a prime example what kind of an idiot the TZ president is.


    Tanzanian President has appealed to men in his country to try to marry two or more women as a way of reducing prostitution and redundancy among Tanzanian Women. Speaking in Dar-es-Salaam this morning, President Magufuli said Tanzania has more women than men forcing a lot of unmarried women to commit adultery with other people's husbands. The President said according to statistics, out of approximately 70 million Tanzanians, 40 million are women and only 30 million are men. "I am not forcing you, but just encouraging you to marry two or more wives to reduce on women staying without husbands", Magfuli told a conference of about 14,000 men who were receiving training in various life skills in the commercial capital. "Our women are crying every day due to lack of men to marry and support them economically hence they engage in prostitution. So please try to work hard and be productive so that you can help our women by marrying two or more wives provided you are able to provide for their basic needs". "As government, we shall be giving some small incentives to such men provided you don't abuse your wives", said Magufuli.
    Tanzanian has the highest level of prostitution in East Africa among young girls and women who are not in school or formal employment.
    This clown doesn't have two brain cells to rub against each other
    How about creating an environment where women can have jobs or businesses to live an independent and happy life?