Lecturer Charged Over Insulting President Magufuli On Whatsapp

A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged over insulting President Magufuli of Tanzania in a Whatsapp discussion group.

Tanzania recently passed the cyber crime law that is meant to punish anyone posting false, deceptive, misleading or inaccurate information online.

The offence carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine of around $3 000 or both.

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The senior lecturer was arraigned in court on Thursday to face the charges of which he denied. He was later released on bail.

The lecturer is the tenth person to be charged under the new cyber-crime law. Students and opposition politicians have faced trail for insulting the Tanzanian president in the past.

The Opposition are accusing the Tanzanian leader of being authoritarian. His actions are increasingly seen as undermining democracy by restricting opposition political activity as well as limiting live television coverage of parliamentary sessions.

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President Magufuli, who is nicknamed The Bulldozer for his ability to see through policies, has won praises from on-lookers across the globe.

Donors and well wishers admire his anti-corruption drive and cutting of unnecessary government spending since he assumed office.

A US aid agency however cancelled up to $500 million in funding for Tanzania over the enforcement of the new cyber crimes law which is seen as infringing on human rights.

The aid agency called Millennium Challenge Corporation said the funding package was cancelled because Tanzania engaged in ”a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC’s eligibility criteria.”

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The president will now have to decide if the suffering of his people is worth more than him being able to take criticism.