A lecturer is reportedly set to appear in court for insulting the Tanzanian president on Whatsapp.
According to reports, a Tanzanian lecturer is facing charges in a court of law, for insulting president John Magufuli (aka the bulldozer) in a Whatsapp message he sent out.
According to a cybercrime law passed in 2015, insulting the president is a criminal offence punishable by up to a 3-year jail term, or a $3,000 fine, or even both in some cases.
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When contacted, the police chief of Iringa, south-west Tanzania Julius Mjengi, said even though the lecturer has denied the charges against him, he still has to face trial. He said:
"The senior university lecturer was arraigned in court yesterday, and I think he was later released on bail."
According to a Tanzanian newspaper, more people including students and politicians, have been arrested for perpetrating the same crime. They wrote:
"The number of people who have been arrested across the country thus far for insulting the president has now risen to 10."
Magufuli who came into power in November 2015, has been praised highly for his anti-corruption drives and also reducing wasteful government spending.
Hmmmm...Does this remind you of anyone? *thinking*