Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Man charged with Cybercrime law for insulting President on WhatsApp in Tanzania

A Tanzanian is facing charges after he allegedly shared comments on Whatsapp calling President John Magufuli an imbecile. Mulokozi Kyaruzi has been charged under the controversial cybercrime law.

He is the second person to be charged under the law for insulting the president. The law was highly criticised for infringing freedom of expression when it was enacted last year. The statement of the offence is seen above.

Here is the translation of what he allegedly said:

"Doesn’t [President John Magufuli] have advisers? Isn’t he advisable? Or is he simply an idiot? He is such an imbecile; he doesn’t consider the law in place before opening his mouth! Or is he sick of 'Mnyika-disease'?"


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