Africa My Africa! Tanzanian Lecturer Charged With Insulting President On WhatsApp!

When will African leaders stop being this ridiculous? We seem to be trying very hard to defile all odds of developing into a society where people's views will be respected and freedom of speech made an inalienable  human right. 

According to a report by Reuters, Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a WhatsApp message, a senior police official said on Friday, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.

Insulting the president was made a criminal offense in Tanzania under a cybercrimes law passed last year, punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of around $3,000, or both.

"The senior university lecturer was arraigned in court yesterday, and I think he was later released on bail," Julius Mjengi, police chief of the south-west Tanzanian town of Iringa told Reuters by telephone.
Police said the lecturer was charged with offenses under Tanzania's strict cybercrimes law. The lecturer denies the charges. "The number of people who have been arrested across the country thus far for insulting the president has now risen to 10," Tanzanian newspaper Mwananchi said in an article on Friday. Read More Here