Tanzania president supports polygamy “to end prostitution” in the country


Tanzania’s president John Magufuli at a press conference during his visit to Kenya. (COURTESY)

By: Riyaq Ahmed

NAIROBI—Tanzanian  president  is worried about the high rate of prostitutes among women of his  country. To eliminate the problem the president suggested men to marry two or more women.

President Magufuli said Tanzania has more women than men forcing a lot of unmarried women to commit adultery with other people’s husbands.

“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.

“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 wive,”said Magufuli.

The leader noted that promiscuity was also fuelled by imbalances around population in a country with 40 million women and 30 million men.

In East Africa,Tanzania is the only country with  the highest level of prostitution among young girls and women who are not in school or formal employment.


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