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Tanzania’s President John Magufuli

John Mongella, a regional commissioner in Tanzania, has announced that pregnant teenagers will be arrested and charged to court, local news portal The Citizen reports.

Mongella, speaking on Monday, said pregnant teenagers have a tendency to not divulge who it was that got them pregnant.

They should be taken to court, he said, and should be forced to testify and name the persons who impregnated them. He said:

There have been a tendency of pregnant schoolgirls not to mention the name of a person who impregnated them. This is a challenge when one is required to testify in court.

Directors and district commissioners in the Mwanza region have been ordered to locate all pregnant schoolgirls and take them to court.

This is following a move in June by Tanzanian President John Magufuli, where he upheld a law that bans girls from returning to school after they have given birth.

Both the upholding of the law and the move by Mongella have been described as an infringement against the human rights of the girls.

21 Comments

  1. Tessa Doghor

    December 13, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Yes, this one is nuts
    but the Africans stay silent…

  2. Chisom Winifred

    December 13, 2017 at 10:23 am

    This is barbaric

  3. keke driver

    December 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Short Man with short brain.

  4. KB

    December 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

    LOL see if there was a way i could turn off african and nigerian news i would have done it long ago. It is constantly one f—ery after another. An unending chain of misery from a continent increasingly looking like sadness and regret. SMH

  5. David

    December 13, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Africa. Constantly forward in moving backwards. Our so called valued traditions are layered with evil and inhumnaity. We should thank our stars the Westerners came sooner enough.

    • Dust

      December 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      If the traditionalists didn’t protest against colonialism… You would never get the education that keeps people like you mentally enslaved and bashing Africans… You should use the education to enlighten others instead of castigating and belittling others…

    • David

      December 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Dust… First of all, I’m sorry my post came across as belittling, I was gutted and frustated by the news. As for the castigation part of it, I’ll own that one, we Africans need to do and be better pronto! Secondly, I was going to try to dissect your claims abt how traditionlist fought colonisation and gave me an education “that keeps people like me mentally enslaved”, but I decided it was pointless due to your ad hominem attack. Lastly, if you live in a house built with concrete or your means of livelyhood and entertainment is western influence, what makes you feel you are more mentally liberated than my mentally enslaved self?

  6. SoniaPaloma

    December 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Is this one mentally okay? why am I even asking such, we know for a fact most of our African leaders are nuts.
    So, aside the fact that getting pregnant unmarried in Africa is already seen as a taboo and most teenagers are ostracized which results in them going through quack doctors to have the pregnancy removed and in most cases cost them their life is not enough? yet this buffoon wants to put this law in place?
    How about making sexual education a mandatory lesson in schools and hospitals to prevent unwanted pregnancy?
    Ahhhh I am tired of AFRICA, when are we going to get it right?

  7. Bey

    December 13, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Was this continent intentionally cursed with bad leaders.
    What arrant nonsense it this. They feel this is going to reduce the amount of pregnant teenagers or what. Abortion rate and rate of botched abortions/death will only increase.
    What happened to teaching sex education or abstinence. Is this the way forward in 2017.

  8. ooooopssssss

    December 13, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Clearly drugs speaking, the strain peculiar to Africa, smh

  9. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Mugunfili please. Calm down before you give yourself hypertension. You have taking your job too seriously. These teenagers are not your children or next of kin. It’s one thing to show concern about the welfare of your fellow Citizens. It’s another thing for you to threaten to arrest pregnant teenagers in you bloody Country. The only thing people world over will think is that you’re mad or sick or both. . Mugunfuli you need to check yourself into a psychiatric hospital before it’s too late. If you arrest them. What offence have they committed against you or the state? You have already made yourself a laughing stock to people all over the world.. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  10. #ProudNigerian

    December 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    They should also arrest the “pregnanaters” . Tueh!

  11. Corolla

    December 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    In 2017? How barbaric.

  12. Hmm

    December 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Has John Mongella got elderly women in his family and could he swear that none of them were once pregnant teenagers?

  13. nwa nna

    December 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    There’s something fundamentally wrong with Africa! Say what you may, our priorities are moral compass is warped

  14. Engoz

    December 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    The means is crude at face value…but they are not going to court because the girls are pregnant but because they are hoarding information on who impregnated them.

    ‘Mongella, speaking on Monday, said pregnant teenagers have a tendency to not divulge who it was that got them pregnant. They should be taken to court, he said, and should be forced to testify and name the persons who impregnated them. He said: There have been a tendency of pregnant schoolgirls not to mention the name of a person who impregnated them.”

    Who are impregnating these schoolgirls and hypnotizing them to keep quiet? What if it is a pedophile? Their male teachers, uncles or fathers sef? The method is crude, but I think the benefits outweighs the risks.

    • Ajala & Foodie

      December 14, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      @ Engoz, haba!!! If these girls are hypnotized as you put it. Do you really think the “hypnosis” would somehow be broken under the threat of jail? If like you said many of these cases are due to rape or pedophiles, do you really think this girls are keeping their peps secret out of a place of joy? No!!! It is from a place of intense fear. Can’t imagine the kind of trauma these young ladies have been put through, the threats that they are already most likely facing, and you think more trauma is what will somehow help “fix” the issue? There is nothing crude about this, it is completely inappropriate and wrong. This is not going to help fix anything long term or short term, this will only end up in more damage both short and long term for both the girls and the society. We teach our kids to find their voices, to understand the strength in each voice and that is not going to be found in jail, but by education.

    • Engoz

      January 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      The article doesn’t say if they are going to jail. This will more likely be a civil court where you’ll be fined or asked to do some labor rather than a criminal court where you’ll be jailed. They would have tried other options before relying on crude means.

  15. Seriously

    December 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Africa is truly cursed. Africans choose not to evolve. I’m not sure if it was better back then or backwardness became the norm. In 2017, why in the world will one implement such barbaric law. So, by arresting pregnant women, it will lead to them naming their Sperm donor then what happens afterwards? Nothing done to the men which I’m sure majority had to do with paedophile, and rape cases.
    It’s just ludicrous.
    Teach sex education in schools, make contraceptives more accessible and provide better opportunities for these teenagers.

  16. Funmi

    December 14, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    What is wrong with us? in @lasisielenu’s voice. Africa

  17. ao103

    December 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    ok you ppl need to stop with the “Africa is cursed” shit! The USA does exactly the same with reproductive rights of lower income women and children. They arrest children prostitutes instead of their johns. So stop!!!!! We are bad yes, but the west is just as bad or worse because they have found legal ways to justify their barbarity. Besides you ppl aren’t considering that our false sense of morality was passed down to us by Colonials – compare francophone countries with anglophones and you see that teenage pregnancy or out of wedlock pregnancy isn’t seen as such a taboo (well pentecostal movement is starting there so give it time).

    As for this one, whilst I understand the logic of his stupid law, it will not inspire these girls to reveal their rapists. To be honest there is no real way to prevent teenage pregnancy epidemic other than birth control and education.

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