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Tanzania plans to publish national database of married men to curb cheating

A Tanzanian state official has announced a plan to establish and publish a national database of married men in a bid to curb cheating.

Paul Makonda, the regional commissioner of the the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam, said on Monday that women would consult the database to check if their potential lovers are married or not.

According to a CNN report, Makonda explained that this would help end “heart breaks” caused by abandonment after a long period of dating.

I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn’t fulfil the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda

In a tweet he posted in Kiswahili, Makonda said it’s actually “illegal” for a man to promise a woman marriage when he knows he doesn’t have the intention to follow through.

My office and I are coming up with plans to stop marriage infidelity. You can’t promise a woman marriage when you don’t actually mean it. In fact, it’s illegal to do so.

Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda

The slightly unusual plan has elicited some reactions from South Africans on social media.

Mandisa Mashego, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Gauteng chairperson, was among them.

She praised Makonda for the idea, calling him “a boss” for protecting women from “womanisers and adulterers.”

However, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member Tony Yengeni wasn’t so enthusiastic about it.

“Confidentiality should be upheld!” he tweeted.

Another Twitter user said the plan should be adopted in South Africa as well and should also include a DNA database for the sake of children.


Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine charged with annoying president

Prominent opposition leader in Uganda Bobi Wine is reportedly facing charges of annoying the country’s President Yoweri Museveni.

According to a report in The East African, his formal charges have been cited as “intending to annoy, alarm or ridicule the president.”

It’s the latest in a raft of charges against the popular member of parliament, including treason.

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, set aside a successful career as a musician to become an activist and opposition politician.

Ugandan authorities have frequently detained him for leading anti-government protests.

In September 2018, he had to seek hospital treatment in the United States after suffering injuries while in police custody.

In July this year, he announced that he will challenge Uganda’s long-serving president in the country’s general elections set for 2021.

Museveni, 73, has been Uganda’s president since 1986 when he seized power after leading an armed rebellion.

In July, Uganda’s highest court approved a constitutional change removing the presidential age limit of 75 that was previously in place.

This allows Museveni to seek a sixth term as president in 2021.

Popularly known as “the ghetto president,” Bobi Wine has popularised the red beret similar to those worn by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaders and supporters in South Africa.

Social media in stitches as ‘Jesus’ surfaces in Kenya, visits church

Mzansi social media is in sixes and sevens after photos and videos surfaced showing “Jesus Christ” in Kenya.

A Kenyan pastor reportedly found the man claiming to be Jesus and brought him to a Nairobi church about a week ago.

Apparently, the church’s congregation actually believed the man was the messiah and was super excited.

A video showed the white man, who was dressed in a white robe with a blue cloth fastened across his body, dancing with the jubilant congregation.

He had long hair and a beard – just like the typical depiction of Jesus in religious books or films.

Another video showed the man riding in an SUV, waving to curious people as he was driven through a street.

A man introduced him in Kiswahili as “Jesus Christ” through a loudhailer.

Several photos also showed “Jesus” preaching in church and posing for photos with congregants.

Some reports identify the man as Michael Job, who plays Jesus at a theme park in Florida, United States. However, this hasn’t been confirmed.

Nevertheless, social media users expressed disbelief that people could actually believe he is Jesus.

A Kenyan attempted to set the record straight, claiming that the man was just on an evangelical mission.

Nevertheless, the snaps and videos have generated considerable debates that are likely to persist for some time.

BREAKING: Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir steps down – sources

Sudan’s longtime President Omar al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down, according to a Reuters report.

Reuters cited unnamed government sources as well as Adel Mahjoub Hussein, a provincial minister in the North Darfur Adel region.

Hussein reportedly told Dubai-based al-Hadath TV on Thursday that โ€œthere are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down.โ€

Sudan’s military is reportedly set to make a formal announcement via state media.

The northeast African country has been gripped by months of protests that have intensified over the past few weeks.

Al-Bashir has been in power since 1989.