Varsity lecturer in trouble for ‘insulting’ Magufuli
A Tanzanian lecturer is facing a three-year jail term or a fine of $3,000 or both if a court finds him guilty of insulting President John Pombe Magufuli through a WhatsApp message.
According to BBC, the senior lecturer was arraigned in court on Thursday to face the charges. However, the lecturer denied the charges.
Insulting the president is a criminal offense in Tanzania under cyber crimes law passed last year. The law prohibits anyone from publishing false, deceptive, misleading or inaccurate information in a computer system.
The lecturer becomes the tenth person to be charged under the new law with students and opposition politicians having faced trial for insulting the Tanzanian president.