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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.