Reports have it that authorities in Tanzania are considering publishing the identities of all married men on a website run by a state agency so as to curb cheating and protect single ladies from heartbreaks.
Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, Paul Makonda was quoted as saying: “I have received a lot of complaints from young women. Many women from Dar es Salaam region have been deceived many times, and they have had enough.
“Men have been promising to marry them, then later, they ditch the ladies and this is something that is humiliating.
“These cunning men have left many women nursing heartbreaks and emotional bruises. You’ll find a young man successfully wooing a woman, making her leave every other thing that she does, hoping that the man will marry her, not knowing that he is, indeed, cunning her.
“If you look at the laws that we have in the country, there is a clause that protects women, who were promised marriages, only to be used and dumped. We want to use that clause to bring sanity in relationships.”
If adopted, all married people would be required to register their marital statuses with the region’s database agency. Any woman who has been promised marriage can then access the database to find out if the man who has made promise to marry her is already married or not.
“We want to reduce the cases of men conning women in the name of love and marriages.
“We are planning to meet the state agency in charge of the citizens’ database. Once that meeting is done, you, who lied to a woman that you will marry her, but ended up using and dumping her, be prepared, we are coming for you.”
Recently, the country’s president, John Magufuli reiterated the need to have a higher birth rate to boost the economy.
Magufuli, who had earlier spoken against contraceptives, believes women should “set their ovaries free” and give birth to more children to turn the East African country into a regional powerhouse.