Tanzanian Comedian summoned by police for photoshopping President Magufuli
Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan, has been summoned by the police for having Photoshopped President John Pombe Magufuli.
Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda ordered Idris to surrender himself to the nearest police station to record a statement.
Makonda accused the celebrated comedian of going overboard when it comes to entertaining his fans.
“Naona mipaka ya kazi yako huijuwi. Nenda sasa hivi kituo chochote Cha polic uwambie Makonda kaniambie nije utakuta ujumbe wako. @idrissultan” reads an order from RC Makonda.
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Magufuli regime has been criticized widely for oppressing his critics and media a head of the upcoming general election.
In a news article by the Guardian Tanzania’s president John Magufuli is presiding over an escalating campaign of repression that has targeted journalists, human rights defenders and political opponents ahead of his plans to run for re-election next year, two reports claim.
Magufuli – nicknamed “the Bulldozer” – is accused in two independent reports, by the human rights organisations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, of presiding over rising levels of abuses against activists and opponents since his election in 2015.
The two reports paint a chilling picture of Tanzanian rights under assault, beginning with Magufuli’s announcement in July 2016 of a blanket ban on political activities until 2020, which critics say has been used to target opposition parties and justify politically motivated trials.