Another Tanzanian social media user Mulokozi Kyaruzi has been charged for insulting President John Magufuli on WhatsApp.
Mulokozi denied the charge at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court and was released on bail.
The case will come up for mention on July 18 this year.
State attorney Wankyo Simon alleged that Mulokozi wrote on his WhatsApp slot, “Does it mean this Pombe Magufuli doesn’t have advisers? Is he unadvisable? Or is he just a fool? He’s real foolish, this fellow: he doesn’t consider the applicable laws before opening his mouth; or does he also suffer from an illness like that of Mnyika?”
According to The Citizen Tanzania, the accused is alleged to have committed the offence on June 2, this year, at Tanzanite Tower along Sam Nujoma Road in Dar es Salaam.
Simon said the accused didn’t end in just writing the defamatory words; he went further to circulate the information with the intention of spreading the insults targeting the Head of State.
Magistrate Margaret Bankika adjourned the case and ordered the accused to secure one reliable surety who would sign a bond of Sh5 million.
The arraignment of Mulokozi comes less than two weeks after an Arusha resident was sentenced to three years in jail, with an option to pay a fine of Sh7 million, after the court found him guilty of insulting President Magufuli on his Facebook page.
The Arusha Resident Magistrate’s court convicted Issac Abakuki, 40, after the accused pleaded guilty of the charges.
At the same court, an editor of a weekly newspaper, ‘Dira Mtanzania’, Mr Musa Mkama, and his reporter, Mr Prince Newton, were charged with publishing false information.
The two appeared before Resident Magistrate Respicius Mwijage where they denied the charge and released on bail.
Senior State Attorney Timoth Vitalis alleged that the accused committed the offence on June 20 this year at Biafra, within Kinondoni District.
According to Mr Vitalis, the accused published false information in their newspaper through an article titled, ‘Kifaru cha Kivita cha Jeshi la Wananchi (JWTZ) kimeibwa’, meaning a military tank belonging to the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF) has been stolen.
Magistrate Mwijage ordered the accused to each secure one reliable surety who would sign a bond of Sh5 million.