Family planning is for the poor, have more children — Magufuli
President John Magufuli wants Tanzanians to have more children and ignore any advice to the contrary.
Dismissing as lazy those who take up family planning, the president, a father of two, said he had seen the negative effects of family planning abroad and Tanzania did not need to embrace the service.
“You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control?” he was quoted by a local daily as asking while addressing a rally in Meatu district.
“This is my opinion, I see no reason to control births in Tanzania.” he added.
But legislators dismissed the comments as misleading, saying they were not in line with the national policy.
Tanzania’s population stands at 55.5 million people, according to the World Bank.
This is not the first time the president is making comments that leave advocates of birth control uneasy. In 2016, right after the launch of free primary and secondary education, he urged women to drop contraception.
In 2015, he directed that girls who got pregnant while in school would not be allowed back in class after giving birth.
Tanzania President John Magufuli argues that the country has enough resources to support more people.