Fam­ily plan­ning is for the poor, have more chil­dren — Magu­fuli

The East African - - NEWS -


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.

Pic­ture: File

Tan­za­nia Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli ar­gues that the coun­try has enough re­sources to sup­port more peo­ple.

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