Tanzania: 40-year-Old Man Guilty for Insulting Magufuli on Facebook, Fined Over $3000 or Face Three Years Jail term


A 40-year-old Tanzanian man has been sentenced to three years in jail or pay a fine of TSh7 million after he was found guilty of insulting President John Magufuli on his Facebook page.

The Arusha Resident Magistrate’s Court convicted Issac Abakuki on Wednesday after he admitted committing the offence.

Reading the judgment, Principal Resident Magistrate Augustino Rwezile said the accused was to pay TSh5 million and serve three years at the same time.

However, the court reduced the punishment after a plea by the lawyer of accused. Abakuki will now be required to pay a penalty of Sh7 million only in two installments.

The court ordered him to pay the first instalment of Sh3 million by July 8 and pay the remaining amount by August 8 this year.

“If he fails to fulfill these requirements, he shall serve the jail term,” said Rwezile.

Abakuki first appeared before the court last April for publishing abusive language against the President on his Facebook page.

He has become one of the few people who have fallen into the trap of the widely condemned cybercrime law introduced last year.

The Citizen