The governor of Tanzania’s largest city wants to set up a database of married men to crackdown on rampant love rats.
The governor of Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda,said he wanted a publicly accessible database of men’s marital status after receiving a string of complaints by deceived women.
“Many women from Dar es Salaam region have been deceived many times and they have had enough,” he said at a press conference on Monday.
“Our main aim is to relieve pain from these women, who are suffering from these cheaters – as a governor, I am not happy to lead women who are sad and heartbroken.”
“If possible we will set up a database in the regional commissioner’s office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married,” he added.
He said the government run service would include men’s photographs, but he gave no details about the stage of the proposal. It is not clear if such a database would be legal.
Makonda, a close ally of president John Magafuli, has a history of making controversial proposals to enforce sexual morality.
Last year he said he would set up a police task force to round up gay people, saying he would rather risk inevitable criticism from the international community than “anger god”.
The Tanzanian government quickly made clear it did not endorse the idea. Same sex relationships are illegal in Tanzania.
Earlier this month a politician in neighbouring Kenya called on women to expose philandering politicians who abandoned their lovers after fathering children with them.
Mike Sonko, the governor of Nairobi, released two phone numbers for jilted women to use to share the “happy moments” of illicit relationships with prominent officials.
“From today all great women of this country, if there is an MP, Senator, Governor, civil servant or businessman who has impregnated you and denied responsibility send me their details we expose him and seek DNA tests when he’s still alive,” Mr Sonko said.
His announcement came after it emerged that Ken Okoth, an MP who died last month, had fathered a secret family.