Tanzanian comedian and former big brother winner Idris Sultan, has been asked to present himself to the police for photoshopping a picture of his president John Pombe Magufuli.
Trouble started for the comedian when he photoshopped a picture of Magufuli into a casual outfit with bling and finger rings, asking him to switch jobs from the president to allow him to ease the pressure of running country on his birthday.
Idris went further by Photoshopping himself into a suit and presidential seat making the job switch complete by cyber means.
On posting the two images in a collage, Idris was directed by Dar Es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda to hand himself to the nearest police for ‘going to far with his jokes.”
“Naona mipaka ya kazi yako huijuwi. Nenda sasa hivi kituo chochote Cha polisi uwambie Makonda kaniambie nije utakuta ujumbe wako,” Makonda said., literally translated to:
“I have seen you do not know your boundaries. I want you now to go to any nearest police station and tell them Makonda has directed me to present my self here for questioning.”
In 2017, popular Tanzania rapper Emmanuel Elibariki also known as “ Nay wa Mitego” was arrested for releasing a song (Wapo) deemed insulting to the government.
A part of the song makes reference to a doctor who lances boils but cannot tolerate criticism which is believed to be in reference to President John Magufuli.
Insulting the president was made a criminal offence in Tanzania under a cybercrimes law passed in 2015, punishable by up to three years in jail, a fine of around $3,000, or both.