Tanzanian President Magufuli is on the spotligh again after claiming that women who use contraceptives are lazy, a comment that has sparked fury.
The Head of State was quoted by Citizen newspaper saying that women should now give up contraceptives given that they have ways and means of taking care of kids.
“Those going for family planning are lazy. They do not want to work hard to feed a large family. And that is why they opt for births controls and end up with one or two children only.
I have travelled to Europe and elsewhere and have seen the harmful effects of birth control. Some countries are now facing declining population growth.
You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control?” he asked. “This is my opinion, I see no reason to control births in Tanzania.”
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In 2017, President Magufuli proposed a controversial policy stating that pregnant schoolgirls be blocked from resuming their education after giving birth.
According to the World Bank, Tanzania’s population stands at 55.5 million, up from 10 million in 1961.Other Countries that have urged their Citizens to mate and multiply include China after lifting the one-child policy which had been in place since 2015.
The one-child policy ran until 2015 when it was partially relaxed to allow some couples to have two children, but families have been slow to embrace official approval to expand.
Beijing reversed its hugely controversial one-child policy — in which women were subject to forced abortions, heavy fines, and eviction if they attempted to have a second baby — as demographic issues caused by the lack of children became increasingly apparent.