DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) – Tanzanian president John Magufuli on Friday backed an official who sparked outrage and violated the nation’s guidelines by beating greater than a dozen college students with a stick, and Magufuli urged mother and father and college lecturers to do the identical to construct a disciplined nation.
FILE PHOTO: Tanzania’s President John Magufuli addresses a information convention throughout his official go to to Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
“I congratulated the regional commissioner for caning the scholars. I advised him that he didn’t beat them onerous sufficient,” Magufuli advised a public rally in Songwe area, within the southern highlands.
Magufuli, nicknamed “Bulldozer” for his give attention to self-discipline, mentioned the scholars deserved punishment as a result of they have been accused of setting hearth to dormitories. Critics, together with the native authorities minister, had mentioned the official violated the scholars’ human rights as a result of they’d not been given a good trial, and solely lecturers or headmasters are licensed to manage corporal punishment.
The East African nation’s chief has courted controversy earlier than. His authorities refused to share info on Ebola, it’s financial progress figures have been disputed and he as soon as advised Tanzanian girls to “set your ovaries free” and bear extra kids.
Corporal punishment is authorized in Tanzanian colleges, however solely a headmaster or designated trainer can administer it.
Video clips went viral on Thursday displaying the commissioner, Albert Chalamila, beating a gaggle of male secondary faculty college students opposite to rules. Holding a stick in every hand, he’s seen beating college students one after the other as they lay on the bottom.
The clips sparked public anger amongst Tanzanians on social media.
“I condemn this barbaric act … the regional commissioner abused his powers by punishing the scholars opposite to process,” Anna Henga, government director of the Authorized and Human Rights Centre, mentioned in an announcement.
Magufuli mentioned the scholars, accused of torching dormitories, obtained what they deserved.
“We should use the cane towards kids at colleges and at our properties. We should have a disciplined nation,” he mentioned.
Some western diplomats have complained that Tanzania is giving quick shrift to due course of, human rights and rule of legislation. The federal government rejects the criticism.
“What human rights are they speaking about?” mentioned Magufuli, who ordered all college students in A-level lessons on the faculty to be suspended till their mother and father pay for the harm attributable to the alleged arson.
Magufuli’s backing of the official appeared to overrule any attainable motion by Tanzania’s regional administration and native authorities minister, Suleiman Jafo, who advised journalists earlier that he would demand a proof from the official for whipping the scholars.
Modifying by Elias Biryabarema; Modifying by David Gregorio