Tanzania : the President condemns birth control

Tanzania's President John Magufuli. Photo: RR

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has urged couples to keep reproducing, saying only “lazy people” opted for birth control, the local Citizen news site has reported.

Speaking in the mainly rural Mearu district in eastern Tanzania, Mr Magufuli said family planning had led to a declining population in Europe, and a workforce crisis.

The Citizen quoted him as making the comments in the presence of the UN Population Fund representative in Tanzania, Jacqueline Mahon, and Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu.

Addressing a rally in an area where there are many farmers, Mr Magufuli said “Those going for family planning are lazy. They are afraid they will not be able to feed their children.”

And he added “They do not want to work hard to feed a large family. And that is why they opt for birth control and end up with one or two children.”

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