Monday, 27 March 2017

Tanzanian Rapper Arrested For Criticizing The President In His Latest Song

Nay wa Mitego, a popular Tanzanian rapper has now been freed from police detention after being arrested over the lyrics of his latest song. Photos show him being greeted outside a police station in the main city, Dar es Salaam. The song emerged last week and has been widely shared on social media.

It makes reference to a doctor who lances boils but cannot tolerate criticism. President John Magufuli has often spoken of “lancing boils” in reference to his no-nonsense approach to governing.
Earlier, Information Minister Harrison Mwakyembe said he should be freed but the song could be improved.
He later clarified that President John Magufuli loved the song and said that more verses could be added condemning corruption and tax evasion. The president has said the song can be played on all radio stations without any restriction, the minister added.
The rapper is popular for his scathing lyrics attacking not only the government but even his fellow artists.

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