A big city in Tanzania wants to stop cheaters in marriage

Tanzania’s Dar-es-Salaam city has intention to make a difficult task for people to cheat on marriage. Identities of married men will be published on a website run by a state agency.

The proposal was based on the constitutional laws using a clause that protects women who were promised marriages only to be used and dumped. I have received a lot of complaints from young women. Many women from Dar es Salaam region have been deceived many times, and they have had enough," said Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, Paul Makonda, on Monday. If adopted, all married people will be required to register their marital statuses with the region’s database agency. Mr Makonda said the database would include men in Christian, Muslim and customary marriages.


He said the government is looking at other countries in the Southern African Development Community to understand how they have dealt with such problems. The plan by Tanzania to stop married men from preying on unsuspecting single women has elicited approval and criticism in equal measure. Dar-es-Salaam is the former capital as well as the most populous city in Tanzania and a regionally important economic center.