Why Tanzania's president has okay-d the arrest of his wife

It became clear that it wasn’t going to be business as usual in Tanzania from the moment President John Pombe Magufuli ascended to power.

Magufuli and his wife Janet 

Several Tanzanian celebrities including Diamond Platnumz have been summoned by the police over claims of having a hand in drug trafficking.

In a bid to assure his countrymen and women that he will leave no stone unturned in the fight against drug abuse in Tanzania, President Magufuli gave the police the green light to arrest his wife, Janet Magufuli, is she is suspected of drug trafficking.

“Hakuna cha mtu aliye maarufu, hakuna mwanasiasa, hakuna askari, hakuna waziri au mtoto wa fulani ambaye akijihusisha aachwe, ata angekua mke wangu Janet hapa ambaye angejihusisha wee shika tu peleka. Kwa sababu madhara ya dawa za kulevya kwa taifa letu yamefikia mahali pabaya. Haiwezekani kuwa watu wanauza kama njugu,”  President Magufuli spoke at State House while addressing the nation.

Translation: No one will be spared in the fight against the drug trade, even if my wife is involved in trafficking, arrest her and take her to jail. Because the effect of drug use in our country has reached a dire state. There is no way we will allow people to sell drugs like they are peanuts

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