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Dar es Salaam's Regional Commissioner Wants to Combat Infidelity by Creating a Database of Married Men

The Tanzanian politician says it will help prevent women from "heartbreak."

How do you curb widespread infidelity in a country? Well, according to the Regional Commissioner of Dar es Salaam, you put the perpetrators on full blast for the entire country to see via an online database.

Paul Makonda, the regional commissioner of Tanzania's largest city, has announced plans to create a new database that will list all men who have asked for a woman's hand in marriage, in order to warn women of men's relationship status and prevent "heartbreak," CNN Africa reports.


"I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn't fulfill the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away," he is quoted as saying in CNN during a news cast on Monday, "If possible we will set up a database in the regional commissioner's office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married," he said in his native Kiswahili.

Similar issues around male infidelity have also been a major topic of discussion in neighboring Kenya recently. As CNN Africa notes, Mike Sonko, the Governor of Nairobi moved to expose "deadbeat" politicians and civil servants who have abandoned lovers after impregnating them, even going as far as posting two numbers on Facebook for women to contact with proof of their partner's affairs.

This is not the first controversial motion that the commissioner has sought to put in place. Last October, he proposed a blatantly homophobic plan to enlist a task force to round up members of Dar es Salaam's LGBTQ community. The Tanzanian government later responded, stating that the proposed crackdown was unconstitutional. The federal government is yet to respond to the proposed creation of the database.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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