Authorities in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam have announced plans to publish all names of married men in the area in a bid to protect single ladies.
Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda said his administration will publish the identities of all married men to a website operated by a State agency to protect unsuspecting single women from being preyed by deceitful married men.
“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. Men have been promising to marry them, then later, they ditch the ladies. This is something that is humiliating,” Makonda said adding that the plan will save women from “unnecessary heartbreaks”.
“These cunning men have left many women nursing heartbreaks and emotional bruises. You’ll find a young man successfully wooing a woman, making her leave every other thing that she does, hoping that the man will marry her, not knowing that he is, indeed, conning her.”
Makonda said the country’s laws allow authorities to protect women who have been deceived by men with promises of marriage.
“If you look at the laws that we have in the country, there is a clause that protects women, who were promised marriages, only to be used and dumped. We want to use that clause to bring sanity in relationships.”
“I cannot say I am a leader when the people I look after are hurting. We want all married people to register their marital statuses with the region’s database agency. This will help young women promised marriages. It would be easy for them to access the database and find out whether the men who have promised to marry them are people’s husbands or not. In that database, all the marriages, including Christian, customary, Muslim, those filed at the registrar of marriages, will be registered.”
“We want to reduce the cases of men conning women in the name of love and marriages. We are planning to meet the State agency in charge of the citizens’ database. Once that meeting is done, you, who lied to a woman that you will marry her, but ended up using and dumping her, be prepared, we are coming for you,” Makonda stated.