Tanzanian Rapper ARRESTED For Criticizing President Magufuli…And Then Released

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Tanzania seems to be sliding real fast into anarchy and dictatorship after one of the most famous rappers from the Country was arrested on Sunday by the Government officials.

Rapper Nay wa Mitego, real name Emmanuel Elibariki, was put under arrest at the Hotel in the city of Morogoro, on Sunday ( 26 March) after he was said to have recorded a song critical of the strict John Magufuli Government.

Morogoro police commander Ulrich Matei told local media that Elibariki was being held for “releasing a song with words that malign the government”.

The song titled ‘Wapo’, is said to have contained lyrics that were critical of the President and thus his arrest.

But after a short stay in the police cells, the popular rapper was then released after the media reported that The President had himself ordered for the rappers release.

In the song dubbed ‘Wapo’, Ney who is known for his political lyrics, criticizes the government for its alleged crackdown on freedom of speech.

“Is there still freedom of expression in the country?”  the song, largely shared on Whatsapp over the weekend, says.

The song makes reference to a doctor who lances boils but cannot tolerate criticism. Some believe it is a reference to President John Magufuli, who has often spoken of “lancing boils” in reference to his no-nonsense approach to governing.