“I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn’t fulfil the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away."

By Ian Horswill


Posted on August 16, 2019

The perils of dating are large. The person can turn out to be a jerk, a bore, somewhat deluded or, even worse, married.

In East Africa, Paul Makonda, the governor of Tanzania’s largest and most populous city, Dar es Salaam, wants to create a national database of married men and publish it so women can be saved from “heart breaks”.

“I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn’t fulfil the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away …” Makonda said in native Kiswahili.

“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,” Makonda said, reported CNN.

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Tanzanian news outlet The Citizen reported some men were upset over the plans as there was no suggestion a list of married women would be created.

Imagine when your date goes to the bar or to the toilet, you could look up a list of married men on your smartphone to see if he is included. It would save time and money. Makonda says the married men in Dar es Salaam, the largest and most populous Swahili-speaking city in the world, fool their women to the extent they get engaged.

Makonda’s proposal is similar to a plan in neighbouring Kenya. Earlier this month, CNN reported, the governor of Nairobi, Mike Sonko, sought to expose influential men who abandon their lovers with children after their trysts.

Governor of Nairobi Mike Sonko wants women who have been cheated on and have children out of marriage to be able to receive financial support from their kid's father.

Sonko posted two telephone numbers on his Facebook page and asked aggrieved women to contact his office with pictures and evidence of affairs with politicians.

“From today all great women of this country, if there is an MP, Senator, Governor, civil servant or businessman who has impregnated you and denied responsibility send me their details we expose him and seek DNA tests when he’s still alive,” Sonko wrote on his Facebook page.