Paul Makonda, the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, says he and the provincial top administration are mulling over an idea of publishing the identities of all married Tanzanian men to a website run by a State agency in a bid to stop deceitful married men from sexually preying on unsuspecting single women.
Makonda says the proposal, if adopted, will save many young women in Dar es Salaam from “unnecessary heartbreaks”. “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.
“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.
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. One of the ideas that we have is to have all the married people 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,” he added.