Tanzanian president wants to end contraception
Magufuli asked his fellow countrymen to ignore bad advice from foreigners about controlling population growth
President John Magufuli has urged the Tanzanian women to "give up the contraceptive methods," insisting that his country needs more people, reported local media Monday.
"You have cattle, you are big farmers, you can feed your children, why resort to contraception?" This is my opinion, I see no reason to check births in Tanzania, "Magufuli said in a Sunday speech, according to The Citizen daily newspaper.
"I have traveled to Europe and elsewhere and have seen the harmful effects of contraception, some countries now suffer from declining population growth and a lack of manpower."
Magufuli urged the Tanzanians to ignore bad advice that was disseminated by outsiders and said, "It is important to reproduce."
"Women can now give up contraceptive methods," he added.
Tanzania has about 60 million inhabitants, up from 10 million in independence in 1961.
The UN predicts that the African population will double to around 2.5 billion by 2050, which will lead to warnings for a demographic time bomb if economic growth and the creation of jobs can not keep up.
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