Tanzania President believes that a higher birth rate will achieve faster economic growth for the country.
Magufuli has urged Tanzanian women to “set your ovaries free” and bear more children in order to help boost the economy into a regional powerhouse.
“When you have a big population, you build the economy. That’s why China’s economy is so huge.” he said.
“I know that those who like to block ovaries will complain about my remarks. Set your ovaries free, let them block theirs.”
While others say the president’s stance will worsen inequality and poverty, the president has criticised Western-backed family planning programmes implemented by the health ministry.
He said birth rate control was “for those too lazy to take care of their children and the health ministry no longer allows airing of family planning adverts by a US-funded project.
Several twitter users disapproved Magufuli’s stance saying the country already had a high population.
One twitter user tweeted: “As a modern woman I can’t believe this … especially coming from him.”
“High population growth in Tanzania means increased levels of poverty and income inequality. Women’s ovaries should never be used as a tool for seeking economic prosperity,” said one activist who preferred to be anonymous.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.