Idris Sultan, former Big Brother Africa winner in 2014, has been arrested over mocking the throwback photos of the Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli, insult him squarely during a comedy show in the country.
According to Idris’s lawyer, Mr. Benedict Ishabakaki told BBC on Thursday May 21, that he was accused of contravening the Cybercrimes Act 2015 against cyberbullying.
“A person shall not initiate or send any electronic communication using a computer system to another person with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause emotional damage.”
Ishabakaki said they are now awaiting the arraignment of Idris who has been in police custody for two days and accused of using the internet to harass the President.
Idris’s lawyer, Ishabakaki said,
“They have not told him till now if he has broken any clause … but their questioning behavior is related to the video. We hope he can be released on bail today. In short, the police claim Idris used the internet to harass the president.”
The famous Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan (@IdrisSultan) is jailed after posting a video in which he was laughing at a picture of the President of Tanzania.
See the video:
— Comrade Désiré (@ncambirwa) May 19, 2020