Paul Makonda, Governor of Dar es Salaam, came up with the idea to protect married women from betrayal but also to inform single women of possible scams.
The governor of Tanzania's largest city, Dar es Salaam, has been in the spotlight over a project to create a database of married men. Paul Makonda's goal is selfless: the governor wants to tackle the problem of male infidelity, a real scourge in Tanzanian society.
It will be a way of protecting married women but also single women who are looking for a husband. "I have received complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men who have not kept their promise. I also know women who are paying debts from men who have abandoned them," said Makonda, quoted by the BBC, at a press conference justifying his original proposal.
"I will create a database of married men at the regional government headquarters to be consulted by every woman who is promised marriage to see if their suitor is already married," said the governor of Dar es Salaam.
Paul Makonda added that the Government of Tanzania is gathering information from other developing African countries to understand how they have dealt with this challenge. According to CNN, a proposal similar to Makonda's was presented in Kenya by a governor who wants to expose politicians who abandon their wives and children after having an affair.
The Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has placed two phone numbers on his Facebook page and asked the betrayed married women to contact his office and send photographs and other evidence of their husbands' affairs.