DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – January 20, 2015 — “We are heading toward a gloomy future unless Tanzanians wake up to the harsh reality that the proposed constitution is the means by which the anti-life agenda is fully established,” said Emil Hagamu, regional director of English-speaking Africa for Human Life International. “The Tanzania government is doing all it can to ensure the proposed constitutional referendum — which supports measures that essentially legalizes abortion on demand — passes in April.”
In collaboration with pro-abortion and population control NGOs (non-governmental organizations), the Tanzanian government has developed a well-coordinated program that includes a massive national media campaign. If the referendum fails, the government stands to lose significant international funding.
“Worse still,” Hagamu stated, “those who criticize the constitution risk being banned from the air waves and will have to fight legal action instituted against them.”
Hagamu hosts a regular program on Tanzania’s Radio Maria, through which he reaches untold numbers, even in remote areas. As the only reliable media outlet which stands firm in its critique against the constitution, Radio Maria recently notified Hagamu that they had been contacted by government authorities. If Radio Maria continues to air programs which criticize the proposed constitution, station management said, the government will take disciplinary action.
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Due to these threats, Hagamu has for the time being modified his program in order for Radio Maria to continue its on-air evangelization of the Gospel of Christ.
“I do trust the Almighty God will stand our side and enable us to win the battle,” he stated.
Reprinted with permission from Human Life International.