President Magufuli of Tanzania instructed the police for the immediate release of the Tanzanian rapper Emmanuel Elibariki popularly known as “Ney wa Mitego” on Monday 27th March, 2017 the same day he was arrested. Apart from the release he said his music should continue to be played on all radio and television stations.
The song named “Wapo” was stopped from playing by the National Arts Council of Tanzania (BASATA) after which “Ney wa Mitego” who was in Morogoro Region where he had gone for his duties was arrested.
Through the Minister of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Honourable Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe who informed the public the same day that the decision to allow the song to be played came from President Dr. Magufuli following a request to allow the music to be played. Hon. Dr. Mwakyembe further informed that the President listens to the song and even loves it and that the President even went further to propose that the rapper adds more flavour to it by including more people such as drug users, tax invaders, thieves and people who have no morals in the society.