Why Tanzanian socialite Wema Sepetu is in trouble with Magufuli’s govt

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Top Tanzanian actress and socialite Wema Sepetu has been remanded for seven days by a Dar es Salaam court over a leaked sex video.

The bongo flava actress is battling a court case in which she has been accused of broadcasting pornographic videos online. The court ruled that she violated her bond terms and slapped custodial sentence on her.

The Miss Tanzania 2006 landed in trouble after refusing to appear before a court for two consecutive hearings. Judge Maira Kasonde said the next hearing with be on June 24, and Sepetu will stay behind bars until that date.

In last week’s ruling, Kasonde argued that for failing to appear before the court, Wema, who has 5.2 million followers on Instagram, had gone against the bond terms.

However, in her defense, Wema’s lawyer Ruben Simwanza argued that her client arrived for the hearing but was forced to leave the court’s premises after she suddenly developed stomach complications.

In the video that has landed her on the wrong side of iron fist ruler John Magufuli’s government, she was filmed making out with her ex-fiance, a Burundian identified as Patrick popularly known in Bongo showbizz circles as PCK.

Wema Sepetu ended up in a nasty fight with PCK and later had a bitter break up with him after she accused him of blackmail and conning her some good amount of money. The pair has been embroiled in bitter exchange or words on social media.

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PCK later fled Tanzania for Bujumbura after police started looking for him with accusations of conning prominent personalities including Members of Parliament started emerging.

In an interesting turn of events, PCK expressed his sadness and solidarity with the jailed former Miss Tanzania saying he was deeply hurt with how the whole situation has turned out to be.

“Pole sana but nimapito, hili litapita be strong. Nmeumia sana na kilichotokea but naamini jela sio mwisho wa life yatapita na utakuwa tu strong,” PCK said.

Idris Sultan, another of Wema’s many ex-boyfriends, is among several celebrities and fans who have sent the actress encouraging words during this period.

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