“Women can now give up contraceptive methods,” Magufuli said.
The opposition however criticised the comments, saying they contradicted the country’s health policy. Tanzania has a population of around 53 million people, with 49% of them living on less than $2 (£1.50) a day. On average, a woman in Tanzania has more than five children, among the highest rates in the world.
The President made his comments at a rally on Sunday in the northern Meatu district, saying people who use family planning methods were lazy.
“They do not want to work hard to feed a large family. And that is why they opt for births controls and end up with one or two children only. I have travelled to Europe and elsewhere and have seen the harmful effects of birth control. Some countries are now facing declining population growth” he said.