Andrea Tsele, a District Commissioner in Ludewa, Tanzania, has called for the arrest of couples in come-we-stay relationships.
Speaking during a workshop that brought together men in the district, Tsele noted that such relationships were responsible for the rise in the number of street children.
He added that men in Ludewa had perfected the art of taking off after impregnating women.
“I urge you to ensure that you formally tie the knot before planning to have babies.
"That (formalisation of marriages) happens in churches, mosques and the registrar of marriages office.
“And you (Ludewa police boss), I order you to arrest and oversee the prosecution of couples who are in come-we-stay relationships,” said Tsele.
Adding: “You will find so many street children loitering around. The urchins come from families in which men and women decided to live together without a legally-binding relationship agreement.
“We want to reduce the number of street children. I, therefore, urge those in come-we-stay unions, and are yet to tie the knot to do so.
“Those who will refuse to exchange vows, should be arrested,” he said.
Tsele emphasized that jails are also meant for people who do not want to solemnize their vows yet they want to live together.
“Jails should be occupied by human beings, not animals; a lot of resources have gone into building the detention centres, and, therefore, human beings should occupy them.
“Some of the human beings who should be thrown behind bars are people who don't want to solemnise their marriages yet they want to live together as husband and wife,” he said.