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Uproar after influencer tattoos President Suluhu’s face on her back

By Winnie Mabel January 25th, 2023 2 min read

There was uproar in Tanzania on Thursday after Instagram influencer Amber Rutty unveiled a new tattoo on her back- the face of Tanzania President Samia Suluhu.

“Love you my beautiful mom, President Samia Suluhu Hassan,” said Amber Rutty as she tagged the President and Tanzania’s State House’s official communication office in several of her Instagram posts where she posted the tattoo from different angles.

“Msanii Amber Rutty amechora tattoo ya Rais wa Tanzania, Mhe. Dkt. @SuluhuSamia kama upendo wake mkubwa kwa Rais, kwakua yeye anazielewa sana sera na jitiada anazozifanya Dkt. Samia Suluhu, na kuhakikisha Watanzania wanapata Maendeleo (Artiste Amber Rutty tattoos President Suluhu Samia on her body as a sign of her great love for the President, because she understands President Dr Samia’s policies and efforts made by Dr Samia Suluhu to find solutions and ensure Tanzanians get development), Tanzania’s Mwana Habari News updated on their platforms.

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Amber Rutty’s tattoo elicited mixed reactions from a section of Tanzanians who claimed this was a disservice to President Suluhu.

“This is a big insult to the President of the Republic of Tanzania,” opined Beberuwabutiama.

“Because she understands policies, someone ask Amber Rutty if she knows what policies are,” laughed Nelson Kileo.

“Muulize izo sera anazozipenda n zip sas ndo utaskia maajabu ya feri (Ask her which policies she knows and likes then you will hear very shocking responses),” added Calvin Moses.

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Other wondered why she had to tattoo President Suluhu’s face on her back and how she qualified to be called an artist. This is because Amber Rutty is infamous in Tanzania after a naughty video emerged in 2020 of her and two men getting busy, with the men using her ‘SIM 2’. One of the men was her husband, James Delicious, and the three of them were arrested and prosecuted following Tanzanians’ outrage.

They were convicted on September 25, 2020, to five years in prison after failing to pay a fine of Sh513,000. Amber Rutty later apologized for what happened, saying she lacked words and humans were prone to slipping up. She also asked for forgiveness and understanding.

At this time, Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz’ estranged father, Mzee Abdul Juma, said he would rally well wishers to raise the money to secure Amber Rutty’s freedom, adding that the three perpetrators were still youths and their input was still needed in society; and they needed a chance to build their lives. It would appear Amber was able to secure her freedom because she had been active on social media all this time.

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