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Accept criticism, Peter Mutharika told

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Unless President Peter Mutharika learns to accommodate dissenting views, this country has a long way to go before it graduates from the persistent socio-economic turmoil, a renowned political commentator has warned.

The Chancellor College based analyst Boniface Dulani said yesterday that Mutharika’s repetitive attacks of his critics during his tour of duty in Northern Region demonstrates traits of a leader who claims monopoly of wisdom, a thing he said is dangerous in a democratic dispensation.

Mutharika has for the past week been taking to the podium to spit fire at his government’s critics saying they are empty headed hence their failure to comprehend his development agenda.

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For instance, during his stop over address at Kasungu on Monday last week the president confronted everyone who criticised his State of the Nation Address (Sona) that perhaps it was too complex for their simple minds.

“If you think the Malata and fertiliser subsidies are not viable among other programmes give us alternatives within the shortest period of time. If you can’t do that then you better keep quiet,” said Mutharika at a political rally he addressed at Chibavi last Wednesday.

During the inauguration of the new Nkhatabay Hospital on Monday Mutharika was at it again when he accused the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) of failing Malawians through unjust persecutions and plunder of public resources.

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But Dulani described such sentiments as mere excuses and said it is time the president made his agenda clearer to the people if he thinks a majority do not understand it.

“Since 1994 we are yet to see a government that embraces suggestions from the opposition or other commentators, because through criticism they do offer alternatives. It is high time the government embraced a spirit of reception,” explained Dulani.

Adding “When people put forth their views it is imperative for government to really reflect and act on them, rather than dismissing them outright because by the end of the day we all mean well for our country.”

Spokesperson for opposition People’s Party Ken Msonda corroborated with Dulani and advised Mutharika not to fall into the trap of the bandwagon which politicizes issues of national interest.

“The president should not stoop so low. He is a well-travelled man; let him use that to the advantage of Malawians. Issues of development should not be politicised because i t is poor Malawians who lose out the most,” said Msonda who then extended an olive branch to the ruling machinery that his party is ready to work with them in developing the nation.

And Moderator for the Livingstonia Synod of Church of Central African Presbytery (CCAP) Douglas Chipofya said it is unfortunate for the president to go emotional and take it personal when people single out some flaws in his government

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