My letter to President Magufuli on handling criticism!
Dear John Pombe Magufuli
It is my time to write a few wise words to your Excellency, the steadfast President of the United Republic of Tanzania. It is important that I write to you! Because your acting more and more like an oppressive king, than a democratic and honorable statesman.
In the Oxford dictionary the word Criticize defined two ways:
“Indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way: the opposition criticized the government’s failure to consult adequately technicians were criticized for defective workmanship’” (Oxford Dictionary)
“Form and express a judgement of (a literary or artistic work): a literary text may be criticized on two grounds: the semantic and the expressive’” (Oxford Dictionary).
When you see this Honorable President, it is a way of disagreeing with your ways and your actions. Not disapprove you totally, it can be constructive and healthy as the words and policy’s needs. It might be the form of your Government that are criticized. Would you ever consider that Hon. Magufuli, that is the reason for questions from MPs and On-Air?
Ask examples of when you haven’t been able to criticize for your actions. Like in earlier in May 2016 you got a Member of Parliament arrested for calling you on-air a dictator, this was the opposition MP Singida Tindu Lissu. After a while after and with reports today this recent week or even today there are reports of you bans two Media Houses or Radio Stations, these are Radio 5 and Magic FM; After they are alleged to abuse your Presidency and your place in society.
This proves you have a incapacity of being questioned. How did you become the leader of a political party without discussions, without consideration or even letting go of your own pride Hon. Magufuli? Did that go out of the building the day you became President of Tanzania. Because this is worrying that you are silencing the discussion and freedom of speech. Because if somebody now criticize you in public, they can get detained or ban from being On-Air. Is this the legacy you want to leave behind?
You will not be remembered for settling score on Corruption, on common greed in Parliament or setting the bar on the MPs Cars and on ghost workers in the country. Instead people will remember how you silenced the words and the discussion. How you couldn’t handle being questioned while being in charge of the proud nation. Instead they will remember you for acting rash on the men who said something about you.
When you are the kingpin on top you will be questioned and all your behavior will not be praised and hailed. Your work with corrupt civil servants and MPs are healthy, but your control on the discussion in the Nation is not healthy. It’s a sickness that needs a vaccine and you need remedy… since the value of freedom of speech and democratic values. You don’t want to be dictator do you hon. Magufuli?
Because a dictator dictates and decides what all people are supposed to listen to and silence the media that doesn’t speak or praise the Dictator daily! Is that what you want? Do you need to be in the spotlight and get the beautiful pieces of words and the viable honor of all men in Nation. Certainly seems so since you cannot handle the Opposition using harsh words to counter your policies and ways. Your direct and hardline regulations are putting some people in between rocks and hard places. They will because of that acts and talk in ways that are not diplomatic. Therefore you should show mercy and grace as you are the Lord, the man who reside and Preside in the Dominion.
As the leader and the Executive, you should something bow down and just hear the criticism, instead your cold-bloodedly detain and now silence them. That is not justice, not freedom and not liberated society. You are not acting upon the ways people expected of you. If I wrote this and we’re in Moshi, Dodoma or Tanga; I might be detained or harassed. Since the other ones who questions you are in trouble.
Is this what you want your name to associate with Honorable Excellency John Pombe Magufuli?
The humble writer of this blog!