30th April 2020 Oslo
Dear President John Pombe Magufuli
We are in troubling times, we are in times of a worldwide pandemic and the truths of your labour will be fourth-coming. The reality Mr. President is that your actions, your choices and your decrees will be detrimental for the people. Your decisions can save lives, your actions can make a difference.
You decide Mr. President, if you want to make a difference or let God’s will happen willy-nilly. That is up to you. However, I doubt God is that stupid and neither are you. God has blessed you with a mind and spirit. A functioning brain, your an educated man with a degree and you know science in your field. Therefore, its weird that you cannot combine those and see the wisdom of both. You can be both a Christian man and follow the wisdom of men. It isn’t that hard.
Let me recite a proverb to prove myself Mr. President:
“A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish son brings grief to his mother” (Proverbs 10:1, New International Version).
Right now Mr. President your not bringing joys to the fathers of the United Republic. You are bringing grief to the mothers. As they are burying their loved ones. Seeing their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers dying, because of your in-action. There is talk of a number of 50 dead in Dare-Es-Salaam alone today. Second MP who died and 10 prominent persons of nation. This is worrying, as you haven’t put in social distancing measures and other regulations to safeguard the public.
You are bringing grief to your mothers. You are the President. The man who could bring joy the fathers. Mr. President, you could act wise and do something. The prayers aren’t everything. Yes, God wants us to show faith in both spirit and action.
So, let me recite another proverb from the same chapter to you:
“The wise store up knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool invites ruin” (Proverb 10:14, New International Version).
Why do I say this, well you could have used the knowledge of the world. Taken into account what happened around you with lockdowns and closure of public spaces. Where people are staying home, washing hands and social distancing. That has been the main objective, that is why quarantining and only doing needed shopping has been the norm. So, its weird that a man of high education and degrees who became a politician doesn’t store up knowledge and use it. Instead runs your mouth and invites ruin.
It is like the proverbs are fitting for you Mr. President. It shouldn’t be that easy. You have a Parliamentary lockdown, but not a national and neither acting towards the citizens who are worried. There are videos of citizens buried in the night to hide the realities. That is not good Christian. Neither is it bringing joy, but grief. A proof of lack of storing knowledge and your mouth invites ruin.
I’m writing because, this should worry you Mr. President. The more the spread of the coronavirus. The more death will come. The more heartache and suffering. You can decide to do something and make a difference. That’s all up to you.
You where known as the bulldozer and been such a tyrant towards your opposition. Why cannot you use that will towards battling the virus? Where the results could be saving life, instead of saving your office?
So, please do something. Use your knowledge, bring joy to the fathers and avoid bringing more grief to the mothers.
Writer of Minbane