Is it right or not for President to get angry?

A couple of days ago, President Mutharika got emotional while addressing a press conference and vented some anger which prompted some members of the faith community to accuse him of becoming a dictator. This assertion has ignited a debate which is mainly about whether the action of the President is justified or not, considering that he was clearly reacting to a seeming provocation.

Mutharika: Angry

Mutharika: Angry

My general view is that the President is not supernatural. He has the very human feelings that each one of us has. He can get provoked and vent some anger. That is a normal human behaviour.

However, the problem is that when you are a President, you need to rise above simple human weaknesses and blunders, and behave a little more extraordinary. That is why the president has on the pay-roll, a lot of advisors, locally and internationally apart from Ministers who also serve as advisors, and even other advisors, not on the books, who can advise him through other informal channels.

This is why the President told the public that it is George Chaponda, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who forces him to travel against his preference. What the president meant here is that, as a Minister, Chaponda advises the President to travel even when he could otherwise not have travelled.

The idea of advisors is to eliminate the ordinary-being of the President so as never to give room to human errors which are inevitable of any human President. The many advisors that the president has, makes him an extra-ordinarily stronger human to cope with the pressure and loads of stress that his office endures. This means that just like Chaponda does on Presidential foreign trips, somebody ought to have advised the President not to vent his anger on TV and this individual or individuals deserve their own full dosage of the Presidents anger for this mistake.

Therefore, the anger of the President cannot be justified just by the mere fact that humans get angry or that he has the right to be angry. The president has all he needs to keep his temper down and make decisions that do not compromise his leadership and damage his reputation locally and abroad.

The President might sometimes succumb to the urge of unleashing his fury publicly just to prove that he is not weak. But this is a temptation that every leader must resist at all cost, because venting anger is not a sign of strength, on the contrary it is a weakness that opponents can exploit so easily.

Therefore, the answer is simple. It is not right for the President to get angry publicly, not even privately. The Presidency is a delicate political office, and everything the President does or says, has serious political implications and consequences, even when the he has the right to do them.

Does the outburst make him a dictator? My answer is no. One does not become a dictator by getting angry and banging some tables. But surely, getting angry and banging tables is the behaviour of a dictator which Presidents of a democracy must refrain from, unless they idealize dictatorship.

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27 thoughts on “Is it right or not for President to get angry?”

  1. levelheaded says:

    Sibande, ngati ukutenga kuti mtsogoleri safunika kuonetsa kuti wapsya mtima pamene zikumupweteka ndiye mwina mutiwuze kuti dziko lake ndi liti lomwe mukukhala inu. Kupsya mtima ndi chilengedwe ndipo kubisa kuli ngati munthu oti afuna kuphwisa ndiye akuchitsinira mapeto ake umangodzipweteka wekha. Kwa ine ngakhale means wanga wa 4 years amatha kulankhula mopsya mtima chinthu chikamunyasa ndipo kwa ine sindiwona cholakwika. Chofunika ndikuwona chifukwa chomwe chamupsyetsa mtima in this case a president athu anapsya mtima chifukwa cha atolankhani omwe amalemba nkhani zosinjilira chomwe chili chifukwa chowona. Momwe zikuwawawira anthu ena poganiza kuti president anawononga ndalama ndi momweso zinawapwetekera a president kuti pali anthu ena omwe amafalitsa nkhani zabodza.

  2. chingolopiyo says:

    Mr Sibande, are you from planet earth or a certain planet that has not been discovered yet. If God can be angry with his own creation, who is man. Jesus got angry with people who were making trade in the synagogue, who is Mutharika not be be angry. How many times have you been angry with clients, and more especially with your family members including your wife and children, Please, please, stop being silly, we all get angry, even the most powerful president Obama, he get angry.

  3. Mr Sibande the writer of the story, having a lot of advisers etc etc can not stop one from being angry. Anger like laughter or crying is just a reaction of a situation nobody can plan unless if you’re an actor. The advisors can only advise him after he has reacted angrily in a given situation. He is just a mere human being but he must learn to control his emotions NOT to stop them cos he can’t. Someone has already said that if God The Almighty gets angry what about Peter Mutharika okudya nsima????????

  4. MaKopa says:

    Don’t be angry now wait for the DEMO DaY. When we are going to show you our anger on corruption, nepotism, etc etc

  5. Nyg says:

    If God Gts Angry Wat Abt The President? If U Dont Believe Me, Then Y Do U Think Some Pple Wil Go 2 Hell?Chakwera & Friends Shud Not B Gvn Bragging Lights Simply Bcoz We Expect Da Presdnt 2 B Tolerant. Time Wll Come When God Can No Longer Tolerate Us & Av 2 Burn In Hell. If Dat Tym Comes 4 God, Hw Often Does It Come 4 Mutharika?

  6. ODALA says:

    DPP USELESS

  7. Khwantha says:

    its normal. Malawians it will take time for us to learn and realize that to be angry is a thing which a man seldom control. In our country we are surrounded by people who call them selves educated but they lack understanding. If people who heads the CSO get to understand thing we malawian an one nation we are going to have a government which is well balanced political system. where the opposition will be coming with ideas to develop malawi other than talking thing which will not help us……………..

  8. emmanuel kalimona says:

    pitala u must step down zisanafike povuta zedi….asaaaa nyamasaya uyu watisuzyenge uyo ntchindele just like his late bulutu brother

  9. kumangoni says:

    A man is not an anthill

  10. Funso says:

    The problem is that, even if he listened to his advisors, I doubt if they are giving him good advice because a weakness of the education system is that it does not promote critical thought.

  11. umuntu says:

    Human human human

  12. Charombanthu says:

    Well articulated article Lyson. He is only human and humans get angry; but as president, he should have refrained from banging tables and foaming from his mouth because that in itself shows his weakness. To drive his point home, he should have used that opportunity to show his other side – the nice, jovial, joking APM, while making his point that the press need to be responsible. Very good article. I like it.

  13. Maliroagonepati says:

    The lack of self control shown by APM at that press conference clearly shows why he is such a mediocre leader. He has no sense of responsibility at all; that’s why he can suggest or allow the inclusion of state house waiters, housekeepers, junior accountants etc and illiterate traditional leaders on an expense trip to the UNGA. Someone with a little sense of self control would have seen that it did not make to abuse state coffers in this way. And you can bet that come 2016 he will do exactly the same thing.

    APM is an unmitigated disaster as president; even his brother Bingu was not this bad. Bingu had a relatively successful first term and only showed his madness when Malawians overwhelmingly gave him a second term. APM has started showing the family madness even before clocking 2 years into his FIRST term. God help us…

  14. Hd says:

    Amalawi yakula ndi nsanje

  15. Mlomwe says:

    MALAWIANS DON’T BE WORRIED MUTHALIKAS CABINET BELONGS TO THE LOMWES.ITS FULL OF MOTHERFUCKER LOMWES AND THATS WHY THEY BACK TO ONE ANOTHER.ALOMWE NDI AGALU OWORA MKAMWA JUST LOOK HOW BIG ITS KALIAT’S MOUTH MUKUGANIZA ANGAMAMULANGIZE CHANI PITALA?AND JUST LOOK AT CHAPONDA HIMSELF WITH THAT BREADS SHAPE HEAD HE IS JUST THERE TO GAIN FAVOUR KUTI ANGOMUPASAKO BAZ KOMA CHOSECHO CHILUNGAMO AKUCHIDZIWA

  16. fight says:

    KANUNDU basi.

  17. drzeus says:

    The President is not a good public speaker and he cannot win any debate. That is why he always rushes to curtail any conversation when its against him, he always always comes up with “this is not for debate”. For example “I Will not resign and this is not debatable”

  18. Sapitwa says:

    Nonses! No one is superhuman.
    God was very angry to an extent of wanting to destroy all his people in Sinai. Moses requested God not to as he reasoned that Pharaoh would find a justification to accuse God for taking his people to slaughter them in Wilderness. God is however slow to anger.
    Any leader as long as he/she was created in the image of God may take time to contend issues but no one can withstand a load of bullshit of lies like we have had with Zodiak and Nyasa Times. Even aneneri onyenga have no place in God. It is there normal and justified for him to be angry without any condition, period!

  19. Swadick says:

    Mavuto kumalawi sadzatha chifukwa atsogole onse ndiadyela unless osafuna kuganizila za anthu mdziko koma kuzigazila wokhabasi.amalawi ambili tikufela kujoni chifukwa chosowa plesdent wanzelu wakuti akhonza kubweletsa makampani kumalawiko koma chimene akudziwa ndikukacheza kwameleka ndiazungu olemela osati kuganizila zamtundu wamalawi umene ukuvutika kamba chamavuto anjala matenda kusowa mankhwala mzipatala.

  20. James Mola says:

    This is a very good article I have seen in a long time on nyasatimes. Spot on analysis.

  21. Malume says:

    When you are a leader,this is not necessary or maybe he wants reporters to only ask some already-known questions

  22. Truck says:

    THE MAIN PROBLEM HERE WHAT MOST PEOPLE DONT LIKE HE CHARTERED A PLANE WITH 100 PEOPLE ON BOARD WHILE IN MALAWI HOSPITALS THERE IS NO MEDICINES AND GOVERNMENT PEOPLE ARE NOT PAID THEIR PAY SO WHY NOT TAKING THAT MONEY OF CHARTERING A PLANE AND BUY MEDICINE SO THATS WHY PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND WHY HE GOT ANGRY BECAUSE IF THERE WAS NO MEDICINE PROBLEMS IN HOSPITALS PEOPLE WOULD HAVE MIND TO ASK HIM LOTS OF QUESTION OF SPENDING LOTS OF MONEY ON UN TRIP SO HE IS WRONG FOR HIM TO GET ANGRY ON THIS ISSUE HE WOULD HAVE JUST APOLOGISE INSTEAD OF APOLOGISING HE SAYING HE VERY RICH AND HE IS GOING AGAIN SOON TO VISIT INDIA AND UK THATS BAD AND HE SAID MALAWI IS BANKRUPT SO IT DOESNT MAKE SENCE THE COUNTRY IS BROKE YOUR BUSY TRAVELLING AROUND THOSE TRIPS ARE EXPENSIVE IN OTHER WORDS HE DOESNT WORRY ABOUT POOR MALAWIAN THAT MOST PEOPLE DONT HAVE FOOD ON THE TABLE

  23. Attention Seeker says:

    I think we have had enough debate on this. For a change why can’t you journalists investigate and tell us whether the MSB toxic loans are being repaid or not? Looks even Parliament has gone to sleep over this matter.

  24. mtate mike rsa says:

    That means he has no ideas to answer quetions logically.but he claim to be aprofessor.chapatula chaponda georg is a wicked person apresident can not take his advice that means all of they are shit.geog destroyed the vendas bizness by ordering city authority to chase away small bizness.dpp will never succeed in watever way to rule our country they are full of maminas

  25. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    Its normal to get angry for every human being but it depends on nature of issues to get,angry of more especially when you are a leader. As a leader you need to exercise high level okf resilience as you are prone to get condemnation from all over.

    Now on our pseudo President che Mathanyula new world order, he wasnt supposed to get angry. To who and for what? It clearly shows he had been. squezed with his unprecedented bblunders. I see this country becoming ungovernable shortly if the current way of governing people and,running government business is anything to go by. Mutharika is clueless leader hence that shrt temperdness to silence critics. Failures are well known of defending themselves while unnecessarily attacking critics. Peter be careful for you can invite civil disobedience. Extend this message to Viola, Jhappi Mhango, Dausi, Kaliati, George Chaponda and Masangwi.

    Remember you are ruling becoz you were put on that seat by people who count votes and not voters wish. You were voted by three idiots namely Mbendera, Kenyatta Nyirenda and other persokn representing all crooks who do not wish this country well.

  26. Tili Chenene says:

    It is okay. He can be angry but to keep grudges cannot be condoned

  27. APM says:

    OK ndamva. But this business of bagging and breaking government tables must stop stop with emediate effect , otherwise he will loose the remaining premolars .Mixxxx

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