One of Malawi’s Islamic organizations, Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom (ICJF) has hailed the leadership style of President Peter Mutharika saying he is becoming a leader which Malawians have long been waiting for.
Secretary General for the ICJF, Hassan Chimwala cited the last week’s luncheon the president hosted for the May 20 presidential candidates as an example of good leadership.
“The commission would like to recommend the state president on the process of dialogue with the opposition leaders on issues of national development. We understand the meeting was aimed at discussing ways on how Malawians can get out of the poverty,” Chimwala said.
He said the commission is expecting the day when politicians will put their political affiliation aside and come together to brain storm issues of national interest.
“Mr President we believe that this is just a beginning and you will keep on meeting not only political leaders but also civil society organizations, religious groupings traditional leaders to map the way forward,” he said.
Chimwala also commended the president for recognizing the former president Dr Bakili Muluzi as an international mediator.
He however advises the presidential advisers to let president Mutharika lead the country in a sober manner.
“You know sometimes the problem is not the president himself, but those who surround him. These ministers, advisors and those who directly talk with the president are the ones who confuse our leaders.
“You will notice that Muluzi started well in his first tenure, so was late Prof Bingu wa Mutharika but when these leaders started listening to these atidye nawo (boot lickers) things started going out of hand,” he says.