President Peter Mutharika says he will not respond to the hard hitting, soul searching Catholic bishops pastoral letter, saying the letter was meant for Catholic faithful.
Presidential press secretary Gerald Viola said by Monday afternoon, Mutharika had not seen the pastoral letter.
“May be after he has seen it, read it and understood its contents, he may respond but the understanding is that the pastoral letter is meant for Catholic faithful. Just be patient, he may issue a statement,” he said.
Mutharika has devout Catholics in his top brass including vice president Saulos Chilima, Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati, Leader of Government in Parliament Francis Kasaira and state chief spy Nicholous Dausi.
In the pastoral letter, the bishops accused the government of being slow in dealing with problems affecting ordinary Malawians which include acute food shortages and the sharp in rise of cost of living.
Chancellor College assistant professor Happy Kayuni urged the government to take the Catholic criticisms positively instead of being on the defensive line.
“These problems highlighted by the Catholic problems were there, may be the government will now take them seriously now because they have been highlighted by the bishops otherwise the opposition and everyone have been talking about this,” said Kayuni.
He said the government should immediately get to work and tackle each problem if the country has to move on and experience change for the better, saying the condition on the ground is dire.
Peoples Party publicist Ken Msonda advised Mutharika and government to avoid being on the defensive by responding to what the bishops have highlighted.
“God has spoken,” said Msonda on his Facebook wall.