Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga and Chitipa has asked President Lazarus Chakwera to indulge in democratic dictatorship in governing Malawi.
Kyungu made the remarks yesterday at a developmental rally Chakwera held in Lilongwe.
He said Chakwera should start practicing “democratic dictatorship” as a way of ensuring that programmes such as Affordable Inputs Programme are implemented.
According to Kyungu, some government officials are able to frustrate development and there is lawlessness in the government system because of democracy.
“These are economic saboteurs. In Tanzania such people are jailed. But here, your excellency you are too merciful.
“I think there is need for some democratic dictatorship. Democracy as it is, is unworkable in this country. Malawi will be lawless if you continue practicing too much democracy,” said Kyungu.
He added that some people think President Chakwera and the Tonse Alliance are failing to govern Malawi and this is because of the acts of the “saboteurs” who do not want the president to succeed.
“So, for your excellency to succeed, you should be bold enough, be courageous enough and call a spade a spade. The time is now your excellency,” said Kyungu.
Commenting on the issue, President Chakwera said under his leadership Malawi can have a good balance between democracy and development.
“But if there is no mindset change, Malawi will remain underdeveloped because some individuals will continue to frustrate government projects and use democracy as a scapegoat,” said Chakwera.