Prominent academicians including University of Dar es Salaam Senior Lecturer Dr Azaveli Lwaitama said they don't see anything inherently wrong with the remarks.
"I agree with him if the context is right.
However, ultimately, academia is bound to tell the truth however painful or unpleasant," he
said, adding: "Academics are there to tell the truth, regardless of whether it annoys someone."
noted, though, that sometimes such comments could be interpreted as "a gag order meant to keep academics from criticising politicians".
said scholars cannot be forced to shut up out of some misguided sense of patriotism when things are going awry.