Why then the gnashing of teeth when journalists commented on the Minister's Health earlier in the week? Sometimes members of the government seem uncomfortable with operating in a country with a free press. Their insticts seem to deny anything they might perceive to be embarrassing and which they think there are not hard "objective" proof for.
What they do not understand is that in a democracy the press and us ordinary voters - if we are responsible citizens - take what government spokespersons say with a pinch of salt. This does not make us Afro-pessimists, just sane, sceptical people who do not trust power not to corrupt.