Atupele gets crowd revved up: Malawi youthful presidential hopeful

The crowds tell the story. Thousands of supporters lined-up at different venues along the Balaka- Mangochi road for whistle-stop meetings that was being addressed by youthful presidential hopeful, Atupele Austin Muluzi , on Sunday.

Muluzi, 34, will contest the 2014 presidential elections on United Democratic Front (UDF) ticket.

“I’m overwhelmed by the number of people here,” he exulted while scanning the sea of supporters packed beyond the Mangochi turn-off . “There are even people out there — that’s another mass rally.”

His road show political meetings were a continuation of what he started last weekend in parts of Balaka in the eastern region of Malawi.

Atupele arriving at one of the venues: It may be supporters, or it may be those getting a glimpse of the UDF president, but Atupele Muluzi’s  crowds are getting bigger

Atupele arriving at one of the venues: It may be supporters, or it may be those getting a glimpse of the UDF president, but Atupele Muluzi’s crowds are getting bigger

The tours are part of the UDF’s mass mobilisation campaign to strengthen the party in readiness for the 2014 elections.

The youthful leader addressed meetings at Mangochi  turnoff, Muima Trading Center, Ulongwe and  Chimwala.

Speaking to crowds, Atupele urged Malawians to stand for what was right and be  ready for change.

Atupele said the presidential contest should be based on the issues and concerns of the citizens, disclosing that UDF’s National Executive Committee will convene a two day  policy conference to initiate robust dialogue on Malawi’s key policy priorities.

The conference, which he said will be held in June, will be open to all Malawians who will be encouraged to engage with the various discussion documents prior to and during the Conference.

“We will be announcing clear institutional arrangements, roadmap and policy issues around delIvering  on a New Agenda for Malawi. We want to encourage a public discussion on our policy proposals so as to ensure inclusiveness and ownership by all stakeholders,” he said.

He said the national conference will take  place within a paradigm shift in the  approach of the UDF towards Malawi’s economic, social and political transformation.

The theme, he said,  will be ‘Delivering on An Agenda for Change in Malawi’.

“We will  ensure that we chart out a clear and credible transformative plan that responds to the needs of Malawians through a robust consultative process,” Atupele said.

He again stressed that Malawi needs to move forward together at the same pace and that “no Malawian should feel excluded, undermined or deprived.”

Atupele  drawing sprawling crowds

Atupele drawing sprawling crowds

At Mangochi turn-off: Atupele's crowds are surging

At Mangochi turn-off: Atupele’s crowds are surging

Atupele Muluzi of UDF  is drawing large and excited throngs.

Atupele Muluzi of UDF is drawing large and excited throngs.

 

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