United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi resigned as Member of Parliament for Machinga North East to pursue his presidential ambitions, Nyasa Times understands.
UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga confirmed to Nyasa Times that Atupele tendered his resignation to Parliament on Wednesday.
Speaker of Parliament has acknowledged receipt of Atupele’s resignation.
According to Ndanga, Atupele resigned to comply with the constitutional order in Section 8 Sub section 7 (e) which says when you are a Member of Parliament you cannot pursue nomination for President or vice president.
“Atupele is following the dictates of the law,” said Ndanga.
The UDF torchbearer and his running mate Dr Godfrey Chapola will to present the nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission on Wednesday.
Ndanga also said Atupele has committed that when voted in power he will allow the implementation of Section 65 on crossing the floor in Parliament and debate on the reintroduction of Section 64 on the recall provision .
He will also promote the independence of media institutions that State broadcaster MBC and Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority should be answerable to Parliament. The issues have a one-year time frame to be implemented.