‘Dzuka Malawi’ Atupele brings Lilongwe to a standstill

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi On Wednesday brought business in Lilongwe’s Chinsapo and Area 25 to a standstill when he conducted whistle stop campaign meeting attracting thousands of supporters.

Scores of chanting residents lined up the streets as the UDF leader made his way to the venue of the meetings.

Speaking to supporters, the youngest presidential candidate urged Malawians to think soberly and vote for a leadership that can be trusted with public funds.

Atupele: Take the handouts but don’t tell them how you’re voting, Dzuka Malawi

Atupele: Take the handouts but don’t tell them how you’re voting, Dzuka Malawi

Dzuka Malawi,! Atupele greats the crowds at Area 25 in Lilongwe

Dzuka Malawi,! Atupele greats the crowds at Area 25 in Lilongwe

Crowds mobbed Atupele at Chinsapo

Crowds mobbed Atupele at Chinsapo

Atupele walk about in the streets of Lilongwe campaigning

Atupele walk about in the streets of Lilongwe campaigning

Using the potent slogan chants ‘Dzuka Malawi’ popularised by hit single ‘Dzuka Malawi, Dzuka!” by Lucius Banda captured the imagination of the crowds.

He told jubilant supporters that he was ready to government with a clear agenda that will put governance systems at work.

“This free for all system where public officers share public funds like tomatoes is coming to an end on 20th May,” said Atupele.

He said that an administration that cannot be trusted with public funds should not be allowed to govern much to ululations and chanting by supporters the majority of which were young people.

Atupele of the ‘Ung’onong’ono’ fame promised that his administration will bring in external auditor to audit government in collaboration with the Auditor General.

He said that is not to say office of the Auditor General will be irrelevant.

“This decision is meant to put systems where every single tambala should be tracked down,” he said, sloganeering “Dzuka Malawi!” as the crowds roared back “Dzuka!”

He said he will also work on building capacity of the office of the Auditor General.

“Those that may have stolen public money may hide now but I warn you, you will not hide beyond 20th May.”

Atupele said the UDF administration will not witch-hunt suspects but use the governance and accountability institutions to investigate and prosecute suspects in a professional and independent manner.

The UDF torch bearer said he is confident that party will win next month’s tripartite elections but has cautioned his supporters against complacency.

Atupele told supporters to accept campaign  gifts in good faith – gifts which he said were ultimately the fruits of their own labour – but on the day of the election, vote for the UDF – “Dzuka Malawi!” he concluded.

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