Malawi activist Faustace Chirwa joins UDF: Victor Mbewe joins Atupele at rallies

Atupele Muluzi, Lilian Patel and Victor Mbewe welcoming Faustace Chirwa

Atupele Muluzi, Lilian Patel and Victor Mbewe welcoming Faustace Chirwa

Renowned Malawi’s gender activist Faustace Chirwa  has joined opposition United Democratic (UDF).

Chirwa was introduced by UDF youthful presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi on Sunday during whistle-stop rallies in the Lower Shire.

Muluzi commended her for taking what he called a ‘bold decision’ of joined UDF after  she resigned as Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) board chairperson because of what she termed ethical and personal grounds.

Chirwa, who was one of the activists appointed by President Joyce Banda in the parastatal boards, but  tendered in a resignation letter to the appointing authority.

“I have with effect from Monday, February 18 2013 resigned as Macoha Board chairperson on ethical and personal reasons. Ethical in the sense that in the event that I join mainstream politics not in PP [People’s Party] as I was already rejected during its convention on August 27 2012, my views may come into conflict with the ideologies of PP. Personal [because of] gossiping, which is way beyond my credibility,” said Chirwa when she resigned.

During the rallies, former Governor of Reserve Bank of Malawi, Victor Mbewe attended . Mbewe was elected in absentia at UDF convention last year as Director of Economic Affairs.

UDF ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004 under Muluzi and from 2004 to early 2005 with Bingu wa Mutharika, who was handpicked by Muluzi and ditched the party to form the DPP.

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