Mutharika sidelines UDF members in board appointments

Malawi President Peter Mutharika sidelined members of United Democratic Front (UDF), the party which a loose working relationship with his government, when he rewarded members of his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with appointments as board members for parastatals.

UDF members sidelined by DPP government despite their 'governing pact'

UDF members sidelined by DPP government despite their ‘governing pact’

According to a list from the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) released on Monday, Mutharika continued with the politics of patronage when he appointed most of ruling DPP politicians in the boards.

But UDF members, whose president Atupele Muluzi is serving in Mutharika’s cabinet, were conspicuously missing.

Leader of the House Francis Kasaila confirmed recently the working relationship of DPP and UDF calling it a coalition but political scientist Dr Henry Chingaipe called it a ‘governing pact’ not a coalition and said the affair is ‘cosy’.

UDF members have been accusing Atupele of “self-serving” in the working partnership with DPP.

The sideling of UDF members in the boards heightened such accusations.

But UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga said it was “not surprising” to have the party members missing and pointed out that the party members have a “right to not to be amused.”

Chingaipe pointed out that DPP did not need UDF to govern after they won the election.

“If the current arrangement fell apart, the government would still function as if nothing ever happened. With coalitions, the scenarios would be very different. The UDF/DPP arrangement is simply some kind of a ‘a political pact’ that began with agreements at personal level and over time, following the drift of patrimonial politics that characterise our political leaders, extended to their political parties,” said Chingaipe.

Apart from DPP operatives, Mutharika has also roped in opinion makers including civil society activist, a move seen as a silencer.

Outspoken individuals appointed include Consumer Association of Malawi chair John Kapito, Catholic Commission Justice and Peace (CCJP) General Secretary Chris Chisoni and Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) Fr. George Buleya, Monsignor Boniface Tamanani, Bishop Vitta Malasa, activists Emmie Chanika and Billy Banda.

The boards list has also drawn a mixture of professionals including University of Malawi Dean of Law Dr. Mwiza Nkhata , lawyers Bob Chimkango, Chancy Gondwe, Kamuzu Chibambo and there are also some traditional leaders on the list who include Chief Kyungu, T/A Nsamala, T/A Liwonde, T/A Bvumbwe, T/A Ngolingoliwa and T/A Tsabango.

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35 thoughts on “Mutharika sidelines UDF members in board appointments”

  1. Total Mess says:

    Oh now you are crying foul????? a Yao kutengeka you have no back bone.

  2. Matako says:

    Oh yes DPP need UDF even though they rigged the election on their own. Do not forget that it was UDF that catapulted Bingu into power. this is a pay back. Also the rigging syndicate came from UDF. It is just a matter of time before UDF gets pieced off and start spilling the beans. At the same time it may be a plot to side line Chilima incase the president is in capitated. They do not want Chilima who is perceived as an outsider to get into office. UDF is thinking ahead. Muluzi is the engineer of all this.

  3. Masharubu says:

    Please chonde abale, APM really tried to squeeze in UDF members, but every name that was proposed was either that of a telala, shoe repairer or khukhi . Nde munthu akanatani abale?

  4. Imraan Sadick says:

    Koma Atupele , are you really fighting for the rest of UDF, or you are just taking care of yourself? Tayamba kudabwa tsopano and if you think you can take our support for granted, you are in for a nasty surprise . Tikudabwitsa one of these days .

  5. sayimoni bayisikolo says:

    The young Muluzi is just another opportunist.He doesn’t hv any leadership qualities apart from being pampered by his corrupt crooked father 2019 he will be forgotten on the shelf.He is not a self made man.Consequences of accidental births thinks he can lead Malawians.zamkuthu basi.We r done with the Muluzis.Musiyeni azingotafuna mabanzi apitala.

  6. UDF is finished. Once all signs that Atupele is finished, the next thing is to dump him as well. Kutha ngati nsalu ya makatani just as Bakili wanted. To hell with them.

  7. Ludo says:

    Mbava zokhazokha, ndiye tiberedwa, sizinawonekenso!!!

  8. Ingwina Sya Karonga SC says:

    AFORD has xperience on this.

  9. Nkhombokombo says:

    Koma kumenekoo! Mwadziwona lero zotelezoo? I suggest these appointments should also pass through PAC or through some sort of interviews. Useless!! Only they are there to munch the taxes. Too bad!! Marabishi!!

  10. kumbu says:

    2 bad!!!!!!!

  11. vindere says:

    Achawa tsapano!!! the blind leading another blind.

  12. Nachika says:

    UDF mukhaure kutsatira tsatira. Mwaona Atupele wakusiyani mmaso muli mbeeeeee

  13. Apatu nzeru zasowekatu ambuye,anthuwatu ambiri ndima Toilorer oziwakusoka basi.Ndiye samatha kuzindikira chimene aku satira.Asiyeni onse agwera kuphompho akwera yobandukatu.

  14. Wamandasi says:

    Ngati nkhani ili maudindo there is no issue here. Only should Malawians appointed fail their mandates

  15. Wamandasi says:

    Dpp must concentrate on creating and expanding its membership countrywide from virgin members and cease recycling the failed PP and UDF members. I recommend DPP’s move. That’s boldness and courage. Dpp does not need Atupele, Bessie to run the country. There’s nothing to appease them.

    The media has been playing the guessing and misleading game about the merging of parties. Now media was to burry itself in the sand and expose their back side because of pathetic reporting.

    DPP must start recruiting non former DPP’s, PP non MCP. Make the North the HOME of DPP again.

  16. john says:

    atupele watha ngati makatani. why fooling those nec members at the nec meeting held at golden peacock 23rd august 2014, remember iqs omar resigned but you refused, now no any member from your party has been chosen a board member, what type of relationship is this one? chonde musawaputsitse anthu akumudzi wawawawa, kuli bwino tipeze munthu angayendetse chipani chathu ndiponso dzina la MULUZI lichokeletu mu chipani cha UDF. tatopa nanu ndi madala akowo. Mulibe manyazi

  17. Walter Nkhoma says:

    it is what these politician do to have their better earn when it comes to time of disaster

  18. "NATIVE OF NOWHERE" says:

    I wont stop saying this: Governments do change but Political lies dont change.
    POLITICIAN: Am 55 years old and a gud politician and I don’t lie
    PROSTITUTE: Am 32 years old with 2 children and still a virgin
    UDF what next???

  19. "NATIVE OF NOWHERE" says:

    I wont stop saying this: Government changes but political lies dont change. Just like this:
    POLITICIAN: Am 55 years old and a gud politician and I told lie.
    PROSTITUTE: Am 35 years old with 2 children and still a virgin.
    UDF what next???

  20. Momo sam says:

    Since dpp and udf are working together now it was only wise for APM to include some of its members,but the wise must learn from th past,late bingu used u.d.f to be in power then dumped them,APM used chilima and kachewere boys of ntchewu and he is in the process of dumping him without shame.UDF isamale itha ngati makatani.

  21. Cheuledi says:

    Kodi m’mesa Suleman Atupele Chitera amusankha?

  22. Maulabo says:

    I wish Crement Chiwaya was still active, but now that he is speaker he can’t say anything. Atupele is greedy and self enriching. Where is this party heading to

  23. why shld u view every undertakin wthn ths country wth a political eye? u better reason b4 puttng 4ward miserable nosense as news

    1. Some of these appointees leave us with alot of unanswered questions. People like the Lomwe Chief “Ngolingoliwa” who has just been elevated recently to T/A, what does this malappointment mean to the Nation? Do you expect such appointees to contribute meaningfully to Board meetings? These Boards are there to sustain the companies, can these Parastatals grow with such Board members? Fifty years of Indipendence, do you mean that we haven’t tutored people who can be members of these Boards in thier various trained fields/areas? Shame on us for not changing the old way of doing things and shall forever remain underdeveloped. These witches/wizards of theirs can be rewarded with their appopriet dishes. We cry for our ailing mother Malawi.

  24. Rodriguas Latata says:

    Atupele is smaller to the party ,UDF. UDF will be stronger without him. Bakili made a blunder putting him incharge of the party as big as UDF. He’s not ready govern but to be governed as it has happened witn DPP.

  25. Sidelined_VP says:

    Koma kumeneko. First it was the Vice President; now UDF. At this rate APM will have sidelined all citizens by the end of his term.

  26. chiphisi says:

    Achawa kupusa atupere pitiliza kudyerera achawa anzako akungoyang’ana kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk azibchedwa ku tsimba wihi!

  27. achanguti says:

    zimvere mu mtolo

  28. pearson sadala says:

    Kkkkkk awa nde mabiso.

  29. chatonda says:

    Wait and you will listen from the Federation that they have been left out again. They want everything to themselves. I am sorry that I am one of them but I do not share their ideologies of monopoly and self enrichment.

  30. Moni says:

    Trying to sow seeds of discord between DPP and UDF’s partnership, typical. Why can’t we just work in unity for the betterment of our country? Why should everything be viewed with a pinch salt? Please let’s move forward as one people, view those appointed as Malawians and stop viewing them by their supposed robs.

    1. duduzi says:

      Moni, which unity are you talking about? You mean when you are ‘pachinyezi’ and your friends are crying? Suppose you were in their shoes, you , hypocrite would you be saying what you are saying today? That is why your political embecile talked of this country can easily develop using federation system of government when he was a nobody and advising as a professional and changes goals when he became the president.

  31. Mwapwiya says:

    UDF supporters. Are you puppets that you are just following Atupele where ever he goes you are on his tail without questioning. Mungolondola pambuyo ngati nkhosa zoka zingidwa. Koma ndinu omvetsa chisoni ndikuchititsa manyazi. Kufuna maudindo kumeneko? Ndi ameneyo APM.

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