UDF legislators back union with DPP: ‘Malawi first’ agenda

United Democratic Front (UDF) members of parliament have thrown their full weight behind party president Atupele Muluzi in serving the Cabinet and the  party’s working alliance with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of President Peter Mutharika.

UDF chief whip Lilian Patel with President Mutharika as Atupele Muljuzi looks on

The UDF MPs addressed a news conference in Lilongwe on Thursday led by their parliamentary chief whip Lilian Patel to “reaffirm” the position of the party in the National Assembly.

She said of late  there have been a number of “ misleading statements” in the media about the commitment of the members of the UDF to dovernment.

“Throughout the 2014 election campaign, our party campaigned on 3 core principles. Restoring Credibility to the Malawi Economy Post Cashgate; Economic Growth, and jobs for the youth; and Protection of the poor and the vulnerable within our society,” said Patel.

Patel said “ a democratic decision “ was taken by all the MPs in UDF  to take a seat with the Government.

“This was to stabilise the Government in order to assist in restoring credibility in the economy, and with the recent resumption of direct budgetary support a great indicator of how we are moving things forward,” Patel, a former Foreign Affairs Minister, said.

“As Members of Parliament from the UDF party we have intentionally remained quiet as an attempt to keeping internal party issues, internal. However, we also feel that we have an obligation to defend our party when our unity and democratic purpose is put at risk,” added Patel.

Sje said UDF’s work within the government continues to “seek to stabilise and grow the economy to build jobs and protect the most vulnerable in our society. “

She said: “ This work has recently been recognised by two independent Members of Parliament who have now joined our ranks, Honourable Ester Jolobala of Machinga East and Honourable Justin Majawa of Mangochi South West. “

DPP and UDF have been in a working coalition—both inside and outside Parliament—since Mutharika drafted into his Cabinet UDF president Atupele Muluzi as Minister.

Patel said  UDF members of parliament they have “full confidence” in the leadership of  their party president Muluzi and  “will continue to provide him our full support as leader of our party.”

She continued: “  We are now keen to move forward with the business of the House, and continuing to push our manifesto pledges of growing Malawi for all our families and its future.”

UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo  in separate interview backed the  Parliamentary working relationship with DPP, SAYING IT is beneficial to the party and to the nation.

“From the outset, we explained that such a relationship would ensure that programmes of the ruling party which have a commonality with those espoused by UDF will have  a safe passage through the National Assembly. They will become the law of the land.

“Secondly, unnecessary tensions resulting from opposing for the sake of opposing can be harmful to society at large and should be minimised if not completely avoided. Social or political stability is very important. The benefit of our alliance must be seen more from that perspective and less from that of material benefits flowing to UDF and its leadership or members,” Padambo said.

According to Padambo, UDF has structures in all villages comprising a branch to the National Executive Committee (NEC) which  are linked for dissemination of information, particularly decisions reached by higher level structures with duly delegated authority.

“I can confidently say that consultations were done with the grassroots through leaders of representative structures.

“By far, the overwhelming majority endorsed the parliamentary working relationship. Democracy seeks majority opinion not unanimity,” he said.

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20 thoughts on “UDF legislators back union with DPP: ‘Malawi first’ agenda”

  1. Stop politics of hate,kungoti from opposition kumangochiona mwa opposition basi.

  2. Mufwenge says:

    Ask AFORD. People were saying the way they are saying but AFORD leadership was not listerning. What did they benefit. Ask them, some of them are still alive. Mufune , musafune, UDF is going. The goodness with you is your support comes from people who dont know right or left.

  3. mtete says:

    This is a good case of ‘Likaomba Wotheratu’ Many mentality challenged and selfish, miserable so called leaders in UDF see the future very bleak for them and think the only way to amass wealth through thievery and corruption is to join the most notorious and incompetent party, DPP.

    Watch it Malawians. We could end up with another ‘Lost 10 Years’ just like the 10 years of Muluzi.

    God help us. Malawi can, and should not be subjected to another five years, let alone one year of misrule.

  4. mahera says:

    UDF for sale…

  5. Rift Valley says:

    Nothing strange here. DPP is in effect UDF

  6. chilungamo chimawawa says:


  7. Omex70 says:

    I was once UDF supporter. But now I have no any appetite to support this dead party.

  8. karonga says:

    UDF is in denial for the silly mistake Bakili made to handpick PM’s late brother to presidency. Now you want to stick close to the president and end up selling your party to DPP. It is very unfortunate that you are part of the architects of hardships Malawians are facing now because you cannot do anything apart from milking the cow. Sure two presidents in government and Chancellor College still remains closed much as it has the name beginning with “Chancellor” who has proven to be an empty headed anti-academics chancellor? Shame on UDF and its ally DPP. Jobs for the youth, how do they find a job if they cannot complete the much required tertiary education? Budgetary support, is that an achievement to celebrate when in essence it turns out to be a loan? You go to hell with your alliance which has greatly victimised the ordinary Malawian. Lucius is proving to be very responsible than the “Patel” thing which is very useless.

  9. LUCIUS BALAKA says:

    100% fully support you Atu

  10. Kuchitekete says:

    We UDF will always stand by malawi first olo wina afune olo asafune but our aim is to put malawi on first and everything next to malawi oky

  11. Before UDF assumed the reigns of this country things were ok. But since UDF came into power the country is a mess big time. UDF imposed Bingu on Malawians. This was because Muluzi did not want Malewezi or late Aleke Banda to rule Malawi. That’s where the notion that southerners do not want a president of this country to come from neither the central or the south. and the same notion is being championed by dpp. For starters, Malawi is not only southern region. Malawi starts from Chitipa to Nsanje and KK to Mchinji. So for someone to promote regionalism is very unfortunate. This is why other sections of the country are agitating for federalism. These dpp and udf fools will not take Malawi forward. Cry my beloved country.

    1. Honourable says:

      no your wrong..Malawi starts from Balaka via Mangochi and Blantyre then ends in Nsanje..tisiyeni tilamulire,tikwanise zaka 31 first

  12. Njolinjo says:

    There is an old adage and it says ‘ukamafa mumuyamba kugontha ndi mkhutu’. This makatani party is gone. I doubt if they will field a presidential candidate in 2019. This is a prophesy that Muluzi, the father made long time ago when he said zipani zina zintha ngati makatani. Little did we know he meant his own party. Its high time we stopped aligning political institution to families because history tells us that when the family dreams of a political move that benefit the family, party followed are forced to follow such selfish moves.

  13. One national president at a time that’s the spirit, thump up UDF MPs and UDF president, its time to develop Malawi and Malawi belongs to us all. ‘Malawi first’ is the order of the day.

    Amene sakufuna kutukula malawi akagwele uko.

    1. Pp litete says:

      True baba

  14. One national president at a time that’s the spirit, thump up UDF MPs and UDF president, its time to develop Malawi and Malawi belong to us all. ‘Malawi first’ is the order of the day.

    Amene sakufuna kutukula malawi akagwele uko.

  15. alungwana says:

    Tiona mmene zithere

  16. Dzimwale wamkulu says:

    Pangani zomwezo a UDF we need a working goverment, politics aside we MUST develop our Nyasaland together VIVA Malawi!

  17. Dr Phiri says:

    Who do you think you are fooling? If you don’t know you’re fooling yourself. Ndevu pepeya, michila ndi ma leven atali ataliwo pindile mwayesa mukukamba or kuchita zanzeru? You’re goofing big time. We are in a mess because of UDF who brought and imposed matchonawa on us. UDF is a party which entrenched regionalism, tribalism and nepotism because they didn’t want Malewezi to take over from Atcheya. Look now what is happening.

    Padambo, Patel and Ndanga don’t just be contented with what you get in your pocket through this union. Put Malawians first.

    1. Politician says:

      Ali dele nkulinga utayenda naye and atcheya ddnt want to let malewezi be head of state coz he dd no him oky and b4 u comment u have to learn the1 u want to back, can we say u dont no malewezi?

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