UDF VP Omar says won’t run for MP seat and not aspiring to be runningmate

UDF vice president and former lawmaker  for Lilongwe City South West constituency Iqbar Omar has officially announced that he will not contest as a Member of Parliament in the fourth coming tripartite elections.

Omar was speaking on Thursday at a brief ceremony the party held at Chatsika Area  (Area 36)  in Lilongwe where UDF welcomed almost 1,000 members who have defected from mostly  the ruling People’s Party (PP) and some from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

“I am not going to contest, I have played my part and am not a greedy politician,” said Omar.

He further revealed that he is not interested in any top position including that of the running mate to the party President Atupele Muluzi in the 2014 polls.

Kandi Padambo (right) with UDF president Atupele Muluzi and vice preident Iqbar Omar: Section 65 should be applied, its a constitutional order

Kandi Padambo (right) with UDF president Atupele Muluzi and vice preident Iqbar Omar: Section 65 should be applied, its a constitutional order

“It cannot be automatic that I will be the running mate because am the Vice President for the party. UDF president-Atupele has his own agenda’s and he has the prerogative to choose anybody he wants,” he said.

“Me as Omar, I wish to stay in the UDF even without any position and I am not vying for any position; I am in UDF because I love the party,” he added.

Omar, popularly known as ‘Mthandizi’ boosted that UDF is strong and more popular than it used to be over a decade ago.

Commenting on the recent looting of public funds at the government offices at Capital Hill, the UDF Vice President said this is as a result of poor leadership of PP government.

He said the Joyce Banda administration is failing to control government finances.

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