United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi on Sunday called president-elect of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Dr Lazarus Chakwera, to congratulate him on his election victory to lead the oldest party.
Muluzi said in an interview after attending as a guest of honour at Likuni C.C.A.P where there was the closing ceremony of the Women’s Conference.
“My mother as you know is a member of the Women’s Guild and a member of the C.C.A.P. Nkoma Synod. I was extremely well received when I came here,” said Muluzi to reporters.
Asked to comment on the election of Chakwera as new MCP president and that it has sent shock waves to the other presidential aspirants, Atupele said: “I and on behalf of UDF extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire membership of the Malawi Congress Party for holding a successful convention and electing Dr. Lazerus Chakwera as President and torchbearer in the forthcoming elections.”
He added: “This development has demonstrated political maturity and that our intra party democracies are coming of age.”
Said Atupele: “The battle lines have now been drawn, offering Malawians a clear choice of whom they would like to serve them as President for the next five years.
“As President of UDF I remain confident in our agenda and forming the next government next year.”
Atupele said his message has also been send formally to Chakwera and MCP in a letter.
The presidential race next year will be hotly contested by Chakwera, incumbent President Joyce Banda of the People’s Party (PP), and United Democratic Front’s (UDF) Atupele Muluzi, Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) Peter Mutharika and other contestants from what are considered little known parties.