Atupele clarifys Nation newspaper ‘sensationalism’:  I never mentioned DPP but cited UDF manifesto

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi  has maintained that poor leadership is the reason that the country is still struggling with high poverty levels but  said it was “sensationalism” on the part of the country’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation, to tweak his quotes  that he has attacked the country’s leadership for failing to listen, implement and deliver.

Atupele Muluzi of UDF with Youth Decide Campaign leaders in Mzuzu

Atupele speaking with Nyasa Times reporter from Mzuzu on Friday morning, was reacting to a lead story in The Nation  on Friday headlined; “Atupele faults DPP leadership… says lacks listening ear, ability to deliver’.

The paper quotes him making a statement when he appended his signature to the National Youth Manifesto to commit himself that he will address numerous challenges youths are facing in the country should he be voted into power on May 21.

When asked by Nyasa Times to comment on the quotes attributed to him, Atupele said he was  responsing to a question  on what he thinks are problems bedeviling the country when he met Youth Decide leaders.

“I quoted the UDF manifesto. I never mentioned  DPP (Democratic Progressive Party –DPP) or President Mutharika,” he clarified.

Atupele said: “I said what is in UDF manifesto that we will tackle three key cross-curring challenges, which will contine to underpin UDF’s vision and plan for Malawi.”

The UDF  presidential candidate added: “I said to do better is listening and hearing the voices of ordinary Malawians  who understand what they need snd how best to deliver that need.”

Atupele, who is Minister of Health in President  Mutharika’s Cabinet, said he talked about shifting the national mindset “from rhetoric  to action.”

Said Atupele: “ I clearly stated that the problem lies in the leadership to deliver or implement, monitor and drive real results.”

He said UDF will not promise what it cannot deliver.

“We will ruthlessly priotise the areas set out in our manifesto in line wuth what is realistically affordable through a well-managed public purse,” he said.

Atupele said UDF  which formed the first post-independence multiparty administration in 1994 and led the country up to 2005  then led by Atupele’s father Bakili Muluzi, is calling for ‘new beginning’.

During the meeting with Youth Decide Campiagn team, its leader Charles Kajoloweka hailed UDF manifesto for tackling issues that youth are pushing for and promoting the welfare of the youth.

The National Youth Manifesto is a 14-point strategic plan crafted by Youth Decide, a four-member civil society advocacy organisation, in which the youth are making demands on pro-youth development plans to be prioritised by whoever becomes president after the forthcoming poll.

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Kudambwe
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Kudambwe

Mbuzi

nambewe
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nambewe

Something is notright with this man’s thinking! either the leadership is efficient or not and say what you mean! You have been given a chance to run in this govern,ent and now you are playing the same dirty game saying they dont listen! where were you when they were doing the not listening? why did you not say “Bwana coma simukumvetsa simone akunena abthu”? why now? you are just as cheap as the rest of them! Let me tell you Sir you never won the elections last time! you are deluding yourself! Peaceful my foot!!! As a Malawian I dont… Read more »

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

So Honourable Atupele if he thinks or feels that the DPzp leadership I’d doing a perfect job, then why is he challenging it????? Since he is working with the governing Party then the best way to go by is just to support the leadership which according to him is doing the good job.

Juju
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Juju

Ndiye ife tivotere zimenezo? Confused mind Atupele. Leadership ya dziko lino pano ndi DPP ndiye mukukananji? Kapena mumafuna kutinji? Don’t waste our time little boy.

SIKELO
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SIKELO

I don’t trust him because of his father

James
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James

That’s your problem. You think him and his father are the same people or Chakwera and Kamuzu are the same people. You need to have a more matured mind

Chaponda Team Mk145
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Chaponda Team Mk145

a Muje nanu inu mumaganiza koma,,,, Atupele ndi mwana wa Muluzu, Chakwera anakhalapo mwana wa Kamuzu,,, musakhale kuti munali a Parallel ku College inu

Clive
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Clive

James is right,lets put it this way bingu and Peter are brothers ,are you telling me that Mmene aMkayendetsela Bingu ndi Piter ndi chimodimozi? Kodi zochita za inuyo ndi mwana wanu ndichimodzimodzi? Iwetu ulibe dzelu

Ida
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Ida

Is Chakwera Kamuzu’s son?

OPEN EYS MW
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WE TRUST NATION PUBLICATION LIMITED……..

Nginde
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Nginde

A professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism once stated to his students that: “When a politician says that he was misquoted, what he usually means is ‘Yes I said it, but now I wish I hadn’t ‘ “

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Atupele is correct, DPP lacks real leadership, he knows what he is talking about, he is there in cabinet

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Basi aliyese wabhaizika naco cisankho

Kuchitekete
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Kuchitekete

Damage already done bwana Atu!…and that’s why you are challenging your boss. Actions spoke louder…and your words have confirmed what the electorate already knows.