Atupele courts Mia to return: Drums support for Mutharika’s re-election as Malawi leader

Atupele Muluzi the running mate to President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the June 23 fresh presidential election has stepped up the charm offensive to lure Lower Shire political giant Sidik Mia back to DPP or United Democratic Front (UDF).

Atupele engages market traders in the Lower Shire  to vote for Mutharika
Nsanje North DPP legislator Esther Mcheka Chilenje with Atupele campaigning for Mutharika
UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga campiagn for President Mutharika and his running mate Atupele
Atupele to people of Nsanje: Vote for Mutharika
Atupele campaigns in the Lower Shire
Atupele in Nsanje  on whistle stop campaign
Crowds listening to Atupele’s message in Nsanje
Former Zomba-Malosa UDF legislator Kennedy Kuntenga joins the campaign trail

Atupele, who is UDF president, was speaking in the whistle stop campiagn tour on Thursday which he held from Fatima in Nsanje north to Mfere in Chikwawa amidst political manoeuvring ahead of the fresh presidential polls.

“I have a very cordial relationship with Sidik Mia and his wife Abida MP. We have come a long way and his father was among the founders of UDF. We are family. I urge Mia to return to UDF or the DPP,” said Atupele, who is son to former president Bakili Muluzi.

Mia is first deputy president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and was MCP’s presidential hopeful Lazarus Chakwera’s running mate in the 2019 botched presidential elections.

He has been substituted as running mate with Saulos Chilima of UTM in a nine-party Tonse Alliance but standing under the banner of MCP.

“We would welcome Mia back, and in fact we are able to say we would love to have those who left to come back in DPP and UDF,” said Atupele.

DPP and UDF have formed an electoral alliance to in a bid to garner votes following Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal’s interpretation of majority as 50-percent-plus-one vote in the presidential election.

But Mia in a telephone interview with Nyasa Times, said while it is true he has a cordial relationship with Atupele, he remains MCP and rule out return to either DPP or UDF.

“I am second in command in MCP and we are government in waiting. I am not jumping the ship. Malawi will soon have a Chakwera presidency and MCP government,” he said.

Mia added: “I am loyal to Dr  Chakwera and MCP.”

During the whistle-stop campaign, Atupele assured people of East bank, Nsanje and Chikwawa continued developments if they vote for President Peter Mutharika in the elections

Accompanied by Minister of Irrigation, Charles Mchacha who is also the DPP southern region governor and other DPP and UDF members of parliament, Atupele outlined several developments that DPP led government is initiating in East bank.

He cited the much talked Fatima- Thekerani road which is now taking shape as a major development that will see the area transformed with the coming in of the tar marked road

Muluzi also assured people in the area that DPP-UDF alliance is the only people centred alliance that has been made to ensure that the country is united as one while safeguarding the democracy that the country voted for in 1994.

“Professor Mutharika has in the past 10 months shown to us and the world that he is a true democrat by allowing people to freely demonstrate in the country even though the demonstrations have been violent where they were busy destroying people’s goods,” he said.

Malawians are set to elect a President following decisions by the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court and the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal which upheld the lower court judgement that nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system.

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Wakwithu
Wakwithu
9 months ago

We don’t vote for a running mate…we want to see the candidate koma akhaletu wamano osati bububu. MUMUUZE ATULUKE NYAPAPI KUUNA ALIKO

Atupele contested in the botched May 2019 elections and only managed 200000votes! He even lost in parliamentary elections

Nthawi yakwana Basi CHANGE IS REAL!

Can’t wait to see the drip again pay campaign 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Osangosiya bwanji awuzeni a Malawi kuti mukudwala akumvetsani zimachitika

Mtete
Mtete
9 months ago

Is this the kind of campaign to woe voters? One minute Mia is called all sorts of names for supporting MCP. Next he is a good very good friend of the Muluzi family he is being urged to join UDF or DPP. I suppose Abida will follow the husband. What kind of rubbish is that? I don’t think the Mia I know would be swayed by this childish Atupele plea. .

K.kagalu.
K.kagalu.
9 months ago

Kikkkk! Atupele, Ife timadziwa zoti,,, zabwino soitanila,anthu amabwela okha. Ukapeza munthu ulukuwa bwelani Pano bwelani Pano! Just know kuti zavunda zimenezo( zaola)

Political Observer
Political Observer
9 months ago

Old age of Peter Muthalika is decampaigning him big time, the old man is even unable to undertake serious campaign

Mariana
Mariana
9 months ago

Wapa kaliyala wayambano kuimba belo! Koma tiona dzinthu.

Bina
9 months ago

Those that don’t love Malawi and have another country to call home should vote for UDF and DPP in the forthcoming elections. Ndithudi ngakhale utaduka mutu zoona ungavotele DPP ndi UDF nthawi inoyo? Ngakhale atakuthira CORONA VIRUS mkamwa wophatikiza ndi Kambuzi-zipani zimene zikagwere.

chArle
chArle
9 months ago
Reply to  Bina

Nkhaniyi ndiyoona

Gembe
Gembe
9 months ago

Atupele ndiwedi galu eti ukuyesa mtharika ankalola demonstration uziti General Nundwe osati fisi nzakoyo

Nabanda
Nabanda
9 months ago

Atupele wagwedeza Lower Shire. DPP and UDF winning TEAM

bongo
bongo
9 months ago
Reply to  Nabanda

Iwe uli dziko liti?

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
9 months ago
Reply to  Nabanda

@Nabanda
Kupepela ngati Atupele bwanji.. DPP-UDF alliance has been there since 2014. Atupele amene wakhala nduna ya APM kuyambira 2014, ndiye chasinths ndi chani? Misala? Ufiti? Or chani kwenikweni?

Mr Truth Pains
9 months ago

First i’ll say , Atupele ask yourself why most seniors in DPP are not heating the Road to help u in this Compagn period ?? The reason is, they are not happy with you being the running mate to Muntharika . Amongst all ministers only Nankhumwa and Mchacha are happy with you so watch the space as we approach this Fresh Election . More and more people will jump your Alliance. I don’t think any sane person as it stands now can leave UTMCP and Tonse Alliance and join DPP/UDF alliance which is a sinking Ship. Without beating about the… Read more »

Prophetic
Prophetic
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

Mummmmmmm

Kambewa Chisale
9 months ago

Foseki
This man is not Married up to now. Koma Mbuyache Pali Biii Pali Minga

KATAWA
KATAWA
9 months ago

A BAKALI, if Mia is not even wanted by his own people, why do want him back to UDF or DPP. Yetsani kumuopa Yesu

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