Atupele discharged from hospital, crowd cheers

Lawmaker and Malawi’s youthful presidential aspirant, Austin Atupele Muluzi, the son of ex-president Bakili Muluzi has been discharged from Mwaiwathu Private hospital after being treated from Malaria.

His wife, former lawmaker Angela (Nee Zachepa) said Atupele was sent hope after doctors observed he was “recovering well.”

Messages have been pouring in from well-wishers hoping for a speedy recovery, Angella said.

Hundreds of supporters had gathered at Mwaiwathu Hospital to cheer the presidential aspirant but authorities asked the former ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) officials to clear away the people from the hospital.

Atupele: Discharged and on bail

“Hospital officials asked us to let supporters move away from Mwaiwathu,” deputy UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga told Nyasa Times.

“People came to cheer at him,” he added, saying the party complied with the hospital’s request.

But after being discharged supporters trooped to escort the presidential aspirant to his nearby Nyambadwe residence chanting and singing.

The young Muluzi, who is affectionately known by his first  name given to him by founding president Kamuzu Banda, Atupele, was in hospital for treatment after he was arrested last week  accused of inciting his supporters to torch a police station.

He was transferred from a clinic in the administrative capital on Friday to Mwaiwathu in Blantyre, 352 kilometres south, under heavy police custody.

Atupele was given a conditional bail by police on Friday night and is required to report to police headquarters every Monday. His case comes for hearing on April 19

He was expected to address the crowd in Lilongwe when police fired teargas to disperse the gathering, resulting in clashes between UDF supporters and security forces.

Muluzi, who is planning to seek UDF nomination to stand for president in 2014, has accused police of “provoking the situation” by firing teargas at his peaceful and unarmed supporters.

His rallies have drawn large crowds since he announced his plan to run for presidency in 2014.

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