The crowds tell the story. Thousands of supporters lined-up at different venues along the Balaka- Mangochi road for whistle-stop meetings that was being addressed by youthful presidential hopeful, Atupele Austin Muluzi , on Sunday.
Muluzi, 34, will contest the 2014 presidential elections on United Democratic Front (UDF) ticket.
“I’m overwhelmed by the number of people here,” he exulted while scanning the sea of supporters packed beyond the Mangochi turn-off . “There are even people out there — that’s another mass rally.”
His road show political meetings were a continuation of what he started last weekend in parts of Balaka in the eastern region of Malawi.
The tours are part of the UDF’s mass mobilisation campaign to strengthen the party in readiness for the 2014 elections.
The youthful leader addressed meetings at Mangochi turnoff, Muima Trading Center, Ulongwe and Chimwala.
Speaking to crowds, Atupele urged Malawians to stand for what was right and be ready for change.
Atupele said the presidential contest should be based on the issues and concerns of the citizens, disclosing that UDF’s National Executive Committee will convene a two day policy conference to initiate robust dialogue on Malawi’s key policy priorities.
The conference, which he said will be held in June, will be open to all Malawians who will be encouraged to engage with the various discussion documents prior to and during the Conference.
“We will be announcing clear institutional arrangements, roadmap and policy issues around delIvering on a New Agenda for Malawi. We want to encourage a public discussion on our policy proposals so as to ensure inclusiveness and ownership by all stakeholders,” he said.
He said the national conference will take place within a paradigm shift in the approach of the UDF towards Malawi’s economic, social and political transformation.
The theme, he said, will be ‘Delivering on An Agenda for Change in Malawi’.
“We will ensure that we chart out a clear and credible transformative plan that responds to the needs of Malawians through a robust consultative process,” Atupele said.
He again stressed that Malawi needs to move forward together at the same pace and that “no Malawian should feel excluded, undermined or deprived.”
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