Atupele in Zomba turn up the heat on JB

The opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi on Sunday urged people in Zomba to reject what he called a ‘cashgate regime’ and instead vote for a UDF on May 20, saying the party has a clear agenda.

The UDF leader said this when he addressed public rallies at Nsondole School and Songani Trading Centre in the Zomba- Malosa consituency.

Atupele who was accompanied by his running mate, Dr. Godfrey Chapola did not mince words when he told thousands of party supporters that they should never allow the current People’s Party (PP) government to continue ruling this country beyond May 20.

Atupele addressing crowds in Songani, Zomba
Atupele addressing crowds in Songani, Zomba

He said doing so would mean endorsing cashgate -looting of public resources.

Atupele  told the gathering that the money that was stolen from government coffers has to a great extent affected public service delivery hence untold miseries for both rural and urban populations.

“If you go to the hospital and there are no drugs that is the effect of cashgate. If civil servants cannot get their salaries that is the climax of cashgate “said the UDF leader amidst ululation and chants of approval.

He said that failure to manage public resources simply means failure to govern.

Atupele said the Joyce Banda government was in “terminal decline” and threw down an election challenge to Banda and PP: “Let’s get it on.”

He added: “Let the people pass judgment on May 20, let people decide who’s really making the arguments about the future of our country, let people decide who can make the changes that we need in our country.”

Said Atupele: “ On our part UDF we will fight and I know Malawi will win, on May 20 musova.”

“It’s time to change; to decide. We need to rethink our future.”

There were desperate attempts by the PP supporters to disturb the public rally especially the main one st Songani as  a gang of youths in orange t-shirts stormed the venue of the rally claiming they wanted to play football at the ground.

As if that was not enough they tried to use mobile public address system calling people to go and get free maize allegedly from the PP shadow member of parliament Roy Kachale,  son to President Banda.

Some people had to climb on the roof to see the UDF president Atupele Muluzi in Zomba
Some people had to climb on the roof to see the UDF president Atupele Muluzi in Zomba
Crowds at Songani listening to Atupele
Crowds at Songani listening to Atupele

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