Atupele outlines vision for Malawi: UDF to raise minimum wage to K70 000

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi  has promised that he will raise the minimum wage to K70 000 while the tax free band will move to K150 000 if voted into power in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Atupele Muluzi at Nyambadwe school ground in Blantyre at the end of his whistle stop tour of the city
UDF crowds in Bangwe during whistle stop by Atupele Muluzi
UDF crowds in Blantyre whistle stop by Atupele Muluzi

Muluzi was speaking at Nyambadwe school ground in Blantyre at the end of his whistle stop tour of the city that also took him to Nkolokoti  and Bangwe townships, attracting thousands of escatic crowds.

In his remarks, the youthful presidential candidate, 40, said UDF manifesto is focused on inclusive growth and governance, saying his vision is to  ending poverty by investing in people, ensuring that they have money and food for their livelihood.

“We are committed to reversing the current challenges the country is facing when voted back into power,” said the young Muluzi, who is serving as Minister of Health in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet.

Muluzi said UDF will ensure to reduce the disparity between the minimum wage and the cost of living.

The UDF leader said if  the  working class is in perpetual debt , it leads to perpetuation of poverty as the funds are not adequate to enable investment in the new generation..

He, however, maintained that he is not he is not withdrawing from the presidential race but will guide the UDF to electoral victory with his running mate Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo.

His sentiments come amid speculation that he was set to withdraw his candidacy to endorse his current boss—Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Speculation about Muluzi’s possible withdrawal from the race was heightened by the pull out of former president Joyce Banda, as presidential candidate for People’s Party (PP), who endorsed Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

In his address, Muluzi, who alongside Vice-President Saulos Chilima are Mutharika’s Cabinet members challenging their boss in the presidential race, said during his 15-year political career, he has gained political experience and is geared to form “ a government of all talents.”

Muluzi challenged Malawians that for this country to develop and move forward, everything has to start with Malawians themselves by voting wisely  – electing  the UDF and start afresh  with  servant leadership – ‘New beginning’.

UDF, then led by Atupele’s father Bakili Muluzi, formed the first post-independence multiparty administration in 1994 and led the country up to 2005 when Muluzi’s successor, Bingu wa Mutharika, ditched the party to form DPP.

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Iantana
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Iantana

I am confused …like completely confused! minimum wage versus Tax Free band. Inflation projections wapanga kale?

Zude
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Zude

Tasiyani kupusitsa a Malawi inu,,minimum wage 70pin??ma kalaliki mu m’boma ndiye adzidzalandilatu 800pin,ndalama zake muzazitenga kuti??Mukulonjeza zinthu zosatheka..Ndi chifukwa chake atate any ankalonjeza anthu nsapato..shupit!!

Bingu Statue Talking
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Udf inatha inu. Leronso yuuuui yuuuu fotseki. Bakili brought the Muthalikas and Atupele dines with them. The reign of Bakili and his Mayi Snake was the worst. Vendors paliponse. Rail transport kutheratu. Stagecoach kutheretu. Ben Phiri kumavula. Pot holes on all roads. Education went down with Bakili and has not recovered. Private schools are killing us. Only MCP can restore Malawi to its past glory. Zoona transport Ikhale kabaza?

mtete
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mtete

Trouble is this guy’s dreams are now turning into hallucinations. What you are proposing is one sure way of creating unemployment. A gardener, a cook, a housekeeper etc, getting K70,099 when I can’t even get K209,000? Is this what you call New Beginning? Get list.

JCInLA
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JCInLA

Wow…that’s a great song. Is this what you pay your cook, your cleaner? That is so great.
My question is, who is going to employee a gardener, a cleaner or a baby care when the average pay for ppl with degrees is K300 000.00.
And where the employers going to make some money so it trickles down?
Please Atupele, don’t take Malawians for granted. Give us some respect and campaign on real issues, and dont talk shit.

BigMan
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BigMan

Bwana minister of health, please dont waste your time and ours.

Kalanga
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Kalanga

Komatu uyuyu adzapeza ma MP ndi mavoti ochulukilapo kuposa mzake anakwiya atakanika kuba chipani cha DPP uja

Docus
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Docus

Will the Kwacha loose this much after election?

Paperback
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I am a little confused here. I have always been confused I should say. I will remain confused after 22 may 2019 I guess.

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

Is that what you pay your watchman? 70k lero in 2019?

Mirella K
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Mirella K

My friend, does it come to you that the current minimum is actually 25,000, about 1/3 of the proposed increament? Zinanzi osamangokomment with personal hatred abale.