United Democratic Front president Atupele Muluzi took Mangochi by storm on Sunday when he addressed a public rally at Namalaka School ground in Lutende constituency promising a formidable UDF in 2019.
His message was coined in a clear strategy of giving hope to the UDF faithfuls in a district considered the party stronghold.
On the other hand his message of ‘Malawi First’ drawn from the theme of the UDF National Conference of 2012 where he was elected leader of the party seems to be his tramp card now.
The UDF leader told a mammoth gathering that braved a sweltering Sunday afternoon heat , in the lake shore district that the UDF is a party that has a rich history and that as it’s current leader he will work very hard to preserve the history.
“UDF does not belong to me, Hon.Lillian Patel or any leader in the party. It belongs to you the people. As such I urge you to be united and guard against any elements that may attempt to divide us . You and I should never allow that because this party has a unique history,” said Atupele.
However, he was quick to say that as the party leaders do politics they must not lose sight of the fact the people of Malawi need development to change their lives .
” When I see infrastructure development benefiting the people of Mangochi, I become a happy person,” said Atupele amidst chants of approval.
In stressing his agenda for ‘Malawi First’ , he added; “There is time for politics and there is time for development too. We can not be campaigning for five years and expect this country to develop.”
He said time has come where all political leaders in Malawi should think of Malawi first and not their political ambitions for the sake of the people of Malawi.
The UDF leader also took time to condemn what he called politics of hatred which he said seems to take centre stage in Malawi.
He said that urged all political leaders to put their political difference aside and work for the country.
Member of parliament for the area Biliati was all praises for the UDF leader for visiting the area which is one of the remote areas of Mangochi district.
He asked the UDF leader carry a message to president Peter Mutharika and his government to expedite the Mangochi Makanjira road saying it was a very important road that could help spur development in the area.
Atupele was accompanied by the party secretary General Kandi Padambo and almost all the UDF members of parliament.
Former cabinet minister in both Bakili Muluzi and Bingu wa Mutharika regimes, Yusufu Mwawa who has since rejoined the UDF party also attended the rally.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :