Atupele raises the bar for Malawi presidential contenders

If only his energy and determination would turn into votes then victory for the United Democratic Front presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi would be a forgone conclusion.

His pace and style raises the bar so high for his contenders.

The UDF leader was the first to launch his campaign at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre and went again to do the same in Mangochi and Lilongwe before the main contenders DPP, governing PP and the MCP.

Atupele draws mamoth crowth. This was at Malomo in Ntchisi
Atupele draws mamoth crowth. This was at Malomo in Ntchisi

All the events were colourful and displayed a rejuvinated UDF party in both organisation and patronage.

Since then Atupele accompanied by his running mate Dr . Godfrey Chapola has been on the road almost everyday criss-crossing the country especially in the rural areas.

So far the youngest candidate in the race has been to all the administrative regions of the country addressing highly patronised public rallies including areas not considered UDF strong holds.

For example, when he went to the remote area of Kayoyo in Ntchisi he was told that no political leader of his status has ever visited the area since time immemorial.

He spent a night in Kasungu from Ntchisi for a another marathon of rallies in Kasungu district before heading for Nkhotakota.

The public rally at Malomo trading centre in the same district of Ntchisi was probably the icing on the cake.

He has been consistent with his issue based campaign selling the party manifesto dwelling much on the need to stabilise the economy, cushioning the poor from the shocks of economic reforms and making the public purse benefit all Malawians.

His donation to public referral hospitals towards the purchase of drugs has sparked controversy with government rejecting the donations.

Suddenly the party that was on the verge of collapse just two years ago has resurected from the ashes to become a serious contender in the May 20th elections.

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