Atupele recognised as New Generation Leader for Africa

Malawi’s Economic Planning and Development Minister, Atupele Muluzi  has been honoured by the African Leadership Network (ALN) as New Generation Leader for Africa for the year 2012.

Each year, the ALN scouts the continent in search of a new generation of leadership for Africa. The leaders are those who, despite their relatively young age, have tremendous influence and are uniquely positioned to play a role in taking Africa to a new era of prosperity.

Muluzi has been recognised  via a thorough process where thousands of suitably qualified young African candidates were presented to ALN’s selection committee.

The honour, relayed to him by a statement signed by Fred Swaniker, co-founder,  African Leadership Network, also confers him with automatic membership of the network.

Atupele Muluzi: Recognised

“I am pleased to inform you that you have been honoured as a ‘New Generation Leader for Africa this year (2012).  You were chosen out of several thousand candidates that were presented to our selection committee,”  ALN’s Swaniker informed Muluzi in a mail seen by Nyasa Times.

Others recognised  are footballer Didier Drogba, Kenya’s Joe Mucheru, Biola Alabi (M-Net Africa); Wale Tinubu (Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc) ; Nollywood  superstar Genevieve Nnaji  and Kunle Afolayan  an award winning Nigerian film director .

Offering his congratulations to Muluzi, ANL co-founder said the honour  is “a testimony to all you have done so far and recognition of your potential to do more to drive Africa forward.”

Atupele said it is “very uplifting to be part of a network of new generation African leaders to drive prosperity for Africa’s people.”

Presidential ambitions

The soft speaking Atupele is   son of former president Bakili Muluzi,  who has expressed interest to contest the 2014 presidential election.

He wants to be presidential candidate of the United Democratic Front (UDF), a party that governed Malawi for 10 years under his father.

The UDF won the third multiparty election in 2004 under President Bingu wa Mutharika who dumped it to found his own Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

While Mutharika turned into a dictator, Muluzi organised a series of “whistle-stop” tours around the country to sell his agenda for change ahead of the 2014 polls. But he has been politically silent since President Joyce Banda appointed in cabinet.

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