Atupele refuses to rule out pairing Mutharika in presidential fresh election

United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has not ruled out talks with the ruling party to be running mate to President Peter Mutharika in the Constitutional Court sanctioned fresh presidential election in July.

Atupele and his wife Angella at UDF rally: Party will discuss all offers

Muluzi, however, said the party has not yet sealed a political deal with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for the renewal of a political alliance.

“I have been holding talks with all the major political parties on the possibility of an alliance because of the 50+1 issue.

“I have listened to all the political parties; the MCP, UTM and the DPP. Next thing now is for me to table the offers before the national executive committee which will make a final decision on the matter,” he said.

This was after the issue that he has dragged the UDF back into the DPP marriage hit social media platforms.

He could not deny nor confirm reports that Mutharika has offered him the running mate position inthe fresh election.

The young Muluzi, son to former president Bakili Muluzi who governed the country from1994 to 2004, said the DPP just like the MCP and UTM made their offers to the UDF and the issue of the running mate could be one of the issues disccussed.

UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo has also confirmed that the party has scheduled meetings this coming weekend on various matters including partnership options in the fresh elections.

“The NEC meeting has been scheduled to discuss various matters including partnership options in the wake of judicial clarification of what the term ‘majority’means in relation to presidential elections. It is only after NEC has weighed the options and indicated a preference that we got out to seek the opinion of our other leadership echelons and grassroots members, supporters and followers,” he said.

Mutharika has reportedly offered a running mate position to Muluzi and five ministerial positions and other ambassadorial posts to UDF members should UDF and its leader enter into an electoral alliance with DPP.

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based political scientist Ernest Thindwa said this is not surprising.

“DPP is aware that attracting the nod of 50 percent of voters will not be an easy prospect for a party that is widely perceived as an ethnic political grouping. It was relatively easier for DPP with the simple plurality (FPTP) which we have wrongly been using in previous elections,” Thindwa said in quotes reported by Malawi News on Saturday.

He said with the 50 +1 requirement, which is now a definitive law, DPP need to go beyond its traditional stronghold given its localised support base and working with UDF is one option the party can consider and likely to see regional-based electoral alliances.

Thindwa said DPP-UDF electoral alliance is certainly a formidable force and by all measures will disproportionately benefit DPP.

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Joloza
Joloza
9 months ago

All I see is the begining of the new political era. Two fat cows will shallow small cows. Coming of two party system. The best political system on the veggie. Non performing party to loose grip to opposition. Malawi will be a better place to leave. Long live genuine democracy

Lendi
Lendi
9 months ago
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MASO ENA
9 months ago
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POLITICAL PROPER GANDA
9 months ago

Chakwela ndi chilima tikudikilila Si amati alipofuna kupititsa zofuna za amalawi patsogolo zokhala pautsogo alibe nazo

Mjonanje
Mjonanje
9 months ago

Mangochi Mangochi my sweet home Mangochi…..yes most of us are yelllow blooded but not wth this stupid coward….as a leader. Watipusitsa big time. He sold us no more with this fool othawa mbumba yake atamva ka mswaswa chabe. We need leaders like Chilima very couageous….he went to court ndi mbumba yake…they fought together not this fisi….to hell

Nalingula
Nalingula
9 months ago

His Decision is not as Easy as he Puts it …Already People blame his Father for Bringing the Muntharika who have deeply decided Malawi along ethnic lines …50 +1 is about whether this Country will Remain United with a President elected by all from Chitipa to Nsanje …His decision is about whether we will become a Federation ….a point in history that will be remembered ….He have more than 40 yrs ahead of him ….Let’s hope he Won’t be blamed in Future like his Father ….

Andala asyene
Andala asyene
9 months ago

Ladies and gentlemen , this Atupele guy has no value on the political spectrum in Malawi. The boy should not boast that he has a jocker , no no no . He could have won as a member of parliament in his constituency.
Akanakala kuti his other name is ” inflation ” he could have been at 1000%. Period !

The Moochi
9 months ago

I like the likes of atupele. Very pragmatic. Life is about making the best choices that will make one MONEY. After all, apart from being animals, we are all CRIMINALS.

Jomicons
Jomicons
9 months ago

Discussed with all parties.. DPP, UTM, MCP.

My foot.. What are your principles Mr Atupele and your yellow party UDF

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
9 months ago
Reply to  Jomicons

Akangoyimila u khansala, baby uyu, kuzolowera spoon-feeding, kkkkkkk.
He’s not presidential material.
President umathawa manyazi? He disappeared into oblivion, ati sabbatical, atalikunga bodza, TRYING to BURY his HEAD in the SAND like an OSTRICH, ali manyazi ataluza ndi u khansala umene

Dzambo
Dzambo
9 months ago

This guy cannot add value to dpp. He only managed to 250000 votes in the last election. Dpp needs a credible partner than atupele pls!

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
9 months ago

Since when can anybody trust dpp. The only thing udf will get will be the vice president but soon after wining if they do they will dishonor all agreements

Hanna
Hanna
9 months ago

The same would happen if Atupele worked with Chakwera. MCP Nsundwe guys would pounce him and chase him from the coalition. So, UDF and Atupele has to calculate their support on a lesser evil but also long term political plausibility. DPP is an offshoot of UDF.

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