Atupele rejects political slurs ‘sindikupanga nawo’:  Sticks on issue-based campaign for Malawi re-run

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance running mate Atupele Muluzi has said he is  not going to be distracted by hate-filled speeches and attacks by opposition leaders, saying he will stick to issue-based campaign.

Atupele  with T/A Tsabango and Lilongwe chiefs greeting each other in the new norm.- Photo by Lisa Kadango
Atupele with Chris Daza and others greeting each other in the new norm
Atupele: My campaign is issued based thats what President Mutharika is focused on developing Malawi.-Photo by Lisa Kadango
UTM Deputy Secretary general Levy Luwemba joins DPP during the rally at Masintha photo by Lisa Kadango
Atupule ‘chala mwamba’ DPP style -Photo by Lisa Kadango
Part of for the crowd captured at the DPP and UDF alliance rally at Masintha in Lilongwe- pics by Lisa Kadango
Atupele showing clasped hands symbol of UDF to the crowds.-Photo by Lisa Kadango
DPP and UDF alliance rally at Masintha in Lilongwe- pics by Lisa Kadango

“My campaign is issued based. The mudslingin, sindikupanga nawo [ I am not party to it].I have no time to speak about people’s personal issues  because Malawians deserve development that will help them,” said the 41-year-old Minister of Energy.

He was speaking  when he addressed a televised  campaign rally on Saturday  at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe, in what was a first major rally of the DPP-UDF alliance in the capital city.

Atupele, who is the president  of UDF which is in alliance with DPP, added : “Am afraid to say that some have stopped talking of real issues  and substance but are busy with family which is unfortunate. But I understand them because they have nothing to show to the people of Malawi except insults.”

He said the Mutharika-led government will continue to initiate more development projects and that he had no time to trade slurs.

“I have been privileged to speak on some of the big development projects that His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika has done so far in this country, like National Cancer Centre in Lilongwe, Njakwa bridge in Rumphi, Chapananga bridge in Chikwawa, Peter Mutharika Highway in Mangochi, Area 18 interchange road in Lilongwe, dual carriage way in Blantyre,” he said.

“Our alliance is about development. This is why when I address a campaign rally, I am only emphasizing on development issues. They (MCP and UTM) do not have ideas to develop the country which is why they are concentrating on tarnishing the image of my father [former president Bakili Muluzi who governed Malawi from 1994-2004,” he told the rally.

He asked Malawians to vote for the DPP-UDF  alliance for continued development of the country.

Atupele  highlighted among others, Mutharika administration has reduced inflation and interest rates to improve the economy.

“Once voted again our government will prioritize food security. You have seen that President Mutharika has already opened 15 irrigation schemes, including Bwanje in Dedza.  We will also introduce special cash transfer for university graduates to start businesses,”  he said.

As Minister of Energy, Atupele also promised that the DPP-UDF alliance will work to end electricity  blackouts. He also promised that he and Mutharika will be hitting the campaign trail together where they will highlight more development blueprint the alliance has outlined.

Other notable faces who spoke at the rally included DPP’s Campaign Director, Everton Chimulirenji (Mutharika’s running mate in last year’s nullified election), UDF Publicity Secretary, Ken Ndanga, Secretary General Kandi Padambo and DPP’s National Governing Council (NGC) Member, Hetherwick Ntaba.

Chimulirenji :said he is not a frustrated man as some overzealous opposition leaders proclaim.

He said he will support Mutharika and Atupele wholeheartedly, disclosing that he will be chairing the campaign for the fresh elections.

Ntaba also refuted allegations levelled against him that he is to join the Tonse Alliance as propagated by opposition.

“I am a founding member of DPP and I have no reasons for to dump the DPP and APM”,said the ” computer” as he  is fondly known in political circles.

The rally also saw the DPP-UDF alliance welcoming into its fold former UTM Deputy Secretary General, Levy Luwemba, who during his speech said he had quit the UTM because it has been swallowed by the Malawi Congress Party.

Malawi, a lakeside southern African nation, depends heavily on foreign aid and is frequently beset by worsening droughts.

Mutharika, a  former law professor, has managed to rein in rising prices of basic goods and improved Malawi’s roads and other infrastructure.

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Jenala Eid
Jenala Eid
8 months ago

Atupele is mature enough to be vice president in Malawi. Later real genuine
President. Mumva m’bebe otsutsa mwana wakuzunguzani mutu.
Simunati mudzalira ndipo msangamu ndidzakumangeni ndine.

Mtete
8 months ago

It is a fact that DPP swallowed UDF by winning literally all seats in the Eastern Region (Balaka, Machinga and Mangochi), meaning the DPP/UDF alliance has little or nothing to gain in terms of extra winning votes. In other words, No Work Done, labouring for nothing.

Dpp founders veterans
9 months ago

Chitsiru wabwera kudzalanda dpp back to udf. You are a rebel with a cause. It’s a shame that this man born to a big thief Bakili is big beneficiary of the fight by Chakwera and Chilima yet Ntaba and Chimulirenji were busy castigating the judges that have given Atupele a lifeline and false hopes. Atupele must have given Getu some satisfaction. I doubt if agogo does it. That aside let’s be honest here dpp is finished. Agogo Peter was wrongly advised. Dpp has a better person Bright Msaka though he likes young girls. Why Atupele of all the people in… Read more »

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

Atupele and all his siblings plus his dad step children from two ladies are all abroad for education and some stayed and married white girls. asurely they contribute nothing to our taxes used towards their education and the luxury lives they live in abroad..
Get Tupe out. his dad and grandpa brainwashed him.
msakas kids living luxurious l8ves in the UK on our taxes.
It SULKS

Wachiyao
Wachiyao
9 months ago

Achimwene Atupele, munayamba ndinu kunyoza anzanu kuti ankapha anthu chifukwa munayiwala kapena simunkadziwa kuti muli ndi weakness yaikulu in the form of your father who was part of that Mafia. Azungu amanena kuti “He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones”. Aja munkawagenda aja ayamba kubwezera ndipo akugenda mwamkokomo kuposa mmene mumachitira inu, ndiye mwayamba kudandaula. M’bale, ndale si chipembedzo chimene chimati wina akakulakwira umukhululukire. Ndale ndi tit for tat kkkkkkkkk!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago
Reply to  Wachiyao

nsilamu wabodza uyu. ma brainwashed okha okhawo awa. fundo ananena tate wake zija titangoyamba democracy mpaka lelo anta cimodzi cinalongosoka than kuphwasuka. we the Malawians were happy to see the change and were ready to help him koma atangoona ndalama mmene zimaunjikilana mmalo mopita ku lilongwe from machinga straight he went lakeshore road kukafika ku nkhatabay mzuzu down mzimba then LL. in the package slay queens plus plus. All am saying is he goofed. never respected all those of good will to develop .MALAWI (KAPOLOMA VILLAGE IN AREA18.) CHECK WHO GOT THOSE HOUSES.i.and tupele angouzidwa zilapi bcoz he was whisked… Read more »

Guideon
Guideon
9 months ago

Koma zafika pobvuta mpaka first Lady kuyamba campaign koma kumeneko DPP yapenga nawonso Chimulirenji a kulankhula zopanda mutu iye saziwa ku dziko la Malawi limayendetsedwa ndi nthambi zitatu ndiye nkumati musalore khoti lilamulire dziko lino

childrenata
childrenata
9 months ago

You have been a Minister several times. Tell us a single thing you accomplished! Were you responsible for bridges or a highway? Mothers have given birth in candle-lit health centres since UDF era to-date. Your father first experienced a black-out at a graduation ceremony at Chancellor College; a laugh was the response, and it was the beginning of a blackout normal to-date. From monkeys tripping power generation facilities at Nkula to procurement of used generators from South Africa by UDF cronies; industries, businesses and people had to live with boxes of candles. How many have had their legs, arms and… Read more »

Malawi belong to the citizens

We want change, umphawi uchepe, corruption should end, creation of jobs, better salaries. Fertilizer atsike mtengo anthu ambiri azilima, so that dziko lizikhala ndi zakudya zambiri.How can you harvest when the fertilizer is expensive? Mwana iwe udayamwira bodza la atate ako.Dont give free data create more jobs and pay nice, citizens will buy data themselves.For how long are you going to buy data for people? We want people to have money and buy things they want themselves, not you to buy for them.Where will you get the money for that Atupele, you will be stealing from treasury?We want to be… Read more »

Tgho
Tgho
9 months ago

ATUPELE ANTHU SAAKUGONANAWE TULO. LOOK AT THESE HATE SPEECHES HERE. YOU ARE A THREAT SON. KEEP BEING HUMBLE.

Mbulaje
Mbulaje
9 months ago

DPP imakhala ndi very good manisfestos. But implementation is 0.1% because of greed, nepotism, tribalism, cronysim etc. We gave them 5 years in 20014 and there is nothing tangable to show for so far. Ayeseko ena inu muzikatsutsa. After another 5 years, akalephelanso enawo tidzawathamangisanso! Eetu eeh!0

Joku joku
Joku joku
9 months ago

What kind of issue based kampeni is he doing? Is distributing data bundle ya whatsApp issue based, how insane is that bwana, Me looking for the REAL issue based Campaign ya Foteleza wa MK 4500 basitu

Kuswa Kuswa
9 months ago
Reply to  Joku joku

Waganyu ujatu paja amuchotsetsa chithunzi chake pagalimoto. Ng’ona ya dambwe logic yamumeza ndi kachipani make. Omwe adamuuza ndi omwe adalakwa…kkkkkkkk

Just
Just
9 months ago
Reply to  Joku joku

Issue based yotukwana Muluzi msonkhano uliwonse

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