Atupele says he is not DPP running mate but UDF torch bearer: ‘New beginning’

United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has reacted to widespread speculations that his party’s is entering into electoral relationship with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Atupele Muluzi: There has not been any discussion for DPP-UDF alliance

Crowds at UDF rally in Area 25 Lilongwe

Atupele Muluzi addressing a rally in Lilongwe on Sunday

Muluzi, who is Minister of Health and Population Services in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet,  said after he addressed  a rally in Lilongwe’s Area 25 on Sunday.

There has been fevered speculation that  the young Muluzi is earmarked to be Mutharika’s running mate.

But  Muluzi said an electoral alliance was a process; hence, there were certain stages to take into account before a resolution is made on whether to contest the elections individually or go into partnership.

“We have not arrived  at a stage where we can tell people about the possible alliance. I am not aware of such discussions,” said Muluzi,

He said he  would contest as presidential candidate again after failing on his first attempt in 2014 when he finished a distant fourth.

“What I know is that I  was elected as the  leader for the UDF party,” he said.

Muluzi said if there would be any discussions about  possible alliance  it will be announced.

He said the focus for him ahead to 2019 elections is to strengthening the party on the ground in a political ‘new beginning’.

“We need  a fresh start, this is time to build the UDF,” he said. “I remain upbeat.”

In his speech at the rally, Muluzi warned  voters not to be excited  by what  he called  promises  and  lies  peddled  by party candidates  as the  country  draws  close to the  2019 elections.

” We are  now  in the  campaign  mood  and  please  don’t just be excited  by promises  and  lies.  You should learn  to, ask  questions  on how  the promises  will be  implemented  instead of  just clapping  hands,” he said.

The  UDF  leader  sent  the  crowd into stitches when   told  the  that  when  political  leaders  tell  lies  there are  cheer leaders  who  say ” Zoona  biggy  or mumatiimilira biggy.”

Saying such  behaviour  is what  gives Malawians  leaders  who don’t mean what  they  promise.

He said   the  UDF  2019 manifesto  will be built  out of  a clearly  articulated  plan  which  will  emphasise on  delivery and  setting  targets.

The  young Muluzi  also  took  his  time  to condemn   political  violence  in the  country  saying  such  behaviour  has no  place  in a democratic  dispensation.

He said  political  leaders  should  desist from hate speeches  during  public  rallies  because  such  speeches  could be  recipe for  political  violence.

However,  he said  those  who  are involved  in political  violence  have  no justification  for such barbaric  behaviour.

” I as Atupele  will never  be  involved  in politics  of castigation  even  when  am personally  provoked by others.  As UDF  we believe  in issue based  politics, ” he said.

Muluzi, whose father Bakili Muluzi ruled the country between 1994 and 2004 as the first post-independence multi-party Head of State, said UDF will remain strong party.

UDF’s strength in Parliament has been dwindling since the 2004 General Elections. From 84 seats in 177-member Parliament in the first post-independence multi-party elections in 1994 to 91 MPs in 1999 when the number of constituencies rose to 193, the party got 49 in 2004, 16 in 2009 and 15 in 2014.

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LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLONGOLIWA
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LIPHAVA NAMANDWA NGOLONGOLIWA

Kodi a UDF akadali ndi ndalama zotaya choncho? It must be having blind leaders. Open your eyes: Behold UTM cometh.!!!!

From 14 MPs next year to only 7 from Mangochi next year. Sad.

Watematema Mutu
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Mjomba Atupele akalinga kuwandikana ni isuwi ya DPP chamale mpala makatani. Wanduwatu ulendo welewu. Akatenda jele mistake jo mjomba!!!!! Tutyochere kwanaula/kwakutalika!!!!!!

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

a confused fella he doent know wether APM will fire him as a minister and start his daddy’s court cases again when he doest show royalty to dpp but at the same time still trying to advance his presidential ambition of governing malawi to save his father and milk malawi drying its coffers some more. This party and aford with pp are just wasting time better join join others.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

Awanso nde bola akanangokhala phee! Mphwepwa yeniyeni!

His father has forgotten his disc problems he is now busy doing his dirty work for him.

Shame!

Nadzimbiri
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Nadzimbiri

He cant say anything about Corruption pa msonkhano wake chifukwa Bambo ake anaononga dzikoli mxiii, that makes his speeches flat and tasteless

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Another selfish MOTIVE, typical of his father. Both are just preoccupied with political and wealth dynasty at the expense of Malawians. Like his father he is the only cabinet minister from UDF in DPP-led government, like his father he is strategising to be DPP runningmate with the aim of one day becoming president. His father systematically VICTIMISED Malewezi just because he wanted the presidency to remain in the South. Tcheya is the one who set a bad precedency of non-succession plan in the ruling parties. Muluzi senior is, in short, the architect of current political and economic problems in Malawi.… Read more »

Only Truth Shall Free Us
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Only Truth Shall Free Us

Remember Kalaria? Who is the partner to this corrupt Indian trader whom Kamuzu had deported from Malawi for insulting black people and corruption. The answer is Bakili Muluzi. The Muluzi family are the Godfathers of corruption!!!
Atupele and his father Bakili are already in alliance with Mutharika. Let them stop cheathing.

Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

Greatman great talking! You can’t start talking alliances or coalitions before primaries are conducted. First of all each party should identify candidates then weigh who has larger following. That can be done just before presentation of nominations papers in February or even after ballot papers have already been printed. This man is our president in 2024 mark my words. How can I vote for MCP and UTM parties that want to abolish quarter system so that the majority of Northerners should enjoy college learning and boarding facilities while the majority of Southerners will have to contend with uncredited distant learning… Read more »

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

The truth of the matter is that Atupele and UDF cannot win. The main competition now is between MCP, UTM, DPP. UDF will come fourth.

Gertrude
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There is a spiritual war that those in darkness can’t see…change is coming next year..thats complete change

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