Atupele says ‘my vision is long term’ – Malawi News

Malawi’s 35-year-old presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi of the United Democratic Front (UDF) on Saturday was featured in Malawi News interview column of Hard Talk which he answered numerous question from journalist Archibald Kasakura outlining his “long-term” vision for the nation.

“My vision is long term and it is about leaving behind a legacy of having delivered public goods which are at the heart of the transformation of this society,” Atupele told the paper.

The UDF presidential candidate who touts an ‘agenda for change’ said he will not make “unrealistic promises”.

“I have a clear plan and a unique manifesto that seeks to recover and grow the economy, create jobs, and whilst at the same time provide a safety net for the most vulnerable within our society,” he said.

Atupele: Lobg-term vision
Atupele: Lobg-term vision

Asked to comment on his youthful age and lack of experience, the UDF leader  who has been a n elected law maker for 10 years said: “I am a young Malawian man, and I am proud of my youth.  My mission is to exert myself to the best of my ability, and to continue to prove to the nation that this can be a new beginning. That we can begin to transform our politics, our economy and our society.”

Atupele pointed out that quality of leadership absolutely matters.

“This must entail a fusion of the wise and the young who bring a rich blend of elements to leadership. It is in having these forces combined that will guarantee the delivery of a reform agenda that really works for Malawi,” he said

He said “leadership involves courage, vision and values. I possess all these and Malawians can testify.”

Atupele prides himself for promoting civilised politics as Malawians and leaders are talking about clean, issue-based politics and no more politics of castigation.

“When I took over the leadership mantle of the UDF, the party was down, divided and with little prospects of reorganising itself to meaningfully participate at elections. “

He said together with his new bleeds of UDF members, they have managed to reenergize and organise the party in readiness for the 2014 elections, saying the UDF’s “unique Manifesto “will be unveiled soon.

According to Atupele, May 20 elections will be a battle of policies, saying his UDF party has a unique policy platform under the Agenda for Change that is guiding the formulation of their Manifesto and involves two key tenets; Inclusive Growth and Governance.

Atupele pledges that when elected as Head of State he will ensure that Malawi’s scarce resources will reach the people who most need it.

He wants policy implementers to be held accountable for actions, decisions, and policies made in regard to public finances, and will be obligated to report, explain and be answerable to any consequences.

The UDF leader also pledge to devolve power from central government to local government.

He wants to run a government that will be answerable to Malawians on how it prioritizes uses and allocates its resources.

“I will take full responsibility for restoring the efficiency and productiveness of the public service-not by focusing on

He ended his interview promising to make the public purse work for the people, stressing: “Atupele will deliver change for Malawians.”

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