Atupele seeks inroads into Peter Mutharika stronghold

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi has taken his series of “whistle-stop” tours around the Lomwe belt in Mulanje, Chiradzulu , Thyolo and Phalombe which is considered the stronghold of opposition DPP presidential hopeful  Peter Mutharika, where he is  selling his agenda for change ahead of the 2014 polls.

During Wednesday’s series of rallies addressed by Atupele, former president Bakili Muluzi’s son, hundreds of people came to attend and pledged support to the youthful presidential candidate.

Atupele told crowds  that  its time a new generation must take over, a message which was welcomend by many. DPP presidential candidate Peter Mutharika however belongs to the old generation as he is near 80 years-old.

Atupele noted that Malawi’s demographics have changed. The majority of Malawi’s population is under the age of 40 years of age.

Atupele addressing supporters in Mulanje
Atupele addressing supporters in Mulanje

“Malawi needs to genuine transformation. We need a new thinking and new ideas for Malawi 50 years after independence,” he said.

Atupele said his new agenda for change represents three issues that will set the framework for the 2014 elections.

He told the crowds that his 2014 campaign will focus on, Generational Change, Economic Change and Independence.

Atupele said he is confident to lead the UDF, a party that governed Malawi for 10 years under his father, back into power next year.

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) .

Atupele's whistle-stop series of rallies in Lomwe belt
Atupele’s whistle-stop series of rallies in Lomwe belt
Supports at a stop-over in Chiradzulu
Supports at a stop-over in Chiradzulu

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