Atupele to set UDF political tone at rally in Zomba

United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi is expected in Zomba at Songani Trading Centre on Sunday with a political rally that will set the tone of his party ahead on 2019 elections.

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According to  the party  spokesperson  Ken  Ndanga  the  rally  is a continuation  of  this  year’s  party  activities  which  will take the  UDF  leader to various  places  across  the  country  in a bid to  engage with the local masses.

“It’s a normal party program which demands that the leadership should address party supporters and members throughout the country,” Ndanga said.

He  was however  non  committal to divulge the  kind of  message  at the  rally,  saying  it will be  inappropriate for  the spokespersons office  to  pre-empt  the  message  through the media.

However,  he said   Malawians  should  expect  issue  based  messages  which the party leadership is known  for.

” You  know  the UDF  does not  believe  in  politics of  hatred  and  name  calling  so  the  approach  will not  change, ” he added.

The  rally  however could be a litmus  test  for the  UDF  leader  considering  that  the  venue  is  the home of  former  president  Joyce Banda whose son Roy Kachale is a member of parliament  for the  area.

At least  another public rally addressed  in Chikwawa East  early this year  Atupele proved that  he still commands  a considerable  following  if the turnout is, anything  to go by.

Muluzi  is a minister  in the  present  President Peter  Mutharika cabinet  and  was on Monday  moved  from  Lands to Health ministry  in a Cabinet  reshuffle  that  has also  seen  him rising from  number 8 to 5 on government  cabinet protocol.

Although  there is  an informal working relationship between the  governing  DPP  and the  UDF , the  young  Muluzi has not  made  any  public  commitment as to whether  his  party will  work with DPP  during the  2019 election or not.

He has preferred to remain quite on the matter which others view as part of his “game plan”.

On paper  the combination of the DPP  would  consolidate  the  Southern  region  in a country  where  the electorate  vote on ethnic  lines.  This  could also  increase  chances  of the DPP  getting  back  into  government with  ease considering  that  it has  some considerable support in the  centre region as well.

The southern region is the highest populated compared to the central and Northern regions.

What will be interesting though is what the arrangement would be like considering that UDF is a party on its own.

Others say that  DPP  should  offer  something  substantial  that  may  attract  the UDF  leadership and its supporters  to  support an electoral  coalition  between the two parties.

If the DPP  does not  dangle  a carrot  both parties  stand  to lose  because  the  MCP  may  then  have  an upper hand   considering  that the DPP rating according to latest Afro barometer report  is nose-diving.

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Youna
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Not sure if he will successfully win the hearts of those that have doubts with his principles and royalty to his father’s party. This young man sachedwa kutengeka ndi udindo at the expense of his party supporters. He is well experienced pankhani yokhumudwitsa omutsatila.

Sheriff Asedi
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Yakusosegwa yeleyo, ayimanyilileje kuti akwete wandu wakwakuya, ku chenga chenga ma unduna ni experience jiwatiji wangali jila, ngagona iyayi, jwinejo akudalila wa ku chalichi ni mtundu wawo.

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