Crowds attended massive opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) whistle-stop rallies by its youthful presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi in lakeshore district of Mangochi, considered the political stronghold of UDF.
Thousands of people assembled at Golomoti bordering central region districts of Ntcheu and Dedza from as early as morning where Atupele held his first meeting. From there Atupele proceeded to Chantulo and then thousands of supporters forced him to hold and impromptu meeting at Mtakataka turn off.
From there crowds surged to Maldeco in Mangochi, where again the story was the same. From Maldeco the UDF presidential candidate was welcomed by a convoy of over 50 vehicles of well-wishers and supporters and only arrived at Mangochi Boma at 16.36pm.
Mangochi Boma old airport ground was the venue of the main meeting which attracted a sea of jubilant supporters.
During the rally, Atupele, who unveiled his vision for delivering on a new ‘agenda for change’ 50 years after independence, had a first-ever sign interpreter, a woman who was using sign language for those with hearing problems as one way of building a more inclusive society.
Atupele said the ‘new’ UDF believes in delivering change in governance, social protection, peace and security as well as growth and economy.
“Everywhere we are going, thousands upon thousands of people are welcoming us; they have a message. That message is that things are very bad in Malawi. Life is hard and getting harder for ordinary people,” he said.
Atupele said he is prepared to form a government that must do more to address poverty and seek policies that help the country’s poor share in economic growth, bemoaning that inflation rate is now hovering at 37.9%.
“We need to deliver on inclusive growth for Malawians with a special focus on job creation. The building blocks for growth are important such as education, health, infrastructure and energy,” said Atupele.
“We must revamp our agriculture sector and bring about civil service reforms,” he added.
“In order to deliver on inclusive growth we need to ensure that there is a stronger governance system. We need to improve on governance in order to ensure that our people get the public good and services they require.
“We need to encourage a debate on what we can do to enhance governance and empower our people,” said the UDF presidential hopeful.
He said the party’s scheduled national conference later this month will come up with a comprehensive blue print which will be a pact with the electorate.
Atupele’s Mangochi meetings cemented UDF’s growing stock as popular party in the lakeshore district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :