Atupele wraps up vote chase, says ready to govern Malawi

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi wrapped up his campaign in the capital Lilongwe with whistle-stop meetings on Saturday, saying on Tuesday’s election, Malawi faces the biggest choice for a generation.

He said: “It is a choice about whether we want to get on the road to economic revival or whether every individual should simply be left to sink or swim. “

“If we get it right by voting UDF which will bring an agenda for change, we can achieve an age of shared prosperity. Malawians should speak through the ballot, Dzuka Malawi, Dzuka!” said Atupele, attracting a chorus of whistling and ululating from his supporters.

Atupele: Dzuka Malawi, Dzuka!
Crowds in Lilongwe as Atupele held his last whistle stop meetings
Crowds in Lilongwe as Atupele held his last whistle stop meetings
Atupele addressing a final campaign rally
Atupele addressing a final campaign rally

Atupele  who started by quoted  the National Anthem  last paragraph -“in time of war, in time of peace, one purpose and one goal, men and women serving selflessly in building Malawi” -told thousands of ecstatic supporters that elections are choices for the future.

He said Malawi is at war against poverty, political greed, cashgate,  protecting girl child,  protecting the elderly.

“For 50 years we have failed to liberate ourselves from this war and now let’s team up.Let us build our country. Am challenging all of us , lets win this war. I have heard your voices.,  I have seen your tears. and  Malawi idzuke,” he said.

“It’s you and me who can change this nation. This is the time. The time is now. I always remind you in all our meetings that why are all our neighbouring countries prospering and we are lagging. Why are we not being ambitious enough to demand positive change…? Why are we allowing our leaders to make a million promises now during campaign when they are the same ones in government and are failing the nation? Why should we give a failed government five more years? Why should we be fighting same battles for 50 years? What is that saying about us? About the leadership,” said Atupele.

“I ask you on Tuesday to vote wisely, vote for UDF, vote for change,” he added.

“I pledge myself and UDF party to fighting each and every day in time we will be in government for a fairer future for the people of Malawi, a future in which the many and not just the few have the chance to earn a better life for themselves and their children,” he said.

Atupele promised to “always put the Malawi people first – before personal interest, party interest, or any vested interest.”

He said: “We will renew this nation – not for our own benefit or the benefit of a narrow section or clique – but for all the people of this country we love.”

Atupele asked the people to decide the kind of life they wanted to live by casting their vote on Tuesday.

He also highlighted that his government will endeavour to create job, mostly for the youth and give benefits to the elderly and the vulnerable.

“We are fighting for Malawi’s future – and we will win it for Malawians, the new generation –ung’ono ung’ono!”.

Malawians are going to the polls for a record five time times since the country reverted to pluralistic politics in 1993. But this time, the electorate will have to elect the president, legislators and councillors at the same time.

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