Friends of Atupele storm Zomba: ‘Vote for youthful Malawian president’

A youth Malawian grouping, Friends of Atupele, has appealed to the country’s youth to vote for a youthful president as Malawi gears up for the 2014 tripartite elections.

The group, which was launched last December in Mzuzu, claims it has observed that all past Malawian presidents have failed to address issues affecting the youth in the country.

Atupele, the son of former Malawi President, Bakili Muluzi, is so far the sole known youthful presidential aspirant for 2014 elections.

Friends of Atupele’s acting national coordinator, Tega Mwaluwasa, told journalists in Zomba when he unveiled plans of the grouping in Southern Region, the youth have been neglected for long and time had come for them to be accommodated in the affairs of government.

“There is need for renewal in this country’s leadership. We need a youthful president who can listen and act on the needs of the youth who form the better part of this nation,” he said.

Austin Atupele Muluzi: UDF presidential candidate 2014
Mwaluwasa: Speaking to reporters after a meeting in Zomba

Added Mwaluwasa: “People should know that we have come with this movement to call on fellow Malawian youths to vote for a youthful president come 2014 tripartite eections.

“We already launched it last December in Mzuzu and it is now the turn of Zomba and Blantyre later this month. Let me point out that ours is a composition of all youths regardless of their political affiliation but supporting Atupele Muluzi to champion our call for participation in national development,” he said.

According to Mwaluwasa, the group is expected to spread its wings countrywide to whip up support for the UDF 2014 presidential candidate, also a Member of Parliament for Machinga North East.

The young 34-year-old Muluzi was last year elected to lead the opposition and former ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) party, founded by his father in 1992.

Until 12 November 2012, Atupele was part of President Joyce Banda’s all inclusive cabinet which she appointed on April 26 last year following the death of former President Bingu wa Mutharika.

But he resigned his position as Minister of Economic Planning and Development on what he said was a mtter of principle.

Since then the opposition lawmaker has barnstormed the country’s four political regions redefining his much hyped Agenda for Change campaign.

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