I have a vision for Malawi –Atupele

Presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi, son of former president Bakili Muluzi, told a mass rally he held in the lakeshore district of Salima in  the central region on Saturday that he has “a vision” to turn Malawi into prosperous nation.

Atupele, franked by his team of UDF parliamentarians,  stormed Salima with his ‘agenda for change’ campaign and wooed the multitudes that thronged the venue of the rally.

Vision

“I have a vision to turn this country into a prosperous nation,” he told the crowds.

Atupele: Speaking in Salima on Saturday.

Atupele: Speaking in Salima on Saturday.

Atupele promised to provide security, stability and prosperity “for all Malawians.”

“I will unveil my plans starting from January 2012 for people to see what I have for Malawi. The people will have enough time to discuss and add their inputs to the plan of action,” he said.

“I will embark on nationwide listening campaign. To talk to women, the youth and the elderly to listen to their views on my vision,” he said.

The deputy leader of UDF in parliament said Malawi was not a poor nation “but we have poor political leadership.”

He expressed concern that life is getting expensive with no medicines in hospitals, fuel scarcity, and lack of forex, water problems and frequent electricity blackouts.

Presidential bid

The Machinga North East lawmaker said he will put his name for nomination as a presidential candidate at the forthcoming UDF national convention.

Atupele: Strongly believes youth leadership is possible

“I will not just offer myself for nomination but will mount a vigorous campaign to ensure an agenda for change becomes a success,” said Atupele.

“It is not about Atupele. It is about change. It is change for a better Malawi.”

The younger Muluzi said he wants young talent to be given room in politics and leadership.

“You simply can’t have the same output from a 30-something and an 80-something person – there are diminishing returns. All societies benefit from people at their peak and not when they are at retirement age.”

Employment strategy

Atupele told the rally that he will in January unveil his component of the Change Agenda programme targeting job creation.

“It will be launched as Building a Nation Programme and this component alone is aimed at creating 300,000 to 500,000 decent paying jobs within five years,” he said.

“Since unemployment is a big issue at the moment I felt it necessary to unpack a component of my agenda to stimulate debate,” said Atupele.

He said he would like to start an issues based campaign, disclosing that he has also a programme for decent and affordable housing.

Dancing, grinning and wearing yellow t-shirts thousands of people attended the rally.

Crowds that attended Atupele's rally in Salima

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