I’m in cabinet to serve, deliver transformational agenda – Atupele tells Malawi’s flagship daily

After being criticised for his acceptance of a Cabinet position as Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, United Democratic Front president (UDF) Atupele Muluzi has said he is in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet to serve and deliver the transformation agenda to Malawians.

Atupele, the 35-year-old opposition politician has said he is not an opportunist to accept to serve in Mutharika’s government.

“How is this making me an opportunist? You can serve in Cabinet and serve Malawians, just the same way as you can serve in any position,” Atupele is quoted by Malawi’s flagship daily, Nation.

Atupele:  "Ung'ono ung'ono" in cabinet to serve and bring transformational change
Atupele: “Ung’ono ung’ono” in cabinet to serve and bring transformational change

“There are some synergies between Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] manifesto and UDF manifesto and we saw this even during the debates, where it was all about exchanging ideas to the cause.

“It’s about Malawi, and whatever capacities and positions we serve it’s really about Malawians at heart and this is a necessity to the need for unity of purpose and making sure it’s about Malawi and putting Malawi forward.”

Atupele told the paper that “what is important is that this [decision] is about making sure that we deliver our transformation agenda for Malawians”  and disclosed he is in consultation with his UDF members, explaining “ of course, the consultation processes are still underway and will be able to communicate what that process will be.”

UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga  said Atupele, who served as economic minister in Joyce Banda government before he dumped the graivy train,  has not taken up a party position but is in government to serve the people of Malawi.

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