Lucius Banda to contest as MP on UTM ticket

Renowned Malawian musician who is also parliamentarian for Balaka North constituency, Lucius Banda, has declared his interest to contest for the position of Member of Parliament under United Transformation Movement (UTM) ticket ahead of the tripartite elections in 2019.

Lucius Banda : On board UTM

Speaking in an interview Banda who became parliamentarian for Balaka North under the United Democratic Front (UDF) ticket in 2014 said he is set for the 2019 elections but now under the United Transformation Movement where he argued UDF has lost the support it had from his followers.

“At first my idea was to work with UTM while in UDF just as some members of parliament from the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are doing, I then realized the Idea was not welcomed by UDF thus why I decided to fully join UTM.

‘’People in my constituency as well as chiefs have welcomed the move, and i was surprised to hear that all the members of my constituency committee joined UTM before me and they are in full support of the mighty UTM,’’ added Banda.

“ UDF has lost the support it had in Balaka North, so come UTM Primaries I will contest and if all goes successful 2019 General Elections I will contest under UTM led by Dr. Saulos Chilima,” explained Banda.

Commenting on the development a political analyst George Phiri from University of Livingstonia said he is not surprised to see some of the UDF loyal members like Lucius Banda, Iqbal Omar and Shanil Dzimbiri defecting from the party.

UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga told Nyasa Times in an interview that they respect Banda’s decision and wish him well in his political journey.

“Its freedom of association and UDF as a liberal party we feel wish him well. UDF will its own candidate in Balaka North,” said Ndanga.

Lucius Banda, Iqbal Omar and Shanil Dzimbiri made their first public appearance in UTM colors during the launch of UTM in Lilongwe, where Banda and Shanil endorsed the party’s president Saulos Chilima as a torch bearer of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

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goodwellbanda
goodwellbanda
3 years ago

Voti yanga ndi ya chilima

VYOTO
VYOTO
3 years ago

WELL DONE SOLDIER FOR SAYING NO TO THE TWO SELFISH FAMILIES OF THE MULUZIS AND MUTHALIKAS. APA NDI MASAMU OCHOSELA TSOPANO KWA UDF NDI DPP CHAKACHAKE NDI 2019.

symon Chiwowa
symon Chiwowa
3 years ago

Tidzudzulane bwino

Kibaki
Kibaki
3 years ago

basi watha mkuluyi mark my words.Tonny Ngalande this is your time. uyu waukhuta u MP.

pundit guru
pundit guru
3 years ago

Well done Bwana Soldier, UTM is the way forward. Good thing you dumped UDF 👏👏👏👏 Atupele has lost the direction n don’t seems to know which direction he wants to head towards so I really wonder on what grounds or basis is he dreaming of becoming the president of Malawi……..😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. He has no leadership qualities in him. Maybe after 30 years once he has found directions and become matured then………………maybe? SKC is the real answer to Malawi………. Nobody in this world have resisted three things…… lies, theft, and fornication…… no matter how small the theft is, or how small the… Read more »

Napoleon muza
3 years ago

Osakaphunzitsa anyamata kuba masatifiketi . Manga ngati mukaba certificate mboma mukasintha inu. Fisk ndi Fisi, sasintha , Oslo utamusintha mawanga kuti atonement ngati kambuku adyabe zoola

mediaz
mediaz
3 years ago

Lucius lakula ndidyela,,,,,Mr Chilima if put into power next yr don’t give position to those people who always wants ministerial posts adzakuwonongerani mbiri,,,,,

AsherEn
AsherEn
3 years ago

Are you just hearing this today? He spoke on my show sometime back about it soon after Masintha rally nanu a reporter a nyasa kuchedwa ndi breaking news!

Nduzayani
Nduzayani
3 years ago

Bakili Muluzi leave your son to make decisions on his own.Look you’re loosing very potential people because of greedy.Ukumaimba belu uli pa kariara bwanji.?….Atupele nawenso uzikula

BigMan
BigMan
3 years ago

UDF, it could have been so natural and easy to team up with UTM. Instead you are still being led astray by Bakili Muluzi who clearly is telling his baby boy to work with DPP or God knows what.

Atupele, this was your chance to lead, but you have made a big miscalculation on this one. Unshackle yourself from daddy and his old cronies and be your own man for crying out loud!!!

Hard Truth
Hard Truth
3 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

Chilima doesn’t like Atupele from the word go. Atupele knows this pretty well. Mr. Miyambi said on the podium that “Njoka Saweta” to Mutharika, while referring to Atupele as Njoka. Do your really think that Atupele is damn? Chilima has been doing everything possible to push away all his competitors from Mutharika. Atupele and Chaponda have been Chilima’s victims. I think you are too young. You can’t see things from afar.

BigMan
BigMan
3 years ago
Reply to  Hard Truth

He wasnt referring to baby boy, it was a general comment. But then again politics is dynamic, the season has changed and Atupele needs to read his tea leaves properly.

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
3 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

Daddy has court cases that the dpp can resume if loyalty is not paid to dpp!

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
3 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

If Atupele did what you’re suggesting, the ACB would be on his daddy’s ass in a nanosecond.

Ntengo wa Kesia
Ntengo wa Kesia
3 years ago
Reply to  Ngombwax

@Ngombwax
You are back, now? Or were you around all this time, but using another handle or nom de net?
Good to read your view, again.

pundit guru
pundit guru
3 years ago
Reply to  BigMan

Couldn’t agree more with you. Baby boy needs to mature now bamboo! !!!!!!!!!!! He needed to come out of the nappies way back in 2014. Yellow boy is a yellow daddy boy…..u can’t do what a man can do…….. hope u get the msg 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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