Malawi opposition UDF denies receiving funds from Sudan’s Al-Bashir

Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) party has slammed as “gross” accusations from governing People’s Party operatives that its October 31 convention allegedly received funds from Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, broke ranks with Malawi President Joyce Banda when she threatened to arrest him if he had stepped in Malawi for the African Union meeting.

Claims have been made that Bashir bankrolled UDF convention but the party’s vice president, Iqbar Omar has denied the link with Sudanese President.

“We don’t have any relationship with Sudan,” Omar, the former  member of Parliament for Lilongwe City South West said on Capital FM Straight Talkprogramme.

UDF front line troops;Omar , Atupele and Kandi Padambo (secretary general)

“I have never heard anything that Al-Bashir funded our convention,” he added.

He however said the October 30 UDF national convention was fully funded by “well wishers” adding that he also contributed only K50, 000.00

Omar during the interview programme described the just elected party president Atupele Muluzi, son to former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi, who will automatically represent the party in the presidential race as “matured”.

“Atupele is matured and knows what he is doing,” said Omar contrary to what people are saying about Atupele describing him as “inexperienced” politician.

He expressed confidence that UDF will bounce back into government in 2014.

“UDF is going to come back in power-2014, we have all the machinery and we have everything,” Omar said.

Omar popularly known as Mthandizi, because of his charity works, said UDF is the strongest national party with detailed structures in all the districts.

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