Malawi opposition UDF sets July 25-29 for policy conference in Lilongwe

Malawi’s opposition United Democratic Front’s (UDF)  has said it will  hold its  much touted policy conference from July 25 this year in the capital Lilongwe where the party will be releasing its electoral pact with Malawians in terms of policies and visions.

The chairperson of the conference to take place at Cross-roads Hotel in Lilongwe is Dr Godfrey Chapola and is being deputised by Chairperson Rob Jamieson.

Addressing a news conference in the capital, Jameson said they have pushed the conference – initially slated for this month – so that all the necessary papers that will be presented during the five-day conference are well blended.

Jameson said he conference would draw on presenters and participants across Malawi and beyond with specialisation in areas of political and economic analysis, religious and civil society organisations as well as the media and traditional leadership.

Topical issues will be on governance, the economy, peace and security.

Atupele Muluzi: RPolicy conference to drive the agenda for change
Atupele Muluzi: RPolicy conference to drive the agenda for change

On governance, the conference would discuss the areas of transparency, accountability, rule of law, corruption, political participation, aid effectiveness, self-reliance and press freedom.

It will also tackle other areas such as mining information technology, water and sanitation, private sector development and export diversification.

Other issues will be on education, health, agricultural productivity, tourism, manufacturing, job creation, transport and infrastructure development.

Dr. Kholiwe Mkandawire who is policy sub-committee chairperson said e from July 26 to 28 there will be closed meetings at the Natural Resources College (NRC) “purely to gather all the information generated so that it can be compiled effectively for discussion.”

The gathering that will meet at NRC will bring together representatives from Traditional leadership, from women as well as from the youth and civil society.

Malawi goes to the polls next May and UDF will field youthful Atupele Muluzi as the party’s torch bearer contesting the presidency.

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