MP Pillane dumps DPP for UDF

Balaka West MP Nasrin Pillane has resigned from Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and joined the United Democratic Front (UDF).

Pillane (nee Mia) was welcomed in UDF by the party’s president Atupele Muluzi when he addressed a rally at Nseche in Balaka on Sunday.

“I have withdrawn my membership from DPP and I am now a member of the UDF,” said Pillane.

“I want to be part of the Agenda for Change movement,” she added.

“Atupele  Muluzi  is the real deal,” said  the MP.

In his address, Atupele said the new UDF party is resonating with the people.

Pillane being welcomed by UDF president Atupele Muluzi in Balaka
Pillane being welcomed by UDF president Atupele Muluzi in Balaka

“Our membership is growing as voters  begin to recognise what  the new UDF party can offer,” he said.

The 35-year-old Malawi’s presidential candidate said  “the  Agenda for Change should now set out how we are going to elevate Malawi to the level of other democratic, wealthy and prosperous nations, one amongst equals in the world.”.

Atupele  said the  UDF National Policy Conference which is taking place next month will provide the details on how the changes will be delivered.

Malawians in May next year go to the polls to elect a president, lawmakers and councilors.

In the presidential race, Atupele will be challenging President Joyce Banda  who will be seeking her own full mandate after assuming power by accident of fate when President Bingu wa Mutharika suddenly died from cardiac arrest complications in his office in the renamed New State House on April 5 last year. Banda was Mutharika’s Vice-President.

Banda, Africa’s second female president, also faces a tough challenge from main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate, the Rev. Lazarus Chakwera.

Chakwera, 58, an untried and untested new-comer to Malawi’s frontline politics has excited the political landscape in the southern African country with many calling him ‘game changer’ since he is not associated with the corruption and various forms of misrule that taint established politicians.

But the late president Mutharika’s brother, Washington State University professor Peter Mutharika, should also not be dismissed outright.

The 73-year-old academic  leads l his late brother’s DPP, now in opposition, following the president’s death.

He had a spectacular fall-out with his deputy Banda over succession plans, leading to her expulsion from the DPP.

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