Muluzi gives Makwangwala K3m, alleges Mpasu

Vice President of United Democratic Front (UDF) Sam Mpasu has alleged that the party’s secretary-general Kennedy Makwangwala has received K3 million cash and a motor vehicle from former president Bakili Muluzi to influence his decision to revert the positions to July 2009 when Muluzi handed over management of the party to the secretary general.

Makwangwala said in a statement: “All party structures that have been formed after 16 July 2009 stand dissolved and that all members of the party who were forcefully removed from the party have been reinstated to their original positions.”

But Mpasu speaking on Capital FM dismissed Makwangwala’s statement, saying the Secretary General decision “is of no consequence” because has no mandate to make a decision on behalf of the UDF.

Mpasu: Makwangwala has been given money

“This decision is null and void, it is not sanctioned at all,” said Mpasu. “Regardless of the reason he cannot make any unilateral decision.”

Palm oiled

Mpasu alleged that Makwangwala has been palm oiled by former president to parachute him back at the helm of the UDF despite that he retired in 2009.

“I can tell you a secret. He [Makwangwala] was at Dr Bakili Muluzi residence at BCA. Our investigations are that he has been given K3 million cash and a twin cab car. He has been told to go and hide it. It’s a way of getting Dr Muluzi back as national chairman,” Mpasu claimed during the radio interview.

Mpasu said Makwangwala will face disciplinary action.

“Mr Makwangwala is going to be summoned to a disciplinary committee to explain himself. He cannot do anything on his own,” said Mpasu.

He also said the decision to summon National Executive Committee meeting on December 28 is “null and void.”

“A secretary general cannot call for a meeting of a NEC meeting on his own, he has to consult vice president and others and agree on an agenda,” said Mpasu who once held the position of UDF secretary general.

Muluzi ‘problems engineer’

Mpasu repeatedly accused Muluzi of causing “problems” in the UDF.

“The person who is causing problems all along is now coming up in the open. It is Bakili Muluzi,” Mpasu said.

He also dismissed Makwangwala assertions that Muluzi had left the reins of power to the secretary general.

“The party was left in the hands of the national working committee chaired by the secretary general,” explained Mpasu.

UDF has been rocked in division since Muluzi plagued by ill-health, stepped down as chairman in 2009.

The party announced that it will hold a national convention in April 2012 which will not elect a presidential candidate, but a new national executive committee.

According to Makwangwala, the UDF’s constitution stipulates that a presidential candidate is elected a year before the elections.

UDF said the new NEC will prepare and organise “an extraordinary conference in 2013 for election of the UDF presidential candidate and running mate.”

The party says it will need more than K20 million ($119 760) for its national convention next year.

Those aspiring for the UDF presidency include interim president Friday Jumbe a former finance minister, leading neurologist Dr George Nga Mtafu, former vice president Dr Cassim Chilumpha, lawyer Fahad Assan, Dr Saizi Bwanali and former sports minister and football commentator Moses Dossi.

In September, MP for Machinga North East Atupele Muluzi, son to former president, expressed interest to contest on UDF ticket as 2014 presidential candidate.

Atupele was suspended after declaring his presidential bid.

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