Mwenifumbo says UDF to trim presidential powers: Atupele’s ‘new beginning’ focus on inclusice growth and governance

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi’s running mate, Frank Mwenifumbo on Sunday talked tough on governance, saying once voted into power, the UDF-led government would drastically reduce presidential powers.

Crowds listening to UDF presidential running mate Mwenifumbo at Kasungu rally

Speaking at a campaign rally in Kasungu, Mwenifumbo said the concentration of power in one person, the State President, is what makes some of them slide into dictatorship.

“I believe that Kamuzu Banda was not a bad person but the system made him a dictator. Bakili Muluzi was not a bad person at all but the unilateral system was. Bingu wa Mutharika was not all that bad, but the system. Joyce Banda and the current Head of State were not bad but the system is to blame,” said Mwenifumbo.

He said in this regard, there was need to review the presidential powers, take away some of them from the head of state and give it to other relevant organs of the government.

Mwenifumbo said once voted into power, the UDF-led government would create state governors who will have some powers over their regions, saying this way, the nation would be assured of equitable development across the country.

In the last seating of parliament, ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators shot down a proposal to take away the powers from the president of appointing the director of graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Mwenifumbo therefore went on further to warn voters that those perceived to be good people now have the potential to become dictators too.

He went on to assert that the nation made a structural political mistake when people voted for transition and not transformation of this country by simply replacing  one individual with another without necessary  transforming  the system which up to now bears the tentacles of dictatorship.

 

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nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Atupele cannot accept the trimming of powers, that is why he voted against the bill in parliament, he wants all the powers

Alomwe
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Alomwe

This is what is needed to develop Malawi. Improve governance and give more power to the people! Good move AM!

You are doing a good job Frank and keep it up there’s ample time to make Malawians understand your package and make them switch from DPP and PP

Bullshit
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Bullshit

Did UDF MPs vote with DPPs to maintain Presidential powers?

mtete
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mtete

No harm dreaming in colour.

Mmora Murona
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Mmora Murona

UDF? What is it?

CHIPYELERO
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CHIPYELERO

Impressive crowd