No retreat on agenda for change -Atupele

Lawmaker Austin Atupele Muluzi, former president Bakili Muluzi’s 33-year-old son, has said this suspension from the UDF party will not derail the ‘agenda for change’ campaign he is advancing for a better Malawi.

UDF suspended Atupele after he announced he will seek nomination to stand as presidential candidate for 2014 general elections.

“I will not relent in my quest to advance the change agenda for a better Malawi,” the Machinga North East MP told Zodiak Radio’s Tiuzeni Zoonapolitical interview programme aired on Friday.

Atupele: Change we can trust

The youthful conviction politician said he was not worried with the suspension or what may befall him if the party old guards decide to expel him completely.

“Several other UDF members have declared their interest to contest as presidential candidates during the forthcoming UDF convention but have not been suspended or fired, why me?” he wondered.

Atupele said he believes “real owners of the party” the members will have “the final say” on his political future.

“Power is given by the people and they will speak in a democratic manner,” he said.

Pressed to comment on assertions that the former president was pushing him to contest as a presidential candidate, Atupele said he has his own political aspirations.

“Dr Muluzi is my father. I am Atupele Muluzi, I am my own man,” he responded.

On whether the former president will be bankrolling his presidential bid, the MP said he was capable of raising his own funds.

“I will raise funds myself. I have a legion of friends abroad and locally. The party members will also help in the drive to raise funds,” he said.

“I asked my father to leave me alone so that I can show my political engineering. He trusts that I am competent to fight my own battles,” said Atupele.

“There are times when children grow. I respect my father but he is retired from politics. I am my own man.”

He underlined that youth leadership is possible.

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