Political analyst tries putting sense in UDF officials

A political scientist has asked members of the opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) to remain vigilant and united against outside forces that are bend to divide and bring confusion in the party.

Catholic University political science lecturer, Vincent Kondowe said this in reaction to current development in the party that has seen some of its members dismissed from the party.

In story monitored on a local radio Radio IslamKondowe said  it seems that UDF has lost direction and expressed  fears that the on-going wrangles and divisions in the party would result in the country ending up without viable and vibrant opposition.

UDF leaders Friday Jumbe and Dr Nga Ntafu

He says UDF crisis is a disservice to democracy in the country.

“UDF would now be planning on how to it would take over government in 2014. UDF has to believe and abide by its own constitution but it seems everyone in the party is doing whatever he or she likes,” he said.

Kondowe said this makes him believe what some people say that problems in the party are influenced by outside forces to destabilize the party.

“It’s high time UDF should analyze itself and have an agenda and let everyone follow that agenda so that they are able to pull in one direction if it really has a dream of winning the 2014 elections,” said Kondowe.

Meanwhile, High Court Judge Healey Potani will on Saturday hear arguments from the camp of acting president Friday Jumbe which obtained a court order stopping the meeting of secretary general Kennedy Makwangwala.

Makwangwala called a National Executive Committee meeting for members who were elected before July 2009 following the dissolution of all party positions.

The Jumbe faction also expelled Makwangwala and Muluzi’s son Atupele for disregard of party etiquette and undermining authority.

Vice president Sam Mpasu said the party has since summoned former party leader Bakili Muluzi to explain his underhand dealings in orchestrating discord by promoting the candidature of his son to run for the party presidency in Malawi’s 2014 presidential elections.

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