UDF appoints Lilian Patel as party leader in parliament

United Democratic Front (UDF) has appointed its veteran politician Lilian Patel as its leader in parliament.

Lilian Patel: UDF leader in the House

Parliament officially opened on Friday with President Peter Mutharika’s presentation of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) which was boycotted by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators who called Mutharika an illegitimate president.

Patel is MP for Mangochi south.

Spokesperson for UDF Ken Ndanga said deputy leader of the party in the 193-strong House is Rodrick Khumbanyiwa, an MP in Chikwawa.

He also said Ned Phoya of Zomba Ntonya  is the party chief whip in the House.

UDF president Atupele Muluzi tumbled in the parliamentary elections for the first time since he entered the House 15 years ago.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Maurice Munthali said the party will soon unveil its leadership in the House.

“We were busy with the court case but we will soon make the announcement,” said Munthali.

UTM spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga said the party hierarchy is in discussion to find out who will be the leader of the four MPs in the House.

Party leaders are expected to respond to President Mutharika’s State of the nation addess when parliament reconvenes on Monday afternoon after a weekend recess.

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joseph Banda
joseph Banda
3 years ago

Can’t this lady be Leader of Opposition? Why wasting time ndi awa?

3 years ago

Where is Atupele? Buried under the clod of DPP trash. Bad for the UDF now in tatters. The question is: who will prevent his father’s jazz from being on the soundbox in the courts? The people of Machinga saw it from afar that Atu was playing along the shore building sand palaces that would fall apart with intensity of the midday sun. Thengo Maloya protected the constituency for the Baby Bakili until he was of parliamentary age. Chilumpha Sam Mpasu Friday Jumbe plus Kennedy Makwangwala never got the UDF chairmanship untl the crown was placed on Prince Baby Muluzi. It… Read more »

3 years ago

Koma achemwa ndinakudzutsilani mkono. Inu zinayamba kukuyendelani kuyambile kalekale ine ndili mwana ndithu. Congrats mayi. Bola isakhale mphamvu yakafupa kachi albino.

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