UDF condemns PP for foul-mouthing Atupele: ‘Malawi does not need primitive politics’

Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) party has condemned the governing People’s Party (PP)  over personal verbal attacks on UDF presidential candidate Atupele Muluzi by its leadership during a public rally at Masintha ground in Lilongwe on 7th April, 2013.

PP officials, notably Uladi Mussa questioned Atupele’s ambitions to run for presidency against President Joyce Banda, saying he was “not mature” to be a tenant at State House.

UDF said in a statement that PP officials attack Atupele out of “petty jealousy and ignorance”.

“The UDF party would like to inform all Malawians that the constitution of Malawi is very clear on issues of eligibility for one to contest as presidential candidate. The framers of the constitution knew that at 35 a person is mature enough to lead the country,” UDF said in a statement issued  by its spokesman Ken Ndanga.

Atupele: UDF presidential hopeful to turn 35 in August this year
Atupele: UDF presidential hopeful to turn 35 in August this year

UDF clarified that by the time Malawians will be going to the polls in 2014, Atupele Muluzi will be above the age of 35 and therefore eligible to stand as presidential candidate for the party.

“The laws of Malawi prohibit discrimination of persons in any form and guarantees equal and effective protection against discrimination on various grounds including political, ethnic or social origin,” the party pointed out.

UDF said it does not believe in politics of hatred or castigation, saying  “such type of politics has failed this country.”

The UDF party said it is always ready for public debates on policy matters so that Malawians can be accorded the opportunity to make political choices based on policies as opposed to personal issues.

UDF said under the leadership of Atupele, it will work tirelessly in promoting dialogue, tolerance, coexistence, peace and unity among Malawians of diverse political beliefs.

“As a country Malawi is besieged by a myriad of social- economic problems that require our joint efforts to deal with them.

“Our energies regardless of our political differences should therefore be directed towards finding solutions that will bail Malawians out of these hard economic situations.”

UDF condemned in its strongest terms the “primitive type of politics” as promoted by the governing PP.

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