UDF insists Atupele to contest Malawi presidency: ‘Do not be misled with propaganda’

United Democratic Front (UDF)  has reaffirmed that its president Atupele Muluzi is the party’s torchbearer in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections with Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo as his running mate dismissing “fake news” that he was withdrawing from the race to enter into electoral relationship with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

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UDF vice president (south) Lance Mbewe said in Ngabu, Chikwawa district when the party distributed relief items to floods victims.

“Do not be misled. Atupele Muluzi will not withdraw his presidential candidature. Atupele is focused and resolute to contests this elections,” Mbewe said.

Mbewe said speculations about Muluzi withdrawing from the presidential race were peddled by political competitors.

“These speculations have been going on for a long time. There were speculations before presentation of nomination papers and now more propaganda.

“Let me assure each and every supporter of our party that Atupele is contesting as president. Without a shadow of a doubt I see no reason why he should withdraw,” Mbewe said.

UDF director of elections Clement Stambuli said the country needs a visionary leader who can transform rural people’s lives, pledging that once voted into power; Atupele Muluzi will put in place programmes aimed at uplifting living standards of rural masses.

“UDF is well prepared and we are prepared to fight this election to win,” said Stambuli.

He said UDF will revive its flagship program, Malawi Social Action Fund (Masaf).

“What we are promising people is that we as UDF have a track record where we have done good things in the past, developments in the villages through institutions such as Masaf. We are going to bring back Masaf to its original entity,” said Stambuli.

The social media was rife with reports of UDF withdrawing from the presidential race with

Muluzi who is serving as Minister of Health in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet since 2014, supporting the DPP.

But UDF says this is all “propaganda!” as Muluzi is scheduled to launch party manifesto and roll out campaign.

Ernest Thindwa, a political analyst based at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, expressed scepticism on Muluzi’s commitment to the presidential bid when he is in the Cabinet of a President he is seeking to unseat.

Muluzi was drafted into Mutharika’s Cabinet in 2014 and has served in several portifolios. His UDF entered into a parliamentary working relationship with DPP and in the run-up to the presentation of presidential election nomination papers, it was widely speculated that he would be Mutharika’s running mate.

Responding to a question on the future of Muluzi in Cabinet while bidding for the presidency, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Henry Mussa said Cabinet appointments were the prerogative of the President.

Prior to the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections Muluzi resigned from the Cabinet of then president Joyce Banda.

UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga insisted Atupele Muluzi would contest in the elections and usher in the “new beginning”.

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Kaligida
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Kaligida

Am MCP but to say the truth if Atupele contest ,mark my words ,UDF will be 3rd items of MP’s

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

Kuderera ovota kumeneku.. Akudziwa achawa ambiri ndiabulutu, ndipo adzamuvotera.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

kodi kunalibe achawa 2014?

Jesuit
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Jesuit

Zoba uyu. He thinks their family.owns Malawi. He has sold udf to Dpp because of greed. Why is he still a minister. .shupit

Amos
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UDF gave birth to DPP, DPP gave birth AND A now has two sons. PP as well as UTM. Up to now, DPP has shielded a number of people from being prosecuted, like how can mphwiyo case take the entire 5year mandate, just an example. PP Cashgate, till now no one knows why Joyce had to go and stay outside Malawi for so long. UTM yet to be tested. MCP Kwawo kunata. Kodi symbol yawo ya tambala okuda idakalipo…..kkkkkk

Ndata Albino Auction Floor
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How did you choose to work with a party that deposed you from power? What Bingu did was a coup? He used Udf to advance his political ambition and to advance the Lomwe agenda. If I were Atupele I would not even think of working with dpp. The udf is almost dead. Yatha ngati nsalu ya makatani as Bakili wished. Kupusa uku unachita ndi bambo ako. Very stupid family 👪🏽.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

He did a very thing. Blood is thicker than water, had to protect his father from harassment by DPP

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

He a did a very GOOD thing

Chadzandiyani
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Chadzandiyani

Let Him Stand on His own UDF . Mukufuna abwere kuchipani kwanuko? ayi sizitheka mwauponda.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

Idiot.

Malemu Daniel Phiri Wa Muthali.
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Malemu Daniel Phiri Wa Muthali.

FOR the sake Malawi, ATUPELE PLEASE JOIN MCP kuti DPP ICHOKE olo itafuna kubela zisatheke.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Atupele will campaign for DPP candidate, Mwenefumbo will lead and campaign for UDF

europa
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europa

Its too late baba. Just endorse some other party and you become another minister in their govt. Wake up to reality, you can’t be a president. Your time is way gone.

Anzengo
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Anzengo

For the sake of continued existence in political arena of our beloved young Atupere Muluzi he needs not to stand all alone rather has to get himself attached to a bigger n effective party apart from his own UDF. UDF is good but had been ineffective for too long giving chance to other parties so I second other people’s views

dalo
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dalo

Ambuye ndikugwilizana nanu,mnyamatayu ngati sakuona apezeka kuti he will not be a minister or president akapitilira kugona ngati mmene akupangila apa.Why greedy Atupele? Ine ndimaona ngati mnyamata akuyenela kuyenda ndi anzakewa koma ai ndithu.Kufoila kwenikweni.Payekha sangawine and ndi dpp akuluwa akangokokoloka pa 21 pano nayenso wapita.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

Time will tell. Atupele promised us a joker. We are still waiting

Joovido
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Joovido

Very true, where is the joker here? ???

Zwanga
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Zwanga

This guy is useless

Atcheya
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Atcheya

The Joker is Mwenefumbo

Knoxy
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Thus the end of UD F. If it has failed to resurrect after five years how about at 10 . I t will no longer exist mark my word. just like AFORD. Guys let us join other strong parties. And leave this udf thing to AA and his wife.

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

UDF’s downfall is lack of strong an visionary executive committee members. The existing members allowed the party to be run on one man decisions, they should have been able to persuade Atupele from taking certain lone decisions whch will end up destroying UDF party. The Ndangas, Stambulis, Mbewes have failed in their duties to the party but excelled in their duties to Atupele.
UDF’ s hope now is Mwenefumbo

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Joker is becoming vice president to Peter Mutharika, Atupere will not stand he is endorsing Peter Mutharika