UDF NEC nods to MPs to work in cabinet

United Democratic Front (UDF) national executive committee meeting in Blantyre on Saturday deliberated on the recent appointments of the party’s parliamentary leadership into President Joyce Banda’s inclusive cabinet.

During the meeting which was chaired by the party’s Secretary General Kennedy Makwangwala, the party discussed the appointment of its parliament leader Ibrahim Matola as deputy minister of environmental affairs and appointment of Atupele Muluzi as Minister of Economic Planning and Development.

After lengthy discussions, the party agreed to allow the lawmakers to serve in the cabinet which includes politicians from more than five parties with representation in parliament.

Atupele: Minister of Economic Planning, UDF deputy leader in parliament

However, they want legislators to “maintain” the identity of UDF and not cross the floor to the governing People’s Party.

“The MPs have been given a blessing to serve in the cabinet but maintain their UDF membership,” said a source which attended the meeting.

UDF also tabled on the issue of  Atupele Muluzi, the son of former president Bakili Muluzi, who has been campaigning vigorously for the 2014 presidential elections, on what will become of his ‘agenda for change’.

It was agreed that Atupele will remain UDF and continue to press for his agenda and will continue to hold series of his party’s rallies across the country.

UDF members also resolved to hold convention this year.

Later UDF lawmakers are said to have a courtesy call on former president Bakili Muluzi where he is said to have persuaded them to help government in economic development of the nation and always strive for checks and balances.

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