UDF president Atupele Muluzi quits politics

United Democratic Front president Atupele Muluzi has resigned from his position and has since appointed Vice-President Lilian Patel as interim leader.

In a statement dated May 28, addressed to the party’s general secretary Kandi Padambo, Atupele said has has quit active politics and will pursue business interest.

Padambo confirmed in an interview yesterday that the son to Malawi’s first democratic president Dr Bakili Muluzi had indeed resigned.

Padambo (L), Patel (C) Muluzi (R)

“I write to formally communicate to you my decision to step down back from active politics. I am going to into business for the development and progress of Malawi. In view of this decision and pursuant with the Constitution of Malawi, I appoint Honourable Lillian Estella Patel, Party Vice-President Eastern Region to lead the party as acting president until the next National Convention where my successor will be elected.

“I am truly grateful to the entire UDF family for the amazing confidence and support given to me over the 18 years I have served in politics.”

The Agenda for Change champion, Atupele, served in a number of cabinet ministerial posts and recently as Minister of Health in the DPP regime, congratulated Patel on her appointment.

Muluzi was Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining from 2014 to 2015 and the only opposition member to serve in the Mutharika administration. Subsequently, he served as Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security in 2015, and then Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in 2015.

Born on 6 August 1978, he was a Member of Parliament for Machinga North East constituency from 2004 until May 27, 2019.

He was a presidential candidate during the 2019 election and Professor Peter Mutharika’s running mate in the 2020 presidential elections which lost to the Tonse Alliance led by Dr Lazarus Chakwera.

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Isaac yassin Banda
Isaac yassin Banda
1 month ago

They want to kill DPP these people

President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
1 month ago

Kodi UDF idali iripo eti?

Aubrey Setso
Aubrey Setso
1 month ago

He has done a right thing. Malawian politics need some kind of surgical operation for the country to develop. All the best sir.

ndatopa
ndatopa
1 month ago

Lilian patel zoona, We are tired of all the old guards/recycled politicians!!! 2025 no one over 60 should should be considered, they have all let us down

No agenda for change
No agenda for change
1 month ago

A bitter lesson to all children of politicians, make your own tracks in life, don’t waist time trying to fulfill your Daddy’s/Mommy’s agenda because you will always be labelled as a papa’s/mama’s boy………. so many years wasted Atupele but at least you have finally found yourself.

che nnungu
1 month ago

Bon Voyage brother. You tried but it wasnt your right direction

Kalekeni Kanene
Kalekeni Kanene
1 month ago

I hope this is the end of Muluzi dynasty in UDF. What Atupele has done is the right thing. H has literally faiked to win national ekections several times. adzipita, Ayende bwino.

Allan Kumwenda
Allan Kumwenda
1 month ago

Yes its better to resign in a dignified manner but don’t go back to the hiden agenda

Chitolerapapo
1 month ago

Politics is a hard game not meant for moms babies. The right time to join politics is when one is 60 years because at that age you have little or nothing to lose

Nedson Kaunda
Nedson Kaunda
1 month ago
Reply to  Chitolerapapo

agree 100%..he took a wrong turn in life and hope he has realised the error now

nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
nsabwendiimeneyitu basi.
1 month ago

Ma ministry osewa analimowa, as a son of former president what change did he made to show that he helped in developing Mw than as a minister of health , amapanga clinic yake Ku Salima komwe mankhwala sasowa, ndipo kodhula, central medical store was the supplier takanani CE muluzi. Luba ngati Tate wako.mxiiiii

Anderson Mponda
Anderson Mponda
29 days ago

This is a welcome news, now I hve joined UDF. Let other capable politicians run this party, what is special with the Muluzi family? Let the other educated Malawians takeover. But the decision to let Gogo Lilian Patel to take over is still back ward. A’m just waiting for convention to join

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