Malawi Elections: Muluzi settles for Mwenifumbo

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Presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi is promising liberation for Malawians from the current socio-economic challenges if he is elected in the May 21 tripartite polls.

Muluzi made the remarks on Thursday at the COMESA hall in Blantyre where he presented his nomination papers and unveiled Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo as his running mate.

Muluzi cited, inadequate drugs in hospitals, insecurity, violence being perpetrated by alleged DPP supporters and the continued attacks against persons with albinism.

He promised to end such challenges once elected into power.

Prior to his presentation of nomination papers, there had been speculations linking his party to an alliance with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), with some going as far as suggesting that he may have been picked as Peter Mutharika’s running mate for the polls.

The UDF however denied being in discussion with any party for a coalition.

Commentators have expressed mixed views concerning Muluzi’s decision on his choice of running mate mainly because Mwenifumbo previously belonged to the Allience for Democracy (AFORD).

He and Enock Chihana were at loggerheads over who should be the party’s presidential candidate. The party is currently in an electoral alliance with Vice President Saulos Chilima’s UTM.

Apart from Atupele Muluzi presenting his nominations papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission, Cassim Chilumpha of the Tikonze Peoples Movement also presented his papers.

Chilumpha unveiled his running mate Zione Akuziona Matumba.

Matumba becomes the second female running mate to be unveiled by an aspiring presidential candidate.

Chilumpha’s decision to run for presidency came as a surprise to many as he had earlier indicated that the TPM was in an allience with the UTM and Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party.

However things changed after Banda had indicated that she was pulling out of the alliance following disagreements over choosing a running mate for Chilima. Hours later Chilumpha made a similar announcement on social media citing the very same issues that Banda had pulled out on.

 

 

 

 

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