Atupele Muluzi Disappoints His Supporters “I Only Wanted Change not Presidency”
The son of former Malawi president Atupele Muluzi has abandoned his presidential aspirant dream saying his campaign was never for the presidency but only for change, disappointing thousands of his supporters across the country.
Atupele Muluzi was seen as a youth leader who would revamp the way politics is done in the UDF party swell as Malawi and had a large following.
However the young Muluzi on Monday said his camping was only to bring about change in the country not to become president and that campaign for change has ceased because change has already come .
“The President is the most influential person that can bring about change. How am I going to campaign when unexpected change has come? The crucial thing now is to address the economic challenges the country is facing by putting our political differences aside.” he said
Atupele’s sudden change is obvious, as he has been appointed to be minister of development and planning in the new government and in principle he can not work against it.
”We have been talking about seeing change in politics, creating wealth for our people, new type of thinking, new ideas, new people, promoting women and youth job is now to see the development of the Malawian people” said Atupele
However not long ago Atupele was seen as a favorite to lead the yellow party in 2014 and was ganging momentum with his country wide campaign , but the death of President Mutharika has shifted everything.
Atupele’s remarks have been trashed by political commentators in the country saying that everybody knows that the young Muluzi was positioning himself for the top Job.
Chancellor College political science associate professor Blessings Chinsinga said Atupele must be honest other than giving excuses.
“He should have been honest that his U-turn is a result of what has happened and he realised he could not continue campaigning while in a government to which he was an integral part of.
“His decision is in a way disappointing to the millions of followers he had allowed, particularly UDF youthful members to whom he became their hope to revamping the party. There are people who believed in youthful leadership who wanted.
Bwande, a radio cartoon at Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) FM Radio on satirised the appointment of Atupele Muluzi as Economic Planning and Development Minister, saying the appointment has sent him off the campaign trail.
And in apparent reference to that, Bwande said Atupele, who is referred to as ‘baby’ in media circles is now silent following the appointment.
”………Kunena za baby achimwene kuno, baby wasiya kulira lira ampasa botolo la mkaka. Ndikunena pano baby akuyamwa,” said Bwande
Atupele was seen as peoples favourite and during the Sunday Times’ Big Questions earlier this year, respondents suggested Atupele should be the joint presidential candidate should the then opposition parties decide to rally behind one presidential candidate during the 2014 elections.
In the poll, Atupele received 36 percent of the vote, putting seven other possible candidates in the shade.
The then Vice President Joyce Banda (now president), trailed with 23 percent of the vote, with Henry Phoya third with about 18 percent.
MCP maverick president John Tembo, for whom calls to quit his post since losing the 2009 have become loud, anchored the vote with a measly three percent.