There has been fevered speculation on social media platforms indicating that Atupele is going to pair with President Peter Mutharika in the presidential race as his runningmate.
An audio clip has also been circulating of a telephone conversation between former president Bakili Muluzi with an aspiring UDF candidate from Nkhotakota in which the senior Muluzi is heard advising the caller to work hard because Atupele has been informed of the aspiring MP’s candidature.
“In recorded telephone conversation which has gone viral, he simply says ‘Atupele has been informed’ about a potential UDF candidate in Zomba which is normal,” said Ndanga.
He added: “This was a normal telephone conversation which was simply encouraging a potential UDF candidate to stand on a UDF ticket.”
Said Ndanga: “In the conversation the retired president is not even making any decision and it’s very clear that the process of identifying candidates is, being handled by Honourable Clement Stambuli who is the Director of Elections in the UDF party.
“Any information to the contrary is utterly fake news and must be treated with the contempt it deserves.”