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UDF elects office bearers with call to strengthen unity

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The United Democratic Front-UDF has elected new National Executive Committee (NEC) members who will manage the party for the next five years.

Cross section of delegates at the UDF convention Cross section of delegates at the UDF convention

UDF President Atupele Muluzi while officially closing the conference at COMESA Hall in Blantyre, called on the elected leaders to maintain and safeguard the roots of the party whom he branded as the true members of the yellow camp.


He said politics has changed hence the need for members to practice modern politics. Muluzi who is also Minister of Health and Population commented on the possible coalition rumors making rounds in the country.


Speaking earlier at the convention, Former President Dr Bakili Muluzi called on Malawians to respect leaders. Dr Muluzi who is also founder of the opposition United Democratic Front-UDF said actions by other politicians can destroy the country.


“As a person who fought hard to bring democracy, I find it disheartening when people call the President names,” said Dr Muluzi who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004.


The national Indaba elected Lance Mbewe as Vice President for the South with 1482 votes. Abubakar M'baya elected organizing Secretary with 1677 votes. Ken Ndanga retains Publicity Secretary Position with 1027 votes and Innocent Bayisi elected National Director of Campaign with 1357 votes.


On the other hand, Party President Atupele Muluzi went unopposed. Besides, Secretary General Kandi Padambo, vice president (East) Lilian Patel, vice president (North) Victoria Mponela, treasurer general Carton Sichinga and deputy national organizing secretary also went unopposed.


Meanwhile, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party-DPP has called on political parties to work together for the benefit of the country.


DPP Vice President for the South Kondwani Namkhumwa said this when he represented President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika at the UDF convention.


Namkhumwa who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development reminded all politicians in the country that it is only through unity where democracy can thrive.


Some of the notable faces at the convention include DPP Secretary General Grezelder Jeffrey, DPP Regional Governor (South) Charles Mchacha, Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa, Paramount Chief Kawinga, PPM president Mark Katsonga, Prof. John Chisi, US ambassador Virginia Palmer, business captains and members of CSOs.


About 2500 delegates attended the indaba. The Convention was held under the theme: New Beginning.

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