United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has reaffirmed that he will be the party’s torchbearer in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections despite being in a working relationship with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
UDF is in a working relationship in Parliament with DPP and Muluzi is serving as Minister of Health in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet since 2014.
But addressing a rally in Nkhotakota on Sunday, Muluzi said the two parties have not engaged in talks on forming an electoral alliance.
He said: “Let me dispel speculations that UDF is dead. The party is still strong at grassroots level. We are going to the elections alone as UDF because we have never discussed anything with any party on an electoral alliance.”
Muluzi said the country needs a visionary leader who can transform rural people’s lives, pledging that once voted into power, he will put in place programmes aimed at uplifting living standards of rural masses.
UDF director of elections Clement Stambuli said the party is now focusing on strengthening structures at grassroots level in readiness for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, adding that the party will field parliamentary and local government candidates in all constituencies nationwide.