UDF presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi on Sunday said he will not be intimidated with arrests, but fight on for the good of all Malawians.
Atupele, who is also Machinga North East Constituency MP, was speaking at a rally at Liwonde in Machingaâ€”publicly for the first time after his release from police detention a few days ago.
â€˜I canâ€™t be intimidatedâ€™
He said even if police arrest him 30 times, he would sacrifice his life for the attainment of real democracy in Malawi.
Said Atupele: “I am not the type of person that can be intimidated. I will remain steadfast and talk about the hard times Malawians are going through.
“They [police] threw me from one cell to another, handcuffed me, verbally threatened me, but I want to assure them this is the battle we have started, and let us fight it to the very end.”
â€˜Malawians are sufferingâ€™
Atupele said Malawians are suffering because of prices of basic commodities that are going up daily and scarce commodities. He cited sugar which has been in short supply in recent weeks.
He said when peopleâ€™s fathers and grandfathers fought for independence and multiparty democracy thereafter, they did not expect their children to be walking or living in leaking houses 50 years later.
Atupele, son to former president Bakili Muluzi, told a cheering crowd that leaders must never be bosses, but servants of people that put them (the leaders) into power.
From Liwonde, Atupele proceeded with his whistle-stop tour to Nsanama; his home area Ntaja and another stop in Traditional Authority Nyambiâ€™s area.
Atupele was arrested at Bunda Turn-Off Roadblock in Lilongwe after his supporters clashed with police at his rally in Area 24. He was released on bail on March 23 2012 while admitted to Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre where he was referred to from the City Centre Clinic in Lilongwe.