Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has restructured some strategic party positions in a move its spokesperson has described as part of “revamping and rebuilding process.”
The most prominent face is that of former Cabinet minister and Parliamentarian Clement Stambuli who has been appointed as campaign director.
Stambuli is one of the long-time senior party members who briefly ditched the party while serving as organising secretary and joined the Peoples Party (PP).
He was welcomed into the UDF fold some three weeks ago at a rally conducted by the party leader Atupele Muluzi in Blantyre.
A communication from UDF secretary general Kandi Padambo to all party National Executive Committee (NEC) members, Mike Antoine is the new national director of elections, replacing Charles Nkozomba who has been appointed as executive assistant to Muluzi.
The party has also appointed Austin Kalimanjira as director of political affairs while Alexander Nkumba and Matthews Ngwale are new directors of security and research, respectively. The NEC changes are with effect from August 22 2017.
“This is part of the party’s revamping and rebuilding exercise with the sole objective to improve efficiency in order to strengthening the party ahead of the 2019 elections,” said UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga.
Political commentators have described the former ruling party as “a party on political deathbed” after it decided to go into a working coalition with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) following the appointment of its president into Cabinet.