Atupele says his endorsement as UDF torchbearer in the 2025 elections is against democratic values

By Chisomo Phiri

Former United Democratic Front (UDF) President Atupele Muluzi says his endorsement as the party’s torchbearer in the 2025 general elections is against democratic values.

His comment comes after the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) unanimously endorsed him during a political rally at Makalanga CCAP Ground in Blantyre last weekend.

Writing on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, Muluzi said such actions undermine the essence of democracy and diminish the authority of political party elective conferences and aspirations of other individuals seeking the presidential role.

Atupele Muluzi

He wrote:”It is crucial that we uphold and promote intraparty democracy within our political organizations.

“Let us work together to strengthen democracy within our parties and uphold the values that form the foundation of our political system.”

He added that he stepped down as UDF president some years ago to ensure a fair and level playing field for all candidates vying for various positions including presidency.

The development comes as UDF is expected to hold its elective convention in August this year.

Atupele Muluzi was UDF candidate in the 2014 presidential elections where he came fourth.

In the 2020 fresh presidential elections,he was was a running mate to former President Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party(DPP).

UDF is one of the major political parties in Malawi.

The party was founded in 1992 by former president Dr. Bakili Muluzi also well known as “Atcheya”.