Atupele Muluzi and the UDF have been suffering humiliating elections losses in the last few years. Atupele lost as an MP and also ranked fourth with only 235,164 representing only 4.67% of total votes cast.in the the may 2019 Presidential elections.
He also lost to the Tonse Alliance as running mate to Former President Peter Mutharika.
Following these losses in his own words Atupele writes:
The UDF held an extra-ordinary meeting to discuss a range of issues regarding the critical work of the party, particularly with regards to the party’s performance during recent fresh elections and ongoing efforts that are underway to rebuild in order become a stronger political entity for the good of the country.
The entire UDF leadership realizes that our supporters are massively disappointed with our recent performances and are wanting to put things right – to get on with rebuilding to fight again.
The party believes that the work begins now and that the National Executive Committee (NEC) and all-party structures must seek a fresh mandate in preparation for the next elections.
The NEC resolved that the party must move towards reorganizing itself by holding elections starting from the Constituency, District, Region and finally the NEC, soon after the finalization of its strategic plan as well as review of its performance after the recent elections.
The review process will be extremely important in order to get to the bottom of the questions being asked by many of our supporters as to what has gone wrong and why it has gone wrong.
These are important questions that need to be answered so that the party can do better in future. It is therefore encouraging that all the leaders embrace the review process and are open to feedback as well as constructive criticism.
The UDF would like to reconnect with the electorate and give a fresh distinctive vision for the future of Malawi with policies that resonate with the people.
The UDF strategic plan will also allow us to strength our overall objectives and on how we can effectively achieve those objectives on behalf of our supporters. This will involve stepping back as a party to seek views from our supporters, members, grassroots structures on what they expect from their party, its internal party democracy, its management and what our priorities should be.
Through this process we shall seek to repair the rifts that may have occurred over the years that have made some of our structures or supporters feel sidelined that there is lack of adequate consultation in decision making.