Atupele and Peter
Atupele Muluzi leader of UDF and Malawi President and Leader of DPP form an Alliance

A political alliance always has an objective. What are the objectives of the DPP/UDF alliance? To know the ultimate objective of an alliance, you have to look closely at the people in front of the parties.

Bakili Muluzi
Former President Bakili Muluzi Image copyright Getty Images Image caption

Behind the scenes, UDF is led by the Godfather of political deals, Bakili Eleson Muluzi, retired Malawi President (1994-2004) and one of the founders of UDF. Bakili Muluzi is the father of the ‘current leader’ of UDF and former Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi. Yes, like a son inheriting his father’s car, he inherited UDF, albeit still under the father’s control.

In the 2014 general elections, Atupele Muluzi campaigned on the popular message of ‘agenda for change’ but joined the ‘no change team’ of DPP in a governing coalition after losing the elections. For four years, not a lot was heard about him in terms of his ambition to be President of Malawi. He was quietly loyal to corrupt Mutharika and learning the trade of governing in different government portfolios.

His father, Bakili Muluzi, aged 74, has the ambition to one day see his son as President of Malawi. Knowing the senior Muluzi, he will do anything to see this goal achieved. At the time he was a president people who posed a threat to his presidency got swiftly eliminated. A music maestro who was destined to conquer Africa if not the world, Evison Matafale, died under suspicious circumstances. He was the founder and leader of the reggae band Black Missionaries.

Matafale was arrested and tortured by the police. Prior to his arrest he had written a series of letters to President Bakili Muluzi denouncing his government’s policies. In the letters he wrote, he denounced the president’s preferential treatment of Muslims and Asian traders and accused him of exploiting ordinary Malawians.

During Muluzi’s Presidency, Kalonga Stambuli, his senior economic adviser and business partner died through strangulation and poisoning. A few weeks before Stambuli’s death, a document purportedly written by him surfaced on the internet and local newspapers, alleging abuse of power by senior Malawi government officials including Muluzi.

Muluzi is currently answering fraud charges of K1.7 billion ($12 million) which was in his personal account during his presidency. The government alleges the money was public funds diverted to the former president’s personal account. Muluzi’s goal is to have his corruption case dropped by government, a fact that was hinted by the current Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director who said, “the case needs a political solution”. He is therefore stuck with the ruling DPP.

Mutharika and Muluzi have also one common interest; to make sure that no person from the central and northern regions ever rule Malawi. This is one of the most unfortunate reasons why DPP and UDF have formed an alliance. Any Malawian is capable of becoming President as long as he is qualified, has ability to improve the economy and has the interest of Malawians at heart. Regionalism should always be condemned.

The DPP, UDF and PP alliance is not in the interest of developing Malawi. Its purpose is to serve interests of a few greedy people. The alliance may only succeed in maintaining DPP in power. After that the UDF will go extinct. Not even a Second Vice President position would help UDF because Atupele Muluzi would be at the mercy of Mutharika and probably get fired at the earliest opportune time. That’s Mutharika’s secret wish.

Should Atupele be running mate, it would be a fantastic opportunity for UDF to come back to power in the unlikely event that God decides to recall the old and frail Mutharika while in office. This is the senior Muluzi’s greatest wish, to see his son become President and UDF back in power.

Atambwali sametana, DPP and UDF are greatest political foes pretending to work together but each one secretly wishing to eliminate the other. This is an alliance made in hell.

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