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Its a family affair once again in Malawi

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As widely expected, Atupele Muluzi, son to former president of Malawi Dr. Bakili Muluzi, was on Tuesday night declared the national chairperson of the opposition the United Democratic Front (UDF) after defeating two contenders at the party’s national convention in the commercial capital Blantyre.

Earlier, in a speech delivered through his representative Kalekeni Kaphale, the former president, who is also former chairperson of the party, hoped the convention will help bring to an end the wrangles that have rocked the party for the past years since it went into opposition.

Atupele Muluzi UDF Leader

Over two thousand delegates attended the long awaited national convention which went head despite other leaders in the party objecting by seeking a court injunction.

“I have always wanted to say farewell to members of the party since I retired two years ago through a national convention,” said the former president through his representative.

Delegates at the party convention elected leaders on various positions including that of national chair. The young Muluzi automatically becomes the party’s presidential candidate for the 2014 general elections after defeating Mr Mosses Dossi and Ruth Takumana on the position of the national chair.

There were close to 42 positions up for grabs to form the national executive committee of the former ruling party.

An independent electoral commission comprising Dr. Nandine patel as the chairperson, Unandi Banda, Luther Mambala and Rafiq Hajat as members, facilitated the process to ensure fair and transparent elections at the convention.

Chairperson for the organising committee Lilian Patel, herself elected national organising secretary, earlier said almost K38 million had been used to organize the event.

Apart from speeches the party also unveiled its policy which focuses on a number of areas such as safeguarding its principles and the country’s constitution as well as sustaining economic and political freedoms for Malawians.

Observers at the convention included officials from other political parties, foreign delegates, the media and representatives of nongovernmental organizations.

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