BLANTYRE--Three people are set to contest for president at the convention of the UDF slated for next Tuesday.
An official of the party said Atupele Muluzi, son to the former president Bakili Muluzi, Treasurer General George Nga Mtafu and Moses Dossi, had picked up nomination papers and had shown willingness to contest for the UDF top post.
Whoever wins – Atupele is favoured - will be the UDF presidential candidate for 2014.
Atupele, now Econmic Planning Minister in the Joyce Banda government, had last year launched a political platform called 'Agenda for Change' which appealed to many youths and the UDF at large.
The convention will be held against a failed court injunction issued by the Friday Jumbe camp to stop the convention.
Jumbe argues that the Secretary General Kennedy Makwangwala has no powers to call for a convention, as the UDF constitution stipulates that only the president has such powers.
The Makwangwala camp says it has already spent K18 million preparing for the convention, coming years after the UDF moved out of power in 2004.
The UDF first came to power in 1994 in the country’s first multi-party elections, ending 30 years of one party rule under the Malawi Congress Party.
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