MALAWI: UDF seeks Muluzi replacement

United Democratic Front (UDF) party is expected to name a person to replace former president Bakili Muluzi as presidential candidate in the May 19 elections, Nyasa Times understands.

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) barred Muluzi from contesting in the
elections because he already served two consecutive terms but the
former president is challenging the decision in court.

However, the process to identify a new presidential candidate for the party is signaling Muluzi's exit from the elections.

The party leaders are short listing candidates who can replace Muluzi, said the source in the party.

Another senior official corroborated the story that some regional
governors of the party nominated former First Lady, Patricia Shanil

Some governors proposed the name of former First Lady but Muluzi has
turned down the proposal opting for the party to cast the net within
its rank and file, said the source.

Meanwhile, UDF National Working Committee chaired by Harry Thomson
meets Sunday at BCA residence of Muluzi to what insiders says will
discuss possible names who can be the party's torch bearer.

Seven names have emerged as serious contenders for the candidacy. They
include Harry Thomson, Friday Jumbe, Dr Cassim Chilumpha, Dr George Nga
Ntafu, Dr Elias Ngalande Banda, Prof Kafwe Tembo and Clement

The party's National Executive Committee (NEC) is set to elect the new
candidate.Political analyst Prof Wiseman Chijere Chirwa from University
of Malawi said Muluzi who remains popular in some parts of the country
can be a powerful king-maker.

UDF spokesman Rob Jameison and publicist for its alliance, Humphrey
Mvula could not immediately return calls when contacted for comment.

MEC disclosed that they will allow UDF to present fresh nomination papers for its presidential candidate and running mate.

Nyasa Times

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