Former president of the republic of Malawi Bakili Eleson Muluzi is blindly killing his son Atupele’s political future through his leadership decisions behind the United Democratic Front UDF political scenes.
Atupele Muluzi is current United Democratic Front President who has recently been floored together with other opposition political parties by the Democratic Progressive Party DPP president Peter Mutharika in the May 20 tripartite elections.
The young Muluzi according to political analysts has a brighter political future and potentially will lead the country if he continues upping his political game.
However with the invisible wrong leadership decisions that are being imposed on him by his father Bakili, the blossoming young politician Atupele now 35 years old, may slowly fade away and get consumed in his political bud before sprouting.
The genesis of Bakili Muluzi stems from the year 1994 when he trounced the once mighty Malawi Congress Party MCP and its life president Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda from one party dictatorship rule.
Since then Malawi has been enjoying freedoms embedded in the principles of democracy under Bakili up until in 2004 when the political gullible Bakili agitated for a third term of office when actually the constitution he swore to defend allowed him to lead the nation two five year consecutive terms which he concluded.
He was embarrassed when his third term bid was shot down by the Public Affairs Committee, members of parliament and the civil society leaders who told him off that he was not legally eligible to contest.
His frustration and hunger for power manifested when he retired from active politics and handpicked late Bingu Wa Mutharika in 2004 to lead UDF at the expense of veteran UDF loyalists who felt betrayed by Muluzi’s actions. He remained National Chairperson of UDF.
Muluzi wanted to use Mutharika once on the presidency throne to toss him left right and centre in implementing his governing ideas but the clever and learned Mutharika dumped him and UDF within a short stint to form his own Democratic Progressive Party DPP.
Since then Muluzi became bitter than before and retired from his initial retirement to announce his plans to contest on a UDF ticket in 2009 but he was again shamed to have his nomination papers rejected by Malawi Electoral Commission.
Muluzi’s verbiage was coined on Mutharika to be “Ngati sindiima, iwenso suuwina. Chubu ndinapopa ndekha ichi, nthawi yakwana ndichiphwetse, ndiimanso ine monga Chair” If I won’t stand, you won’t win as well, I inflated myself this tube and am the rightful person to deflate it” exclaimed Bakili on Mutharika.
As a matter of frustration and destitute since the UDF could not field a presidential candidate, Bakili Muluzi then formed a ‘marriage of convenience” hasty alliance with the Malawi Congress Party with the aim to oust Bingu.
The deal was that once MCP leader John Tembo wins the presidency, the cabinet posts were to be shared equally but inside the alliance Tembo denied the half-half deal and Muluzi pulled off his moral and financial support from the electoral alliance.
Muluzi then felt that Tembo would again betray him just like Bingu did and he decided to silently support Bingu who then won with a landslide victory through some rigging tactics because MEC was then having a partisan representation which worked in favour of Bingu.
That chance gone Bakili opted for his son Atupele to take over UDF leadership which happened.
The politically toddler Atupele rose to stardome when he denounced late Bingu’s poor economic and human rights governance and Atupele’s political future gained ground.
However after Bingu’s demised with the influence from his father, Atupele joined forces with Peoples Party president Joyce Banda which resulted in him appointed Economic Planning and Development minister.
Muluzi also enjoyed “immunity” from his K1.5 billion corruption case state prosecution up until now there has been nothing to write about progress of Muluzi’s corruption case.
When elections drew closer Atupele resigned from the ministerial post to concentrate on his UDF campaign which he did with support from his father.
His father Bakili Muluzi did whatever he could to morally and financially support his child Atupele who looked promising.
Muluzi spoilt Atupele with state of the art three yellow Hammer vehicles, mounting of Atupele’s bill boards all aver the country’s urban centres, and the campaign money but unfortunately Atupele fell like a thud on fourt position in the tripartite election race.
If current news of the political party alliance between DPP and UDF is true, then Atupele may be heading towards diminishing of his promising political carreer.
From the look of things, Bakili Muluzi is still calling the shots by playing his son on the political ground just like a chess pawn.
The alliance between the DPP and UDF is based on the incumbent Mutharika’s gunning of support to gain a simple majority in parliament so that government business run smoothly without hurdles.
The deal will see Bakili Muluzi to continue enjoying immunity from the K1.5 billion corruption case prosecution while the son Atupele will be enjoying in eating political sweet cakes while serving under Mutharika government.
Atupele according to information may be destined for either the second vice presidency, Speaker of the national assembly or will be given a key ministerial post that will see him having a share of power in government.
It is expected also that the weak Joyce Banda through the much touted ‘olive branch” which Mutharika extended to her must use her 26 MPs to support Mutharika if she is to enjoy immunity from cashgate cases prosecution which remain a yoke gagging on Joyce Banda’s neck.
Despite the UDF and DPP’s denying reports of the alliance reports, some impeccable sources said in politics everything is possible and the two may be heading to have the deal in place soon.
Atupele was the first to concede defeat in tripartite and congratulated Peter Mutharika for winning elections, at the same time Bakili Muluzi was in high spirits at the inauguration ceremony in Blantyre last saturday which he attended.