BLANTYRE – United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi announced his resignation Saturday after being at the helm for 18 years and deputy Lillian Patel has been appointed as the party’s acting president.
According to Muluzi in his address, he is stepping back from active politics and going into business for the development and progress of Malawi.
“I write to formally communicate to you my decision to step back from active politics. I am going into business for the development and progress of Malawi.
“In view of this decision and pursuant with the Party Constitution I appoint Hon. Lillian Estella Patel, Party Vice President Eastern Region to lead the party as Acting President until the next National Convention where my successor will be elected.
“I am truly grateful to the entire UDF family for the amazing confidence and support given to me over the 18 years I have served in politics.”
Muluzi congratulated Patel and says he is confident that she has what it takes to steer the party to greater heights.
“May I extend my sincere congratulations to the newly appointed party leader and I am confident that she has what it takes to steer the party to greater heights,” said Muluzi.