As the countdown continues for the country to hold its second tripartite election, opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) is scheduled to hold its National Conference in Blantyre on 1st August 2018.

Chairperson for the convention committee, Charles Chikuwo, who is also UDF second vice-president confirmed of the development in an interview with the press.

The conference will see elections for the executive roles within the party including President, Secretary General, Treasurer General among other positions.

Meanwhile, popular musician and Balaka North Member of Parliament, Lucius Banda, has come out in the public, challenging Atupele Muluzi for the position of president.

Banda has since confirmed that he is ready to contest for the presidency.

“I already started groundwork. In fact, I thought the convention would be held this month but, nonetheless, August is not that bad. I understand the party has to mobilise resources for the conference. So, this will also give me ample time to prepare,” Banda said.

Recently Banda criticized Muluzi for being in working relationship with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) under President Professor Arthur Peter Muthatika.

Banda argued that the marriage is only benefiting Muluzi and not the party.

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