Member of Parliament for Balaka North Lucius Banda has pulled out of the presidential race in the United Democratic Front (UDF) just two weeks before the partyâ€™s elective convention scheduled for Comesa Hall in Blantyre.
UDF is scheduled to hold its much awaited convention from August 1, 2018 at Comesa Hall in Blantyre and Banda was set to challenge the incumbent President Atupele Muluzi who is also Minister of Health and Population under President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.
The veteran musician confirmed of the development in an interview with faceofmalawi reporter.
According to Banda, the decision to pull out of the presidential race follows Atupeleâ€™s current activeness on UDF matters and his interest to revamp the party ahead of the forthcoming 2019 polls.
Banda said he will support Atupele at the convention.
When asked on the rumours hovering on the social media indicating that he has joined the Chilima Movement, a grouping that is advocating for the candidature of State Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima in the forthcoming polls, Banda dodged the question saying itâ€™s the topic for another day.
Meanwhile Lucius has released a song praising Chilima.