By Chimwemwe Lusungu
Former President Bakili Muluzi and founder of the United Democratic Front (UDF) is said to be pulling the strings controlling President Peter Mutharika and pushing in demands at will.
One of his demands which is already bearing fruit is for the State to drop charges against him in the $11 million corruption scandal that he has been fighting in court since he left office.
“He also wants his son Atupele to be the second vice president and the appointment of more UDF MPs into cabinet. This he says is to make sure that the relationship between the two parties is cemented,” said a DPP senior member.
UDF spokesperson Ken Ndanga declined to comment when asked about the demands UDF is making but admitted that “talks” are going on.
“Those issues are being discussed at a very high level and not ready for public consumption,” Ndanga told Banthu Times.
The Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale last week allowed UDF legislators to move to the government benches in parliament.
This followed an application by the party to the Speaker.
Muluzi is widely believed to have given power to Bingu wa Mutharika, in the hope of controlling him. But Mutharika, who died in 2012, ditched the party after winning elections and formed his own DPP.