Atupele Muluzi

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Atupele Muluzi

Minister of Health
Assumed office
23 June 2016
PresidentPeter Mutharika
Succeeded byBright Msaka
Member of Parliament
for Machinga North East
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1978-08-06) 6 August 1978 (age 41)
Lilongwe, Malawi
Political partyUnited Democratic Front
Angela Zachepa (m. 2013)
RelationsBakili Muluzi (father) Annie Chidzira Muluzi (mother)
Alma materUniversity of Leicester (BA)
University of Law
CabinetMinister of Health

Atupele Muluzi (born 6 August 1978) is a Malawian politician and was a Member of Parliament for Machinga North East constituency since 2004 up to May 27, 2019. He is also the President of the United Democratic Front he was presidential candidate during the 2019 election.[1] He was Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining from 2014 to 2015 and the only opposition member to serve in the Mutharika administration.[2] Subsequently, he served as Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security in 2015, and he became Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in 2015. He is currently Minister of Health. He is the son former president Bakili Muluzi.

Early life[edit]

Muluzi was born in 1978 at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.[1] He attended Eastridge( in Harare, Zimbabwe), Saint Andrews International High School in Blantyre and Bentham Grammar School in Yorkshire, England (since absorbed by Sedbergh School) where he became its head boy. He is a graduate of the University of Leicester, United Kingdom in Economics and Law, and the College of Law in London. He is a lawyer by training.[3]

Political career[edit]

He was first elected to parliament in 2004 and continues to represent the Machinga North East constituency till May 27 2019 when he lost elections as MP And presidential candidate.2019 He campaigned on new beginning.[4]

A fierce critic of President Bingu wa Mutharika, he was arrested on 20 February 2012 on his way to a political rally where he was expected to address supporters.[5] He was stopped by the police at a road block, where he was questioned and told that he did not have proper permits to hold a public meeting.[6] However permission had been granted prior to the meeting.[7] Muluzi was later arrested for inciting violence and charged for disobeying notification of a district commissioner.[8] The police attacked the crowds, throwing teargas at them to disperse the rally. This incited the crowd to protest against the police and burn down a police station and surrounding police cars. Less than two weeks after Muluzi's release, President Mutharika died.

President Joyce Banda took over the reins of power and appointed Muluzi as Minister of Economic Planning and Development in her administration. He resigned after some senior members of the ruling party verbally attacked him at a political rally due to his position as the leader of an opposition party. After resigning, he began to focus on his career as the leader of his party.[9][10]

In June 2014, Muluzi was appointed by President Peter Mutharika as Minister of Natural Resources, Energy, and Mining.[11] He was moved to the post of Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security on 10 April 2015.[12] He was again moved, this time to the post of Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, in August 2015.[13]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Bakili Muluzi, Malawi's second President. The name Atupele was given to him by Malawi's first President Hastings Banda.[1] In November 2013, he married Angela Zachepa and they have two children.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "PP's meeting discuss Atupele's age: Muluzi says baby born 78 /2013/01/31/pps-meeting-discuss-atupeles-age-muluzi-says-baby-born-78/". Nyasa Times. 31 January 2013. Archived from the original|archive-url= requires |url= (help) on 13 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Atupele in Mutharika's 20 member cabinet". The Maravi Post. 22 June 2014. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  3. ^ Atupele Muluzi to engage former youngest parliamentarian, Angella Zachepa | Malawi Voice Archived 1 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Atupele Muluzi Vision 2014 on Vimeo. (6 October 2011).
  5. ^ Opposition Malawi Lawmaker Arrested for Torching Police Station. Voice of (19 March 2012).
  6. ^ BBC News – Atupele Muluzi arrested after Malawi riots. BBC. (20 March 2012).
  7. ^ Malawi: Ex-President's Son Arrested After Unrest. (20 March 2012).
  8. ^ Atupele appeals for calm in Malawi Malawi breaking news in Malawi Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Nyasa Times.
  9. ^ Malawi ruling PP gurus attack Muluzi at JB’s Mangochi rally Malawi breaking news in Malawi Archived 15 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Nyasa Times. (10 November 2012).
  10. ^ Atupele Muluzi statement on his resignation from Malawi cabinet Malawi breaking news in Malawi Archived 25 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Nyasa Times.
  11. ^ "Malawi's president completes cabinet", AFP, 23 June 2014.
  12. ^ Thom Chiumia, "Malawi Pres. Mutharika reshuffles cabinet: Muluzi, Msaka, Chibingu moved" Archived 14 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Nyasa Times, 10 April 2015.
  13. ^ Thom Chiumia, "Nankhumwa, Muluzi demoted in Malawi cabinet protocol rank" Archived 23 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Nyasa Times, 19 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Atupele weds Zachepa". 11 November 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.