Ben Phiri hits at DPP ‘greed’: Mphepo ‘nepotistic’ remarks haunts party ahead of new vote

Just as the Constitutional Court has ruled that Malawians should in the next 150 days go back to the polls to elect their leader  after it overturned last year’s ‘Tipp-Ex election’,  governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of elections, Ben Phiri  has said greed by the party’s officials cost them the  presidential elections.

Ben Phiri: We will campaign vigorously

Phiri, who is also Minister of Local Government and Rural Development,  said this on Tuesday in Mangochi  a day after the  five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi  comprising Healey Potani, Redson Kapindu, Ivy Kamanga, Mike Tembo and Dingiswayo Madise,  annulled last year’s elections and called for a new ballot within 150 days.

He was elevating three Traditional Authorities to senior chiefs.

Phiri noted that some party officials were greed with power, apparently also hinting on the picking of Everton Chimulirenji to be President Peter Mutharika’s running mate.

He said the DPP failed to get a landslide victory for presidential elections in May because greed prevented the Eastern and Southern regions to form a formidable force during the May 21 Elections.

In the ‘Tipp-Ex election’, Mutharika polled 38% of the vote, followed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera with 35% and UTM Party president Saulos Chilima in third with 20%. The four other candidates collectively got nearly 6% of the vote.

Phiri said the DPP is aware that some of its supporters are disappointed with the nullification of the Presidential elections results by the Constitutional Court but said they will canvass votes to win back the presidency.

“DPP will campaign vigorously to win the presidential elections, do not despair,” said Phiri.

Phiri was a key witness to Mutharika, who was  first respondent in the presidential election case, and in his testimony he admitted electoral flaws in May 21 2019 elections that included officers filling in inappropriate boxes of the tally sheets because of failure to understand some terminologies.

He also admitted use of Tippex, duplicate forms and alterations of results on tally sheets by some polling staff.

During his testimony, he  was also made to read out his sworn affidavit, which stated that auditors which the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) hired to scrutinise and certify the electoral process, rejected many of the tally sheets because of missing signatures of some political parties.

In their abridged version of its 500-paged landmark judgement read between 9am and about 7.50pm, the judges said the result was marred by Malawi Election Commission failing to audit votes properly and allowing the results to be altered.

“In every election there will be irregularities but in the present matter, it has been our finding that the irregularities were so widespread, systematic and grave that the results of the elections have been compromised and cannot be trusted as a reflection of the votes,” Healy Potani, the head of the panel of five judges, said.

Meanwhile, commentators say DPP will be haunted by nepotistic remarks made by Mutharika’s advisor on political affairs Francis Mphepo ahead of the forthcoming fresh elections.

According to an audio clip that has been circulating on social media, Mphepo said Mutharika will withdraw development projects in the Northern Region for the people’s ‘ungratefulness’.

Mphepo, in a statement through his personal assistant Peter Mangulenje, said he didn’t mean what he said.

President Mutharika and State House are yet to comment on the Constitutional Court ruling which has also reinstated UTM President Saulos Chilima as State Vice President, technically firing Chimulirenji.

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Kala
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Kala

Yes tunbuka s are stupid. Sayamika. .chihana came, they jated him, muluzi removed the mcps quota system, built schools etc. They hated. And demolished. Mosquis, bingu.came constructed chitipa karonga road they said chundere

Peleka be mzimba and Chitipa water board,, mcp attack Ed DPP andsaud kuli anthu ochepaaaa

Malemia
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Malemia

Campaigning vigorously kuti muzikanena za maliseche??

tung'ande
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tung'ande

This stupid boy whats to be relevant. He is also highly nepotistic.Since he was appointed minister of local government he has been perstering city officials in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu to allocate him plots so that he should sell to indians. Stupid boy.

Andrew
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Andrew

This comment goes to Ben Phiri if at all he is going to read my comment . Ben Phiri, tell the President that the wise thing at this point is to put the DPP House in order and go back to the voters and seek a fresh mandate to govern this Country. He is still the President and DPP is still in power. For a party which is in govt it is very easy to have the trust of the people back and bring new voters on board. I have suggestions on what the president should do but this cant… Read more »

Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
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Mr Fact Kaviphwisi

Francis Mphepo akufunika kuthilidwa mphepo zenizeni, timadana ndi nkhalamba zopusa pa town. By the way, lets concentrate on developing our country other than kukokana m’buyo tokhatokha

KK wa ku Mangochi
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I feel sorry for my Yao countrymen being used by this idiot. By the way how many ministers do we have from eastern region??? Akakhala Atupele anamubela ma vote just to make him useless. Lero akubwera ku Mangochi ngati abale. Ingodyani ndalamazo but vote wisely. These people don’t love Yao people don’t be cheated.

Fake Petros
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Fake Petros

Atupeie ndi opepela

Mtete
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Mtete

Trouble with DPP is that everyone fears the other. Don’t be fooled that there is unity in the party. Look at Phiri admonishing Mphepo. Remember the phone conversation between Nankhumwa and Wa Jeffrey which in part accused Mwananvekha of not accomodating? How about the leadership succession wrangle?

Zili kumeneko

che nnungu
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DPP expect to be severely beaten in the coming elections. Kutha kwa chipani kukhala kumeneko

MNENERI WA MALAWI
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MNENERI WA MALAWI

Achimulinji adaphula adagula 10 flatliners in 9 months akusungitsa kwachikhwaya china mu ntcheu muno plus kwao kwa apongozi amanga osati masewela we love mr Tippex Ex vP

MNENERI WA MALAWI
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MNENERI WA MALAWI

chimulilenji Pepa tidakukonda ife anthu aku ntcheu koma Ulova wakukondetsetsa

Janeeee
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Janeeee

kkkkkkkkk ndiwe galu kwabasi

NACHITHIDZI PALIBE
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NACHITHIDZI PALIBE

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Mitengo
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Mitengo

I foresee this election like that of 1994 with millions of people registering and voting. Expect more than 12 million people voting. It will cost parties and the government dearly and may lead to parties being financially bankrupt after the elections.

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