DPP disowns secretary general Jeffrey: Mpinganjira says she serve interests of individuals

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has issued a statement disassociating itself from announcements made by its estranged Secretary General Gelzeder Jeffrey in which she had said she was speaking on behalf of the party.

Veteran politician Brown Mpinganjira (right) and Jeffrey fight for the soul of DPP

Jeffrey, who have been reinstated by the court to the position from which she was fired in October, started exercising her powers and issued a statement on “steps towards the DPP National Convention”.

But DPP  spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira says Jeffrey has “of late and by her own choice ceased to act on behalf of the party or promote its legitimate collective interests, but has, instead, chosen to serve the interests of individuals for reasons best known to her.”

In a statement, Mpinganjira said: “Her position as Secretary General of the Party can only be ascribed to her because of the injunction she obtained.”

Mpinganjira said  DPP is a properly structured political party which, when it speaks, its voice represents a collective expression of its membership through the Central Committee, the only body under its constitution which is mandated to make decisions in between political conferences.

“In this respect, our decisions are never punctuated by the ‘I’ will do this or that, as will be seen in the so-called press statement released by Ms Jeffrey,” says the statement that is widely circulating.

“The DPP would like to advise and remind all its membership that the roadmap to the next Political Conference or Convention was clearly spelt out by the Party President.”

In her statement, Jeffrey had announced that the DPP would soon be going for an elective conference to choose new National Governing Council (NGC) members including that of the party president to steer the party towards the 2025 national elections.

But in the opposing statement, the DPP says: “To put matters into their proper perspective, the current office bearers of the DPP were elected at its Convention in 2018.

“The term of office bearers is five years and it is neither determined by a loss nor a win of a general election. The current leadership is therefore properly and constitutionally discharging its mandate.

“No decision has been made by the Central Committee to curtail the constitutional term. The statements made by Ms Jeffrey are, therefore, an expression of her fanciful wishes and her continued attempts to undermine the leadership.

Jeffrey had also disclosed that former Head of State, Peter Mutharika would soon be retiring as DPP president “after dutifully and honorably serving his constitutional two terms”.

But the opposing statement from the party says, Mutharika — in his address to the members of the DPP — made it clear that he shall, in due course be stepping down as party leader.

“He announced that meanwhile, there has been instituted a functional review to look at ways of re-organizing the Party.

“He made it clear that at the moment  most of the structures of the Party have collapsed and there is need to revive them.

“The Functional Review Committee has now completed its work and will soon submit its report to the Central Committee and the Central Committee will table that Report before the National Governing Council.”

The party further says if Jeffrey was properly exercising her functions as secretary general, she would have recognized the current agenda and timetable of party activities before “blurting out about the Convention”.

“Sadly, even now, as well as before, she is so obsessed with the Party Convention and the retirement of Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika. All loyal members of the Party who have no personal agenda to drive have accepted the roadmap that has been set by the Party leadership, namely, to have the Party properly re-organized, a task being undertaken by the Functional Review Committee.

“We would like to challenge Ms Jeffrey, that the Agenda of the DPP, will be driven by its entire membership through the Central Committee and not those who want to serve their own self interests.

“We call upon her not to overrate her position or powers of that position because a truly functioning Secretary General can only do so with the sanction of the leadership, which leadership Ms Jeffrey has so far despised and not given due respect to.”

The party says it respects the fact that Jeffrey and others had gone to Court to assert her position as secretary general but “at the same time, the Court order does not authorize her to disregard the protocol of decision making in the  Party hierarchy”.

“It is indeed the belief of the DPP that even the Courts will at the end of the day respect the fact that political parties are best managed by politicians and not the courts.

“We, therefore, would like to advise the entire membership of the DPP to ignore the press statement released by Ms Jeffrey because it neither represents nor reflects the views of the Party and its leadership in as far as the roadmap to the next Political Conference/Convention is concerned.”

Jeffrey, together with the party’s vice-president (South) and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa; treasurer general Jappie Mhango; MP for Mulanje West Yusuf Nthenda and several others were fired by the party after leading a revolt against party President Peter Mutharika’s choice of Francis Kasaila as Leader of Opposition, undemocratically removing Nankhumwa.

The DPP Central Committee appointed Samuel Tembenu as secretary general replacing Jeffrey and Joseph Mwanamveka replacing Nankhumwa as VP South — but the renegades sought court intervention which has since reinstated them.

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Dambolangalu
Dambolangalu
6 months ago

Indeed, things falling apart in DPP camp

Rashid Muwamba
Rashid Muwamba
6 months ago

Onse Jeffrey ndi Mpinganjira ndi mbuzi. Koma Mpinganjira nde mbuzi yayikulu. Palibepo chomwe DPP ingapindule mwa Mpinganjira kupatula kugwetsa chipani. Munthu wadyera uyu

Zalimbs Mose
Zalimbs Mose
6 months ago

Cheap propaganda will not do any harm to mighty DPP party of the nation. A party holding a 12 hrs meeting, all to discuss how to suppress DPP, spending tax payers money to give allowances for such meetings. Tione momwe zithere,

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
6 months ago

Kkkkk interesting, 2021 Mr Mpinganjira is he still relevant??? I dont think so. He gas reached his expiry date politically, nothing more to offer. Does he know the meaning of generational change???? This is 21st Century politics of drilling boreholes is far gone by. When people see the likes of Francis Mphrpo Brown Mpinganjira Uladi Mussa aaaaa they can’t have hope.

mtete
mtete
6 months ago

Looks like a replay of the Kaliwo/MCP saga.
“The current DPP Office Bearers were elected at the last DPP Elective Conference….”, so says BJ. Was he part of the elected team? DPP repaced Dausi because he was seen as an outsider in the Lhomwe Camp. Much to disapproval of most DPP memberrs, APM wants to facilitate the sneaking in of Kabambe as the annointed one.
DPP is in disarray.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
6 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Well said

Castello Ibrahim
Castello Ibrahim
6 months ago

I don’t really understand what Mutharika is thinking, can’t he see that mpinganjira is there to break the party? What constructive ideas is he bringing into the party? Plz mapuya wake up! Elections first then revamping the party structures later. It will have to be the duty of those elected to start rebuilding the party. Open ur eyes MOYA, this Brown is a traitor and it will b too late when u will realize.

Moya
Moya
6 months ago

Then let the DPP committee condemn mpinganjira if he isn’t representing their views but i believe he is 100% speaking on behalf of the boss AKA Peter.

Ken Phiri
Ken Phiri
6 months ago

Which DPP convention elected BJ to be spokesperson for the mighty DPP? I thought Hon Dausi was the one duly elected to that position at the 2018 elective convention!

Khekhi
Khekhi
6 months ago

Chipasupasu cha alomwe

Ngulukira
Ngulukira
6 months ago
Reply to  Khekhi

Kkkkk Chipasupasu cha alomwe pa chonde

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
6 months ago

Why does DPP accept BJ??

Mwana wa
Mwana wa
6 months ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

Because of the Big MK coming from TJ of FDH.

Moya
Moya
6 months ago

Kuli ntchito ku nyekhwe palace. DPP members don’t understand that peter is not ready to resign. Don’t be surprised if he is coming back to contest in 2025.
Its not too late to form a different party for those who feel leadership needs change. Leave this Dying Political Party (DPP) alone. Do what chilima did. This Titanic is sinking jump in a life boat.

Mike Stuart
Mike Stuart
6 months ago
Reply to  Moya

Everybody in a democratic dispensation, be it deranged, sane, poor/rich is entitled to an opinion, whether good, destructive, stinking etc. The beauty of the system being propelled worldwide.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike Stuart

Your point exactly?

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