DPP fires secretary general Jeffrey: Ben Phiri resigns as elections director

The erstwhile ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has fired its  Secretary General Grezelder Jeffrey  after she declined to resign from her position as instructed by the party president Peter Mutharika.

Jefferey and Ben Phiri : Out of their positions

Jeffrey ruffled the feathers of Mutharika when she said the former president should retire as she and other leaders in the party are calling for an early convention to elect a new leader.

She said Mutharika—who led the party back into government in May 2014 after two years in opposition after the death of its founding president Bingu wa Mutharika—has done his part; hence, DPP needs a new person to lead it into the future.

DPP lost in the June 23 2020 Fresh Presidential Election to the nine-party Tonse Alliance led by MCP president Lazarus Chakwera who partnered Mutharika’s then estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima of UTM Party on the presidential ticket.

But posting on his Facebook page on July 23, Mutharika said he will not leave the party and pledged to continue fighting to the end.

Wrote the former president: “Come next election, DPP will be bouncing back into government and I will render all my support to make sure this is achieved as we did between 2012 and 2014.

“Malawians have already seen that their much-touted change has not brought them the change they were looking for. I, therefore, call upon all DPP supporters to remain strong and vigilant, united and principled so that we achieve this together.”

Peter Mutharika took over the leadership of DPP after the death of his brother, Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012, propelling the party to victory in the 2014 Tripartite Elections.

Meanwhile, Ben Phiri has resigned as director of elections of DPP but has not withdrawn his party membership.

In a letter dated August 17 2020, Phiri said he has resigned because DPP lost the fresh presidential elections under his stewardship as director of elections.

Phiri said he cannot claim to have any “fresh and viable strategies to spur the party into another victory having lost the past one.”

He said his resignation will “pave way for fresh minds to take the party forward.”

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mtete
9 months ago

Typical of a failed leader, as dull as ever.
It takes time to repair a damage and APM should know that Tonse Alliance government cannot bring change in just three months to a system which was messed up in over six years.
My advice to real DPP followers is that any equation in DPP’s rebranding MUST never include APM and the likes of Mphepo, Muli, Mchacha, Phiri, WA Jeffrey, Ntaba, Dausi and several such soothsayers. The review must start from a completely new slate.

Blesser
Blesser
9 months ago

Apeter yiwalani kuti mungazaloweso mmboma inu kwanu kunatha, pano mwayamba kulumana nokhanokha. afiti achabechabe inu .Azalira kuti wawawawawa pano akulira wawawawa ndani?

msundwe
msundwe
9 months ago

Chisadziwa anaombera mfiti mmanja

ChikadzaKuwani
ChikadzaKuwani
9 months ago

For once, Jeffrey spoke the TRUTH that, ” Apolofesa Pumani Mwakula. ” and she got fired for it!

Bandung cincau
Bandung cincau
9 months ago

Chipasupasu cha Angoni pa Matengo. Nyekhwe at its best. simunati a DPP ichi mchiyambi ndipo mutha ngati makatani

Coke
Coke
9 months ago

The only way dpp can bounce back is to get rid of the junk ,starting with peter mutharika himself.

Wooloomooloo
Wooloomooloo
9 months ago

Anonse alaya
Mumati mwamilandu yoyambilila kufukula mukakhala pamipando,
udzakhala wa 1.7. billion wa BM.
Chiloweleni pano kulizee popanda okumbutsa.
Anzanu odziwa ndale kuSA.
Anachotselatu chiophsyezo kudzela ku court
Kuti Jacob Zuma sangamangidewe mu South Africa.

Mathanyula
9 months ago
Reply to  Wooloomooloo

Kuno ndi ku Malawi not South Africa. Let South Africans do their own and Malawians do our own.

Sikelo Gonani
Sikelo Gonani
9 months ago

Kkkk, kutha chipani ngati makatani
Akuchimbudzi

ChikadzaKuwani
ChikadzaKuwani
9 months ago
Reply to  Sikelo Gonani

Zoonadi. Makatani a kuchimbudzi amayamba kununkha asanayambe kung’ambika.

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Fiti yayikazi mwayipanga zimenezo but it will still backfire as am seeing this ship sinking

Adam, the wise man
Adam, the wise man
9 months ago

APM is 85 and I believe that he knows full well that he won’t be back to Kamuzu’s. This said, DPP must be very careful going forward. DPP must not bet on the failure of the Tonse folks. The jury is still out and will be out for sometime. DPP must not also divide itself up into fraction as it can’t win if it is divided. Hense the importance of APM who must play a role as he slowly handle the party to a new leader over the next 12 months or so. It is interesting time and I really… Read more »

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