DPP prepares for life after Mutharika: Jeffery to stay on as SG, faces disciplinary hearing

The country’s immediate-past president Peter Mutharika has acknowledged  that he probably isn’t the best person to lead the former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  into the next election but has vowed to stay on and ensure a smooth succession as well as ‘do everything he could’ to steer his party back to power.

Mutharika: Stopped Jeffrey from attending Mangochi meeting because he was furious with her remarks but she is not fired

Mutharika  has since not yet opened for the party to bid for the top job and denied having sacked  secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey but conceded he was absolutely furious with her remarks.

Jeffrey had voiced out that Mutharika needed to be replaced through a possible early convention, having played his part.

Following the remarks, Jeffrey was told not to attend a national governing council (NGC) meeting at Mutharika’s sprawling private residence in Mangochi on Thursday where the issue was clarified that she was not expelled but will face disciplinary hearing.

According to party officials, Mulanje South West Member of Parliament Dr George Chaponda will head the disciplinary committee that will hear Jeffrey’s issue.

“But she remains a secretary general of DPP,” said the official who attended the closed-door meeting which lasted six hours.

Mutharika also denied appointing DPP national organising secretary and Thyolo South West legislator Chimwemwe Chipungu as acting secretary general.

But the Mangochi meeting did not tackle the issue of convention, saying it should be held “at an appropriate time.”

Succession has been a main topic of conversation within the DPP two months after losing the court-sanctioned Fresh Presidential Election on June 23.

Party officials including DPP regional governor for the North Christopher Mzomera Ngwira have been discussing how to replace Mutharika to start rebuilding the party after its loss.

It is reported that ambitious candidates have started to sound out colleagues and ready themselves to move quickly should the occasion call for Mutharika to step down.

It’s still not clear exactly when the leadership contest will commence. Mutharika —who rose to the top of the party largely through the influence of his deceased brother and DPP founding president Bingu wa Mutharika— has suggested he will stay for some time. Should he go sooner rather than later, DPP vice-president for the South and Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa could step in.

Among some DPP members, Nankhumwa is seen as the great hope.

Spokesperson for DPP, Nicholas Dausi and administrative secretary Francis Mphepo could not comment, saying the party will issue a statement, while Mutharika’s executive assistant Linda Salanjira declined to comment.

DPP was founded in February 2005 while in government as a bastard  party by Bingu wa Mutharika after he unceremoniously ditched the United Democratic Front (UDF), the party that sponsored his presidential ticket in May 2004 after then president Bakili Muluzi handpicked him into the post.

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Chinthuli
Chinthuli
9 months ago

To be thus is nothing but to be safe Muthalika please go and rest

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

I used to excuse Muthalika and thought he was being persuaded by other people to remain in politics but it seems the old man is corrupted to the core.

Peter
Peter
9 months ago

A youth zisakukhudzeni tabapangani zachitopa 2025

mtete
mtete
9 months ago

Callista said it and now Wa Jeffrey and Mzomera have said it again. APM’s time is up and he should go and rest. Even the flip flopping of the man says it all. One minute he fires his SG and the next he refutes it. I have said it before and I will say it again. DPP gurus fear and suspect each other. Who, in their right frame of mind would support entrusting party matters to power hungry BJM, who, only a week ago, was subject matter by DPP cadets? Some of us think DPP’s survival and appeal lies in… Read more »

Contrarian
Contrarian
9 months ago
Reply to  mtete

DPP, like it’s parent UDF, is a family party of afiti and thieves. Trust the gurus with your life and/or money at own peril.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
9 months ago

Our dear beloved DPP would have been in a political abyss had they not rescinded the dismissal of the super fiti Jeff. Fortunately our central leadership has not smeared itself with irresponsibility. This time means our beloved party will do a lot of soul searching in order for us regain our seat in government in the year 2025. We love Jeffrey for her big mouth. Her loose tongue hasn’t any censorship. She fires from the hip

Maliseche
Maliseche
9 months ago

So the SG was fired now she is going for disciplinary hearing????? DPP doing things backwards bwanji,

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

If I were Jeffrey I would just quit politics and dpp to be exact because there is no way dpp will survive in opposition and with APM at that age. What will Jeffrey benefit? She is not an MP and worse still in a party of mfiti iyeyo called herself mfiti yayikazi. Tiyeni tidzivomera pala tachekula. Goodall is almost 85 and he behaves as if he is 40 kufuna kumanyamula matumba ngati Saulos Chilima. Apitala Pumani Mwakalamba. Kukula ndi ukalamba ndi zinthu ziwiri zosiyana.

Nabetha
Nabetha
9 months ago

Kikikikikikiki eeeesssstttt 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Chiga
Chiga
9 months ago

Fellow Malawians corrupt systems die hard and are hard targets. Let’s not lower our guard against this corrupt DPP system they will fight to the death to defend and even resurrect their survival rockbed of corruption!! Let’s also be ready to defend the rule of law and equal opportunities for all Malawians. Selective enrichment must never be allowed to rise from DPP`s grave NEVER!!

Sillica Gell
Sillica Gell
9 months ago

SG sapanga unslateral decisions nor unilateral utterances without the blessings of central committee

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago
Reply to  Sillica Gell

nfwiti yaikazi sopani.

H E Nyaphapi One
9 months ago

No need for idiot in Malawi. Idiot is supposed to be in prison. Arthur Peter Mutharika and Ms Gertrude Mutharika do not deserve any respect.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

bambo ace a moyenda kkkk ndi bambo ompeeza a talandila pamodzi ndi make talandila ndi ompeeza moyenda what a combi

jason
jason
9 months ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

APM is a very interesting fella. He says he will do everything possible to steer DPP back into power when he had all the chances of maintaining its grip of Government. Boma linapita basi kazikalimani nandolo. Chipani chosankhani mitundu ngati DPP who can vote for it again? Za ziii!

Onena analipo koma kusamva. Just shut up!

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