DPP’s Ben Phiri apologises for  slurs against Shanil: Withdraws bedroom comments for Malawi ex-first lady

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of elections,  Ben Phiri, has frantically made an apology to former First Lady Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri over bed room remarks he made at a political rally in Balaka over the weekend.

Phiri said former president Bakili Muluzi divorced her because she is not good in bed.

“I have never seen a yao who can fail in bed but this one completely failed this is why her marriage ended,” said Phiri to the hand-clapping of women in the rural Balaka.

Ben Phiri: DPP director of elections apologises and withdraws the remarks
Shanil: The former first lady is in UTM Party

Phiri’s remarks in a video which went viral, were deemed  as inappropriate.

But in a statement made available to Nyasa Times on Thursday, Phiri says: “As most of you are aware, there is a video [clip] in circulation in which I was captured at one of the campaign rallies in Balaka district with sentiments directed at the Hon. Dr. Shanil Dzimbiri which have been interpreted as attacking the modesty of a woman.

“I would like to sincerely and unconditionally apologise to Dr. Shanil Dzimbiri, her family members, women of Malawi and all Malawians offended by the remarks.”

He further apologized to the DPP for what he says the damage the sentiments gave caused to the party, saying the sentiments do not represent the position of the party or its leader.

There was no immediate comment from  Dzimbiri or the UTM Party where she holds the position of director of women.

Dzimbiri is a humble down to earth woman who never insults anyone during her political rallies but practices issue based campaign.

The former First Lady comes from the same area as the sitting First Lady Gertrude Mutharika.

Electioneering by political parties to ensure Malawians lend them their votes come the next month’s general elections is still under way.

Many parties including the DPP have expressed confidence of winning the country’s upcoming Tripartite elections scheduled for May 21.

Phiri has been crisscrossing the county drumming up support for President Peter Mutharika and DPP candidates and has been pulling huge crowds in most areas he has visited.

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namatetule
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Maybe Ben Phiri slept with Shanil thats why he is giving us first hand undiluted information about her performance

Gulukunyinda
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Gulukunyinda

Beni Phiri after what he did to his first wife! The apology is a forced one.

Senior Citizen
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What wrong did Shanil did to him if he has grudges against her let him meet her and sort it out otherwise this is embarrassing to our mothers and why is the first lady quite on this?

Mpesa
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Mpesa

No sane human should vote for dpp. Pathetic. He deserves to be arrested. I wonder how women in dpp feel when they see the likes of Ben and Mchacha kutukwana amai pa gulu. Where is the leadership in DPP? It just shows that in DPP women are not respected at all. Please do not vote for this party. Dr Shanil still is the ex First Lady. Our former mother. She deserves respect. How can u say that disrespecting the entire Nation of Malawi? She has children and grand children. How dare u? You don’t deserve standing for a seat. You… Read more »

Ndatopa!
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Ndatopa!

Paja Ben Phiri amagona ndi a Maliseche

Fredrick Sakala
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Fredrick Sakala

Ben Phiri resign from politics because u are not fit for that,u are good for that,ur kids it’s other guy,iwe unagwa mu papaya,from now u know

che
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che

One thing that reAlly surprise me about peter mutharika is he is good at surrounding himself with brainless idiots.i certain he will pay the price

ANDY KACHIKHO
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ANDY KACHIKHO

ngati ankanena a dadi kuti maliseche nde nanji mzimayi kumbukirani kuti MCHACHA ananyozanso P Kaliati anthu awa kwawo kupha kuba ndi ujeni basi

JOHN
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JOHN

WAS BEN PHIRI SPYING ON THE FORMER FIRST COUPLE TO COME TO THAT CONCLUSION THAT HON SHANIL MULUZU IS NOT GOOD IN BED? WHAT KIND OF POLITICS IS THIS! AND YOU CALL THIS GUY DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS?

CAN A COUNTRY DEVELOP WITH SUCH CHARACTERS MANGING THE AFFAIRS OF THE COUNTRY? WHAT MESSAGE IS HE TRYING TO SEND TO DR BAKILI MULUZI WHO WAS HUSBAND TO SHANIL FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, ATUPELE, FELLOW CABINET MINISTER, WOMEN OF MALAWI, HIS (BEN PHIRI’S) MOTHER, SISTERS, COUSINS AND ALL WOMEN OUT THERE?

Davie Mpate
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Davie Mpate

Despite apologizing, its very unfortunate for Ben Phiri to say such words especially considering that he is aspiring to become a member of parliament. Though Ben Phiri has apologizing but the dent is has made is huge. Hon Shanil Dzimbiri is a very humble woman and she does not attack anybody during her political rally and its sad for the whole aspiring candidate to utter such words. Its not strange for DPP officials to attack women. Charles Mchacha is fond of doing the same and both Mchacha and Phiri come from Thyolo its so sad. Guys if you think Malawians… Read more »