DPP’s Jeffrey defy Mphepo’s request to step aside for Chimunthu on SG position: ‘I will contest’

Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) Secretary General, Grezelder Jeffrey wa Jeffrey, has disclosed that she will contest to return her post at the forthcoming party convention disregarding the request for party administratrive secretary Francis Mphepo to step aside to allow former DPP secretary general and Speaker of National Assembly, Chimunthu Banda win the post.

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DPP insiders told Nyasa Times that Mphepo had asked Jeffrey to allow Chimunthu take position unopposed .

However, Jeffrey  said she is ready to compete on the position in order to continue serving the party ahead of May 2019 Tripartite elections.

“I am going to contest on my position as secretary general , its within my rights,” she said.

“The convention chair will have the information [on toehr contenders] and the media will be furnished on the same,” Jeffrey said.

Wa Jeffrey could not disclose the convention chairperson.

Mphepo has also reportedly told former DPP administrative secretary, Clement Mwale, to pave way for Chimunthu Banda.

Chimunthu Banda is also well educated with good political history and stability. He once served as secretary general of the DPP before he became Speaker of Parliament.

While Chimunthu Banda has a glittering political career, he is loathed within the DPP for allegedly conniving with former President Joyce Banda and her PP administration to prevent Peter Mutharika from becoming Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

“Chimunthu Banda competed against Mutharika at the DPP national convention in 2013 and lost. Full of bitterness, he announced that he retired from active politics. DPP membership would be at pains to elect someone who is retiring from retirement; who obviously still holds grudges against some sections of the party following his convention loss,” the party official opined.

The convention announcement also comes amid divisions in the governing party as some have openly opposed the candidature of incumbent President Mutharika at the convention and opted for the automatic takeover of vice president Saulos Chilima as the party’s torch bearer in next year’s elections while another section wants Mutharika to continue at the helm.

The Mutharika camp has through the media threatened to block the Chilima camp from attending the convention.

The set convention will be the third this year after that of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) which were marred by conflicts. The United Democratic Party (UDF) and the People’s Party (PP) are yet to announce dates for their conventions.(

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Khumutcha
Khumutcha
3 years ago

DPP = “Democracy Palibepo Pano”

Kibaki
Kibaki
3 years ago

DPP please share equipment now, I and Saulos need our guitar.

Mavazika
Mavazika
3 years ago

THIS IS INDEED UNDEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY NOT DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY

Mavazika
Mavazika
3 years ago

SO THIS JEFU WA JEFU PLAYS DOUBLE STANDARS,SHE’S BUSY TELLING US THE STATE ADAD WILL GO UNOPPOSED BCOZ HE’L ‘VE NO CHALLENGER ‘VING STOPD THE BABY WHEN SHE CAN’T STOP HERSELF FOR THE FORMER GS

Tiyeseni Phiri
Tiyeseni Phiri
3 years ago

Strange request this one is?

Kambuku
3 years ago

Mai it’s a total lie and trick. Don’t accept that. We want a lady to efeat him. Where was he all this time. He is coming to confuse the party.
Munfinye chimunthu. If he falls that will be the end of politics for him
Don’t don’t dnoy dare to give him chance. Meet him at poks on conversion day

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
3 years ago

I knew all along that Jefu ndi wa Chilima

MAPUYA MULUPALE
MAPUYA MULUPALE
3 years ago

my foot n

LEGO
3 years ago

kkkkk sometimes i laugh when i hear and read Malawian Politics News.Firstly,Wa Jeffrey is saying its her political rights to contest the position of her wish kkkkkkkkk its not the very same Wa Jeffrey who is and has been blocking Chilima his political rights to contest against APM?Secondly,I am not against her ambition and her political rights but she was the one on the forefront campaigning for APM to go unopposed now its her turn.We have been saying several times that old age politics its long over gone now she has seen our verdict.Let Democracy take its place to each… Read more »

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
3 years ago

So this is what you say government is for old people, not babies? DPP will never change. Democracy is run under the principle of contest or competition, so why tell other people to pave way for someone to get the position unchallenged? Stupid old man Mphepo, very gender insensitive. Where is 50-50 policy gone? The fact that you were simply appointed, so you think all the positions in the party and in government should be given to your favourites free?

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