Henry Mussa ‘recuses’ himself from DPP appointed position

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) veteran politician Henry ‘Mtengowaminga’ Mussa has opted not to take  the position of deputy publicity secretary of the party citing a number of reasons.

Henry ‘Mtengowamninga’ Mussa: I would like to recuse myself for taking up the offered position for now

In a letter Nyasa Times has seen dated 29 August, 2020 and addressed to the party’s secretary general and copied to the party president Peter Mutharika, Mussa says “it is with considerable regret and emotional pain that I would like to recuse myself for taking up the offered position for now”.

“I have struggled a lot to reach this decision but I have ultimately resolved that given the circumstances and in conformity with both my personal and political principles, recusing myself from taking up the said position remains the best option.

“For the sake of removing any potential doubt, I would like to emphasize that I have not in any way rejected the position but rather recused myself from taking it up,” reads the letter in part.

Mussa says the office of the party spokesperson issued a communique emanating from the Central Executive Committee meeting as held separately on the 4th and 27th August 2020 in Mangochi in which it communicated a number of resolutions including interim appointments where he was offered appointment to the position of deputy spokesperson of the party.

He expressed his “very profound gratitude”  to Mutharika and the entire Central Executive Committee for entrusting him with the said position, “which goes a long way in demonstrating the unconditional trust the party has in both my political and experiential capabilities to assist in steering the agenda of the party as we together strive to re-organize and strengthen our party in readiness for our comeback in 2024 as well as in sustaining DPP’s unparalled legacy as formidably built and later successfully extended and solidified by His Excellency Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika (may his gracious soul continue resting in eternal peace) and Professor Peter Mutharika, our current leader, respectively. I honestly felt and continues to feel very humbled by such a recognition.”

However, Mussa contends that both the position of party spokesperson (main and deputy) were contested for at the party’s national convention and that Nicholas Dausi emerged “constitutionally legitimate and mandated holder of the position and until the Central Executive Committee meeting, which resolved to appoint me to the said position in deputy capacity.”

He argued: “There has never been any official communication that the incumbent holder of the position has either quit the position on his own volition for personal or political reasons or been suspended and even removed for breach of party code of conduct as enshrined in party constitution.

“I therefore developed this apprehension that in taking up the position I might be risking  complicity in breaching DPP constitution, something I would strongly refrain from doing having been party to formation of DPP and therefore obliged to be exemplary in upholding and protecting its constitution unconditionally.”

Mussa also contends that as someone who has held a number of senior elected positions in the party including that of Treasurer General, he finds himself “in such an awkwardly impossible position to take up a position I thought was still in principle being  held by another senior colleague in the party with whom I have worked closely since the inception of our beautiful Blue Movement and Family without creating fertile ground for political conspiracy theories that I have been part of a coup detat to remove my senior colleague from the position so that I should be party to taking it up”.

“This perception would be very much buoyed by the reality that I have not been holding any substantive position in the party since the last elective convention though I have been playing active voluntary political role as part of the DPP rearguard. I have therefore also been psychologically emboldened by this political dilemma to recuse myself from taking up the position,” says Mussa.

Newly-appointed spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira said Mussa has the right to accept or reject the position “but the party will have to move on with or without him”.

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Mafikizolo
Mafikizolo
9 months ago

Those who know Henry Mussa well, would he have refused this appointment if DPP had still been in power? I doubt it very much….

Bakha
Bakha
9 months ago

According to DPP Henry Mussa is a spent force,anatha, nthawi yake inapite

Kabwande
Kabwande
9 months ago

Pakalowa mbewa

Nachisale
Nachisale
9 months ago

The problem with Henry Mussa is that he overrates himself. The way the Party looks at him and the way he regards himself are two different things. To the party, he is “deputy” material. To himself, he is presidential material. Samasiyana ndi Chenji Golo in terms of overrating themselves.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

It simply shows that there is poor leadership in dpp. These days you need a very energetic person to run up and down. APM is more than 80 years old and you still want him to run dpp? He makes Mpinganjira who is not one of the founders of dpp to be a boss to Henry “mbava” Mussa ? Olo atandithira doom mkamwa sindingavomere.

Saphwera
9 months ago

Henry mussa is an opportunist. Did you see him campaigning for APM during this past election? The guy was at his home full time when his friends were campaigning. Mu DPP anachokamo kalekale otherwise he was just waiting for positions if DPP was to win. Njoka muudzu.

Psyuta
9 months ago

Mongokumbutsana, Frank Joab Chakhaza of ZBS ndiosakwatira koma imvi zili thoooo ngati za Henry Mussazi. Kodi akazi okongola onsewa samamutotetsa? Umbomboo chani? Kudzisunga mpakana 48 years? Koma injini imanyamuka zenizeni a Joab?

Last edited 9 months ago by Psyuta
KK Big
KK Big
9 months ago
Reply to  Psyuta

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

mbava inaso iyi. imangodula matikiti a ndege pompo pompo kupita koona Agrina koma kumati wapita ku nsonkhano. paujeni pake. anali mphawi uyu akukhala ku location yoyandikana ndi Kwacha Bt.mxiii.
akhale ku dpp konko dhemeti

Change Gologolo
9 months ago

It’s understandable. How do make a veteran like him deputy to the most useless person like Brown Mpinganjira. BJ watha zipani. BJ watha azimayi. He isn’t someone to trust. He is dustbin stuff.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
9 months ago

Kodi abalee, mukuti kwataninso ku diphwiphwi? Eeiii, koma yikakuwona litsilo bamboo. Kukhala katanii, eii, koma kutha nsanga kwakee.

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