Lawyer Silungwe quizzes Ben Phiri on his diploma-mill qualifications: Warned of perjury

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ben Malunga Phiri has been quizzed of his qualifications in the Constitutional Court where he is the first witness of President Peter Mutharika, the first respondent in the presidential election results nullification petition.

Ben Phiri: My PhD is in biblical philosophy from Jerusalem Bible College

Phiri, a long-time top aide of Mutharika, who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of elections, faced in the witness stand one of the lawyers representing immediate past Vice-president Saulos Chilima, Dr Chikosa Silungwe.

The minister uses the prefix ‘Dr’ before his name.

Silungwe asked Phiri to state where he obtained his doctorate degree and in what field.

Phiri said the doctorate was in Biblical Philosophy obtained from Jerusalem Bible College.

The lawyer also asked Phiri if he has a Masters Degree in which he confirmed he has and that he obtained it from Costa Ford University.

He said the Masters Degree is in International Relations.

Asked if he has a Bachelors Degree, Phiri said he has the degree also in International Relations from Atlantic University.

It was put to him that the institution is a diploma mill which is an organization that claims to be a higher education institution but provides illegitimate academic degrees and diplomas for a fee. These degrees may claim to give credit for relevant life experience, but should not be confused with legitimate prior learning assessment program.

One of the lawyers for President Mutharika, Frank Mbeta rose to shield Phiri from the line of questioning.

Lawyer Silungwe said he was asking Phiri on his qualifications and warned of perjury – the crime of telling lies in court when you have promised to tell the truth in an oath.

Apparently, Silungwe was pointing to a fact the Phiri is on record to have attained a doctorate degree with a US-based a doctorate degree with the Cyprus International Institute of Texas   and not Jerusalem Bible College.

Phiri was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Management at a public ceremony held at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in 2015.

Silungwe also quizzed Phiri to state his thesis for his degree. But as Phiri stammered over the thesis, lawyer  Mbeta objected to the question on the basis of relevance to the matter at hand and the court sustained the objection.

In his Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Management, Phiri’s  thesis was titled; “Law Enforcement and Servant Leadership; Exploring Its Functionality. A Case Study of Organizational Leadership”

Phiri, who is also member of parliament for Thyolo Central and one of the  rich politicians, worked as special aide to President Mutharika but resigned from his post.

He had been the President’s aide since 2007 and said two issues prompted him to call it quits at State House, among them corruption allegations and suggestions that he was manipulating and influencing Mutharika.

Phiri said some critics were equating him to a ‘prime minister’ who called the shots behind the scenes.

He had been working as Mutharika’s assistant since November 2007 when he (Mutharika) came to Malawi to serve in various capacities, including Cabinet portfolios.

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HARDCORE FEDERALISM SUPPORTER
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Ben Phiri, I’m the son of the Tonga, Chigumbuli. We have produced the best brains in Malawi where some of them fought wars in foreign countries. People like Clemence Kandali was the first person to introduce a workers’ union in South Africa. Former President of Zambia is a descendent of Tongas. The list goes on. All these people never lied about their qualifications. I think your tribe is very ashamed of you for being a Doctor of Lies. All the online American universities you have obtained your one month degree and masters are mill degree producing universities. Americans that includes… Read more »

ASSHOLE OF BEN PHIRI
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Costa Ford University and Atlantic University are all bogus universities. They are not recognized or accredited by the regional accrediting agencies in the USA. Peter Hitler Mutharika knows Ben Phiri is a fake doctor and all his qualifications are fake, but he still keeps him. Peter Hitler Mutharika himself was a professor at George Washington University, and I know it because I was there. The University is in Colombia, Missourri state, and I was a student at Kansas University in the state of Kansas. Enock Chihanya was a student at Wichita State University in Kansas. Ask Peter Mutharika and Enock… Read more »

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

kutiopseza poti ndi kwao kwa Jesus.
post graduate ku cyprus ,phd ku getsemani or vice versa kuuma mutu ngati mapwala ake omwe idiot

WasMalawiLikeThis?
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WasMalawiLikeThis?

It shows that Malawi’s administration is full of ‘educated’ fools. The youth should take over now.

Tatopa nazo, zazziii.

JMalema
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JMalema

I tell you half baked things 😂

Nyasatimes Don't speculate rather investigate
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Nyasatimes Don't speculate rather investigate

Just because he has one from Cyprus Does not mean he doesn’t have one from Jerusalem. That is just hateful thinking. Instead what you should be doing is finding out if he actually does not have one. Don’t speculate , investigate

Cyprus
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Cyprus

Mwana wanga amusankhira ma uni awiei University of Cyprus and Jerusalemu.

Yabwino ndi iti. Nanga ma fees ake ali pa bwanji poti google wakanika kupeza information. Amalawi alipo anapitako ku Ma uni amenewa atiuze

Diaspora
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Diaspora

I know of one person who was there some few years ago, you may contact Mr. Ben Phiri who did his Ph.D at JBC and got an honourary at Cypress. I bet all the two offer courses your child might be interested in. Good luck

Zodwawabantu
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Zodwawabantu

Aseee onsewa mbola avaye ku Getsemani University bola imeneyi osati Jerusalem 😄

University of Israel in Jerusalem Ben watelokkkkkk
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University of Israel in Jerusalem Ben watelokkkkkk

Ben, ukanama sikuchedwa kucha

Timkanena anathela nsiizi
Kulankhula kwa ndithe ndithe nanthambwe anazjtengela

Mrs mutharika
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Mrs mutharika

Mmmmm Ben are you sure about Jerusalem Bible college because sikupezeka only Jerusalem University college, Jerusalem prophecy college or bethelehem Bible college mmmm Dpp chilungamo kkkkkkkk koma ma judge aone kuti anthuwa ngabodza

Theta
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Mrs. Mutharika

Ben Phiri is the biggest liar. I googled and I didn’t find Jerusalem Bible College. Costa Ford University and Atlantic University are degree mill universities. They are not regional accredited. Yale University, Kansas University and all big names universities in the USA are regional accredited by the the six accrediting agencies.

Raymond
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Raymond

We have beautiful country but ugly president and weak cabinet without qualification that’s why most of them are setting in their office not to work but stealing Money for the poor people of Malawi. For that fool Animal they call Peter Mutharika he don’t know when he is going to die am sure is soon then our country will be back to normal

Taxy
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Taxy

“He don’t know”? What type of English is that? You must be a fool cockroach yourself !

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Kkkkkk, he don’t know! Munangowononga fees za makolo apa. Kapena munapita nanu Ku Jelusalemuko

Gondolosi
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Gondolosi

What happened Ben,
Could it be that u took gondolosi overdose and was overworking on your brain.