Malawi’a governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary General Grezeder wa Jeffrey, who is commonly known as Jeffrey wa Jeffrey, in the political circles has resigned from her position with immediate effect, Nyasa Times understands.
DPP insiders say Wa Jeffrey has informed the State President Peter Mutharika, who is also the party leader.
However, in her resignation letter Wa Jeffrey has not disclosed reasons for her resignation.
When Nyasa Times contacted Wa Jeffrey for comment on the matter on Wednesday afternoon she kept her cards close to her chest.
“Am sorry I don’t speak to journalists now because am tired of being misquoted, it is unfortunate that everytime I speak with journalists , I am being misunderstood,” said Wa Jeffrey.
Pressed to comment is she has resigned, Wa Jeffrey insisted: “I don’t want to be misquoted.”
Asked why she was driving herself and the whereabouts of her drivers and security, Wa Jeffrey insisted she could not comment.
” I am not commenting ,” she said.
When asked ” are you still DPP Secretary General?” , she maintained ” No comment, thank you.”
But our source said her official vehicle Toyota Fortuner has been handed over to State House.
Wa Jeff was appointed alongside DPP Administrative Secretary Francis Mphepo, Vice President for Central Region Dr. Hetherwick Ntaba and Edward Gawanani as member of the national governing council.
Meanwhile,Wa Jeff has been missing in all DPP errands with the latest being the Agricultural trade fair which Mutharika opened in Blantyre.
The development comes when an epic leadership battle promises to ensue within DPP, with individuals strategically positioning themselves in readiness for the party’s national convention during the first half of 2018.
All national governing council (NGC) positions will be up for grabs, including that of party president, although it is a foregone conclusion- President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is likely to stay at the helm of the party, automatically winning the DPP presidential ticket when general elections are due in 2019.
Jeffrey wa Jeffrey, according to DPP insiders, was likely to fall during the national convention, claiming she has failed to live up to the DPP members’ expectations as the party’s CEO.
“The position of secretary general will be wide open. It is an open secret that she (Jeffrey) has been an embarrassment not only to the party leadership but to the entire establishment. She suffers from verbal diarrhea that has brought much ridicule to the party,” said the source.
According to the source, Jeffrey is likely to face stiff competition from former DPP administrative secretary, Clement Mwale; former DPP secretary general and Speaker of National Assembly, Chimunthu Banda, former DPP secretary general and National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) director under DPP, Bintony Kutsaira, among others.
According to the source, among the three ‘hot contenders’, Mwale comes out tops because of his “impeccable educational and professional credentials as well as his unquestionable loyalty to the party”, among some strengths.
Mwale is holder of Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Chancellor College and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pebbles University in USA. He is currently studying for a PhD in Business Administration.
“He served as an administrator at the DPP national headquarters during the late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s time. He was the custodian of all party data and operation at policy levels on a daily basis. At the time when DPP was in ‘wilderness’, he was the administrative secretary,” said the source.
On the other hand, 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.
She said 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,” she opined.
Kutsaira is the allegedly the worst of all candidates for the SG position, according to the source’s analysis. She claimed Kutsaira dumped the DPP in 2012 when it was rumoured Bingu wa Mutharika had passed away “even before government had made an official announcement”.
“His chances are extremely slim. He may wish not to try it at all. He joined People’s Party to save his job as NIB director. He is simply selfish,” she claimed.
Jeffrey wa Jeffrey refused to be drawn into “petty politics”, claiming she is too busy growing the DPP’s membership “to engage in useless political battles”.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :