January 18, 2021

DPP disowns Grelzedar Jeffrey as Secretary General

The Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] and its entire leadership at all levels, have disassociated itself from the contents of the Press Statement dated 5th January, 2021 released by Ms Grelzedar Jeffrey purportedly speaking for the party.

The DPP says it is a properly structured political party, its decisions are never punctuated by the ‘’I will do this or that’’ as seen in the so–called Press Statement by Ms Jeffrey.

The DPP is advising and reminding all its membership that the roadmap to the next Political Conference or Convention was clearly spelt out before the party president, Prof. Peter Mutharika, saying the current office bearers of the DPP were elected at its Convention in 2018.

In the statement issued by the Party’s Spokesperson, Hon. Brown James Mpinganjira, says the term of office bearers is 5 years and it is neither determined by a loss nor a win of a General Election, the current leadership is properly and constitutionally discharging its mandate saying no decision has been made by the Central Committee to curtail the Constitutional terms.

The statement says Ms Jeffrey has, of late and by her own choice ceased to act on behalf of the party, saying her position as Secretary General of the Party can only be ascribed to her because of the court injunction she obtained.

In his address to the members of the DPP, the Party President made it clear that in due course, he will be stepping down, instituting a functional review to look at ways of re –organizing the Party, saying most of the structures of the party have collapsed and there is need to revive them.

The DPP is challenging Ms Jeffrey that the Agenda of the DPP will be driven by its entire membership through the Central Committee and not those who want to serve their own self –interest.

The Party is calling upon her not to overrate her position because of a truly functioning Secretary General can only do so with the sanction of the leadership, Ms Jeffrey has so far despised and not given due respect.

……’’We respect the fact that Ms Jeffrey has gone to court to assert her position as Secretary General, the court order does not authorize her to disregard the protocol of decision making in the Party hierarchy, political parties are best managed by politicians and not the courts,’’……reads the statement in part.

The Party is advising the entire membership of the DPP to ignore the Press Statement released by Ms Jeffrey because it neither represents nor reflects the views  of the Party and its leadership in as far as the roadmap to the next Political Conference or Convention is concerned.

By Vincent Gunde

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