Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ‘s Central Committee has expelled the party’s Southern Region vice-president Kondwani Nankhumwa, Secretary- General Gresselder Jeffrey, Treasurer General Jappie Mhango and Mulanje West lawmaker Yusuf Nthenda from the party for what the committee calls gross misconduct.
The committee met at party president Peter Mutharika’s retirement home in Mangochi where it made the decision.
A member of the Central Committee, Samuel Tembenu, said Nankhumwa has been fired because he imposed himself as Leader of Opposition in Parliament, among others, while Jeffrey has been fired for allegedly organising the election at Parliament without the party’s blessings.
Mhango has been fired for presiding over the Leader of Opposition election at Parliament building while Nthenda is being accused of going against the party’s verdict by blocking the appointment of Francis Kasaila as Leader of Opposition
Meanwhile, Tembenu has been appointed as DPP’s interim Secretary- General, Chiradzulu South legislator Joseph Mwanamvekha is Southern Region vice-president and Nick Masebo has been slotted as Treasurer General.
Mutharika has since indicated that he does not want anyone to hijack the party and that he will support anyone who makes it at the convention.
When contacted, Nankhumwa said he has not yet seen the statement so it would be difficult to comment.
Asked what will happen to the party’s rally slated for Bangwe, Blantyre where he was billed as main speaker, Nankhumwa said the rally will proceed as planned.
Last time DPP attempted to fire Jeffrey, the embattled secretary general refused to bulge, pointing out that it was only through a convention that she can be removed. This prompted Mutharika to reverse the decision.
Since losing the June 23 presidential election, DPP has been rocked by several controversies; chief among them has been calls by some members to hold a convention to choose a new leader.
Alick Ponje is a features writer at The Times Group. He graduated from the University of Malawi with a bachelor’s degree in education, majoring in literature in English. He believes that quality reporting is critical in bringing positive change in communities. Alick is the Southern Africa Development Community journalist of the year (2020) in the television category. Follow him on Twitter @aponje