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DPP snubs Grezelder Jeffrey, Kondwani Nankhumwa

Sidelines them from Page House meeting

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Grezelder Jeffrey

Embattled Democratic Progressive Party secretary-general (SG) Grezelder Jeffrey and the party’s vice president for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa were yesterday not invited to the party’s meeting at party president Peter Mutharika’s retirement home, Page House, in Mangochi District.

Jeffrey confirmed that she was not invited to the meeting ahead of the party’s planned rally in Nankhumwa’s region at Nyambadwe School Ground in Blantyre on July 3.

She said the party is clearly in contempt of court by sideling the two as they were reinstated to their positions by the court on May 5 this year.

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“What is surprising is that a good number there are lawyers, who should be the first in respecting court orders,” she said. of people attending the meeting

But Jeffrey said Nankhumwa would not be frustrated by the party’s “shenanigans”.

“No matter what they do, Nankhumwa will not leave the party. He will take part in the party’s convention and, by the way, the powers of calling for the convention are vested in me and if they call for a convention without me it will be null and void,” she said.

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Jeffrey, however, said she is yet to decide on her next course of action.

“As for me, I am not complaining because DPP supporters now know who is the real problem in their party,” she said.

On May 5 this year, the High Court reinstated Jeffrey and Nankhumwa to their positions.

Commenting on the ruling, the party’s director of legal affairs Charles Mhango said the party had, before the court order came, already reinstated the two top officials.

DPP administrative secretary Francis Mphepo did not pick up his mobile phone for a comment.

However, Shadric Namalomba, who is a DPP National Governing Council (NGC) member who also speaks for former president Peter Mutharika, said the meeting that took place was not a Central Executive Committee one but rather a technical meeting where people were looking at the issue of a functional review.

“The meeting that we had was not something they were supposed to be invited to. This was a [meeting of a] technical team that was formed way back. So, there was no need for an invitation. After what was discussed, the president of the party will now call for a meeting and that will be a Central Executive Committee meeting where they will be notified and they, as members, will confirm their attendance,” he said.

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