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Expelled officials trash DPP’s olive branch

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WANT CASE TO CONTINUE—Jeffrey

Four opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials have turned down an olive branch the party extended to them.

Earlier this month, the party, through administrative secretary Francis Mphepo, announced that its central executive committee had reversed the decision to fire vice president for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa, secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey, treasurer general Jappie Mhango and Mulanje West parliamentarian Yusuf Nthenda.

The four were fired in October last year for what the party described as gross misconduct. The four later obtained an injunction restraining it from firing them.

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“You are being informed that you are welcome into the party as a full member of the party. The central committee arrived at the above decision on the understanding that, upon your return, you shall abide by the party constitution,” the party’s letter reads.

When the issue returned to court for a scheduling conference Wednesday, the four opted for the continuation of the case while the party wanted the matter to be water under the bridge after its decision to welcome them back into its fold.

However, there was no movement on the case Wednesday as DPP lawyer Emmanuel Theu said he was not formally informed about the conference.

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And, speaking after the court adjourned the case, lawyer representing Nankhumwa and others, Loshendra Demel, said his clients were demanding litigation against their expulsion from the party despite being reinstated.

“We came to court for a scheduling conference but we were late to serve our opponents with the court order, hence the matter has been adjourned to October,” Demel said.

Theu maintained that his clients wanted the matter to be resolved at party level.

“Although there was no scheduled conference today, DPP feels that further litigation is not necessary because these [four people] were told to go back to the party. If there are any issues, they should be discussed within the party. No justification for litigation,” Theu said.

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