Infight deepens in DPP as Mutharika removes Jeffrey as the party’s SG

By Chisomo Phiri

As infight in the former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) continues, its President Peter Mutharika has removed embattled Secretary General Greselder Jeffrey from her position and replaced her with Dr.Clement Mwale.

Jeffrey has since been moved to the position of DPP Vice-President for the Central Region.

In a statement released yesterday, Mutharika says he has made the changes in exercise of his powers as read in Article 10 (8) of the DPP constitution.

Mutharika and Grezelder

“I am hereby assigning Honourable Greselder Jeffrey to the position of vice-president Central Region and Honourable Dr Clement Mwale to the position of secretary general with immediate effect,” says Mutharika in a statement.

But writing on her Facebook page wall, Jeffrey has declined the new post arguing that it is only the elective convention that can remove her from SG position.

She challenges that if anyone wants to remove her must compete at the party convention.

The development comes barely two days after Jeffrey organized DPP’s National Governing Counsel (NGC) meeting which saw only 34 members out of 71 invited attending.

The meeting was in preparation for the party’s elective convention.

Jeffrey is leading the DPP camp of Kondwani Nankhumwa, Mark Bottoman, Joyce Chitsulo, Ken Msonda, Billy Malata, Ralph Juma, Uladi Mussa, Nicholas Dausi and others.