Malawi’s veteran politician Henry Mussa snubs Mutharika’s offer
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As former President Peter Mutharika is facing opposition within the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), veteran politician Henry Mussa, popularly known as ‘Mtengowaminga’ in politics, has denied to take up a position of deputy secretary of the party.
Mussa was one of the DPP officials who were offered interim appointments following the party’s Central Executive Committee meeting held on 4th and 27th August, 2020 at Mutharika’s residence in Mangochi.
But today Wednesday, the country’s local media reports that Mussa wrote the party’s General Secretary Grezelder Jeffrey on 29th August denying the position on grounds that the position was constitutionally won at the convention by another official and he still remains the legitimate holder of the position.
“It is with considerable regret and emotional pain that I would like to recuse myself for taking up the offered position for now. I have struggled a lot to reach this decision but I have ultimately resolved that given the circumstances and in conformity with both my personal and political principles, recusing myself from taking up the said postion remains the best option.
“For the sake of removing any potential doubt, I would like to emphasize that I have not in any way rejected the position but rather recused myself from taking up it,” reads the letter as quoted in local media.
He added that at the party’s national convention the position was contested and Nicholas Dausi emerged “Constitutionally, legitimate and mandated holder of the position and until the Central Executive Committee meeting, which resolved to appoint me to the said position in deputy capacity.”
“There has never been any official communication that the incumbent holder of the position has either quit the position on his own volition for personal or political reasons or been suspended and even removed for breach of party code of conduct as enshrined in party constitution,” he argued.
Commenting on the development, newly appointed spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira said Mussa has the right to accept or reject the offer.
Mpinganjira proceeded to say that the party will move on with or without Mussa.
Henry Mussa is one of the founders of DPP and was a Member of Parliament for Chiradzulu East but lost it to youthful Joseph Nomale. He also served both former President Peter Mutharika and late Bingu Wa Mutharika in different ministerial positions.
He was a part of the “Midnight six”, a group of Malawians that allegedly plotted a constitutional coup after the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. He was also the funeral chair of wa Mutharika’s funeral.
Meanwhile, two factions have emerged in the once mighty party with one group calling for an early elective convention to replace Mutharika with another person to steer the agenda of the party as they strive to reorganize and strengthen the party in readiness for 2025 elections.
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