“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 position remains the best option, “ reads part of Mussa’s letter MBC Online has seen dated 29 August, 2020 and addressed to the party’s secretary general and copied to the party president Peter Mutharika.
DPP Secretary General GrezeldarJeffrey did not pick up her phone when contacted, while Spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira refused to comment on the matter saying he was yet to see the letter when MBC Online sought their respective reactions on the matter.
However, in the letter, Mussa said that both the position of party spokesperson-main and deputy-were contested for at the party’s national convention and that Nicholas Dausi emerged “constitutionally legitimate and mandated holder of the position until the Central Executive Committee meeting, which resolved to appoint me to the said position in deputy capacity.”
He argues: “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 the party constitution.
“I therefore developed this apprehension that in taking up the position I might be risking complicity in breaching the DPP constitution, something I would strongly refrain from doing having been party to formation of DPP and therefore obliged to be exemplary in upholding and protecting its constitution unconditionally.”
Mpinganjira had issued a communique emanating from the Central Executive Committee meeting as held separately on the 4th and 27th August 2020 in Mangochi in which it communicated a number of resolutions including interim appointments where among others Mussa was appointed.