The Return Of DPP’s Field Marshal Ben Phiri : Sabbatical Leave Is Over For Malawi’s Kagame

Mutharika and His Field Marshal Ben Phiri

Mutharika and His Field Marshal Ben Phiri


One clear message from Friday’s dinner dance by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at Sanjika Palace is that Dr Ben Phiri is back in business after a deserved sabbatical from frontline politics.

Party cadets have been calling for his comeback since last week’s by-elections in which the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) did not perform as many would have wanted.

The ruling party lost in Mchinji West Constituency coupled with losing a local government seats to MCP in Kaliyeka Ward in Lilongwe and Bembeke Ward in Dedza.

Despite wins in Bunda Ward in Kasungu and Sadzi in Zomba, many party supporters were disappointed with the overall results and reminisced the good old days when the mighty DPP never lost by-elections in such a manner.

Then Friday came and Ben Phiri was right at the centre of things at the event. Seated at one of the frontier tables with senior party members from the Southern Region, it was easy to tell that his presence told a nonverbal story in phenomenal terms.

“Those of us that have worked with Ben Phiri know what he is capable of doing in mobilizing resources and strategizing during elections. That’s why we were disappointed to see him out of the recent by-elections. We respect his personal life but we just needed him back, we are glad he is now returning to what he knows best,” said one ardent cadet during the dinner dance.

The frenzy reached climax when the Field Marshal ascended to the high table where he conferred with State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for several minutes.

Social media immediately went abuzz with pictures capturing the moment. Within minutes cadets from near and far trended the pictures while expressing satisfaction for the return of a man who prior to 2014 stood faithfully by his President to ensure that DPP returns to power.

Whatever personal reasons that kept BP out of active politics, it is more than evident that those who know what he is capable of doing are so fired up with his reemergence onto the scene.

Dr Phiri has for several years been a right hand man to Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika from the time he was cabinet minister during the reign of Professor Bingu wa Mutharika.

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