Abida promises ‘bare-knuckle’ fight against corruption in land sector

Known for her passion, dedication, transparency, accountability and hard work in whatever she does, newly sworn-in Deputy Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Abida Sidik Mia, has fired a warning shot, charging that corruption, which is synonymous with land transactions at the ministry, will be dealt with without fear or favor.

Deputy minister Abida Mia: Time to work hard, work hard and work hard
So help me Allah! Mia taking oath(C) Govati Nyirenda

Abida, herself a successful business lady and also a member of Parliament for Chikwawa Nkombedzi constituency, said she  is going to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development on Monday, to among other things, clear the rubble of corruption in land transactions, which if not cleared, will leave us Malawians as foreigners in our own country.

The deputy minister, who during the road leading to the Tonse Alliance victory was known for her courage and fearless campaign of taking no prisoners in the quest of making  Lazarus Chakwera ascend to the presidency, said:  “Fellow citizens; yours truly is a fighter and together with my Minister, Honourable Kezzie Msukwa, it will be gloves off—a bare-knuckle fight against corruption and all bureaucratic bottlenecks that hamper effective delivery of services to the public.”

She added: “This is not mere rhetoric but a promise because as you heard from the President; we are on 5-month probation—to deliver or be delivered home. Think about it. The bar has been raised very high and it will be no child’s play to have one’s lifeline in cabinet extended as the president wants nothing short of stellar performance.”

The deputy minister however was quick to clarify that she will be workaholic to deliver results not for the fear of being ‘delivered home’ but because she wants “to make a significant contribution in building a new Malawi, leave a good legacy when all is said and done and more importantly inspire the girl child that it is possible to do a commendable job of perfecting that which is imperfect.”

Abida, perhaps aware of the public opinion surrounding her appointment, passionately asked the public for support as she executes her duties.

“I entreat you, my fellow citizens, to support me as I discharge my duties. Your support will spur me to succeed and my success at the ministry will be our country’s success,” she said.

Women now hold 39% of the ministerial and deputy minister roles in the cabinet appointed by Chakwera, 65, who unseated Peter Mutharika in a re-run presidential election last month, which compared to about 20% in the previous government

Four women are now ministers, up from two, including for community development and social welfare, education, and health.

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Nabetha
Nabetha
2 months ago

Go konko That’s what we have been waiting for!!!!!! Its well well overdue my Sis…..we are cheering the Tonse crew …..may God of justice sustain you guys 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

Nyusesi
2 months ago

Iwe abida ndiwe fisi eti!? After grabbing land from poor people of chikwawa ndiye lero uziwoneka ngati ndiwe saint? Amwenye okuba Inu fotseki

Wikleaks
Wikleaks
2 months ago

easier said than done. you will see how sweet corruption is. kamlepo made similar sentiments but was quite when corrupt money started triclking into his bank account

Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
Chimwene wa Anabanda ku Joni
2 months ago

Abida I hope you read this, I have been living outside Malawi for more than twenty five years. The new president and his crew are talking a language that is inspiring confidence for the Malawians living in diaspora. I don’t give a hoot who occupies a ministerial position, man or woman but that person must deliver. Our country was stinking with corruption, mama make an example of thieves and lock them up and throw the keys away into shire. Malawians in general are speaking good about your hard work and that’s all we need. By the way it has been… Read more »

Fuka
Fuka
2 months ago

Just know that Malawians also have their eyes on your transactions. We expect you to equally be corrupt free. Not just you but all ministers. Eagle eyes

Lester
Lester
2 months ago

Please check ku lands yaku Blantyre, beneficiaries of plots are all coming from one region.

Mwini muzi
2 months ago

Do you know that corruption at lands started way back in the 1980s under MCP? For more details will be the subject another day.This is a very complicated ministry with corruption heavily entrenched such that you can’t easily root it out because many politicians and civil servants of all previous governments some of whom are in Tonse alliance have acquired land in the very corrupt ways. There is too much cover ups there such that any attempts to unearth details of corruption ends in vain. You have a huge task that will create you more enemies than friends even within… Read more »

Mzungu Dala
Mzungu Dala
2 months ago

That’s talking, Hon Deputy Minister! You have my vote.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
2 months ago

psa koka

#Better MW
#Better MW
2 months ago

Wish you all the best. May God guide you.

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