Deputy minister Abida mourns loss of husband Mo Mia 💔

Deputy Minister of Lands Abida Mia, who is also legislator for Chikwawa Nkombezi Constituency spoke out in mourning Wednesday following the death of her husband Mohammed Sidik Mia who was minister of Transport  and the governing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) vice-president from Covid-19.

Mia and his wife Abida, who is Deputy Minister of Lands

Speaking to Nyasa Times “through tears,” Abida  – comforted by messages of condolence led by President Lazarus Chakwera –   said the loss is  heart-breaking.

“The death of a husband is a loss no wife should have to bear,” said the widow of the MCP second-in-command.

She described the fallen minister as the “quintessential happy warrior.”

Abida said: “ Mo Mia’s death  has come as a big loss… I am obviously absolutely devastated by what’s happened.”

She cried  and said: “I am very depressed.”

Abida said Mia was  father to four children and five grand children namely Ahmed Mia, Hurain Mia, Saudi Mia and Abdul Mia.

Late Mia revealed his illness in an open letter, calling for strict compliance with Covid-19 measures.

A businessperson-turned-politician, Mia, 55, was an unsung hero in the formation of the governing Tonse Alliance. Born in 1965 to a trucker at Makande in Ngabu, Chikwawa District, Mia vocally campaigned for the alliance in the poll and gave the alliance, particularly MCP a strong presence in the southern region  away from its Central Region stronghold.

MCP secretary-general (SG) Eisenhower Mkaka described   Mia as MCP’s “beacon of hope.”

Mkaka said the party and the government has lost, “ a humble person who put the national interest ahead of his personal ambition.”

His loyalists hailed him as ‘the Shire Valley giant’, a tag left by the late Gwanda Chakuamba, who helped MCP win all parliamentary seats in Nsanje in 1994.

During the switch from MCP’s one-party rule to democracy in 1993, Mia supported the liberal United Democratic Front (UDF), established by Bakili Muluzi who ended founding President Kamuzu Banda’s 31-year-old dictatorship.

When Muluzi disagreed with his chosen successor Bingu wa Mutharika in 2005, Mia dumped UDF to  join then newly-formed DPP. In April 2012, when Bingu succumbed to a heart attack, the Shire Valley politician and his 18 DPP executives swiftly switched to then vice-president Joyce Banda’s  People’s Party (PP).

He then quit frontline politics before bouncing back and returned to MCP in June 2017 and rose to become Chakwera’s running mate in the 2019 presidential poll cancelled by the courts due to widespread irregularities.

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Shiek Ali of Zomba
Shiek Ali of Zomba
6 months ago

What’s wrong with reminding a widow to mourn in a dignified manner? Abida is now a widow and must behave as one fir at least 40 days. That is what every food Muslim does.

WaWa
WaWa
6 months ago

But why did Chakwera and Chilima not attend the burial. Proves that both Chakwera and Chilima hate Muslims.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
6 months ago
Reply to  WaWa

I very much agree with you…it’s a big surprise for a president&his Vice not to attend Mia burial. They forget,they are in state houses without doubts,Mia campaigned tirelessly spent his monies. Telling the Tonse Government straight,apa simunapange makola.You could have attended the burial or send some ministers.Tomorrow,it can be on your heads,muzamuti uli?we have seen how you are and wait,kuno nkunja….. Are you telling me/us that those who buried Mia got Corona? apologize to the nation,mulikunanga.muzinyumba zanuzo kaya ku state house ko,you breath oxygen,so be careful or stop breathing otherwise 02 with Corona isn’t seen Yewo !! Durban Kwazulu Natal… Read more »

Mya Suleiman
Mya Suleiman
6 months ago

SAD! SHAME…! DISGUSTING…. IT TELLS EVERYTHING. SIPAFUNIKA KUFOTOKOZEREDWA. IT’S BLACK AND WHITE HERE! WOW! AM SPEECHLESS AND 💔😭

Dave van
Dave van
6 months ago

We need God in s this

Isaac
Isaac
6 months ago

He was a great man. A man who loved Malawi as a country. He wanted a better Malawi for all Malawians. May his soul rest in peace.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
6 months ago

A humble man. A humble leader. He loved Malawians. He understood the political winds blowing with changes. He did not misread the constitutional signals when JB’s star was in ascendancy eclipsing all the cadets. For the sake of a cadet-free Malawi he endorsed Chilima as the Tonse Alliance running mate. Malawi is in tears for the man who gave his all just to let smell real scent of freedom. I liked the man yet I never personally met him. May the Almighty give him the eternal rest for our freedom fighter.

Sheik Mustafa
Sheik Mustafa
6 months ago

Abida now is time to mourn Sidik, per Muslim tradition for 40 days. Sidik was a respected member of the Muslim community and you have to be dignified and mourn Sidik. Maybe after sometime you will find love in another man, but now please be in mourning.

Last edited 6 months ago by Sheik Mustafa
Nyoni
Nyoni
6 months ago
Reply to  Sheik Mustafa

You are an idiot

Wawo
Wawo
6 months ago
Reply to  Sheik Mustafa

How evil of you….reflect

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
6 months ago
Reply to  Sheik Mustafa

Chitsiru kuononga dzina la masheikh onse
Mwana wa nkhandwe
Your dislike for the Mia family has been displayed by your own writing

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
6 months ago

It’s too early to be interviewing the wife please…asiyeni alile kale malilo pilizi…even mourning period ya boma siinathe.

Pungwatu
Pungwatu
6 months ago
Reply to  Chilungamo

This is very true and this is why I hate such journalists.

Howard
Howard
6 months ago
Reply to  Chilungamo

Kodi olira salankhula abale basi azingokhala ndungundu Aaaaa zinazi tapolaniko moto. Chalakwika Ndichani pamenepa kuzolowera kumapezwra anzanu zifukwa basi.

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
6 months ago
Reply to  Chilungamo

But why did she allow the journalist to interview her? Bwanji sanakane? So, let’s not just blame the journalist here.

Mya Suleiman
Mya Suleiman
6 months ago
Reply to  Chilungamo

Busy interviewing the wife. Why not go interview who you think they might have the decency to say something or where were they hiding…..

Prophetic Voice
6 months ago

Rest in Peace Mo Sidik Mia. We will always remember you. Now look out for the new Lower Shire political giant in Owen Chomanika. Ignore this youngman at your own peril

Baghdad
Baghdad
6 months ago

My views as well

Limma
Limma
6 months ago

Mrs Mia, I wish you strength and may God comfort you.

Politics aside, death of a loved one is so very hard to bare, only you truly feels it.

Please know that people you have never met and probably you will never, are praying for you and wishing you all the strength.

My sincere condolences to you, Ahmed, Abdul, Saudi, Hurain and your entire family.

My heartfelt condolences also to all the Malawians families and friends who have lost their loved one to this disease.

Benjones87
Benjones87
6 months ago
Reply to  Limma

Same here.

ECG church member
ECG church member
6 months ago
Reply to  Limma

Surely, may Jehovah God grant the family the comfort that He only can give.

Tachiko
Tachiko
6 months ago
Reply to  Limma

Amen

MATHOSIZAKEYO
MATHOSIZAKEYO
6 months ago
Reply to  Limma

Same here we are with you in prayers and love all the way from Brussels.

Testimony
Testimony
6 months ago
Reply to  Limma

Amen!

Jennipher T
Jennipher T
6 months ago

This is a heartbreaker! May God comfort you and family. Malawi has lost a true son.

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