Mia pulls out over PP infighting

Wife to the Minister of Transport Sidik Mia, Abida, has abandoned her dreams to contest in the forthcoming elections as a parliamentarian saying she has had enough of political jostling in the ruling People’s Party (PP).

Mia said she was touched with concerns by people from Nsanje South Constituency including village headmen that she should proceed to contest in the elections but “after a huge amount of thought” decided to pave way for others to contest.

Mia, a natural giver, had shown interest to contest in Nsanje South constituency but has just made the drastic decision to not to run.

“I do not have to be a politician to help people. I will continue helping the people in the constituency and other areas in the lower shire,” she said.

Abida said her dream was to enable people in the area to enjoy their birthright, right to development.

Nsajnje PP officials and chiefs want Mia to contest
Nsajnje PP officials and chiefs want Mia to contest

However information that has been sourced indicate that Mia’s wife has decided to quit because of some behaviour of some People Party’s gurus who has been making disparaging remarks over her political involvement.

The source said PP’s Brown Mpinganjira and Salim Bagus have been going about telling people that Sidik Mia, the Minister of Transport and a considered heavy weight in the Shire valley region was imposing his family members in some constituency in the valley.

“The wife’s interest and one of the Issa’s intention to participate in active politics have made the two, Mpinganjira and Bagus to accuse the minister of imposing members of the family. We all know the Issa’s and the Mia’s do not go along and wonder where this issue is coming from,” said the source.

But three traditional leaders Chimombo, Nyachikadza and Ndamera, from Nsanje South Constituency on Monday travelled about 30 kilometres to present their concerns to the party’s district office, saying they wanted Mia to contest.

They denied that Transport and Public Works Minister Muhammad Sidik Mia was imposing his wife, Abida, at the expense of other aspirants.

“It is some politicians within PP who are against her out of jealous yet she is development conscious. She is not in any way imposed on us,” said T/A Chimombo.

T/A Ndamera said his subjects have asked him to persuade her to rescind her decision.

The chiefs said they are the ones who approached Abida to contest.

Nsanje district governor Limited Genti claimed that about 50 people walked on foot from Malaka to present their grievances and that the party officials should persuade Abida to rescind her decision.

PP deputy spokesperson Ken Msonda said the party will look into the matter.

Mia  told Nyasa Times on Tuesday: “I remain a royal dedicated member of the People’s Party.”

She said she will continue to support President Joyce Banda and help her on other platforms.

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