Two Malawian cabinet ministers Sunday afternoon went to town and tore into pieces former Transport and Infrastructure minister, Sidik Mia, who resigned last Friday.
Mia also resigned from his position as Vice President for the ruling People’s Party (PP) responsible for Southern Region.
The two ministers, Sosten Gwengwe of Industry and Trade and Uladi Mussa of Home Affairs and Internal Security, described Mia as “an opportunist” who joined PP for greedy and personal interests.
The two ministers insinuated that Mia regarded himself as too important person than the orange party because of his riches.
They described Mia’s resignation from the two-year-old party as “good riddance” because it would remain with loyal members only.
“Mia sikuti wachoka ayi koma ife tikuti wanyanyala. [Mia has left out of frustration],” said Gwengwe on Sunday at Masintha Ground in Lilongwe where President Joyce Banda addressed a rally.
The youthful and normally politically quiet minister likened the former PP vice president to a donkey Jesus used when he entered Jerusalem amid people’s jubilation while carrying palm tree branches and laying down their clothes on the path.
“The donkey thought the people were singing for him and felt great. But it was shocked afterwards to see the people flocking to Jesus alone without it,” said Gwengwe amid cheering from the mammoth crowd.
Gwengwe further alleged that Mia was among the many people in the ruling party who are deceiving the President by paying blind loyalty to fulfil their personal agendas.
“There are people who truly love you, Your Excellency, and there are some who do not. Some wish you well every day while others do not. Some of us are with you and will be with you. We will not leave you,” promised Gwengwe.
On his part, Mussa warned PP followers to be extra careful with people who join the party just to fulfil their personal greed.
“Such people leave the party when they see that they will not achieve their agenda. You will see many leaving the party and don’t be surprised,” said Uladi known for hid tongue-lashing during rallies.
He said PP has “strong ammunition” to win elections in May.
“We are not moved. We are spending sleepless nights [to win] and others have no ammunition at all to compete with us,” said Mussa, who is also PP vice president for the Central Region a position he was appointed after Dr Cassim Chilumpha resigned a month ago.
Mia, the political giant of the Lower Shire, resigned on Friday saying he did so after spiritual reflection and consent from his family members.
Meanwhile, reports indicate Mia is destined for the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) where he has been offered to be the running mate for Dr Lazarous Chakwera.
However, the multimillionaire politician has not said anything on his next political move promising to do so soon.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :