By Alfred Mthandizi
On Saturday this week all roads will be leading to Chikwawa where the main opposition Malawi Congress Party will be welcoming Sidik Mia. This is a big catch indeed for the party. Mia is a business magnet cum politician.
Who is Sidik Mia?
Mia got elected as Member of Parliament for the Nkombezi constituency in May 2004 in the Chikwawa District and was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security in June 2004.
In 2005 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Mines, Natural Resources and Environment, then Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works before being elevated to Minister of Irrigation and Water Development. He held his last position from September 2005 until March 2009.
Mia was reelected in May 2009 general elections on the Democratic Progressive Party ticket. In the cabinet that became effective on 15 June 2009, he was appointed Minister of Defense. After the cabinet reshuffle of 9 August 2010, he became Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure.
Following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika and succession of Joyce Banda, Sidik Mia along with 18 other colleagues of the Democratic Progressive Party announced they were to support Joyce Banda as President of the Republic.
In January 2014 Sidik Mia resigned from the People’s Party (PP) and from his cabinet post as Minister for Transport.