Sidik Mia

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Sidik Mia MP
Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure[1]
In office
11 September 2011 – 2014
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Preceded by Khumbo Kachali
Succeeded by TBD
Minister of Irrigation and Water Development
In office
September 2005 – March 2009
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security
In office
June 2004 – September 2005
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Member of Parliament Nkombezi, Chikwawa
Assumed office
19 May 2004
Personal details
Born 1965
Political party

Democratic Progressive Party (2005)

United Democratic Front (Malawi)

Sidik Mia is a Malawian businessman and a politician who is a Member of Parliament and held various ministerial positions within the Cabinet of Malawi beginning in 2004. Following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012, he led a delegation of fellow cabinet ministers and Democratic Progressive Party members who sided with his successor, Joyce Banda.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sidik Mia was born in 1965. He went on to obtain a diploma in Business Management. Upon completion, he subsequently established a number of businesses within Malawi upon where in built a network of wealthy business partners who he would later on persuade to become major donors to the Democratic Progressive Party.

Political life[edit]

Sidik Mia was elected a 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 in turn Deputy Minister of Mines, Natural Resources and Environment, Deputy Minister of Transport and Public works and Minister of irrigation and Water Development. He held this last position from September 2005 until March 2009.[3] Mia was reelected in the May 2009 general elections on the Democratic Progressive Party ticket.[3] In the cabinet that became effective on 15 June 2009, he was appointed Minister of National Defense.[4] After the cabinet reshuffle of 9 August 2010, he became Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure.[5]

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.[2] This followed the constitutional crisis in which the National Governing Council of the Democratic Progress Party, of which Mia was a senior member, had resolved to contend to the Supreme Court that Joyce Banda was ineligible to succeed Mutharika as President.[6]

In January 2014 Sidik Mia resigned from the People's Party (PP) and from his cabinet post as Minister for Transport. He was expected to join the Malawi Congress Party and become the presidential running mate to its leader, Lazarus Chakwera.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cabinet Appointments as of September 6, 2011". Malawi Government. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b Patrick Maulidi (7 April 2012). "Yunus Mussa, 17 DPP MPs Vow to Support JB". Zodiak Malawi. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Cabinet Profiles – June 2010". Best of Malawi. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Malawi's 43 member cabinet list as unveiled by President Mutharika". Nyasa Times. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Malawi cabinet as of August 9, 2010" (PDF). Government of Malawi. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  6. ^ Rex Chikoko (April 7, 2012). "Vice President ineligible – Malawi Cabinet". Africa Review. Retrieved 2012-04-07.