A delegation of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) today went to offer condolences to the family of the party’s vice president Alhaj Muhammad Sidik Mia who succumbed to a COVID-19 related illness Tuesday.
The party’s second vice president for the north Harry Mkandawire led a delegation that travelled to the Lower Shire where their former compatriot was laid to rest.
Initially, absence of a high powered delegation at his burial had sparked speculation that the party had abandoned him in death. The assertions have since been dismissed.
Mkandawire who was in company of deputy presidential advisor on religious affairs, Sheikh Hashim Abasi also visited the burial site of the fallen leader.
In his eulogy, Mkandawire described the death of Mia as an enormous loss to the party in particular and the country in general.
“He was very patriotic and had the welfare of his countrymen at heart,” eulogized Mkandawire.
Mkandawire admitted that Mia was a huge asset that made the party functional and successful.
“You can recall how right honourable Mia contributed to the success of MCP convention. He was very instrumental not only to the party but even to people from his constituency,” he said.
He added that he will be remembered for his selflessness.
“You may also recall that some quarters thought he would not relinquish his position to the Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima when we were forming the Tonse Alliance. But he made the sacrifice for the country,” he added.
The Cabinet Minister succumbed to a COVID-19 related illness on Tuesday, January 12.
His death came only a few hours after another cabinet Minister, Lingson Belekanyama, passed on due to COVID-19 related complications.
President Lazarus Chakwera directed that the nation should observe three days of national mourning and that all flags should fly at half mast in honour of the fallen leaders.