President Lazarus Chakwera Sunday joined the late Sidik Mia’s family in remembering the life of the Cabinet minister and philanthropist who succumbed to Covid last year.
Speaking at the memorial ceremony, which was punctuated by activities such as prayers and the distribution of relief items, Chakwera described his relationship with Mia as beyond personal.
He said their relationship was premised on the need to promote sustainable national development through policy changes.
“I was saddened by the loss of Mia but I am happy to join the Mia family in continuing with the work of giving back to the community, something that was at the heart of the late Mia,” he said.
As part of remembering him, the family distributed 500 bags of maize weighing 50 kilogrammes each to vulnerable families.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Chikwawa South Member of Parliament Illeus Karim said they would continue to reach out to the needy as Mia himself used to do.
“Every year, people suffer from hunger in January in Chakwawa District and the late Mia used to help in such situations. As such, we want to carry on with such work,” Karim said.
Mia died while serving as Malawi Congress Party vice president and Transport Minister.
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