The death of Transport Minister Sidik Mia and Local Government Minister Lingson Belekanyama continues to send shockwaves across the country, even if it has been a day after they succumbed to Covid-19.
The two ministers died a week after declaring that they had coronavirus.
Belekanyama was buried Tuesday at Mitundu in Lilongwe while Mia was laid to rest at Ngabu in Chikwawa.
Belekanyama was the first Cabinet minister to succumb to the novel coronavirus before Mia followed eight hours later.
Tuesday, political parties took turns to pay tribute to the two, with governing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) publicity secretary Maurice Munthali leading the tributes.
“The death of Mia, who was also MCP vice president, is a shock to the party. And losing Minister of Local Government Lingson Belekanyama is also painful. May their souls rest in peace,” Munthali said.
Opposition United Democratic Front president Atupele Muluzi was equally shocked.
He said Mia and Belekanyama have contributed a lot to Malawian politics since the country’s democratic dispensation.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira said in a statement: “The president [Arthur Peter Mutharika], leadership and the entire membership of the Democratic Progressive Party would like to express its deep sorrow at the news of the demise of two Cabinet ministers: Hons. Lingson Belekanyama and Sidik Mia”.
The DPP further asked Malawians to mask up, keep distance and stay home, where possible.
Mia (56) launched his political career in 2004, while Belekanyama was Lilongwe Msinja South legislator since 2004.