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Sidik Mia speaks on alleged extravagance: “I had only 4 vehicles on my motorcade”

Sidik Mia inspecting Thyolo-Muona road

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Minister of Transport and Public Works Sidik Mia has disputed reports that he had 27 vehicles on his motorcade yesterday as he was on duty tour in the Southern Region, saying the other vehicles were for contractors.

Malawians were shocked on Wednesday to see cabinet ministers Mia and Lobin Lowe being escorted by 27 and 28 vehicles respectively on their duty tour in the Southern region.

Minister of Transport Mia had an entourage of 27 vehicles as he was inspecting the Thyolo-Muona road while Minister of Agriculture Lobin Lowe had about 28 vehicles on his duty tour in the Lower Shire.

Reacting, Mia said it was misrepresentation of facts as most of the vehicles on his motorcade were for contractors.

According to Mia, his office had only four vehicles and only relevant officers were on the entourage.

“I cannot rule on the other contractors not to use different vehicles. They have got engineers, they have got directors and they have got different capacities who serve the same interest.  Therefore, it is not my duty to stop them in riding different vehicles.

“For us as a ministry you can see I have my PA (Personal Assistant), my deputy minister and director of roads who has been accompanied by director of railways who are relevant to this. If I was travelling alone it would just be four vehicles. But to exaggerate that we are using more than what is necessary is not true and it is very pathetic to report in that manner,” said Mia in an interview with MBC.

Mia, however, has hinted that in subsequent duty tours he will advise the relevant stakeholders to use a bus considering the number of people on the entourage to avoid wastage of resources.

President Chakwera and his vice Chilima are championing public sector reforms, aimed at reducing unnecessary expenditure while ensuring efficiency.

President Chakwera reduced the number of vehicles on his convoy to 10 and maintain the vehicles which were used by former President Peter Mutharika as one of the measures to ensure that tax payers’ funds are not wasted.

He also said that he expects cabinet ministers to introduce measures aimed at reducing government spending.

According to Chakwera, the aim is to reduce wastage of resources and reduce the amount of public funds used by people in public positions.

Maneno Chimulala
Maneno Chimulala
I am a journalist, educator, and activist with passion for telling stories about social justice, sports and political issues. I graduated from Mzuzu University. I started my career at the Maravi Post online publication in 2012 as an intern while in college. Upon graduating from Mzuzu University I was offered a job as Sports Reporter because of my background as a goalkeeper and rose to the position of sub editor. I also had a short stint with Nyasatimes, Malawi Punch and Malawi Digest. Over the past seven years, I have worked intimately with rural organizations and communities in Malawi on human rights, girl child education and grassroots development projects. With an academic background in education, I also volunteer as male champion for girls’ education under Girls Empowerment Networks (GENET) in Malawi’s South West Education Division (SWED).


  1. Palibe chanzeru chomwe akuyankhula Mia pamenepa. Why did he have to go togethers with the contractors? MCP is soiling itself in mud while Chilima and UTM are living to the expectations of the Malawians. If MCP and its agents are not careful they will find themselves in the same situation as PP. Chakwera will be a one term president and it will be yourself to blame. Whether Chakwera and MCP likes it or not politics is a game of chess. You have to lots of calculations before you make your move lest you will lose embarrassingly. Do not say I did not warn you.

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