Death of former minister Siddick Chady

Death of former minister Siddick Chady
Death of former minister Siddick Chady

Dr. Siddick Chady died this Sunday evening at the age of 73. A doctor by profession, he served as Minister of Works from 1995 to 1997, then as Minister of the Environment from 1997 to 2000. He was also president of the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA).

Siddick Chady grew up in Rose Hill. His family owned several businesses, including the ABC Cinema. His end of political career was marked by conflicts with the law. Prosecuted for corruption in the Boskalis affair, Siddick Chady was sentenced to 15 months in prison on appeal. He spent his first night in prison on July 29, 2023. Siddick Chady was released last month after eight months of incarceration. Under the remission system, Siddick Chady had only served two-thirds of the time he was sentenced to incarceration. Good behavior and the completion of chores in prison entitle you to a reduction in prison time.

Siddick Chady studied medicine in Dublin. He is considered to be a friend of the leader of the PTr, Navin Ramgoolam, when the latter was also a student in Dublin. When he returned home, he joined the PTr.

It was in 1991 that Siddick Chady started his political career. He was a candidate for the Labor Party/PMSD Alliance in constituency no. 19 – Stanley/Rose-Hill. He was defeated in this constituency by Jayen Cuttaree, Paul Bérenger and Jean Claude De L’Estrac of the MSM/MMM alliance. However, after the elections, he was nominated to the National Assembly as the Best Loser.

During the 1995 general elections, he was elected as a candidate for the Labor Party/MMM alliance in constituency no. 19, alongside Jayen Cuttaree and Paul Bérenger. Until 2000, Chady served as a minister.

In the 2000 general elections, Siddick Chady changed constituencies and ran as a candidate of the Labor Party-PMXD alliance in constituency no. 3 – Port-Louis Maritime and Port-Louis Est. He was elected, along with Samioullah Lauthan (MSM-MMM) and Mohammad Nanhuck (MSM-MMM). Chady’s election as a Labor Party member in Constituency 3 was seen as unusual, as it was a stronghold of the rival MMM party.

However, Siddick Chady had not completed his five-year term as he resigned from the National Assembly in 2004 to resolve issues related to his private affairs. In the July 2005 general elections, Siddick Chady was the Social Alliance candidate in Constituency No. 3, but he was neither elected nor named Best Loser this time. This defeat will mark the end of his political career. Siddick Chady will then be named president of the MPA.

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