Nasheed: Muizzu must be investigated for gross negligence

Former Maldivian President and Leader of MDP, Mohamed Nasheed speaks during the press conference by MDP on March 7, 2019. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Former Maldivian President and Leader of MDP, Mohamed Nasheed has called for a criminal investigation against former Housing Minister Dr. Mohamed Muizzu over unfair award of housing under State social housing schemes.

The President’s Office publicized the identities of the tenants awarded housing under State housing schemes carried out by the previous administration on March 4.

The lists showed housing was awarded to a large number of tenants who were not eligible for the State housing schemes, some of them family members of politicians and lawmakers.

Speaking during a press conference by MDP this Thursday, Nasheed declared that it was Dr. Muizzu who was the most blame-worthy over the case.

Former Minister of Housing, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu. (File Photo/Sun/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

“The Housing Minister at the time, Dr. Muizzu is the one who has been the most negligent over the award of these flats. I believe an investigation should be launched against him,” said Nasheed.

He said that separate investigations also need to be launched to find out how and why so many family members of single lawmakers and politicians were awarded flats.

He noted that 37 family members of one lawmaker was awarded housing under State social housing schemes – referring to F. Nilandhoo MP Dr. Abdulla Khaleel.

Dr. Khaleel – a top PPM lawmaker – has issued a statement admitting 37 members of his family were awarded housing, but maintaining that it was not through undue influence put through proper process.

Nasheed described the unfair award of housing as an act of treason.

A treason far greater and more tragic than the MMPRC embezzlement case, said Nasheed.