Nasheed: Item found in MP’s food ‘not a contraceptive’

Speaker of Parliament, President Mohamed Nasheed presides over a parliamentary sitting. (File Photo/People's Majlis)

Speaker of Parliament, former President Mohamed Nasheed has announced that the item found in the food of a parliamentarian on Monday was not a contraceptive, put plastic wrapping used to cover food.

Several media outlets carried reports on Monday of a condom being found in the food of Naufaru MP Ahmed Shiyam.

Speaker Nasheed announced this Tuesday that he had personally inspected the item, and discovered it wasn’t a condom, but merely a piece of plastic wrapping.

 “The item found in the food here yesterday wasn’t an item used as a contraceptive. What was found in the food, by my estimation, because I inspected and investigated it. From what I found, it was a piece from the plastic or rubber wrapping which was used to cover the food,” said Nasheed.

Item found in Naifaru MP Ahmed Shiyam's food on August 19, 2019.

He said that the fact that a piece of plastic wrapping had gotten into the food itself was unacceptable.

Nasheed said he will work with the Secretary-General and General Committee to put stricter quality control measures for the food provided to parliamentarians.

The party which caters food for parliamentarians is selected through a bidding process. However, the identity of the private caterer is kept confidential.