Fisheries Minister to be questioned by Parliament

Fisheries Minister Zaha Waheed | Photo: Fayaz Moosa

Male’, Maldives – Minister of Fisheries Marine Resources and Agriculture, Zaha Waheed has been summoned for questioning by the parliament over the presidential pledges not being fulfilled to fishermen.

Member of Kaashidhoo constituency Abdulla Jabir proposed to question the minister stating that the local fishermen left on the streets in dire conditions in contradiction to the presidential pledges to fishermen as the government has closed the doors for the benefits available to the them through the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement.

The question by MP Jabir also asks why Minister Zaha has been idle and lie to the fishermen instead of working to deliver the presidential pledges as promised during the campaign.

Minister Zaha has been summoned to the parliament several times over such issues and has become on of the ministers in the current cabinet who has been getting the most criticism from the parliament.

Parliament’s Regulations Committee had also found Minister Zaha neglectful of her duties earlier this year following its review of the failure of the Fisheries Ministry to create many of the regulations required under the Fisheries Act – regulations which must be established within 90 days of the legislature’s enactment. Speaker of Parliament, Nasheed had also said that Minister Zaha had failed as a minister and that the next step is clear reffering to a no-confidence.