Nasheed still playing around even with Parliamentary super majority: Ibra

Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra), The first President of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and the former Member of Parliament | Photo: AdduLIVE

Malé, Maldives – Former President of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and former Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra), has taken a slam against the President of MDP and current Speaker of the Parliament Mohamed Nasheed is still playing around, despite the party holding the Parliamentary super majority.

Ibr tweeted today, saying that back when he was an MP, he fulfilled his tasks with just 8 members and that Nasheed is unable to do so even with 65 Members, and instead, is just playing around.

It is such a small thing to do, but it seems like he does not even know how to do it. The same thing happened in his presidency

Ibrahim Ismail (Ibra), First President of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and former Member of the Parliament, Maldives

This comes at a time when Nasheed has called for the resignation of the Prosecutor General of Maldives Hussain Shameem and the President of the Anti Corruptions Commission (ACC) Mariyam Shiuna. Following Nasheed’s comments in the Parliamentary Group of MDP, a vote was taken to decide whether or not to move forward with the removal of Shiuna from office. However, the vote concluded that Shiuna not be removed.

The entire ventilator scandal came to light following an audit by the Auditor General’s Office, which suggested foul play in all three contracts awarded by the Ministry of Health, to procure 142 ventilators for the state during the year 2020. These include the agreements made between Executors General Trading LLC for 75 ventilators, MedTech Maldives Pvt Ltd for 50 ventilators and with Naadu Pvt Ltd to acquire 24 ventilators, out of which the agreement with Executors General which became the most controversial of all.

Following a joint investigation by the ACC and Maldives Police Service, it was revealed that former Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen and 11 employees of the ministry were involved with the expenditure of over MVR 30 million in violation of the Public Finance Act.

ACC had forwarded 11 names, including that of Minister Ameen, to the Prosecutor General’s Office to be charged with corruption under part (a)(2) of section 511, part (a) of section 512, part (b) of section 513 and part (a)(1) of section 313 of the Penal Code of Maldives. However, PGO at the time refused to charge any of the individuals involved citing insufficient evidence.