Parliamentarians and ministers might lose their seats over MMPRC corruption investigation: Nasheed

According to ACC, private company SOF had transferred an amount of USD 33,000 (MVR 508,850) to Ahmed Mahloof’s account from Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)'s embezzled funds. Mahloof was suspended from the position of Youth Minister on February 14, 2019 due to the investigation into this case and his suspension was lifted on April 16, 2019 | Photo: Majlis

Malé, Maldives – Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed has said that it’s possible for some parliamentarians and cabinet ministers to lose their jobs after the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) grand corruption scandal is investigated.

Speaking at the parliament sitting today, Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed told that he would not let go of the biggest corruption scandal which has ever happened in the country while he was in the position.

He also added that he was confident to get the support of all parliamentarians in the investigation in the the MMPRC case and that every Maldivian citizen would also give their support in the investigation.

Following a row between Maradhoo MP, Ibrahim Shareef, after he said that some MDP members accuse him of getting money from MMPRC scandal, Speaker Nasheed told that he would do anything to ensure that the investigation gets completed even if parliamentarians and ministers are implicated.

Speaker Nasheed also added that over 270 peoples names had been identified as those who had received the money from MMPRC scandal in one way or the other and that all of them would be tried at court. He also added that those who benefited from over USD 70 million stolen from the state included members of parliament, ministers and other senior officials in various institutions in Maldives.

He also told that a detailed report with the money trail details and other proof had been sent to the relevant government commission and that he has no double that the government would take the necessary actions against all of them.

Speaker Nasheed’s remarks on the subject in parliament comes while MDP had passed not to allow anyone who had been implicated in the grand scandals to run for their internal elections.

In the national steering committee meeting held on April 24, 2021 in Malé City, MP for Maafannu central constituency, Ibrahim Rasheed (Bondey) submitted a decree which stated that people competing for the parties national council must have certain requirements to meet. 

MP Bondey specifically had stated that those who have been implicated in the MVR 3.4 billion MMPRC grand scanda, those who had their names sent to various investigative authorities by Anti Corruption Commission regarding ongoing investigations and those who have been accused in criminal acts by Presidential Commission on Unresolved Murders and Enforced Disappearances cannot compete for the national council. 

In addition to this, people who have been accused of rape and other sexual abuse cases also cannot compete in the party’s internal elections. The national steering committee had also decided that people who have joined the party less than a year ago also cannot compete. 

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) had announced to hold the party’s National Council elections of May 29, 2021. The party stated that only members registered to the constituencies would be eligible to vote for administrative committees of the constituencies election and provincial elections. 

MDP also added that only those who were registered as members until April 18, 2021 would be eligible to vote and that membership applications till May 29, 2021 will be put on a halt.

While MDP members including MDP leadership members have started to campaign for the internal elections of the party, Speaker of Parliament and President of MDP, Mohamed Nasheed had informed that he has interest to become Prime Minister, which is expected to heat up the MDP internal election campaigns.