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Ex-home minister faces graft allegations in Independence 50 celebrations

Umar Naseer

The Maldives government is accusing former Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer with corruption involved in awarding the activities to celebrate the nation’s 50th Independence Day in 2015.

The Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) carried out a sudden investigation in the Home Ministry early Monday. Shortly afterwards, the ministry held an urgent press conference during which the incumbent Home Minster Azleen Ahmed declared that some of the activities and events held to celebrate Independence 50 had been awarded under procedures that facilitated corruption. He claimed that they were carried out under the supervision of former Home Minister Umar.

According to Minister Azleen, the Audit Office is also probing the celebrations of Independence 50 in addition to ACC on grounds of certain activities having been awarded in violation of the Public Finance Act. He accused that some contractors were tasked with multiple activities and that the ministry had paid amounts above the limit for some procurement and services.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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