Ex-home minister unflappable in face of graft accusations

Umar Naseer

Former Minister of Home Affairs Umar Naseer on Monday refuted the state’s allegations of corruption involved in awarding the activities and events to celebrate the 50th Independence Day of the Maldives in 2015 during his tenure as minister.

Declaring that the accusations do not worry him as there was no corruption in any of the activities that were awarded for the Independence 50 events, Umar Naseer declared that the sudden allegations are meant to taint his candidacy for the Presidential Elections 2018.

Umar explained that representatives of the Anti-Corruption Commission and Audit Office were always present in the Independence 50 office which conducted the celebrations and events.

“They inspected our work daily. We’re the ones who requested the Anti-Corruption Commission and Audit Office to oversee the day-to-day work of the Independence 50 office. The documents are still in the home ministry,” he said, declaring that there is no reason that any corruption that was not found then can be found now.

The former home minister went on to say that the Independence 50 activities were awarded to various parties under a special written permission from the then Minister of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad.

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