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Graft watchdog silent as probe into controversial flat distribution drags


New flats developed in Hulhumale.

The Anti-Corruption Commission, (ACC) is yet to divulge the reason for the delay in concluding the probe on the distribution of flats under the government’s first social housing scheme.

The probe was initiated in October 2017 after several complaints were lodged at the commission alleging corruption in the distribution of flats by the housing ministry. According to the ACC, a special team was involved in conducting the investigations.

Meanwhile, some of the housing units have already been assigned and inhabited. This has sparked an outcry from the applicants who lodged complaints, claiming that it violated their rights as the investigation is yet to conclude.

According to an ACC official, the investigation was still underway but they failed to reveal the reason for the delay.

Some 15,000 people had applied to buy flats from the government’s housing project when applications opened back in 2014. When the government finally announced the 611 recipients for two housing categories, many applicants had called foul on the distribution procedure as the ministry had withheld the recipients’ identities and how points were allocated amongst the applicants, revealing only the form numbers of the recipients.

Numerous accusations about the distribution of flats had been aimed at the government, with some applicants claiming that the president’s campaign office had made a call to inquire if they supported President Yameen before the list of recipients were made public. Some complaints allege that the president’s campaign office had influenced the awarding procedure, as applicants with more points were bypassed for ones with fewer points. Some photographs of such forms were circulated on social media as evidence.

The housing ministry had dismissed the accusations as untrue and defended its stance stating that the distribution process was conducted fairly.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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