It has been revealed that some senior government officials are yet to submit their financial statements.
While the Auditor General’s Office had last month publicized the list of individuals mandated by law to submit their asset declarations, this includes some incumbent and former cabinet members as well.
As such, Home Minister Imran Abdulla, Health Minister Abdulla Ameen, Transport Minister Aishath Nahula and Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer have yet to submit records as well as former ministers Shidhatha Shareef and Aminath Athifa. Some members of independent institutions have not submitted their financial statements as well.
The Maldivian Constitution says that “every member of the Cabinet shall annually submit to the Auditor General a statement of all property and monies owned by him, business interests and all assets and liabilities." While this has to be done following oath of office as well as annually, there are two incumbent ministers who have failed to do so even once since taking oath of office; Home Minister Imran and Health Minister Ameen.
Further, Prosecutor General Hussain Shameem who was appointed in December 2019, has yet to declare assets as well.
However, Shameem via Twitter said that this is due to a delay in completing the required documents. He added that the auditor general has been informed of the issue as well.