Southern Galolhu Constituency parliamentarian Meekail Ahmed Naseem announced today that the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) is gearing up to take the contentious ‘Gedhoruveriya’ housing scheme to court. The declaration comes in the wake of revelations by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), exposing severe discrepancies in the allocation of flats during the previous government’s tenure.
Under the housing initiative, 4000 applicants received approval and confirmation documents, only to be later scrutinized by the ACC. Shockingly, the ACC’s investigation disclosed that a staggering 60 percent of the listed recipients failed to meet the required criteria, unveiling major errors in the distribution process.
Parliamentarian Meekail Ahmed Naseem, while addressing the People’s Parliament meeting today, criticized both the current government and the ACC. He alleged that the government, in collaboration with the commission, is manipulating flat distribution ahead of the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
Despite ACC members being appointed by former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Meekail asserted that MDP would not back down and is prepared to pursue legal action in defense of the rights of the flat recipients.
“We are determined not to surrender easily. We will stand in defense of these rights so long as we assume even the slightest control with the majority of the Parliament. MDP will always persist to ensure fundamental rights [of the people],” he declared.
The ACC’s findings reveal that only 20.7 percent of recipients are eligible without any issues, while an alarming 19.7 percent of forms meeting requirements still contained critical problems, affecting around 1600 flats. The identified errors range from the inclusion of ineligible applicants to misinformation, policy violations, and infringements on people’s rights. The brewing legal battle promises to bring further scrutiny to the controversial housing scheme and its implications for the recipients involved.