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Parliamentary Committee summons STELCO board over alleged corruption

Ahmed Aiham
19 February 2020, MVT 21:15
State Electric Company (STELCO)'s Managing Director Hassan Mughnee. PHOTO: AHMED AWSHAN ILYAS / MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
19 February 2020, MVT 21:15

The Parliamentary Committee on State-owned Enterprises, on Wednesday, decided to summon State Electric Company (STELCO)'s board of directors over allegations of corruption.

The committee decided to investigate various claims made against the company, including:

- STELCO's decision to halt the health insurance scheme initiated during the tenure of former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

- The cessation of STELCO's 'Loan Service Allowance' for long-serving employees (10-years) and its 'Professional Allowance' for those seeking higher education.

- Unused sewage systems installed across Maldives.

- Controversial allocation of housing units built in reclaimed suburb Hulhumale'.

Feydhoo MP Mohamed Nihadh claimed that STELCO was recently being secretive, adding that any information must be shared with the committee at the earliest.

The committee will also investigate STELCO Managing Director Hassan Mughnee's failure to respond to the previous parliamentary term's lettered requests to detail certain unnecessary trips undertaken by the MD.

Furthermore, the committee will investigate complaints of long-serving employees being transferred to other positions.

In reference to the housing programme, Feydhoo MP noted employees who served six months at the company had received flats and requested for information to be shared.

To discuss ways to further lower utility costs, the committee decided to summon Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Maldives Energy Authority (MEA) as well.

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