A petition seeking to dismiss members of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was prepared this week to be submitted to the parliament.
The petition calls for the dismissal of all five members of ACC from their post claiming it as an important measure towards the abolishment of corruption, in accordance with the current administration’s Zero-Tolerance Policy on corruption.
Submitted on behalf of all Maldivians, the petition alleges that ACC members under the authority of the constitution were neglectful in investigating and taking action against cases of grand corruption.
Moreover, the petition challenges the accountability of the officials as free from influence and capable of fulfilling their responsibilities. Additionally, the petition alleges counts of corruption on the members.
The parliament holds the power to impeach members from independent institutions.
The petition also accuses ACC of being negligent in investigating the graft corruption of MVR 1.3 billion embezzled through Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC).
However, ACC denied the allegations and published a detailed report over the lack of support from other institutions and challenges faced during the investigations.
Maldives Police Service is currently investigating ACC President Hassan Luthfee of being involved in money laundering. According to police allegations, Luthfee and other individuals were involved in money laundering.
In addition to the allegations, many reports within the last five years claim that other independent institutions had failed to fulfil their responsibilities appropriately and that uncontrollable damages were caused.
Reforming the system and re-establishing trust between institutions and citizens is a key pledge of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's administration.