It has been revealed that Male’ City Mayor Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, who is also the presidential candidate of the opposition coalition, created 365 new jobs and hired 13 consultants to date since the commencement of his current term.
Male’ City Council’s written response to information requested by Sun under the Right to Information Act on June 3rd stated that a total of 365 new jobs have been created in the council as of May 31st, while consultancies from 13 individuals were sought for high prices.
There are 20 councilors in Male’ City Council. The council’s majority is held by opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), with two members each from main ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and The Democrats.
The highest number of jobs were created in the council’s Waste Management Section, followed by its Community Engagement Unit. They include;
Meanwhile, 13 new consultants were hired to the council in the current term – with MVR 360,000 being spent on their salaries each month.
The consultants and their salaries:
PPM secured the majority of Male’ City Council for the first time ever this term, which had till then always been secured by main ruling MDP.
Allegations claiming Muizzu had been offering jobs to individuals close to party members in order to exercise control over the party had surface during PPM/PNC’s presidential primary held recently.
When the opposition PPM-PNC’s coalition’s leader, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom, to who the coalition first awarded its presidential ticket, was deemed an ineligible candidate, Muizzu contested for the PNC’s ticket, which he won.