30th May 2012, Male’;The Maldives Government is disappointed at the misleading statement made by the MDP on behalf of Mr. Nasheed on the issue of the composition of the CNI.
Mr. Nasheed’s latest nominee, Ms. Mairyam Manal Shihab was an active member of the MDP and could have been rejected on these grounds, however due to the nominee meeting all the other criteria as set out by the Special Envoy of the Commonwealth, the Government accepted the nominee because they are committed to moving forward with the CNI.
Ms. Manal Shihab was the first nominee proposed by Mr. Nasheed to meet the criteria agreed by the Commonwealth and the Government. The Government accepted Ms. Manal Shihab and informed Sir Don McKinnon, Special Envoy of the Commonwealth of this. Immediately after, Mr. Nasheed withdrew Ms. Manal Shihab as his nominee.
The Government is concerned by Mr. Nasheed’s attempts to stall the work of the CNI by repeatedly proposing nominees who do not meet the criteria agreed between the Commonwealth and the Maldives Government. By withdrawing Ms. Manal Shihab, his own nominee accepted by the Commonwealth and the Maldives Government Mr. Nasheed is showing contempt for the CNI.
Mr. Nasheed has claimed that the Government leaked Ms. Manal Shihab’s name to the media – an accusation which is completely false. The Government conducts all of its communication with the Commonwealth to the highest standard and does not release information to the media unless there is agreement with the Commonwealth to do so. As soon as the Government accepted Mr. Nasheed’s nominee, they notified the Special Envoy of the Commonwealth.
After withdrawing Ms. Manal Shihab - his own nominee – Mr. Nasheed has insisted that his uncle, Lieutenant Colonel Zubair Ahmed Manik should be appointed to the CNI which highlights Mr. Nasheed’s disregard for the CNI. The Government urges Mr. Nasheed to act immediately in accordance with the four point criteria agreed between the Commonwealth and the Government so that the CNI can continue with its important work.
The Government of Maldives and the Special Envoy of the Commonwealth Secretary General’s Special Envoy, Rt. Hon. Sir Donald McKinnon agreed a four point criteria of objectivity for the nominee proposed by Mr. Nasheed which stated that the nominee must:
· be a person of integrity with high ethical, moral and professional standards with at least an undergraduate degree from a recognized university;
· not have been politically active during the past two years;
· not have held a Cabinet post or served as a member of the People's Majlis during the past two years; and
· not have taken a public stand on the events of 7 February 2012.
These criteria were set out to strengthen the CNI so that it would be seen to be a ‘genuinely independent, credible and impartial’ body.
The previous nominees proposed by Mr. Nasheed to the CNI did not meet the criteria. The previous nominees were:
· Mr. Mohamed Aslam (Minister of Housing and Environment in Mr. Nasheed’s Cabinet);
· Ms Shifa Mohamed (Minister of Education in Mr. Nasheed’s Cabinet)
· Mr. Hassan Latheef (Minister of Human Resources, Youth and Sports in Mr. Nasheed’s Cabinet)
· Hudha Ahmed (a cousin of Mr. Nasheed)
· Aishath Velezinee (a State Minister in Mr. Nasheed’s Government at the time of transfer of power, and a vocal activist in Mr. Nasheed’s current campaign)
· Mr. Bandhu Ibrahim Saleem (former Managing Director of Maldives Airport Company Limited, who is married to a close relative of Mr. Nasheed),
· Ms Fareesha Abdulla (former Under Secretary, Legal Affairs, at the President’s Office until Mr. Nasheed resigned)
· Lieutenant Colonel Zubair Ahmed Manik (uncle of Mr. Nasheed )