If you want to know who is behind the dirty politics, follow the money trail. Maldives has fallen prey to dirty politics. Some have fallen victims (those who did not want to join the dirty politics) and those who stood to benefit (those who joined the dirty political band wagon). Amongst the many that joined the dirty politics, was the very institution that was set up to follow the money trail and catch the dirty politicians systematically. It became the arm that assist and provide cover for the dirty politicians. Is this the mission for which the ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION of Maldives was setup?
Today it is popularly known among Maldivians as the BRIBE COMMISSION. It is headed by Mohamed Luthufi who once worked as an auditor and became tantalized with huge amounts of money that was siphoned by the Government officials. Luthufi made it his objective in life to get into the commission to be part of this siphoning of state funds.
|Rufiyaa Changes Hands in ACC|
Luthuli was selected to the Anti-Corruption Commission by the opposition parties during President Nasheed's Administration, to steer the course of the independent institutions to a moral setting and exposing corruption in government. President Nasheed ingeniously saw it as a plus point to archive his goals of destroying Maldives, been a descendent of the rouge family that failed to bring about a revolution despite several attempts.
Members of the ACC or Bribe Commission as commonly known, like Muaffiz, Abdulla Hilmy, Khadija, had corrupt records and they had mastered the art of indulgence keeping themselves aloof of the law. Nasheed's decision may have been based on his conviction of the old saying, "set a thief to catch a thief". Unfortunately these thieves did not catch thieves, they joined the bandwagon and facilitated the campaign of terrorizing civil servants by aiding and abetting corrupt rouges.
|Members of Anti-Corruption Commission summoned to |
Parliament Sub Committee to Account for Corruption Charges
levied against the Commission - 2012.
Today the Anti-Corruption Commission members has collecting agents, (just like the mafia when they were forming in their initial stages), who threatened innocent workers and have corruption cases filed with the corrupt Anti-Corruption Commission, and promise any such case would be smoothed out if a payment could be made.
Innocent civil servants wonder in panic what it would take to protect their reputation; many would agree to pay an amount. But those adamant would stick to their virtues and refuse to pay any bribe to the commission's agents. Such civil servants would face the wrath of the Commission and they would move to implicate the victims with some bygone issue or incident even without a proper basis by concluding that the Commission saw it as corruption without even undertaking a proper investigation. Then, in a calculated effort to assassinate the character of such persons, ACC would make announcements over the public media implicating and threatening victims with the possibility of having the charges pressed through the Prosecutor General.
|Prosecutor-General Mr. Muizz|
The proceeds of the bribe collected by the erratic behavior of ACC are shared with some very distinguished parliamentarians. Statistics show that almost 70 % of the so called cases put forward by ACC is thrown out by the court. It is a true manifestation that what ACC does of just dusting the Pompeii.
Corruption can be defined as misuse of power derived from your official portfolio for private gain or advantage. Isn't this what the Members of the ACC is actually doing? This is the state of our nation living the love story with its new found democracy. The organization established eradicate corruption in Maldives is the very organization blackmailing ordinary working citizens and collecting bribes for their personal gain.
Ordinary Maldivians believe that the appointment of the present ACC with Hassan Luthufi as its leader, corruption in Maldives has increased by 56 percent. Bribes paid off to ACC officials increased by 34 percent and surprisingly was from the lowest income quintile. Transparency International’s survey evidently referred to people who responded that they paid the bribes to ACC to avoid a problem with the authorities. The report also indicated that 90 percent of people thought that ordinary people can make a difference by standing up to the treats of ACC, and refuse to pay bribes