Heena speaks at a press conference held at the President's Office on 23 May 2024. Heena said the changes made at top levels are to strengthen the running of the government. Photo/ President’s Office

Govt defends sackings as "restructure" to improve governance

The government has made some major shuffles in senior managers at HDC, MMPRC and MIFCO recently.

23 May 2024

By Aishath Maha

Presidential Spokesperson Heena Waleed said on Thursday that the government is making swift changes to strengthen the administration.

At the President’s Office conference held on Thursday to provide information regarding the Maldivian delegation set to attend the fourth Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) summit being held in North America  from 27 to 30 this month, Heena, responding to a journalist’s question, said that the President is empowered to do what is necessary to strengthen and improve governance, and that he would do it.

"The President is empowered to run the government or shape things as he sees fit. He will always do what needs to be done, appoint or transfer people to companies and appoint or transfer people to ministries, accordingly, to facilitate or further strengthen and improve the administration," she said.

The government on Wednesday had made some significant changes to senior positions. MMPRC Managing Director Fathimath Thaufeeg (Kudi) and HDC Chairman Ahmed Zuhoor have been sacked.

MMPRC Managing Director Fathimath Thaufeeg was sacked after rumours circulated that the company's management had been disrupted under her management.

The company's chairperson Aishath Noorain Janah resigned on Wednesday amid rumours of internal management problems.

In addition, Ahmed Shamah Rasheed has also been removed from the post of CEO and Managing Director of MIFCO and appointed as State Minister of Fisheries. Two deputy ministers have also been suspended.