I was watching the two o’clock news on TV Maldives on Friday, and was shocked to hear that, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Ahmed Shafeeg has said that “about four prisoners” who fled Maafushi prison last night have been apprehended by the authorities in a nearby island. Haveeru has reported that the prisoners escaped by the threatening the prison guards with the assistance of a gang who had come from Male’ armed with iron bars.
I wondered to myself who would be asked to take the blame for the loophole in state security and the terror that ordinary law-abiding citizens have been subjected to. A week or so ago, The Minister responsible for Maldives National Defense and also Home Affairs, and the Police Commissioner seemed to put the responsibility for the mayhem in our streets on the Prosecutor General’s inefficiency and ineffectiveness.
The question on my mind is “Who will resign?”
We have seen numerous demonstrations on the streets of Male’ calling for resignations of government officials in the recent years. Former Minister of Home Affairs Gasim Ibrahim resigned after demonstrations calling for his resignation and pressure from political and civil society pressure groups.
When are we going to see government agencies made accountable for things they are charged with? Or will this prison break also be blamed on former regime sympathisers in the civil service?
The previous government had put the responsibility for all evil in society on the people. They would say that no one had reported the evils to them. And the Home Minister of the regime believed that gang related street murders can only be stopped by the gangs and they wanted it.
I just can’t help wondering who will be asked to resign.
March 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm
Resignation comes with responsibility and morals. If those who are in power neither have any moral values nor take responsibility, they would never resign in order for someone more competent to be appointed to that position. Furthermore, such personnal do not also have the loyalty to their superiors. If they did, they should realise what’s best for the government and the ruling party and demonstrate their intentions are always in the best interest of the party. This is the state of affairs in our government today. So Shihab, the answer to your question is nobody will and nobody cares!
March 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm
we doubt anyone would resign coz in the maldives only a very few are willing to take responsibilities for things going bad — it is always some one else fault!
March 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm
Staff at DPRS should go. There is no alternative option
March 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm
i like this article shihab..the thing is very few people are concerend about these kind of issues..most of them are interested in the raising of salaries overtimes, flats,dhonis..n others for a chair from majlis..im not telling those are not important..but lets us list thsese problems as the first priority in our lists..btween the current government has no power on criminals…