President Abdulla Yameen racked up another controversy after he announced two islands- Ghaadhoo and Mundoo in Haddhunmathi Atoll– as ‘uninhabited’ in a presidential decree putting the identity and existence of over 400 residents of the latter in jeopardy.
The government made the declaration saying that the inhabitants of Ghaadhoo had moved to Fonadhoo, and Mundoo had moved to Gan.
Mundoo Council President Ibrahim Naeem expressed anger as they alleged that the government did not hold any discussions on declaring the island as uninhabited, and added that the island residents are shocked by the news.
He, further, emphasised that even though inhabitants moved to other island, how can an island be declared uninhabited when people are still living there, VNews reported.
The shock on the decision also floated on social networking sites and top influencers on Twitter questioned President Yameen for the decision.
— AzraNaseem (@Manje) September 23, 2016
Since Mundoo went from inhabited to uninhabited to inhabited Island within 24 hours, shall v expect a ‘Mundoo City’ in next 24 hours? 🏝🏕🌆
— Ibrahim Shameel (@IbrahimShameel) September 23, 2016
— Maldives Affairs® (@Khaarijiyya) September 23, 2016
Government makes a unilateral decision to forcefully move people of Mundoo out of their island? https://t.co/nrzKLcaPa7
— Shauna Aminath (@anuahsa) September 22, 2016
So how much does someone have to pay to MMPRC to buy Mundoo island now?
— Mohamed Junayd (@mjunayd) September 22, 2016
President Yameen made the declarations on September 22 in a presidential decree in accordance with the Decentralisation Act. Meanwhile, he also declared declared Fuvahmulah- one of the most beautiful islands in the Maldives– as a city.