Housing Minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu has condemned Male City Council extending the lease of the Usfasgandu area to opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) by a further three months.
The area had been leased by the council which is constituted of an MDP majority till the June 19, 2012, following which MDP had requested the lease be extended for six more months to which the council has obliged and the lease extended till September of this year.
The Minister said that the council cannot extend the lease while the case regarding the Usfasgandu area is progressing in the court and that a decision will be taken regarding this issue after discussions with the Attorney General (AG) and other relevant authorities.
Male City Council stated that they had extended the lease accordingly on MDP’s request via a unanimous decision, but did not reveal any further details of the decision making process.
The council had previously claimed that following the expiry of the lease of Usfasgandu to MDP, the area will no longer be leased for any activities.
The Housing Ministry had submitted a complaint to the Home Ministry claiming that the council leasing the Usfasgandu area to MDP for an extended period is an exploitation of the agreement made between both parties, which had been forwarded by the Home Ministry to the Police. However dismantling of the MDP camp set up at the area was halted following a Civil Court order.