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Shakeel Mohamed’s Shocking Resignation: Allegations of Official Partisanship



Shakeel Mohamed's Shocking Resignation: Allegations of Official Partisanship
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In a dramatic move, MP Shakeel Mohamed, the former leader of the opposition, has resigned from his position and publicly accused a high-ranking official from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office of engaging in political bias.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, June 3, in Port-Louis, Mohamed revealed that he had written to Chief Justice Bibi Rehana Mungly-Gulbul, requesting an explanation for the lack of investigation into alleged political activities by a DPP official.

He claimed that the official was seen attending a function where food was distributed, alongside ministers from the Mauritius Socialist Movement (MSM), and that this was a clear case of political influence.

MP Shakeel Mohamed, PTr, emphasized that as a public officer, the official should maintain absolute independence.

“It is not acceptable to have a high-ranking official from the DPP office engaging in political activities,” he said. “This is not social work, this is politics.”

The former opposition leader also commented on the highly publicized “Constituency Clerk” case, where former Minister of Commerce Yogida Sawmynaden was acquitted on two charges.

Mohamed expressed surprise that the magistrate had granted the benefit of the doubt to Sawmynaden, saying that this meant he had possibly committed an offense.

In legal practice, when there is doubt, it should be interpreted against the accused, he added.

Mohamed also criticized Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, who had hailed the acquittal as a major victory.

The former opposition leader described Jugnauth’s standards as “very low” regarding honesty.

Shakeel Mohamed’s resignation as opposition leader came into effect immediately, and the presidency has since officially appointed Arvin Boolell as the new leader of the opposition.

In his statement, Mohamed emphasized that he had asked the Chief Justice to explain why no investigation had been conducted into the alleged political activities.

He also requested that if there was no investigation, the Chief Justice should explain why. “I have no problem if it is indeed a new trend to engage in politics with the MSM,” he said. “But if not, I demand an investigation and an explanation.”

The resignation and accusations by Shakeel Mohamed have sent shockwaves through the political landscape, and it remains to be seen how this will impact the political landscape in Mauritius.

Source: Defi Media

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