A job announcement has been published in the government gazette seeking 11 employees for the vice president’s residence.
The 11 employees sought for Hilaaleege – which are considered political rather than civil service posts – include two assistant chefs, three waiters, three maids, and three receptionists.
The assistant chefs will receive a monthly income of more than MVR8,000 whilst the waiters and maids will receive over MVR7,000.
Immediately after being sworn in on November 17, President Yameen announced that he and his vice president – Dr Mohamed Jameel Ahmed – would be fulfilling his campaign promise of only taking half of the MVR100,000 (US$6500) salary afforded to the head of state.
“The reason behind this is that Dr Jameel and I both live a simple life. No matter what has been said about us we are not wealthy. We want to be an example to others and lead by example,” Yameen said.
President Yameen also opted not to move into the president’s official residence of Muleeage, opting instead to remain in his personal residence.
The number of political appointees under the current administration has not been made public.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) began checking the inventory at the official residence of the vice president, Hilaaleege, this week, local media reports.
The vice presidential residence has been used by President Dr Mohamed Waheed since the controversial transfer of presidential power on February 7, 2012.
The ACC decided to check the inventory following a complaint alleging that assets were being removed from Hilaaleege before the end of the presidential term on November 11.
ACC Chair Hassan Luthfy told CNM that a complaint was also submitted alleging that the inventory did not include gifts from foreign dignitaries received during the administrations of former Presidents Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Mohamed Nasheed.
Opposition-aligned Raajje TV meanwhile reported today that an ACC team was unable to check the inventory at the official presidential residence of Muleeage.
Staff at Muleeage alleged that the brother of President Waheed, Assad Waheed, had the key to the room where the gifts from the dignitaries were stored.
Assad however did not answer the phone when the ACC investigators attempted to contact him, the staff claimed.