Kasauti Hour at Civil Service Commission

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If you all have been following the news today and yesterday, you would know what I am talking about. Though I’d be the last person to advocate for Fahmy on this issue, the latest news reports on the issue has left me wondering whether locking up the doors and throwing away the key is the best way to tackle the issue of Fahmy resuming work at CSC after being on leave.

For one thing, when Supreme Court came up with their verdict, everyone sat on their arses and let him report to work. He was paid his salary, not just for the days he reported to work but the entire period he was away from work; the days between Parliament sacking him and Supreme Court’s verdict.

What we are witnessing today is a total turnaround to these events. While the issue of who the President of CSC is has been settled, the issue of whether Fahmy is a member or not still remains to be resolved. When the Parliament appointed Ms. Reenee as the 5th member of CSC to the position supposed to have been vacated by Fahmy, Supreme Court stopped the swearing in process which effectively bars Reenee from reporting to work. While the President Dr. Waheed has said that he will decide what is to be done with Fahmy in three days time, we are left wondering whether Waheed resides on Pluto on which each day is equivalent to 6 days here on Earth.

Now the question I am struggling with is whether ‘suspending’ Fahmy & preventing him from returning to work by the actions of CSC is the right way to go. What sort of message is all this under the table behaviour driving home? Is this sort of deep ‘under the cover’ power struggle what CSC wants the public to witness? As far as my limited knowledge on CS Act goes, all employment issues related to CSC members will be governed by the Parliament. Yes, Parliament had its say, but then none of this has been resolved and that creates the sense that there is something fishy going on, something that we aren’t privy to that is working behind the scenes. Perhaps a position that CSC should have assumed from the very start of this affair which we are seeing too late might be the reason for this weird feeling that things just don’t add up!

In my opinion what Waheed needs to do is grow a pair or two, buck up and decide once and for all what is to be done so that we can all be done with this drama and move on. This is not healthy for this country and its largest workforce where discontentment practically reeks from all civil servants at large. If not Waheed, then the Attorney General needs to decide what is to be done so that CSC can end this episode of Kasauti and move forward with their designated jobs in creating an effective, efficient and professional civil service capable of serving the public.

Don’t get me wrong. I am a firm believer that Fahmy should be sacked for what he did and has done to many a female employee at the workplace and am someone who would always advocate for it knowing all that I know. But this is not how it should be. Or is it? What do you think?

Wake up Dr. Waheed!

It might have been a dream of yours

to one day rule this country
to see the overwhelming support Nasheed has, directed at you
to be the one to have that vision for betterment of this country
to one day bring democratic reforms to this country

But now its time to face the inevitable truth
To wake up and realize that the majority of Maldivians

would never support you
would never rally behind you
would never direct their smiling faces towards you
would never think of you as the kind of leader they would all look up to
would never associate you as an advocator of democracy
would only think of you as the one who fell for the tricks of the old order

Shake off that delusion and look around to see that

the members of your so called unity government are mocking you behind your back
they can’t wait to discredit you the way they did for President Nasheed
they can’t wait to topple your so called unity government and take the reins
they can’t wait to see you fail and slink off to some foreign land

Rub off the tendrils of your dream to stand up

for your country
for the people who are crying out against this atrocity
for those who want an independent enquiry
for those who want an election
for those who want a clean and efficient judiciary
for those who are kind enough to want you to save yourself

Hear the people’s voice and make up your mind

before the blood suckers leech you dry
before all this reaches its inevitable conclusion
before it becomes too late for you to turn back and do the right thing.