Africa’s only female Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigns accused of Financial Scandal

The First female Africa and Mauritius President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim resigned on Saturday 17th march amid an ongoing financial scandal.

According to her Lawyer Yousouf Mohamed,Gurib-Fakim submitted her resignation in the “national interest, her resignation would take effect on March 23 after She was accused of purchasing personal luxury items with a credit card from a nongovernmental organization.

Her Laywer Mohammed told local Radio Plus, that she had decided to resign “to prevent a constitutional crisis.”

“She doesn’t want the country … to suffer. In the country’s best interests she has decided to leave.

Facing pressure from the opposition, Gurib-Fakim resigned shortly afterward from her role at the PEI

Gurib-Fakim had vowed to fight the accusations that first appeared in local newspaper L’Express — that she used a bank card provided by an NGO to make personal purchases, including jewellery and luxury goods worth at least 25,000 euros.

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth earlier this month that Gurib-Fakim, had agreed to step down, with a date for her departure to be determined following last Monday’s ceremony marking the Indian Ocean archipelago nation’s 50 years of independence.

AFP report that, the president issued a statement lashing out at “weeks of attacks and false allegations that in May 2016, she received a credit card from PEI to pay for travel and logistical expenses linked to her role but inadvertently used it for unrelated personal expenses.

AFP

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