Ameenah Gurib-Fakim the first female Mauritian President could possibly resign after being allegedly involved in a financial scandal after been accused of using a bank card provided by an NGO linked to an Angolan businessman and philanthropist to make personal purchases.
According to Reuters reports,Ameenah a renowned scientist and became the first woman to be appointed to the ceremonial position of president of Mauritius in 2015. will step down after ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary of independence on March 12.
The Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Friday said,The President told me that she would resign from office and we agreed on the date of her departure. The interest of the country come first.
An online website Mauritian daily L’Express published bank documents showing that she had used a credit card given to her by the London-based Planet Earth institute to make thousands of dollars worth of personal items.
Earlier this month, Gurib-Fakim said she’d paid back all money spent on the credit card. The president made 718,000 rupees ($21,444) of duty-free purchases in Dubai, bought some jewelry in late 2016 and spent some more during trips to Sweden, England, India, and Italy, Port Louis-based L’Express reported.