The government’s failure to update the public on recent political appointments through the President’s Office website has led to widespread criticism and concern. This lapse in transparency comes amid technical issues cited by the administration, which have prevented the publication of appointments since last month. 

The delay raises questions about the commitment of President Dr Mohamed Muizzu’s administration to its transparency pledges and the efficient use of government resources.

Ibrahim Khaleel, the President’s Office Communications Minister, attributed the failure to update the website to its outdated infrastructure, promising a resolution within a week. However, this explanation does little to quell public criticism and the growing scepticism towards the administration’s handling of political appointments. 

Notably, several unsuccessful candidates from the PNC parliamentary primaries have been appointed to significant positions, contradicting President Muizzu’s prior assurances that only essential positions would be filled.

This controversy unfolds against a backdrop of an already bloated political apparatus, with over 300 political positions confirmed, despite the President’s election promise to limit political appointments to 700. 

The discrepancy between promises made and actions taken highlights a worrying trend of governance that prioritises political convenience over public accountability and fiscal prudence.

The parliament is currently deliberating on a legislative proposal by MP Eva Abdulla of The Democrats, aiming to amend the constitution to grant parliament authority over the number and composition of government appointees. 

This move underscores the growing public demand for greater oversight and accountability in government operations, particularly concerning the appointment of political positions that have far-reaching implications for the nation’s governance and financial stability.

The Muizzu administration, the largest since its inception, has come under fire for its expansive cabinet and the sheer volume of political appointments. With 22 ministers and a staggering number of ministerial and deputy ministerial positions filled, the administration’s actions stand in stark contrast to its professed aims of efficiency and accountability. 

The proposed amendment to Article 116 of the constitution represents a critical juncture for the nation, offering a pathway to rein in the unchecked expansion of political appointments and to ensure that executive decisions are made with a greater degree of transparency and democratic oversight.