African Only Female Leader, President Gurib-Fakim Refuses To Resign Over Expense Allegations

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Africa’s only female head of state, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, is refusing to quit over an expense scandal, just days after it was announced she would resign.

She has been accused of using a bank card provided by an NGO to make personal purchases.

Ms Gurib-Fakim denies any misconduct after allegations emerged she made tens of thousands worth of personal purchases on a charity bank card.

Her office has said the purchases were accidental and have been paid back.

“Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, having nothing to feel guilty about and able to provide corroborating evidence, rejects any idea of resigning,” read the statement.

It also said that Gurib-Fakim, a renowned scientist, “had an identical credit card from the same bank inadvertently used the card from the [Planet Earth Institute] PEI for expenses not linked to her mission”.

Her office said $27,000 (£19,335) has been refunded and Ms Gurib-Fakim will defend herself with “legal action”.

This is confirmed by a statement released by the PEI.

Gurib-Fakim “thus never received gifts, favours, wages or expenses from the PEI, nor undue benefits or advantage. Her mission ended on March 20, 2017,” said the statement.

The organisation says it had given her a credit card to cover travel expenses while promoting African science, technology and innovation.

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