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Santi Bai 'Maya' Hanoomanjee GCSK (Hindi:माया हनुमानजी Born GHOSE, on 5 October 1952) is a Mauritian politician and former Civil Servant who was elected as speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius in December 2014. She is the first woman to hold this constitutional office and accordingly is the highest ranked female in the republic. She is a former Minister of Health of Mauritius who served from 11 May 2010 until the coalition government of Mauritian Labour Party & Militant Socialist Movement dissolved in July 2011. She served in Navin Ramgoolam's Cabinet. She served as 2nd Member of Parliament elected in constituency no 14, Black River & La Savanne from 2005 to 2014. She is a member of the MSM and is the first woman to hold the office of Speaker.


Maya Hanoomanjee

माया हनुमानजी
Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius
Assumed office
22 December 2014
PresidentKailash Purryag
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Barlen Vyapoory (Acting)
DeputyAdrien Charles Duval
Preceded byRazack Peeroo
Minister of Health of Mauritius
In office
11 May 2010 – 25 July 2011
PresidentSir Anerood Jugnauth
Prime MinisterNavin Ramgoolam
Preceded byRajesh Jeetah
2nd Member of Parliament for
Black River & La Savanne
In office
5 July 2005 – 10 December 2014
Personal details
Born (1952-10-05) 5 October 1952 (age 66)
Mauritius
Political partyMilitant Socialist Movement

Hanoomanjee is a former civil servant and retired in 2005 as a Permanent Secretary just before officially joining the MSM. She served as the Permanent Secretary for Finance and Health in that time. She was decorated on 2015 national day by President Kailash Purryag and was made Grand Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GCSK). Maya Hanoomanjee has been married for 40 years and has three daughters.

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Early lifeEdit

Hanoomanjee was born in the Ghose family related to the Ballah family. She is the first cousin of Sarojini Ballah and sister-in-law of Anerood Jugnauth. She is also the first cousin [1] once removed of the current prime minister Pravind Jugnauth. She had her primary education in Aryan Vedic Aided School in Vacoas, secondary education at Queen Elizabeth College, Rose Hill and completed her degree at University of Mauritius. She was a civil servant from 1971 to 2005 and retired as a Permanent Secretary in May 2005. During her tenure as a civil servant, she served as the Chairperson of the Tea Board from 1996 to 2004, Chairperson of the Farmers Service Commission from 1998 to 2004, Chairperson of the Sugar Planter's Mechanical Pool Corporation from 1997 to 2004, Chairperson of the Mauritius Sugar Authority - 2001 to May 2005 and was the first Chairperson of the Mauritius Revenue Authority from 2004 to May 2005. She was also a board member in various committees. In the same capacity, she represented Mauritius in discussions at ACP-EU level in Sugar Protocol issues, lobbying missions in EU countries regarding Sugar Protocol, negotiations at WTO regarding trade issues and part of several international summits and conferences.[2]

Political careerEdit

In 2005, she joined the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) party. She was nominated by her party in constituency no 14, Black River & La Savanne, the largest constituency in Mauritius, in 2005 and she went on to win the elections. She won from the same constituency in 2010 and became the Minister of Health of Mauritius from 11 May 2010 until the coalition government of Mauritian Labour Party & Militant Socialist Movement broke in July 2011. She served in Navin Ramgoolam's Cabinet during her tenure as a minister. She served as an opposition member till 6 October 2014.[2] On December 2014, she was elected as the speaker of the National assembly. She is the first woman to hold this constitutional office and accordingly is the 2nd ranked female in the republic after President Ameenah Gurib.[3] She was also elected President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) on 14 August 2015 in Kenya, Nairobi at the 46th CPA (Africa Region) Conference. She was conferred highest distinction of the country and elevated to the rank of the Grand Commander of the Star and Key (GCSK) on 12 March 2015 for her political, social and public service.[2]

ControversiesEdit

During 2011, the ministry of President Juganauth along with the Finance Minister Pravind Juganauth and Health Minister Hanoomanjee were accused of buying a family owned Medpoint Clinic abusing their office. All three of them denied the allegation.[4] She was arrested on 22 July 2011 by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ICAC) on charges of incurring losses to the State to the tune of 144 million Rupees by approving to buy a family owned clinic to be made a government geriatric clinic. Six ministers from MSM party resigned from the cabinet condemning the arrest of Hanoomanjee.[5] On 11 April 2013, the Director of Public Prosecutions, considered equivalent to the prosecutor relieved her on account of non-availability of corroborating evidence against her.[6][7] Hanoomanjee's daughter Naila Hanoomanjee was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the State Property Development Company Ltd (SPDC), manager of the Port Louis Waterfront and the Mahébourg Waterfront during October 2015. There were allegations that laws were bent to accommodate her, while Hanoomanjee refuted the claims stating that her daughter underwent multiple selection procedures and was chosen on merit.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Template:Cite url=https://www.lexpress.mu/article/308375/nominations-politiques-florilege
  2. ^ a b c "Hanoomanjee (Mrs) Santi Bai". National Assembly, Government of Mauritius. 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. ^ Morna; Lowe, Colleen; Dube; Sifiso, eds. (2016). SADC Gender Protocol 2015 Barometer. Gender Link. p. 90. ISBN 9780992243357.
  4. ^ A New Comprehensive History of Mauritius Vol 1. Sydney Selvon. p. 358. ISBN 9789994934942.
  5. ^ "Pravind Jugnauth is arrested on corruption charges". The Economist. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Mauritius: The former Minister of Health, Maya Hanoomanjee, vindicated in the "scandal of the century" of the case Medpoint". Indian Ocean Times. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Maya Hanoomanjee cleared of charges by DPP". Mauritius Times. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  8. ^ "SPDC: daughter Maya Hanoomanjee recruited as CEO". Leexpress.mu. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2016.

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