Mauritius President refuses to give her resignation

Last Updated: Mar 14 2018 18:49

Africa's only female head of state, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has refused to quit over a shopping scandal, just days after it was announced that she would resign.

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

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

The country's prime minister had earlier said that she would resign on Monday.

But the president's office has now contradicted this statement.

"Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, having nothing to feel guilty about and able to provide corroborating evidence, rejects any idea of resigning," the president's office statement said.

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".