Statements made by the Houthi leader, Mahdi al-Mashat, sparked widespread ridicule among Yemenis on social media after he claimed that he lives in a rented house and that he does not own a house of his own.
Al-Mashat, who heads the so-called Supreme Political Council of the group, said in statements he made in the House of Representatives under the control of the group in Sana’a that he did not submit the financial disclosure statement because he only owns a destroyed house on land equal to only twenty meters.
Al-Mashat claimed that he lives with his family in a rented house like any ordinary citizen and that he is exposed to "the problems that any tenant faces," denying that he owns any house or car of his own, and that what he owns is public property.
These allegations provoked widespread ridicule among Yemenis on social media, where writer Muhammad Al-Alai sarcastically asked: How did the Houthi group owned Al-Mashat, "the rank of Field Marshal in a day and night, and I was unable to entrust him with a house."
While political activist Fakhr al-Azab sarcastically criticized the "Houthi coup" that made al-Mashat "rent to his family and shout every month with the landlord," according to him, activists demanded the implementation of a donation campaign to buy al-Mashat's house so that he would not be expelled from the house with his family by the landlord.
In parallel, activists submitted a proposal to sell the expensive watch owned by the group's spokesman, Muhammad Abd al-Salam, to buy a house for al-Mashat, according to political activist Hamdan al-Ali.
According to Al-Ali, the Abdul Salam Fleet watch, which is valued at $21,000, can be sold, “and for its value they would buy a small house for Al-Mashat instead of rental houses,” he said.
Al-Mashat's allegations came in light of the popular anger faced by the Houthi group in its areas of control after it recently raised the prices of oil derivatives, despite the flow of oil shipments from the port of Hodeidah according to the truce, which drops the pretext of the "siege" that the group used to justify the high prices of oil derivatives before the truce.