Mr Gill Writes To The Editor Of Le Seychellois Hebdo
December 11, 2013
Le Seychellois Hebdo (PTY)
P.O. Box 918
Dear Mr. Henrie:
I am writing to you directly concerning a front page article published in Le Seychellois, on Friday December 6th, 2013, Vol. 3 No 47, titled in boldface: “Christopher Gill’s mother served with eviction order”.
Your publication sold for SCR. 15.00 per copy, I imagine you have no more than 700 publication per week.
The total receivable possibly from this highly slanderous and defamatory article is no more than SCR 10,500.00 .
One only begs to wonder, why on Earth, would Le Seychellois Editor in Chief venture onto a desperate path to defame my public persona for Scr. 10,000.00 per month? Were you being paid more money by someone else, to do this?
The following contents of the article you have written are untrue, false malicious, and intended through your publication and print, to place me and my public persona in a false, light and bad public impression:
There is no eviction order filed on Jocelyn Barker at this time as the title of your paper headline infers. She has been served with a simple letter asking her to vacate premises because, she is not willing to live in community, with her neighbors, in a civil and dignified manner and she has refused to honor the condition in which she was given the keys to a brand new Two (2) bedroom house Seven (7) years ago.
If you had sought clarification on the matter before going to press in a responsible manner, I would have informed you of the following:
1. Keys were given to her to a SCR 1.6 Million home under the following strict conditions to protect the integrity of the neighborhood, given my Mother’s acute character pre-condition of being highly irrational and very unreasonable by nature: a. no raising of animals; b. no buildings of any loca structures, c. no supplementary residents in home, aside from a nurse to care for her, which I would pay, if necessary.
She agreed to these Three (3) conditions to receive the keys to a new house. Since last year, she has broken all Three (3) conditions, as follows:
A. She took on Four (4) tortoises, and built a park on the very site where 10 staff houses, Two (2)Bedroom each are due to be built any day at the start of 2014;
B. She built a out structure of 32 square meters without planning approval, and houses now a ex convict on and off within meters of our family hotel invests;
C. She has a 35 year old boyfriend being kept in the house, in direct contravention to keep only a nurse in the home when needed; this man, I know personally to be a active thief, and drug user.
I do maintain a policy in my family life and business, of zero tolerance to drugs. You know every community and family has to protect their children first and foremost from drugs, because the highly destructive nature of drugs on lives.
In breach of these Three (3) conditions, and being the unreasonable, un cooperative person she is, she tried to impose her will on me by filings numerous
false and trumped complaints with the Police. In the last 3 months the Police has come to arrest me under her request Six (6) times. Twice I was on Mahe, when she told the Police I was in her house. Since the Police never found any evidence of either violence or disturbance, I have never been detained to this day.
Failing with the Police, in spite of calling Minister Meriton to trump up more false complaints, and meeting with James Michel, I understand, I have not relented to protect my family first, my neighbors and staff second, and my business from a very irrational, unreasonable, and emotionally twisted person.
We are not all gifted with great Fathers, and fantastic Mothers in Seychelles, Mr. Henrie, you know that better than anyone else.
Most recently, she ventured to take me before Family Tribunal to impose her will to not respect the Three (3) conditions of occupancy of the house she calls home.
After hearing both sides, Justice Adeline commissioned a Probation Inquiry into every single allegation my Mother made. The Probation Officer, found, that there was not a single case of any violence committed on her and while she claimed ownership to the entire property around her and her house, she is in fact a Tenant at Will ( she resides at the will of her children: Francis and myself).
Be that as it may, I agreed by consent with Justice Adeline that she could occupy the house built until Supreme Court judgment for her eviction. This is manifested in the Tribunal Order which you site out of context with malice a forethought to slander my good reputation.
In that time, she can either agree to adhere to the Three (3)conditions of her occupancy or eventually face eviction by Court Ushers and seek a dwelling with her other Two (2) children, who in their own right, are all millionaires in US Dollars and can well afford care and house her, and even finance a fine luxury home with an elevator and three floor, like the one Mr. Ramkalawan occupies, on just SCR. 40,000.00 pension per month.
While my initial knee jerk reaction was to sue your lowly gutter paper for Scr. 1 Million or Scr 3 Million, on reflection, I believe it will not serve our Nation well at a time when we have so much difficulty and the People of Seychelles are consumed in a great struggle of survival after so many years of the IMF and abuse of Public funds by PL.
I ask that you publish this letter in full unabridged, to correct the mal-reportage of this highly defamatory article in your next issue, giving it the same prominence of your defamatory article titled:”Christopher Gill’s mother served with eviction order”.
Nelson Mandela beat his opponents with ideas and reason, Mr. Henrie, not with guns, bullets or very bad pens and false statements.
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!