Reconciliation Should Happen But Not On A Tyrant’s Terms And Conditions.
So Albert Rene has finally looked up his dictionary and has learnt a new word – reconciliation. After so many years of hardline dictatorship with acts aping the behavior of notorious dictators like Mugabe, Kim Il Sung, Gaddafi etc., one must question the timing of this call by an ailing hard man in the twilight of his years. Reconciliation - it sounds great! So should we all jump up, rush and reach out to the dictator and again let him dictate the pace of change in our country?
Firstly, I would be very interested to hear what Albert Rene’s definition of reconciliation is. In my opinion reconciliation means more than just a senile old dictator uttering some words over the radio or even sitting at a table so that we can reach over, listen to a shallow insincere apology, shake hands, then we all go back home and we live happily ever after with the current status quo maintained.
When Rene executed the plans of his coup in 1976, he knew exactly what he was doing. He moved quickly to consolidate absolute power and assume the role tantamount to that of a feudal lord over the country. He controlled all the politics, the media and the army but in particular his goal was to plunder the economy of the country for his own benefit. His family and in particular his stepsons assumed crucial roles in this new order. His other sycophants were also well rewarded. However this dictatorship was never to be accepted by many free-spirited Seychellois and invariably many fought back to restore the freedom and democracy that existed prior to 5th June 1976. Those brave hearts that fought back were killed, exiled or made to disappear never to be seen. After years of oppression and having hijacked all the resources of our country, Rene, his family and sycophants have become extremely wealthy. Their ill-gotten gains have since been siphoned off into “legitimate business” not only in Seychelles but also beyond our shores and today they still control the economic and business activities of our islands.
|Gerard Hoarau murdered on 29 November 1985|
Let us not forget that it is Rene and his clique that have been the root cause and beneficiaries of the political and economic crimes that have occurred in Seychelles since they usurped absolute power on the 5th of June 1976. It is they who should be reconciling with the majority. Let them begin by making their “mea culpas” and then perhaps the victims can pronounce their “absolvos”.
Reconciliation is vital for the wellbeing of our country and it can happen and it can lead to healing provided the process is genuine, fair and equitable to all parties especially the victims.