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Everything is OK in the cohabitation in Seychelles… ...But is it really?

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Recently Seychelles read with interest a long interview by a big property owner on the existing cohabitation and how good it is, others have spoken proudly about their era of cohabitation saying that all is well…. but is it really ?

As the leaders are enjoying a coffee here, a discussion amongst friends and a sip of good wine or a blue label whisky at a cocktail of the powerful the Stevedore Workers took the law into their own hands and staged a strike. These brave people were tired of questions and answers at the National Assembly that continues to bring nothing for them. Even their extra payments for working on a Sunday were hush hush. They said they got tired of all the continuous talking, but see no action that will make a difference for them and their family as workers. This is what some are saying is OK.

The Stevedores were followed soon after by the fishing boat owners. They wanted more as well and the Leader of the Opposition who has been in the Assembly for close to a year …

41 million rupees for the National Assembly in 2018

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The National Assembly will cost the taxpayers 3.42 million rupees every month according to the 2018 National Budget to be proposed at the end of this month. This will include sixty thousand (60,000) rupees per month for the salary of The Speaker with an additional seventeen thousand (17,000) for constituency allowance; on top of that he has a driver, cars, fuel, bodyguards and other expenses all covered by the National Assembly. He will also get the end of year gratuity of two hundred thousand (200,000+) rupees+. The Speaker is costing the taxpayers at least two hundred and fifty (250,000) thousand rupees per month, if not more. And to top it all up at the end of his term of office another cheque for 1.7 million rupees will be deposited in his bank account.

No wonder The Speaker is now importing live cows by airfreight from Kenya. This newspaper has information that Pat Pillay will bring in twenty cows from Kenya. This activity could have serious health implication for the whole coun…

Seychelles is getting out of control

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This is the impression that one gets when an analysis is done of the various incidents that have taken place since President Danny Faure assumed office and the LDS became the majority party in the National Assembly. There is absolutely no method to the chaos that is quickly engulfing the country. The LDS National Assembly Members have brought many problems onto themselves and the country as a whole by giving the impression that they had the answers (baton mazik) to all the malaise society have to offer.

On Wednesday it was the turn of the sea cucumber fishermen to marched to the National Assembly for an audience with Honorable Ferrari; to seek guidance on how to deal with the quota system being proposed for the fishing of sea cucumber. This is the same guy who walked out on the Stevedores, because they refused to accept a deal he had negotiated with his friend Hunt Deltel for them. We are sure that Ferrari will not tell the sea cucumber fishermen that preservation makes a lot of sense…

We have three Presidents

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Seychelles is closed for business

This is what many foreign investors and local people in the business sector are saying as business activities slow down to a crawl and the costs of living is skyrocketing to new heights. This situation has been created due to the fact that the country has no direction and the uncertainty being generated has brought with it a chaotic condition. The fact that we have three Presidents makes the situation that much worse.

We have the Head of State at State House, the Speaker of the National Assembly, who believes that State House is his rightful place and the Honorable Leader of Opposition, who is saying that his time has come. They are all jostling for position on a daily basis and competing aggressively for exposure, which is causing a lot of confusion amongst the ordinary folks; “when elephants fight, it is the grass
that suffers”, an old African proverb, meaning that the weak get hurt in conflicts between the powerful in the cohabitation.

This situa…

“It is time to step forward, the Blue Economy is the new frontier whose time has come,” says President Michel

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Former Seychelles President James Alix Michel has addressed the 6th South China Sea Conference which is taking place in Malaysia under the theme “Forging a shared future in the South china Sea”, in conjunction with the Malaysia International Marine Expo (MIMEX) 2017 at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur.

Former Seychelles President James Alix Michel highlighted the importance of ocean governance – noting that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is a key consideration.

“Whilst it has its inherent weaknesses – among them, the absence of a universally-accepted framework for the governance of the high seas – it does provide us with an international and institutional framework for ocean governance. We can improve on it. We need to show goodwill and demonstrate political will and statesmanship. This is the only way forward. Governance of our oceans demands this of us. It demands dialogue and cooperation,” said President Michel

Mr. Michel also spoke about t…

STOP THE METHADONE PROGRAMME!

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Malulu has lost it completely

The response to the heroin epidemic presently ravaging the country was, last week, thrown in disarray culminating in an organized protest at the National Assembly by a dozen of drug addicts.

This newspaper has learned that the ten addicts were instigated by a known person from Les Mamelles on the behest of her doctor friend to stage the demonstration in a bid to undermine the new programme against drugs developed and being implemented by the Secretary of State for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation, Doctor. Patrick Herminie.

The latter’s programme, based on the Minnesota model, has as its ultimate objective the reintegration of the addicts in the workforce. This has not gone down well with certain elements within the Ministry of Health who over the last decade had overseen a chaotic methadone programme with no clear goal. The end result of this ill-advised strategy is here for all of us to see; today the number of heroin addicts has more t…

Our democracy is far from being healthy

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The state of our democracy was the subject of a debate on SBC TV last week. The debate was no doubt initiated to mark one year since the opposition won its first election since the return of multi-party democracy in Seychelles. On the other hand, Parti Lepep, the political party presently in power, registered its first defeat.

Following the landmark event, some people have been misled into interpreting freedom of expression as meaning they can do whatever they please and say whatever they want regardless of their effects on others.  Living a good democracy requires a lot more than that.  Such cannot be the benchmark by which the health of our democracy is measured. If it is, then we are in big trouble.  Our country is falling even further backwards than it was before the opposition won its first election victory in 2016.

A democracy cannot be regarded as healthy if what takes place within the country after an election victory does not bring any sort of progress. One panelist in the …

Wavel Broadcasting Corporation (WBC) a la Seychelloise

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The abbreviation WBC is supposed to mean “World Boxing Council” in international terms. It is the body which regulates all issues concerning the sport of boxing. Here in Seychelles we have a new meaning for it which has nothing to do with the combat sport at all. Locally the definition of WBC is “Wavel Broadcasting Corporation”. Since LDS won the National Assembly Elections last year, WBC has replaced the “Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation” (SBC).

Wavel Ramkalawan wanted an independent SBC and he has got it. But its independence must benefit him and no one else.  Lately he has been given the license to constantly go on the airwaves and spread his doctrines of persecution and revenge. As the Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the “Finance and Public Accounts Committee” (FPAC), he gets more than enough time to make known his views in the National Assembly, but he still wants more. The Seychellois public in general has had enough of him. Everything around him must have coverage.…

The plot goes on!

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Opposition witch-hunt turns paradise into hell.

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Salem Victoria Seychelles 

A true story of political revenge, social hysteria and abused justice by overzealous self proclaimed experts, accusers and bigots, in the name of truth and accountability.

Salem/Victoria, the persecution, condemnation, victimisation of dozens of innocent citizens is unfolding with the blessings of President Faure and the new cohabitation LDS.

The United Nations declares that racism is still igniting and fuelling violence and conflict throughout the world and that racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance are among the root causes of internal conflict.

Seychelles is a party to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination :1969

Hate crimes and hate speeches are often rooted in xenophobia and all relevant actors should pay attention to the early signs of warnings including marginalisation and social exclusion.

During the last presidential and legislative elections the opposition LDS hav…

A dictator in the making

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As the saying goes, charity begins at home. Someone who does not believe in justice within his own family, surely, cannot be relied upon to bring justice within a country. We all know about the case of Wavel Ramkalawan v/s his sister and half- brother, so there is no need to dwell on it any further…

But the point is that, this same man is today posing himself as the person most qualified to judge everyone else in the country on the alleged wrong doings committed in the past. This boils down to the fact that he is the “Chairman of the Finance and Public Accounts Committee” (FPAC) in the National Assembly.  What will Wavel do if he becomes President of the country one day? May the Lord never allow it to happen! Based on what we are seeing already, the man is a fierce dictator with an appetite for vengeance.

We are not saying that it is not important to correct mistakes of the past where there might have been, but it should not be treated as the only priority. What the country desperat…

An election with nothing to gain for Seychelles

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A faction from the opposition in Seychelles is presently pressing for a fresh Presidential Election in the country. If it so happens that they succeed, then it will be the first election in which Seychelles stands to gain nothing out of it. It would be simply a waste of time and taxpayers money. Ironically those calling for the futile election are the same ones who keep saying that the government should stop wasting taxpayers’ money. Now they want to waste some of it themselves.

In the event that a fresh Presidential Election takes place anytime soon and a candidate from the ruling Parti Lepep wins, then we will remain in the same situation of co-habitation as we are in today. We will have a Parti Lepep government and the National Assembly will still be controlled by the opposition. Therefore the country would have gained nothing.

If an opposition candidate wins, then we would return back to the same old days when the ruling party controlled everything. It was a situation the opposit…

FPAC Chairman is now frustrated

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The Honorable Leader of Opposition Father Wavel Ramkalawan is frustrated over the fact that Mrs. Lise Bastienne didn’t tell him what he wanted to hear. Wavel had brought Mrs. Bastienne before the committee to answer questions on the financial scandal in regards to a contract between the Irish and State House, which Mrs. Bastienne had signed in her capacity as Secretary of State in the office of the President; surely on the instruction of the Head of State at the time. The contract we believe covered only the nature of the work that the Irish company would carry out for the Seychelles Government. The FPAC had a copy of that contract and they could have easily looked it up and found that what they were looking for was not in that contract and they would not have wasted valu-
able time questioning Mrs. Lise Bastienne. The exercise was very political in character to quench the thirst of those asking for blood in the LDS, it is not a healthy situation for a nation with reconciliation on the…

The Corrupt Politics of Outrage

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Cohabitation is Cowardice and a Dereliction of Duty


Seychelles politics is currently at a complete impasse. Fake news has overwhelmed rational debate. Our national politics is divided between two parties neither of which are fulfilling its duty to the people.  Parti Lepep has two separate electoral mandates. The first is to govern based on their victory in the Presidential elections. The second is to provide opposition in the Assembly based on their defeat in the Assembly elections. They are failing in both. They have allowed the National Assembly to emasculate their will to govern and have failed abysmally to provide any credible opposition in the Assembly. The first duty of an Opposition is opposition. Cohabitation is simply cowardice, a dereliction of duty. Parti Lepep has abdicated its duty to provide effective government. Appeasement does not work and can never deliver “Peace in our Time”.

The second party was elected by a narrow majority to the legislature and seems to believe …

Stella Afif playing victim

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Stella Afif is a devious woman on a mission to try and get her husband off the hook for his contribution in corruption for the many years – when he was a top civil servant in the SPPF Government. She made a post on Facebook this week to try and distance Ahmed Afif from the role he played in the FIU scandal. This newspaper has already printed documentation to show that Afif also participated and knew everything that went on, but had stayed silent for many years. Her post gives the impression that her husband had told her a lot; ‘Mon ti dir zot I annan ankor sok sa bann zafer koripsyon’.

Her frustration with this newspaper for exposing her and her husband is clear. We have also printed documentation to show that Stella and Ahmed contrary to government policy have acquired at least two plots of land from the State. The ACCS should take note of this situation to initiate an investigation in the matter as they did to former Minister Dolor Ernesta. We would like to remind Stella of the fac…

Honorable Father Wavel Ramkalawan getting away with murder

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The Honorable Father is now a man of great power and most people are afraid of him; even institution like the Appeals Court of Seychelles is scared of the leader of opposition. Last year we wrote about an inheritance case that Wavel lost in the Supreme Court of Seychelles. The Judge had ordered him to pay his sister and brother their share of inheritance, which Wavel had denied them by transferring a house that was worth over 1.2 million rupees in his name for only 50,000 rupees. He had also not discharged his responsibility as Executor of the estate of their parents in a manner that was efficient and/or transparent.

The Honorable priest has appealed the matter – he is being represented by another cowboy; Attorney Bernard Georges. It is now a whole year and the Seychelles Court of Appeal has not seen it fit to pronounce a verdict on the matter in all that time. Legal observers are saying that the Judges of Appeal doesn’t want to cross the leader of opposition as they don’t want to bec…

Pillay and Mancienne in disaccord

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We have published here an email from the leader of LDS, Mr. Roger Mancienne to Patrick Pillay. It is clear that there is great disagreement between the two – when it comes to the protest that Pat Pillay was involved in last week. The protest has now turned into one big farce and a pantomime, which have   left eggs on the face of Pat Pillay.

In a stroke Patrick Pillay has broken up the cohabitation and the LDS is also fragmented as a result. It is clear that Ahmed Afif has now abandoned Patrick Pillay and he has cross over to the SNP to try establishing himself as the running mate there. Nicholas Prera has already fallen out with Wavel Ramkalawan over several issues that they cannot reach a compromise. This move by Patrick Pillay exposes Mancienne’s weaknesses as the leader of LDS; no one is listening to him – like Vincent Meriton of Parti Lepep; they are both fake leaders of their respective political party. Roger Mancienne was clearly agitated by Patrick Pillay’s decision to go and …

Small island states are on the frontline of the Blue Economy challenge

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Former Seychelles President James Alix Michel has called on island states of the Pacific Ocean to follow the Seychelles example and bring the Blue Economy to the centre of Government, work with neighbouring islands, adopt innovative financing mechanisms and marine spatial planning tools.

Mr. Michel delivered a keynote address at the 1st High-Level Pacific Blue Economy Conference (PBEC) under the theme ‘Sustainable Oceans in a Changing Climate’ organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum in Suva Fiji on 23rd and 24th August 2017. The conference is being held in conjunction with the PIDF Biennial Conference.

“We look anxiously at the threat posed by rising sea levels, but we also see the enormous potential of what the sea can offer.  No human being is more respectful of the sea than islanders like us, no human being has a keener sense of what is needed.  The sea holds the key to our future and, as such, island societies are flag-bearers of human development.  This is why I am s…

The CAA is rotten

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The editor of this newspaper has a case before the Constitutional Court in regards to the composition of the CAA Board. We believe that an engine cannot be repaired using old spare parts. We consider the appointment of Mr. Shelton Jolicoeur and Ms Simone Decomarmond (especially) to the Board of the CAA as an error of judgment and totally in contravention to the laws that provide for the creation of the authority and cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

We are publishing a letter here to illustrate part of our ‘raison-d’être’ for filing the petition. In the letter it is clear that Shelton Jolicoeur was seeking guidance and/or approval of the President on how to deal with a matter before him. This is totally unacceptable. It shows clearly that the CAA in its present state is determine to salvage the career of Justice Duraikannu Karunakaran – irrelevant of any evidence of wrong doing against him. This we believe is a major conflict of interest by the CAA. Jolicoeur even suggested that …

FROM THE SUBLIME TO THE RIDICULOUS!

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The pub that is now the National Assembly


Ever since Pat Pillay has taken over the Speakership, the National Assembly has been on a steady decline towards chaos. Pat Pillay has been unable to properly manage time, adhere to the rules and regulations of the Assembly and many of his decisions have been unconstitutional.

Almost eleven months have elapsed, and Pat Pillay still has no command of his Standing orders and Rules and Procedures. Week in, week out, the National Assembly has been the butt of ridicule and by consensus is now a national embarrassment.

As if all these were not enough, the Assembly has lately resorted to hosting a happy hour every Friday evening. The happy hour inevitably became happy hours. Alcohol is in abundance and is even sold on the precinct of that prestigious institution. Members and some staff alike drink away the night with songs and music. Ahmed Afif, the former Principal Secretary for Finance, who failed to exercise proper financial checks and balances…

Patrick Pillay cannot wait for 2020

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The Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly is a man in a hurry; he can’t wait for 2020, he wants to be President tomorrow, which might never come for him. It is now clear that the Leader of ‘Lalyans Seselwa’ was behind the question about the presidential election that Joanna Nicette asked during the live press interview with President Danny Faure on Wednesday 16th, August. The President replied emphatically that there will be no presidential election until the end of his mandate. And this statement by President Faure has clearly angered Patrick Pillay, who had hoped for a better answer from the President, to the point that a botched up plan was quickly put together to try and force the hand of the President.

On Monday 21st, Patrick Pillay got his barber and now personal friend; a man he has gotten very close to, in the last few months - to stage a one man protest in Victoria. The protest continued the next day on Tuesday and this time, Ryan Moncherry was joined by Patrick Pillay a…

10 Reasons the Irish Contracts Were Targeted

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Who is benefiting from their Departure?




The Irish expatriates working in law enforcement had their budgets cut by the National Assembly because they were achieving unprecedented levels of success in stopping criminals, and their facilitators, from benefiting through crimes and the international facilitation of crime.  Under the administration of President James Michel, the rule of law could be enforced as he would tolerate no interference with due process. But once he was gone, the old political dogs reverted to old tricks in a weakened political environment and the Irish, who were well-known to refuse to entertain interference with investigations, had to go. In fact members from both sides wanted the Irish out; their well-publicised National Assembly vendetta and campaign of incitement against the Irish was launched to smear them because:

1. They were intercepting too much heroin being imported into Seychelles.

In 2015 the NDEA stopped a total of 39 kg of heroin from being traffick…

OMBUDSMAN REVIEW REQUIRED

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Giving a person appointed to such an important position such as that of Ombudsman needs a certain benefit of the doubt.  Whilst concerns were raised about the “fitness to hold office” no process was in place to give ordinary members of the public access to the organs of appointment.

A remedy could be making the appointment process more transparent by publishing the shortlisted candidates and secondly also allowing members of the National Assembly to interview the candidates.

All of the above come almost a year after the appointment of the current ombudsman with public criticisms by the more vulnerable members of our society not being given the due recourse to equality and justice.

Such concerns hinge around the constitutional mandate of the ombudsman and whether this is being done with procedural fairness.  Whilst the veracity and rationality of the criticisms cannot be established, it leaves concern of how such criticism can be avoided in the future.

Another issue raised is to wha…

President Michel will address the 1st High-Level Pacific Blue Economy Conference

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The former President will leave Seychelles this week to attend the 1st High-Level Pacific Blue Economy Conference (PBEC) under the theme ‘Sustainable Oceans in a Changing Climate’ organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum to be held in Suva Fiji on 23rd and 24th August 2017. The conference is being held in conjunction with the PIDF Biennial Conference.

President Michel has been invited as a keynote speaker by the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands and the Chair of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Hon. Manasseh D. Sogavare MP, in order to share his understanding of the development of the Blue Economy concept and the Seychelles’ experience for the benefit of Pacific island countries.

In his letter of invitation to President Michel, Prime Minster Manasseh Sagavare said:

“We believe that your commitment to the development of the Blue Economy is unparalleled and your participation as a speaker to this conference will be of great benefits to the Pacific Island Countries…

Ahmed Affif must be held accountable

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Both the President and the Speaker of the National Assembly have accentuated the need for transparency and accountable government. This will have to apply to every single one of us; from the president to the dock worker. There is an ongoing storm in the country on the contract that some individuals had with the FIU and the NDEA. There are many calls for openness and transparency so that we can get to the bottom of this matter in the shortest possible delay. However, we have since discovered that Honorable Ahmed Afif, who is the elected National Assembly member for Anse Etoile and the former Principal Secretary for Finance and Trade, had a hand in the matter – when he was still employed by this government. In fact, it was Ahmed Afif who approved the budget given to the FIU and the NDEA

In a clear case of conflict of interests Ahmed Afif assisted Wavel Ramkalawan with the preparation of a summary on the Auditor General’s Report for the two organizations, which was presented to the Natio…

WHO IS THE REAL POLITICAL REJECT?

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In an article written in Le Seychellois Hebdo recently, several active or former politicians were labelled as political rejects by Gervais Henri, the Editor of the newspaper.

However, the most prominent political reject that he failed to mention was his party chief, Wavel Ramkalawan. Wavel Ramkalawan was rejected three times in a row in the last three elections. In the first round of the 2015 Presidential election, Ramkalawan barely got 35% down from a high of 46% in 2007. Despite obtaining the support of all the other opposition political parties, totaling to 52.3% of support, Ramkalawan miserably failed to obtain 50% in the second round.

In the legislative election of last year, Ramkalawan chose to contest the English River Constituency against political novice Wilbert Herminie. Herminie was twenty three years his junior and was contesting an election for the first time. Once again, Wavel was rejected and had a humiliated defeat at the hands of the young politician. Most political…

THE VENDETTA AGAINST THE IRISH IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE

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What we need to ask is WHO IS PROFITING from their departure?


The recent National Assembly debate on the joint NDEA-FIU Auditor General’s report would disgrace a gathering of drunken stevedores. The Irish who worked in the FIU and NDEA were roundly abused by all, called thieves, bandits and accused of trafficking heroin into Seychelles so that they could keep themselves in a job. Even the dead weren’t immune from the poisoned rhetoric spouting from the mouths of despicable politicians as they maligned and blasted an Irish that had died in service - all this on national television and radio for all to see and hear. Facts played little part in the debate. Instead a flawed and incomplete report was quickly embraced because it served the political machinations of politicians eager to distract the public from the failure of their first year running the Assembly to address fundamental issues like the cost of living, the impending recession and the break down in the rule of law.

A prejudic…