Wavel surrounded only by suspicion

Anyone who has read the lengthy interview with Wavel Ramkalawan in “Today in Seychelles” dated 30th October, 2017, must surely have understood one thing. There is presently a wave of suspicion surrounding the political activities of Wavel Ramkalawan. He is the man who in the past championed the cause of the opposition through his own party (SNP), and is now a leading figure in the (LDS) coalition.

Criticisms are today not coming from his political rivals or opponents, but from his own supporters.  Hardcore sympathizers simply no longer trust him and are wondering where exactly he is taking them and kind of game he is up to. Such expressions of mistrust have appeared even on “Facebook”, where angry supporters have lashed out at him and some of his MNAs over the present political status quo which they consider to be very different to what they were promised during the campaign for the National Assembly Elections in 2016.

In the big interview last week with Wavel Ramkalawan, the journalist started by explaining that the aim was to clarify the “ambivalent status of the opposition and shed light on the mechanics of the cohabitation.” This statement in itself speaks volume. Who said that the status of the opposition was “ambivalent” and what has led the interviewer to draw such a conclusion?

“Ambivalence” in the English Dictionary means conflicting views. So are LDS supporters now saying that their Leaders are sending out conflicting messages which they do not understand and do not feel comfortable with?   Based on the stories making the rounds, that is exactly the case.

The supporters are lost and frustrated. There are many other comments made by the journalist during the interview which testifies to the fact that an atmosphere of mistrust is presently reigning within the Opposition and they are all linked to Wavel Ramkalawan.  Just to further illustrate the point, here are some more revealing statements made by the journalist during the interview:

1. “President Faure said he is divorced from the leadership of Parti Lepep though the leader of Parti Lepep is his Vice President. This peculiar relationship, together with the suspiciously smooth cohabitation between State House and the Opposition, creates a hazy political situation…..”

2. “If Danny Faure is implementing your agenda, then you can sit back and allow him to serve two terms.”

3. “There is a very good understanding between the two of you.”

4. “Things are hazy because we see cordiality, not confrontation, between Government and Opposition.”

5. “No, you were more radical in those times. You have softened up a lot recently.”

6. “The younger Ramkalawan was much more radical, do you agree?”

7. “At least you are crediting him with some good intentions!”

The remarks reproduced above were extracted from “Today in Seychelles”, which are normally associated with people who are against Wavel Ramkalawan as a politician and those who do not believe in his ideologies. Today they are coming from a newspaper which although it pretends to be neutral, is in fact very supportive of the Opposition.   Marc Hoareau, a known financial backer of the Opposition during the years of SNP, is one of its main shareholders. It is clear therefore that if “Today in Seychelles” has carried such an interview and in the manner in which it has done so,   then there are many people in the Opposition who have real concerns over the way Wavel Ramkalawan has politically metamorphosed himself.  His answers throughout the long interview are even more revealing. He is finding it more and more difficult to explain himself before his once ardent supporters.



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