SR700, 000 for PL and LDS each monthly

Parti Lepep and LDS get SR700, 000 each monthly from the Government as political funding. This amounts to SR1.4 million in total every month. The Government can use that money to build at least two houses for the homeless per month; it comes to 24 houses for a whole year. The people are entitled to know how this money is being spent by both PL and LDS.

This money is on top of the monthly salary, yearly gratuity and end of term bonus they collect from the National SR700, 000 for PL and LDS each monthly Assembly. This is totally unacceptable and the practice must end “ASAP” because both LDS and PL are not putting that money to good use for the betterment of the country or their members. There are allegations that this money is being used to share between top people in the parties. It is alleged that LDS is paying one of its Leaders SR100, 000 per month and they are topping up the pension of another to SR100, 000. How can that be? They need to either deny or confirm the allegations and explain where the money is going.

We are of the view that both Meriton and Mancienne as the respective leaders of PL and LDS must be accountable to the taxpayers and they must provide a detailed report on an annual basis on how this money is being spent. During 2017 they pocketed SR16.8 million and the same will apply for 2018. They will receive SR84 million for the duration of the term of the National Assembly. This is not a fair situation for the poor people of Seychelles; where 40% of the population are living below the poverty line as indicated by the United Nation.

This is not the change that LDS had promised to the people who voted for them. They promised an end to self-serving, but they are preoccupied with their own interests, often disregarding the truth or the needs and well-being of those who voted for them. They are serving their own selfish interests. This is why they must come clean on how they are spending taxpayers’ hard earned cash.        

Independent

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