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Speaker of the Assembly should be referred to the Anti Corruption Commission

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Got land?
This is always a key issue in Seychelles especially when it comes to politics. The issue arises from before 1976 where land was concentrated in the h...ands of the few to the present where...well land is still concentrated in the hands of the few! Although now, it has changed hands though!

We were shocked here at Seychelles Sunday Lobby to learn that a former Lepep Minister owned over 50 pieces of land. This is just shocking in a country where most people are desperate to get a flat or 500sqm of land to built a small house. These things are unacceptable which is what prompted us to research more into this land issue and it came to our discovery that there are other former Lepep Ministers who owns generous amounts of land. Although now he is on the side of the opposition, the current Speaker, former ambassador and former Minister has been involved in questionable land deals in his days. Different posts has made allusions to deals that he has been party to but we want to…

Hon Ferrari backtracks on motion for Stevedores

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The Honorable member for Mont Fleuri has pulled back on his motion for increased financial assistance to the Stevedores to go and meet with representatives from the two main companies involved in hiring the services of Stevedores; Land Marine and Hunt Deltel along with the Stevedores participated. The said meeting took place this week on Thursday at 10am. This is a major conflict of interest by Honorable Jean-Francois Ferrari to allow the postponement of the debate on the motion and gives priority to a meeting with the agencies that stands to be affected the most by the outcome of his motion.

This newspaper has been applying pressure on Ferrari to deliver on his promises made over the last twenty years to the Stevedores; to fight for a better deal for them. He finally relented and a motion was tabled recently to discuss on how the Stevedores can be assisted financially in a fair and equitable manner. This could be done through an increment in salaries by the companies or the governme…

Is Speaker Patrick Pillay above the law?

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Three weeks ago this newspaper reported that the Kangaroo Court that the Anti-Victimization Committee had set up was being challenged in the Constitutional Court. The case against the Speaker and the Anti-Victimization Committee brought by former Speaker (Herminie) before the Constitutional Court was heard two weeks ago. It now turns out that the Constitutional Court wants to hear from the Chairperson and the entire Committee, who happens to be Speaker Patrick Pillay and seven other honorable (kangaroos) members. The Speaker, who believes that he is above the law, is not a happy person judging by his reaction and comments on the issue on Tuesday morning in the National Assembly.

“As the Speaker and Chairman of that group it is unfortunate that we have reached this stage for the first time in the history of the National Assembly - where the Speaker and his committee have been ordered to appear before the Constitutional Court. I am saying it is unfortunate because recently, very recent…

National Assembly tackles agricultural land

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On Wednesday, the National Assembly had a field day debating agricultural land abuses over the last forty years in the absence of the real Speaker, who is also known to have used agricultural land for personal interests.

This newspaper is in agreement with most of what was said by both Parti Lepep MNAs and LDS MNAs on the matter. It is a shame that Speaker Patrick Pillay was not present in the National Assembly on Wednesday to provide the Assembly and the public at large with details of the several properties (agriculture land) he acquired and amalgamated at Montagne Posee, which he lately sold to a foreigner for millions. It is strange how no one in the National Assembly was courageous enough to speak about Speaker Pillay’s speculation with land that had been earmarked for agriculture.

This newspaper has been informed that Patrick Pillay was due back in the country on Tuesday, but had changed his flight to arrive here on Friday 26th. We are sure that he was aware of what was on the …

Norbert Loizeau gaffed again

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This must be the most hilarious episode of the sixth National Assembly so far. The gentle giant from Bel Air formerly known as “The Flower Pot of Bel Air”, because of his lack of oratory skills decided that he needs to speak and say something in the National Assembly just for the sake of it, to show people that he is not the cactus plant that we think he is, but instead he is a well-trained parrot from Arpent Vert.

No physical harm came to be, however, his pride was severely dented to the extent that after the National Assembly he wanted to attend the casualty department at the Seychelles Hospital to have his echo checked out for any lasting damage. Clive Roucou advised him of the fact that the hospital cannot help him. “This kind of technology is not available at our hospital”, Roucou told him. “Can’t they do an X-Ray on me to check the extent of damage to my SNP pride?” Norbert asked. Roucou told him to go on home and to sleep it off and by tomorrow morning he will be feeling much …

Kangaroo Court challenged

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The former Speaker of the National Assembly has filed a petition before the Constitutional Court for an injunction against a request to appear before the Anti-Victimisation Committee of the National Assembly. According to information that has reached this newspaper Dr. Herminie got a letter from the committee asking him to present himself before the committee for questioning this coming Saturday at around 9pm – to answer to an allegation by a former driver who lost his job many years ago.

Dr. Herminie is viewing this situation more like a persecution from his political enemies in the National Assembly, rather than a genuine case of victimization. This newspaper is of the view that this case against Dr. Herminie has been orchestrated by people formerly in SNP – who are now in a position of power in the National Assembly. They are making use of the power they have now to persecute people they had a difference or tussled with in the past. This is persecution in its real form. It is sad …

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ESTABLISHES KANGAROO COURT

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For the first time in our history, a kangaroo court has been instituted in Seychelles.

The extra-judicial court or quasi-judicial court, with self-arrogated wide-ranging powers, has been created by the LDS-dominated National Assembly under Article 104 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles.  It goes by the elaborate name of “Anti-Victimisation Committee”, chaired by none other than the Speaker of the National Assembly himself, Patrick Pillay, who has been abdicating his responsibilities to his deputy; the Chief Kangaroo Judge, CKJ Clifford Andre. The other “judges” of this kangaroo court are Wavel Woodcock, Jenny de Letourdie, Egbert Aglae and Basil Hoareau. With the exception of the latter, not one of them can be credited with a modicum of intelligence, let alone knowledge of the law.

The hearings are on Saturdays and on Thursdays after 6 pm – some people have been asked to attend at 9 pm next Thursday! These are mostly government employees who have done a full day’s work…