The situation in Seychelles is getting worse and worse each day under PL. The status quo is giving cause for great concern of the average Seychellois is now facing unprecedented difficulties in daily life, which they are not a custom to.
|Stifling Freedom of Expression by Seychelles Police|
The PL refusal to deal honestly with the People, to fool them with lies when challenges abound, the practice of cutting corners on hard decisions, the living of lavish lifestyles on high end political pensions, is taking its toll on the Nation as it comes down to crunch time slated to last out at least, over the next Ten (10) years.
In such times, honesty is the best policy.
St. Ange Says 15% Tourist Increase- A Lie!
Most recently, Minister Alain St. Ange has announced a 15% increase on Tourism Arrivals for the first Six (6) months. It is a lie.
On arrival at the Seychelles International Airport or the Seychelles Port of Victoria, a person is given an Immigration Department form to fill in. The form ask if you are a Visitor or a Resident.
St. Ange gets this wonderland 15% increase from the Visitor box. This included Tourists, but it also includes Indian Navy, Chinese PRC Navy, Russian Navy on shore leave after doing missions in the Indian Ocean. They are:”Visitors”.
The PRC Navy most likely makes the bulk of this arrival, and they do not have much money to spend as “Tourist”, and cannot possibly be considered Seychelles traditional “Tourist”.
Come straight with us Minister St.Ange, stop acting like a fake blok. If you cannot do the job as Minister of Tourism without fake figures and fake announcements, resign, and run Minister of Culture, where you seem to be good at finding jobs for unemployed PL Musicians that have past the “use by date”. It is only a matter of time, before E-Turbo starts doing press releases when a toilet is flushed in your
office. Get serious man. While you have played your political hand well to become a minister overnight from SNP Executive Member, you are dealing with our investments and the lives of ordinary Seychellois.
Airlines Have Cancelled Flights Into Seychelles!
Numerous airlines have cancelled their flights into Seychelles over the last 12 months and St. Ange, the Minister of Tourism has done nothing to address this leakage of valuable much needed seats into Seychelles from key markets. Let’s take a realistic look at the post-mortem after 12 months:
1. Air Austral- Three (3) flights a week 126 seats per flight gone;
2. Transaero – Two (2) flights a week 492 seats from Moscow, a key growth market gone,
3. Blue Panorama- Two (2) flights a week 492 seats, gone;
4. Qatar Airways, as of September, 126 seats per day or 882 seats per week, going;
5. Turkish Airways flights of 240 seats per day or 1,680 seats per week on the heels of Routes Africa Conference announced last July, never happened, the heels of his resignation from SHTA Executive, Mr. Louis D’Offay was still asking what is the hold up, with Turkish Airways landing Rights and fees.
In all, we have a whopping 22,444 seats lost in the last 12 months per month or 26,928 seats per year lost and due to lack of flights into Seychelles when Qatar pulls out.
This means that Minister St. Ange 15% growth is most likely in the shipping arrivals, like tuna boats, Sri lankan stranded fishing vessels, Somalia pirates, naval personnel.
The Cry For The Yield To Go Up
Sometimes I think Minister St. Ange is trying to pull a Francis Chang- Leng on us. He does have some intellectual traits of the One Party State Era lingering about him.
Remember the $308 Million Bond at 24% interest the Governor of the Central Bank took with Lehman Brothers in 2007 that President James Michel signed without first reading? Well, after 12 months of issuance, the Government of Seychelles took out a 54 Million Euro Bond again at 24% interest to do what? Pay interest on the $308 Million Bond. This is what sent Seychelles into DEFAULT and national bankruptcy.
All along, Mr. Chang Leng presumably advised Mr. President that the national debts had been paid off and he was running off to Mauritius, First Class of course, when the Lehman Brothers creditors were arriving as “Visitors” to Seychelles, not as “Tourists”.
Not dis-similar to Chang –Leng, to hide this scam of 15% increase in Tourist, Mr. St. Ange cunningly, says to us that our “Yields” must increase in order to provide an explanation as to why revenue is down, if Tourism is up 15%. Yet, this is the same St. Ange that told Seychelles Today, his government is not interested in making Seychelles a DUTY FREE port, which would do what? Increase Yields over night.
Fourth Branch of Government Up and Running
We live in an age of transparency. Cyberspace, Facebook, Google, blogs, have become the Fourth Branch of Government of the People, By the People, For the People, that “Checks and Balances” all of government and all of the politicians that attempt to fool the people. We will not be fooled.
PRC Gearing Up The Fourth Branch of Government
In PRC a regional public servant was photographed wearing numerous Rolex watches and other expensive high end brands. The pictures went viral. In no time, this corrupted fellow was arrested by the State and soon executed after a very speedy trail. The Fourth Branch is not messing about.
Solve The Problem Minister St. Ange, Do Not Try To Hide ItOur immediate problem as a country is that we do not have adequate seats on flights into Seychelles. This is the problem. Admit it. Then come up with a program to solve this problem. Level the playing field at SCAA. Make landing fees and charges low for every airline. Sell fuel at a more competitive rate. Even Air Seychelles part owner Etihad buys fuel in Mauritius where it is cheaper. Allow airlines 5th Freedom Rights to collect passengers in Seychelles, than make an onward journey. Get real. This is the year 2013, not 1913. End protectionist policies that favor Air Seychelles. She is gone. Save the people and the Nation. Forget about the free Pearl Class seats fancy canapés and champagne for a moment.
Mr. St. Ange will say: “I am not the Minister of Transport, Joel Morgan is….I love those canapés and I don’t drink champagne”.
|David Pierre the "sellout".|
I will say: “you are both former PS-SNP executive men, so stop passing the buck and blaming each other, like Pierre and Ramkalawan do. Take responsibility to solve the problem between the Two (2) of you.” If you must, ask David Pierre, PDM to take a seat around the table to solve your problems. If that does not work, call in Wavel Ramkalawan, promise him first class seats to officiate a solemn solution to this problem that is now hanging Seychelles out to dry like salted fish in season.
|The last time Ramkalawan was seen in public.|
As you can see, SNP is already in power, and they have already created a royal mess of things with the usual help of PL!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!
Written by Christopher Gill, Leader of Seychelles Freedom Party.