A State of A Nation With A Leader In Despair and Arrogance
Mr. President James Michel has used the State of The Nation to make false claims on the success of his Administration, and then vehemently attack the poor, the ordinary, the sick, the under educated, the weak in our society, all of which are a product of a failed system, they are your people Mr. James Michel, and today you kick them with your foot.
I have never heard such an uneducated speech on the serious problems of a Nation. While you may take offense to that fellow 3000 miles away giving you lessons, guess what: this is the digital media age where one can be 10,000 miles away, yet keep you well in check.
Only the fat cat MNA’s and Ministers who do not feel the pinch of James Michel’s failed economics clapped hands. One short and fat MNA dressed in a burgundy short, with the buttons missing a hole clapped his hands by slapping his table with one hand. He only had to say whoooooo,whoooo, to remind us of Darwins’ Theory of Evolution.
Never has a President said so little, and yet dehumanized his people so much, to engross himself in the drapery of power, for the sake of power, at the expense of Nation building and serious Reconciliation that Seychelles needs before she turns into the beast that it is being nurtured into becoming under James Michel.
The Beast Under James Michel
PL roots rests deep in the violence of the one party state and the conspiracy to use arms guns on a people on June 5th, 1977. Mr. Michel has learnt that the use of guns and imposition of his will to solve socio political problems at an early age in his life, is expedient; now he is learning what is expedient brings with it very deep poisonous roots.
To persist with Mr. Michel’s style of lack of compassion, causes also great damage to Nation Building, a task that is the larger picture beyond your day to day statistics that now make Seychelles situation look more bleak by the day.
Guns Do Not Solve Social Problems Mr. Michel
Over the years, as social problems like drugs, alcohol abuse, prostitution, human trafficking, theft of Tourist and Seychellois alike, have gotten out of hand for the Michel Administration, the solution was always a strong arm approach: buy more guns, give them to enforcement officers, get more bullets, use AK-47’s in tourist districts, put up road blocks, harass even innocent civilians, tear up cars searching for drugs randomly, search homes without warrants, because warrants require that you prove your case first, and establish Probable Cause, that takes professionalism in the Police and NDEA, something which is fundamentally lacking.
NDEA Is An Agency of Brutality
The creation of the NDEA is one clear example of Michel resorting to brutal tactics to overcome the drug problem, instead of focusing on keen intelligence and at the same time respect Individual Rights enshrined in the Constitution of Seychelles.
NDEA, for it to function, while answerable to Mr. Michel, it must breach numerous recognized universal human rights listed under the Seychelles Constitution:
1. The Right To Privacy Article 20 (a) is violated through random bugging of mobile phones and internet connections; search of homes are done under NDEA enabling legislation, which permits searches of homes without a warrant, but the Constitution prohibits such conduct by any para military unit.
2. The Right To Freedom of Movement Article (25) is violated each time a random road block is set up to search vehicles without Probable Cause that a crime or traffic infraction has been committed.
3. The Right To Use and Enjoyment of Property Article 26 is violated each time the NDEA barrages in with weapons into a home to search at night, without a warrant establishing the details of Probable Cause.
In a phrase, People of Seychelles, while drug traffickers are peddling and taking away our quality of life, the government is using strong arm tactics to also reduce our quality of life. It is a vicious circle and the ordinary Seychellois is the loser.
The mercenaries, like Scully, the Ghurkas, and the fat cats are the winners. The rest of us, our children, our women, young teenagers, are all the losers in Mr. Michel’s act of breaking his promise, to respect democratic norms enshrined in the Constitution of Seychelles.
Marijuana V/S Heroin
After busting 1000 or so marijuana users, with possession, few heroin traffickers are behind bars today. Yet it is heroin that is the real threat to Seychelles. NDEA has failed to deal with heroin successfully. The “skagg” (decrepit) men and women who walk our busy streets like zombies with a little pocket knife in hand day and night, is evidence to the naked eye that the program to stop drugs in Seychelles is failing and falling fast and hard. Brutality will not solve this problem Mr. Michel, nor will the dehumanization of the victims of addiction. They will react and become more violent towards the innocent, until we will be in a spiral of total decline. As a leader, you must consider an intelligent and educated approach to the problem.
Allowing the addicts to be killed off as hinted in your speech, is not a responsible solution. It will harden our people and country and yes eventually when the World knows you have adopted a policy of letting drug addicts die, as you suggest in your speech, even tourists will stop coming to Seychelles. Then what Mr. Michel?
If you take my words lightly, recall my warnings on offshore sector and money laundering. Now that pillar is in pieces because, you did not listen or heed to the Seychelles Column.
Mr. President, while drugs is dehumanizing and frustrating for us all, we must exercise restraint and seek out human relief for addicts. They are sick and need help. You let the problem go out of control because you did too little too late, now we all have to pick up the pieces. Why? Because they are Seychellois Mr. Michel, your family, my family, all our family. Your energy in fighting drugs needs to be placed on the traffickers, and dealers, not users. This means going after your own people at the top of the food chain and yes, even key opposition players.
Today, every Seychellois family has at least one drug related problem destroying their family life and cutting into the fabric of society.
We must address the matter in a spirit of humanity when addressing addiction, not guns and ammo and Lanet to kill them off. This practice must stop.
With traffickers, NDEA is still underperforming. They just lost a big load by boat into Praslin. By the time they turned up, all of Praslin was stone in heaven, floating around like zombies. Too much traffic detail makes NDEA a dull operation.
James Michel Says Get Off Welfare!
Mr. President made it clear in no uncertain terms: Get Off Welfare!
Mr. Michel’s attack on his own party base is applaud-able. But who created the welfare system Mr. Michel? Was it not you and France Albert Rene and Mancham?
Who institutionalize the abuse of the welfare system to guarantee that power stays in the hands of the person with the gun, was it not you?
It was you Mr. Michel. If an educated person is the creator of an abusive welfare system, he cannot come out and blame those who abuse the system. The educated person must blame himself for his bad system he imposed on People.
Your approach Sir, is like blaming the patient, for bad medicine he gets that makes him sick. He gets the medicine from a Doctor. In the welfare equation Mr. Michel, you are the Doctor, not the patient.
As the Dr. you should simply propose measures that will reduce the incidences of abuse. This is how it works Mr. Michel. It is very uneducated to attack the very victims of welfare advocated programs for their abuse of a system that invites them to come in and abuse the process and call them ungrateful.
If you educated your people well in 50 years, instead of giving them certificates without the background education (32% single pass rate on IGCSE) , no one would be on welfare today. Just this scores tells you we have a Nation of invalids that graduate through your educational system. There is a serious problem there, because Seychellois in private schools that have less money per pupil, score 96%, higher then UK Public School system of 76%.
This means Mr. Michel, it is not the pupils failing the school system, it is your school system failing the pupils. That means your whole 50 year bash is unjustifiable unless it is for a few fat cats to party on in town.
Every single Seychellois should be well off and empowered today, if you are such a success in words and deed.
If they are not empowered today, it is because your Communist system that you now want to shake off, has failed every single Seychellois, except those elite fat cats that you protect to the extent that your party “gifts” them whole islands only for being born, in a few instances, it is more then one island.
It is this that will unwind your 50 year legacy that you intend on extending for 50 more years. If we are being insulted today for your failures in 50 years, what will you say to our children and grandchildren in another 50 years?
End of Part One
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