The theme of unity has once again surfaced. With it, have come different expressions, ranging from satisfaction, anger, disappointment and sheer indifference.
When Mr. Bernard Georges, a member of the SNP Executive Committee introduced the book of speeches of Mr. Michel, many old diverse sentiments were stirred back into life, showing one thing:
The damage that the one party system and the continued political segregation of the people of Seychelles by the present regime, was very much alive across political lines.
The acceptance by Mr. Georges to deliver a speech aroused much anger and confusion among opposition supporters. Given the recent past of seeing so many turncoats, the biggest question on the lips of so many was:
"Has Bernard Georges left the SNP to become a member of Parti Lepep???" The answer is "NO".....
But what do we learn from such doubts and questions.
I guess that question was followed by another one, asking what he got or what he was promised or going after.
To me, this illustrates the sad side of things.
Seychelles has become a place where people have stopped thinking of... "sincerity, honesty and frankness".
But rather, the thoughts of our people are "opportunistic and mercenary". This is because over the years the concept of enemy has been rubbed "DEEP" inside our people, while on the other hand reward for services rendered has been the reverse side of the coin. Our people have had their morale hit in so many ways and literally been left as prostitutes.
|Who is the prostitute Kalawan or Seychellois?|
Take for example the report of that event by the SBC... Totally one-sided, a reminder of the SNP party convention, where the reporter did all the talking and not one sentence of my speech was included... "Why did the SBC not show
Mr. Georges speaking, many ask, but instead put on
Mr. Michel speaking forever??? This was quickly interpreted as a sign of a lack of "sincerity and honesty" because had they done so, the people would have been able to interpret his words and seen that Mr. Georges was in fact laying out many challenges flowing from the very words that Mr. Michel had written is his book.
The SBC preferred confusion in the opposition rather than truth. The unity of the people of Seychelles is complex.
This is why we have to find some way to put the past on the table, address it and then move on. The suggestion that we need a "truth commission" is indeed the way forward in my opinion. There is the South African model and there are other models that have resolved worse situations than we have been through. Surely the leaders of this country can have the courage to take on the bull by the horns for the sake of the people.
Mr. Bernard Georges has shown that an opposition member can retain his principles even when talking to his opponent. Can this be a sign of hope for what we can all achieve when we start to stop thinking of political gains and personal agendas, but our beloved Seychelles???
The challenge is enormous, but we can all surmount it and bring our country to greater heights.!!!