Saturday, 24 October 2015

Trouble in paradise as election gets dirty


Opposition parties in the island paradise of the Seychelles have cried foul after the lead challenger to the president in coming elections was arrested over what they say are trumped up charges of molesting a Sri Lankan “houseboy”.

Patrick Pillay, a former High Commissioner to Britain who welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the islands for their honeymoon four years ago, was questioned by police last week and is now waiting to hear whether the Attorney General will charge him.
A former minister, in April he announced the birth of a breakaway party from the Parti Lepep, the all-powerful ruling group which has in various incarnations run the country for 36 years.

He is accused of bringing a 30-year-old Sri Lankan, Gihan Fernando, to the principal island of Mahe against his will, forcing him to work as a virtual slave between December last year and February this year, and making sexual advances towards him.

The “revelations” came just a month before Seychellois were due to go to the polls to either elect a new president or return to office James Michel, the incumbent and protege of France Rene, the islands’ former dictator. Mr Michel has himself been at the helm for 11 years.

Mr Pillay insists the charges hanging over him are a sign of the government’s “panic” over the first serious political challenge to its hegemony for decades.
He questioned how his accuser found the money to return to the Indian Ocean archipelago from the Sri Lankan village where he lives in penury, claiming he had been put up in a five-star hotel and given police protection during his visit.

The government has turned on Mr Pillay after he broke away from the ruling party and announced his decision to stand for the new Lalyans Seselwa (Seychellois Alliance) party. Mr Michel has publicly called him a "traitor".

The affair of the Sri Lankan houseboy took another twist after Mr Pillay claimed that the night after he was questioned his house on the normally crime-free slopes of Morne Blanc mountain was broken into and his pet puppy Goldie fatally stabbed.

Other opposition parties have rallied round Mr Pillay and hinted that they may now form a coalition to try to bring down the government if the “acts of intimidation, threats and accusations” continued.
In a meeting with the electoral commission, Wavel Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party denounced the Fernando case as one of “government abusing State resources” and said the accusations against Mr Pillay were an attempt to “denigrate, humiliate and destroy him”.

Another presidential candidate, Alexia Amesbury, the first woman to run for office in the country, told the commission that eight of her dogs had also been killed, her family had been followed and threatened and her mobile phones were “being interfered with”.
“What kind of regime acts in this cowardly fashion?” she asked.


The electoral commission has responded by delaying the election to December. Meanwhile an official from the ruling party told The Telegraph that Seychellois opposition parties were just being vocal in their complaints.
“It’s strange how it’s always the opposition these things happen to,” the unnamed man, who described himself as a member of the party’s central executive committee said.
The party declined to comment further.

Political intrigue is nothing new in the island paradise, where everyone knows everyone in a population of just 90,000 and the same family names crop up regularly in the island’s real estate and tourism industries as well as in political and government circles.

A prominent exiled opponent of Mr RenĂ© was shot and killed on his London doorstep in November 1985, and in February 1992 another alleged coup attempt, purported to have the backing of the CIA and more foreign mercenaries, was put down – the last attempt to overthrow the government by force.

Alex Vines, Africa Director for the Chatham House think-tank, said the country’s traditional reputation for opacity made it a magnet for money launderers and those involved in the international drugs trade.
“At one point, there was the offer of residency and even a passport – advertised in the British Airways magazine at one point I believe – if you invested a large amount of money in property there,” he said.

Among foreigners who have sunk their money into the Seychelles is Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the president of the United Arab emirates, who built a vast new palace with 360-degree views across the Indian Ocean on a former US Air Force base.
The project prompted riots after its sewage plant allowed diesel and raw effluent to seep into local water sources, prompting its 800 nearest residents to lodge claims against Sheikh Khalifa for potential repercussions.

“The ruling party is less confident this time than it would have been in previous years,” said one local analyst, who did not wish to be named. “There is a lot of effort going into the campaign and ministerial teams have been grounded from all foreign travel.”
The analyst said the allegations against Mr Pillay were no surprise. “The suggestion of homosexuality, a big taboo in many African countries, is the best way to smear people.”
Neither Mr Pillay, nor the Seychellois police spokesman Jean Toussaint, nor a spokesman for the ruling party could be reached for comment.



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/seychelles/11953233/Trouble-in-paradise-as-election-gets-dirty.html





24 comments:

  1. A very interesting article of what is going on in this paradise as most of us knew already. I will say it again the only way to get rid of PL the first round of election is to form a coalition of oppositions. Second round will be DISASTER!

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  2. Mr Ramados was right but the Lalyans inner circle said no!
    WHY? Will wait and I will give the answer.

    If it goes in the second round,where will OPPOSITION get the funding!
    PL is loaded with money money money........
    So do you think the good doctor will pour again?
    Most likely its a NO.

    So why not do it NOW. TODAY. O'ZOR-DI KONMELA. Don't waste another chance!

    DON'T LET ME WAKE UP THAT DAY AND SAY "KI MON TI DIR ZOT"

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  3. Maldives President blamed Vice for the bomb on his boat last September!!!!!

    This what going to happen if an opposition joins force with PL!!!!!

    Then it will be PL again for another 5 years.!!!!!

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  4. One must be a fool to believe that a 65 years old Pillay would chained a 30 years old pgysically strong guy like Fernando.
    We shouldcask Quatre,Michels cief of police when hecwould arrest michel for transporting indians in containers tillegaly to ourcshores,and whrn he would open an investigation agianst Kenpemski brothel of csex slave practices.
    Seychellois must finish with pl terrorists in december..........
    We will not let michel rob our vote this time around..........

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    1. It is abundantly clear this is a fabrication. Why wait till now to arrest Pillay? When was the alleged complaint made? Govinden will show his true colours now with the advice of Sri Lankan Perera. Won't be surprised if Perera has a hand in this as he is shit scared of a change of government.

      Best opportunity for the opposition parties to unite.

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  5. Michel will be defeated,just after,he will face justice for his past and present crimes
    Dictatorshio.....equates state terrorism......michel and ilks will be chargedfrom 4 decades of terror of seychelles......and for each single of the 4 drcades,he should get 10 years..........

    We coming for michel...u can harass,arest,jail thecoposition,but u will not be ablevto hide from the people..

    Beware of these palm branch michel......u wil end up lik
    e gaddafi

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  6. Tousaint can not be reached,he is part of the thug regime and has failed to do what avpolice forces should namely protect citzend...that Mrs Alexia was broke into and Qautre ,chief of the thuggish police failes to even send an inder qualified police thug to investigate the case,speaks volume of Qautre involvement and failure.


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  7. Drcond round,michel will fire a bullet in head like Hitler .wr coming for u michel....

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  8. Mr Pillay I salute you for what you are doing in a short period of time....I only wish you came out the PL closet earlier and not wait after 30 something years...Hope the majority will stand by you for a better Seychelles that will bring prosperity for the next generation...

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  9. It doesn't look good for Mr. Pillay at all.....
    PL will manipulate the rule of the dumbest law according to their favor.....so Mr Pillay can't stand for the election.....then they will sabotage Affif reputations......so Lalyans will unable to compete.....Please think plan B !

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  10. DAVID PIERRE ,known a JUDDAH ,said his party will go alone in the elction becvause His PARTY IS NOT LIKE OTHER PARTIES---of course you not like other party ,,you a fake stooge party .who was finger pice4kd by Michel and not elected ....
    You will be with Michel in the court to face justice.

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  11. What good reputation has Michel got when compared to Ton Pat & Afif ? If Ton Pat & Afif are bad then Michel is worst.

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  12. Plan B

    Lalyans should get some extra muscle.

    Lalyans should get some more ex-minister and hard core SPUP to participate.

    Lalans should bring the house down no matter what.

    If they can do that ......JAM and FAR not forgetting PL alias SPUP,SPPF will be the Party of HISTORY.

    If they succeded that I will hear again the song of Mickey (Cristopher dad).
    ......SPUP in antere dan labou....ki manyer in ariv sa....

    Don't just say you are solid like a rock!



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  13. Ernest Quatre the buffoon should start investigating past wrong doings of James Michel, he has plenty unanswered questions about the disappearing of Seychellois citizens during and after the Coup dEtat. He has never answered questions about his son Jude's death. Those are serious allegations of serious crime, not a breach of labour laws, he should be interrogated under caution not Pat Pillay. After the election all past wrong doings will be investigated by Public Inquiries even exhumation of graves for proof.

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  14. Surely pineapple face Govinden, Gagging Judge and Francis the bullshiter, are all flicking through the pages of the old law books to concoct a charge against Pillay. No wonder the world is watching their comical shenanigan. No one knows what to do as panic is everywhere in the hierarchy of the ruling party. All good things must come to an end - the corruption, the abuse of power and pay-back time is fast approaching.

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  15. All the PL elites are making exit plans,by boats,sea,helicoptor and air.
    No matter which plans they will be caught together with the stolen moneys.
    Sesel is too small to run. We have people round the clock who will be watching their circus.
    MET PARE.

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  16. JUDDAH ,DIAVD piere ,in a PDm convention in front of a handful of not more than 50 family members....Said PDm is the only alterantive ..and that with no supporters,no programme...not campaign ..not guts---You a fake and a stooge ,,we will see inb court together with pl next years Pierre...or you want to be ashut up by poetic justice ..you can choose dog.Alterantive for seychelels with 50 family members supporters ,,you a joke donkey.

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  17. The turn to face justice and sit in the same sit .Pillay is now sititing is coming next year...let finish with pl and the rest ,we will deal with them next year......Foreign juges wwill be depoted and those illegally holding our passport ..will have to give them back ,,for they illegally optained them...

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  18. Well said. We have to take back the sovereignty of our country. PL has brought but calamity on us as a nation selling our soul to the evil doers and now a black cloud hanging over us. Time to break this spell, they sell our passport to criminals yet deny the genuine people. Seychelles must have most morally corrupt government in all Africa if not the world. Obama wrote about the audacity of hope, Mandela fought for the many against the oppression by the few so did Ghandi, now it is our turn. The true revolution is nigh never will we again be blindfolded into acceptance of evil deeds. YES WE CAN

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  19. Gihan Fernando was brought to Seychelles to testify against Mr. Pillay and was well taken care of in a 5-star hotel. But his backers started to panic and moved him to a safe house. Everybody knows who are behind this ill-conceived plot to undermine Mr. Pillay. Mr. Fernando also must have realized by now that those 'plotters' do not give a damn about him and that he is expandable. The plotters care more about their political survival, if the worse comes to the worse, the plotters would not hesitate to jettison him - remember the Mauritian guy Chellen? And all those who went missing before and after the Coup d'Etat?
    Well Mr. Fernando has to make up his mind fast, get out of the country quickly or one day another skull could well be found buried in the sand at Beau Vallon. He is being used by the plotters and being the main actor in messy political motivated prosecutions is not easy to just walk out - Right now Gihan Fernando is between a rock and a hard place.

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  20. LES MWAN FER KLER KI SA MANZEL ROZ TI PE DIR E..... SON DEFINASYON.

    "FER PAREY MON PE DIR ZOT ......ME PA BEZWEN FER SA KI PL PE FER"

    EN KASKADYEN.


    ZOT IN FINI KONEN KI BAN PWASON IN MOR AKOZ BAN MOVE GOMON KI ZOT IN MANZE. SA SE REZILTA KI SORTI LA FRANS.

    AKOZ ZOT PA ANVOY SA KOKSIS IMEN LA FRANS POU GANNY EN REZILTA SOLID?

    LA GREN PWASON.

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  21. There you have it Mr Affif.
    PL said they have no idea who the hell are those ladies from Copolia and Les Mammel. Those individuals are dead long time but their names are on the voters list. Lately we read that " IN MOR" need I say more? Those individuals are coming out earlier....too many on Silhouette island. Pl are releasing them earlier ......see I told you so!!

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  22. TH!S M!SEL THE SESEL PL PRES!DENT WANT ANOTHER F!VE YEARS TO DO WHAT? HE HAS A DECADE AS PL PRES!DENT AND ST!LL KNOWS L!TTLE ABOUT! WE M!SSED FAR OF SPUP AND SPPF. ! BET YOU !F PL PUT ANOTHER PL THUG AS PL PRES!DENT,PL WOULD DO BETTER.....BUT PL W!LL ST!LL GO DOWN THE DRA!N.

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  23. WE SHALL SEE WHO WILL WIN THIS COMING ELECTION.

    TON PAT IS DETERMINE TO BRING IT HOME!
    HIS CAMPAIGN IS CLEAR.....NOU LS NOU NAPA LARZAN.....ME NOU POU TIR PL O'POUVWAR.

    JAM OF PL IS STILL THE SAME ROUTINE .......VIN KOT NOU,,,SAKI OULE WA GANNY,,,,,FLAT TV,,,,,SIMAN,,,,FEIY TOL,,,,,, LARZAN ? PA MANKE!

    RAMKALAWAN IS CHANGING TAC-TIC,,,,,,"YOU WILL GET MORE"


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