Dr. Peter Larose was before the National Assembly on Wednesday to interact with the Honorable Members to answer questions following his nomination as a cabinet minister. It is common knowledge that Dr. Larose’s forte is in the field of finance and banking. Following a question from Jean-Francois Ferrari Dr. Larose acknowledged that 50 million American dollars was transferred as a grant to the Central Bank for the Seychelles government from the UAE authority. He also stated that this money was transferred back to an account overseas in the name of a local parastatal company. Ahmed Afif decided to press Dr. Larose for specifications in an attempt to play cheap politics.
Dr. Peter Larose reminded
Ahmed Afif rightly of the fact
that he too was in government
at the time and he (Afif) kept
quiet about this issue as well.
The corrupt nature of Ahmed
Afif rose to the surface when he
lied to the National Assembly
and to nation on Wednesday by
stating that he was told that the
money had come in as an error
and it was being returned. This
is the first time that Afif has said
this - in fact in the last twelve
months Afif has been shouting
the loudest about the 50 million
dollars when all the time he
knew it was an “error”. Ahmed
Afif is as corrupt as those he left
in government he remained silent
over the issue when he was
in government to protect his position
he couldn’t care less about
the national interest. He is only
speaking out now because he
lost his job and the privileges
that is associated with being
principal secretary of finance.
He is corrupt and he needs to be
investigated like all of them for
We would like to take this opportunity
to remind Ahmed Afif
that he has never answered the
questions this newspaper put
before him in previous editions.
Ahmed Afif is a fake he has no credibility to ask questions - he
needs to show that he is transparent
by answering our questions
first before we can take
(1) Ahmed Afif have you
ever lied to the Seselwa when
you were Principal Secretary for
Finance – when you said many
times there were no corruption
(2) Ahmed Afif did you lie
when you also helped defend
and cover up the loss of 4.5
million dollars intended for the
housing project at Perseverance?
(3) Ahmed Afif can you
confirm or deny the allegation
that foreign exchange confiscated
by the currency police was
given to you directly?
(4) Ahmed Afif did you apply
for a duty free vehicle, namely
a Ford Ranger (s5318) in February 2005 on the basis that you
are a handicapped person?
(5) Ahmed Afif can you tell
us what you know about the
consultancy firm ‘White Oak’,
who hired this company and
how much was paid to them and
for how long?
(6) Mr. Ahmed Afif during
your employment with this “corrupt”
government have you ever
asked a supplier for Health Supplies
for a commission of Euro
50,000 saying that it was for
your superiors, “pour mes superieurs”?
(7) Ahmed Afif will you be
prepared to appear before the
Corruption Commission when it
is finally set up?
(8) Ahmed why did you stay
quiet over the 50 million USD
and what part if any did you play
in allowing it to leave the country?
(9) Ahmed was it you who
authorized the transfer of that
money to a branch of the Bank
of Baroda in the UK on the request
of France Albert Rene?
(10) Ahmed can you explain
under what circumstances that
your wife was able to acquire
two plots of land from government?